On a scale of a hundred, George Bush understands 80 percent more than John Kerry does. But there is still a fatal flaw in the best thinking of our leaders who are seeking to defend us against the current global Islamic ‘holy war’ that has been launched against us.
We are not involved in a traditional kind of war in which your opponent is either a physical nation or axis of nations. It is not a conflict where they can be confronted and defeated – as in World War One and Two, Korea or Viet Nam. It is not a conflict where we can isolate and blockade them. It is not even a war where we can annihilate them and the menace stops. This enemy is far too diversified, scattered and hidden to easily confront them.
We could capture or kill Osama bin-Laden and all the al-Qaeda leadership and it would not stop this ‘holy war’ or ‘Jihad’ that rages against us. Al-Qaeda is but one group of Islamic fanatics that seek to destroy us.
The root causes of the war we face are deeply embedded in a religion-based culture that totally rejects our culture and religions. Islam’s core teachings breed a deep civilizational hatred toward every thing Western culture stands for. In fact against any culture that is different from the one taught in the Koran. The committed Muslim thinks that this hatred for us is from God. The devout Muslim believes that when he rejects and attacks western culture, he is obeying specific commands in the Koran.
The West rarely takes one of Mohammad’s most basic teachings seriously. Yet it is a defining principle of Islam. Mohammad divided the world into only two spheres: ‘Dar al Islam’ or the region of peace and ‘Dar al Harb’ or the region of war. The ‘region of peace’ means that all its inhabitants are in ‘submission’ to Allah. The ‘region of war’ means that Muslims are to view it as a place of perpetually war until all are in submission to Allah and his laws.
Islam’s method of bringing the inhabitants of ‘Dar al Harb’ into submission is the sword. Islam’s method of ‘evangelism’ is by force of arms. You either convert to Islam or, if they choose, remain alive with no rights and pay an obscene tax for the ‘privilege’ of living among them.
Winston Churchill correctly observed, “The religion of Islam above all others was founded upon the sword … Moreover it provides incentives to slaughter, and in three continents has produced fighting breeds of men – filled with a wild and merciless fanaticism.”
A dispassionate examination of the Koran illustrates why this is. There are over 120 chapters (suras) in the Moslem holy book calling on believers to fight Jews and Christians, subjugate them, murder them, break treaties that are made with them, cut off their heads, tongues, hands, feet, crucify them.
Fourteen hundred years of history clearly bears out how Muslims have understood and implemented these commands from the Koran. The Muslim Faith did not spread from the Pyrenees to the Philippines within 100 years of Mohammed’s death, by peaceful proselytizing.
Judaism, Christianity and Islam have all had a profound impact on the world.
A promised deliverer named Moses founded Judaism. He led the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery and passed on to them the Laws God gave him upon which their nation was then built. According to the Bible, they were created as a people to be a light to guide people to the true God.
Jesus, a man of peace who did not even resist his own execution, founded Christianity. He offered all men atonement for their sins and forgiveness. He did not come to set up a kingdom on this earth, but rather He called people to join Him in an eternal heavenly kingdom that is entered by faith in His atonement for them.
A warlord named Mohammad who led men into battle and murdered disarmed opponents founded Islam. As he gained power, he became progressively more violent. Mohammad forced people to convert are die. Function has continued to follow form.
As we look at the crises of the world today, almost all of terrorism is committed and inspired by Islam. There are Muslim fundamentalists in every part of the world. These are Muslims who begin to take the Koran and the example of Mohammad seriously. As they do, they begin to have an all-consuming hatred of the Western civilization, of Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. They then either become active terrorists or support them.
This life or death struggle forced upon us by Islamic Fundamentalism will not be won quickly or easily. We must carry the battle to all Muslim countries that support terrorism in any way. We cannot allow them to supply weapons, money, logistics and sanctuary to them. We especially must immediately confront any nation that would put weapons of mass destruction (WMD) into their hands.
Our defense must be relentless and resolute. Any sign of weakness or loss of resolve will only encourage more attacks against our cities.
The prevalent U.S. policy of “political correctness” toward Islam must be abandoned if we are to survive at all. How can any knowledgeable person describe Islam as a “Religion of peace that has been hijacked by a few fanatics”? In view of the many verses in the Koran that command the faithful to kill and subdue Jews, Christians and other religions; to subject their countries to Islamic Sharia law against their will; the 1400 year history of conquest by the sword of other peoples and countries; the current worldwide plague of Islamic terrorism against the West – how can any sane person not view all Muslims as potential threats.
I am aware that about eighty percent of Muslims are not Fundamentalists and want to live peacefully among us. But these ‘peaceful Muslims’ need to be far more forthright in exposing the signs of radicalism and fanaticism by Muslims living among them. They need to not be offended or amazed if our security forces scrutinize their communities and Mosques. They need to have a spirit of cooperation instead of hollowing about their perceived offended rights. In view of what fellow Muslims have done to this country, they should consider themselves fortunate to have security people that seek to identify the guilty and to protect the innocent among them.
Muslims need to know that more people are learning what the Koran actually commands about subjecting them to submission to Allah by force. In view of the centuries of war, violence and murder that have been inspired by their faith’s core teachings, they need to realize that any Western society has to take some careful preventative measures to protect itself.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) needs to be much more concerned about cooperation with policing their communities than wailing about every warning that comes out about the threat Islamic Fundamentalists pose to this host nation.
After all, with Islam’s record of following the some 120 chapters (or surahs) that call for the killing and subjecting of Jewish and Christian ‘infidels’, CAIR should understand our intense concern. The Fundamentalist zealots of their religion, which have appeared in every generation since Mohammad, shouldn’t be allowed into any civilized nation on earth.
CAIR needs to also remember that where Moslems are in the majority, other faiths are proscribed (Saudi Arabia), severely circumscribed (Egypt) or subjected to relentless persecution (Pakistan, Indonesia, the Sudan and Northern Nigeria). Where Moslems are a substantial minority (Serbia, Macedonia, The Kashmir, Israel, Chechnya) there is intifada – terrorism in pursuit of succession.
So don’t lecture us on ‘religious tolerance’. Our survival as a people, nation and culture are at stake. We have been forced to defend ourselves. And given the nature of deception, dedication and lethality of the Islamic terrorist, we have to fight back with every means possible. And was must go where they are most likely to be found – hidden among the Muslim communities.
Published October 24, 2004, Hal Lindsey