Defanging the Islamic Beast, Taming its False Prophet

Robert Spencer

Robert Spencer, founder of Jihad Watch

ROBERT SPENCER SUGGESTS GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR'S brilliant solution to defang the Japanese Shinto machine could work again, this time, defanging the Islamic terror machine. By all accounts, we, in the slumbering, economically weakened West are not prepared to take such a formidable step against this current foe, but as more and more concerned Westerners awaken to the facts of core Islamic aggression, whose prime directive has been supremicist and militaristic since its founder Mohammed issued his first orders to invade, lie, cheat steal, multiply, agitate, convert, slay, and conquer, we might do well to consider the MacArthur strategy. All we are saying, is give might and muscle, law and order, peace through strength a chance...

The implications of what I'm saying are very bad. There's no way to sugarcoat them. But there are precedents. And there are useful ways forward—if we have the courage to face this problem as it truly is.

This is a problem within Islamic teaching, within core Islamic teaching, founded on the Quran. As such, wherever there are Islamic communities, there will be terrorism and efforts to impose elements of Islamic law through peaceful means, to assert the precedence of Islamic law over the laws of the state in which the Muslims happen to be residing. That will always happen.

Now, in 1945, the McArthur government—the occupational government in Japan—issued an edict saying that Shinto (the religion of the Japanese that had fueled Japanese imperial militarism in World War II) would have no interference from the United States' occupying forces as an expression of individual piety, as the religion of any Japanese citizen. No interference whatsoever from the government. However, Shinto would have no role in the government or in the schools.

The distinction was made—it was imposed from without—that Shinto would have no way to express the political militarism that had led to World War II in the first place.

Now, the United States, Great Britain, Europe, are all facing a very similar problem, with growing Muslim communities asserting political and societal notions that are at variance with our ideas of the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, the equality of rights of women with men, the equality of rights of all people before the law.

If our governments had the courage to stand up and say that any assertion of these political aspects of Islam that are at variance with our existing laws will be considered to be seditious under existing sedition laws, there would be a tremendous amount of progress made on this problem.

But of course we're nowhere near that, because we can't even admit that there are such initiatives going on from the Islamic communities as such.

And so as long as this unrealism persists, then the cognitive dissonance will continue to grow. And as long as the cognitive dissonance continues to grow, so also will the assertiveness and beligerence of the Islamic communities in the West, because they will see that we are not able and not willing to take the decisive steps necessary to do anything serious to stop them.

If America has no other role in the world than minding its own business, as a nation handicapped by its own first amendment in offering freedom of religion, it should be involved in defanging the Islamic beast, and taming its false prophet. After all, we took on Mormonism and the Jehovah's Witnesses, each in their time of self-indulgence. We can handle Islam. After all, we should have an app for it by now. Spencer speaks at the Vienna Forum, May 8, 2010.

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