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The Trouble With Islam

Trouble, just plain trouble...

Tawfik Hamid in Opinion Journal speaks truth to power:

Trouble. Indeed, there is much that is clearly wrong with the Islamic world. Women are stoned to death and undergo clitorectomies. Gays hang from the gallows under the approving eyes of the proponents of Shariah, the legal code of Islam. Sunni and Shia massacre each other daily in troubled Iraq. Palestinian mothers teach 3-year-old boys and girls the troubled ideal of martyrdom. One would expect the orthodox Islamic establishment to evade or dismiss these complaints, but less happily, the non-Muslim priests of enlightenment in the West have come, actively and passively, to the Islamists' defense. Trouble.

It is vital to grasp that traditional and even mainstream Islamic teaching accepts and promotes violence. Shariah, for example, allows apostates to be killed, permits beating women to discipline them, seeks to subjugate non-Muslims to Islam as dhimmis and justifies declaring war to do so. It exhorts good Muslims to exterminate the Jews before the "end of days." The near deafening silence of the Muslim majority against these barbaric practices is evidence enough that there is something fundamentally wrong. Trouble.

The grave predicament we face in the Islamic world is the virtual lack of approved, theologically rigorous interpretations of Islam that clearly challenge the abusive aspects of Shariah. Unlike Salafism, more liberal branches of Islam, such as Sufism, typically do not provide the essential theological base to nullify the cruel proclamations of their Salafist counterparts. And so, for more than 20 years I have been developing and working to establish a theologically-rigorous Islam that teaches peace.

Yet it is ironic and discouraging that many non-Muslim, Western intellectuals—who unceasingly claim to support human rights—have become obstacles to reforming Islam. Political correctness among Westerners obstructs unambiguous criticism of Shariah's inhumanity. They find socioeconomic or political excuses for Islamist terrorism such as poverty, colonialism, discrimination or the existence of Israel. What incentive is there for Muslims to demand reform when Western "progressives" pave the way for Islamist barbarity? Indeed, if the problem is not one of religious beliefs, it leaves one to wonder why Christians who live among Muslims under identical circumstances refrain from contributing to wide-scale, systematic campaigns of terror.

Politicians and scholars in the West have taken up the chant that Islamic extremism is caused by the Arab-Israeli conflict. This analysis cannot convince any rational person that the Islamist murder of over 150,000 innocent people in Algeria—which happened in the last few decades—or their slaying of hundreds of Buddhists in Thailand, or the brutal violence between Sunni and Shia in Iraq could have anything to do with the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Western appeasement of their Muslim communities has exacerbated the problem. During the four-month period after the publication of the Muhammad cartoons in a Danish magazine, there were comparatively few violent demonstrations by Muslims. Within a few days of the Danish magazine's formal apology, riots erupted throughout the world. The apology had been perceived by Islamists as weakness and concession.

Worst of all, perhaps, is the anti-Americanism among many Westerners. It is a resentment so strong, so deep-seated, so rooted in personal identity, that it has led many, consciously or unconsciously, to morally support America's enemies.

Progressives need to realize that radical Islam is based on an antiliberal system. They need to awaken to the inhumane policies and practices of Islamists around the world. They need to realize that Islamism spells the death of liberal values. And they must not take for granted the respect for human rights and dignity that we experience in America, and indeed, the West, today.

Well-meaning interfaith dialogues with Muslims have largely been fruitless. Participants must demand&@151;but so far haven't&@151;that Muslim organizations and scholars specifically and unambiguously denounce violent Salafi components in their mosques and in the media. Muslims who do not vocally oppose brutal Shariah decrees should not be considered "moderates."

Western feminists duly fight in their home countries for equal pay and opportunity, but seemingly ignore, under a façade of cultural relativism, that large numbers of women in the Islamic world live under threat of beating, execution and genital mutilation, or cannot vote, drive cars and dress as they please. Trouble.

The tendency of many Westerners to restrict themselves to self-criticism further obstructs reformation in Islam. Americans demonstrate against the war in Iraq, yet decline to demonstrate against the terrorists who kidnap innocent people and behead them. Similarly, after the Madrid train bombings, millions of Spanish citizens demonstrated against their separatist organization, ETA. But once the demonstrators realized that Muslims were behind the terror attacks they suspended the demonstrations. This example sent a message to radical Islamists to continue their violent methods.

All of this makes the efforts of Muslim reformers more difficult. When Westerners make politically-correct excuses for Islamism, it actually endangers the lives of reformers and in many cases has the effect of suppressing their voices. Tolerance does not mean toleration of atrocities under the umbrella of relativism. It is time for all of us in the free world to face the reality of Salafi Islam or the reality of radical Islam will continue to face us. Trouble.

Dr. Hamid, a onetime member of Jemaah Islamiya, an Islamist terrorist group, is a medical doctor and Muslim reformer living in the West.

Hijacking The Al-Qaeda Operations Manual

The American Genius

YES, WE ARE AT WAR, a very long and protracted war, even though it seems we are inviting disaster and our own defeat with our open borders, stupifying immigration policies, and irrational political correctness on all things Muslim, echoing down from the president, most of Congress, and the pro-active enemies in our midst, but this is the real thing, folks. Originally posted on the FBI website, you can read most of the official Al-Qaeda operations manual here at the Disaster Center site. Posted are Lessons 1-12, and number 18.

Getting Serious About The Threat

Anti-Jihadist Calls For Military Intelligence, Not Nation-building
AMERICA MUST GET SERIOUS about interpreting the actions of Islamic states and learn to distinguish facts from spin in the words of Islamic apologists scurrying about the country with their pleas of racism and religious bigotry when it is those apologists themselves who carry those marks in their own speeches and behaviors.

In this nation, we are burdened with the dual problems of political corrrectness and compromising business ties to Middle Eastern interests: our leaders will not listen to historical evidence concerning Islam. Bloggers all across this huge country are waking up to these facts, and are signaling for a change in attitude and a change in policy. Yet, nothing seems to change. Our voices are not heard, or are ridiculed from both ends of the political spectrum. We are exhorted against religious bigotry while the bigots continue to fine-tune their plots to take America down with ideology, and then, by any force necessary.

Concerned citizens are told that Islam's problem with the West will be ended once the Palestinians steal or are given everything they want from Israel. However, to the discerning mind, it is plain to see that Islam's view of others and its mandated religious militarism predates the founding of modern Israel. It even predates the founding of the US. One can't argue that it's merely a "radical" view of "moderate Islam" when it was the rationale for the attacking of US ships by the Barbary States over two centuries ago and the literature that exposes those states for what they were then, and are today.

Today, the stakes and the penalties of failure are much greater to all parties involved.

But history tells a strikingly familiar story. Seeking a peace treaty in the early days of American trade, in order to justify the Congressional vote to pay tribute to those "Musselmen" pirates, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams (then current ambassadors to France and Britain, respectively) inquired as to why Muslims had so much hostility towards America. They later reported to Congress that the foreign ambassadors told them Islam "was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Qu'ran, that all nations who failed to acknowledge their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise."

Upon becoming president, Thomas Jefferson bolstered the will to fight back. When will our own leaders summon up the same will? Will it be before or after we are destroyed from within and without?

Brigitte Gabriel At University Of Michigan

Dear Gabriel,

I AM GLAD TO REPORT to you that my presentation at the University of Michigan last night went without a glitch. Credit goes to the alertness of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local and university police. Highly visible were 8 police officers, a K9 team, a personal body guard and a variety of well positioned TV cameras from a Fox news crew for Bill O'Reilly as well as local TV station and university TV crews.

Brigitte Gabriel
The event organizers worked furiously to place heightening security after we were alerted on Sunday of a Muslim call going out that stated "Muslims, Arabs, and their friends and allies should give Gabriel a proper welcome." It is a crying shame when a speaker, any speaker in America today, has to have such security on hand just to ensure they can deliver a lecture at an American university. Our founding fathers are turning in their grave.

The event went without a glitch not because of the respect of the civilized Arab Muslim students who wanted to give me an uninterrupted platform to express my views about Islamofascism and terrorism but because of the large presence of security personnel and the TV cameras that kept others wishing to agitate from behaving badly. Knowing that they will be wrapped up and swiftly taken away in a moment by the police officers as the cameras recorded their foolishness on national television kept them in their seats.

You have to take your enemy at their word and defend yourself and show them that you will not put up with any nonsense from them, that you mean business. They wanted to show Brigitte Gabriel the proper welcome, Brigitte Gabriel wanted to ensure she was prepared to reciprocate. As a Middle Easterner I know what they respect.

So many conservative speakers and organizers assume that hopefully the students will behave, because we should have the right to free speech in our country. They show up usually with two police officers giving the enemy the benefit of the doubt. You cannot give your enemy the benefit of the doubt. You are to assume the worst and be prepared for it. And if it is going to take 8 police officers, a K9 team and a body guard for us to speak our views on college campuses and gain back the mind and soul of our youth, so be it.

Moral clarity, courage and unshakable determination are what is needed now to take back our universities. Fear, intimidation and political correctness need to be thrown by the wayside and we should move forward in the fight of our lifetime.

Our founding fathers endured so much and most died in poverty giving so much to give us the freedoms and the blessings of America that we enjoyed up to this day. Now is the time for our generation to rise up and defend what they have worked so hard to give us so that we may pass it to our children and their future generation.

I want to thank all of you who wrote and called in the last two days offering your prayers, your support in every way you could. Linda (the event organizer) was overwhelmed with emails and calls even from our members in Europe. I thank you for standing up for us with your support. I am willing to put my life on the line to do what needs to be done to speak up and defend our country.

Thanks to all of you who donated in the last few months. Your donations have enabled us to move our web site which was repeatedly hacked by Islamists to a new protected server. This is why in the last three weeks you have not been receiving regular email alerts. I am so thankful that just this weekend I was able to get back in communication with you. We may have lost some incoming emails in the move. Please forward this to your friends and family who may have not received alerts so they may be able to register for alerts again.

I ask you to please continue helping us increase our work in exposing the truth about those who seek our destruction. Please click here to make a donation Your donations from $10 dollars to as much as you deem possible, support the work we are doing. As I read your letters of support I am humbled and encouraged in continuing our efforts in standing up for our country and our way of life. I could not be more honored to have you as members and supporters.

My love and appreciation to every single one of you.

Brigitte Gabriel

Both Sides Now

Sharia Law
Always the push for sharia law...

Just to be clear about this. I tend to rant against the leftists because I know more of them in my personal orbit, but the righties own a good bit of blame here, too, in turning a blind eye to the Boys of Sharia Law. We live in a capitalist world, and money doesn't just talk, it screams in bold bloody italics, and we need to be diligently concerned about the problem this presents us in the muddy middle because the multinational corporate elite is fixated on Arab and Islamic money and uninterrupted markets. That's why the elite embraces the oily lies generated by Muslims on the move, both in Europe and in North America.

George Dubya got his start in business thanks to help from the bin Laden family. And I read some source recently claiming that the distinguished law firm of Baker Botts works just three clients—Exxon Mobil, the Bush Family and the Saudis (whom they also serve as a lobbyist in DC), but their official boilerplate is more telling as follows:

"Baker Botts is a global firm with approximately 700 lawyers serving clients of all sizes in a wide variety of industries all over the world. A global energy and technology firm with world-class lawyers, we have reach that extends beyond U.S. borders and have delivered outstanding legal service since 1840. Baker Botts is a recognized national leader in complex litigation, white collar criminal defense and appellate advocacy. From negotiating complex transcontinental pipeline projects throughout the world to navigating rapidly changing technology and business environments, Baker Botts' collaborative teams consistently provide excellent client service."

Yep. Oil slicks and politicians are selling us out. Read this important commentary on the swindle.

No ideological blinders here my heroes—the problem lurks from both the Left and the Right. It's time to start driving those nails into the coffin of political correctness and business as usual in winning this war forward without one arm tied behind our backs as both parties and their respective natural allies would have it.

In other news, Ted Halstead and Michael Lind's book—The Radical Center— arrived today. So I'm off to the reading chair...

To read both sides now...