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Political Islam: freedom’s deadliest cancer?

September 6, 2013

 “For over a half-century, the United States has proved itself continuously inept at attempting to micromanage the geopolitics of the Middle East.  True American security interests lie in having as little to do with this part of the world as possible.” — Arizona Republic Columnist Robert Robb.

“Those who are convinced they have a monopoly on The Truth always feel that they are only saving the world when they slaughter the heretics.” — Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (1888-1965)

 Chapter 21A:  Political Islam: freedom’s deadliest cancer?

What’s wrong, and how to fix it:

Is Political Islam a religion or a terrorist cult?

There can no longer be much doubt that political Islamists are fanatics who are fiercely committed to imposing their views on everybody else.  They have no tolerance or respect for the freedom of others.  They especially oppose individual liberty, free speech, rights for women, and separation of church and state.

Their actions repeatedly demonstrate that they are willing to do anything — including murdering innocent civilians — to achieve their goals.  They take literally the Quran’s command to kill non-believers, and especially those who criticize or mock Islam.   They take literally the Quran’s promise of eternal Paradise if they sacrifice their own lives for Allah.

America’s founders embraced personal liberty, private property, the rule of law, and separation of church and state.

Political Islamists don’t share any of these values.  They are committed to establishing their religion as the state religion.   In every country.  Throughout the world.  This includes doing whatever it takes: propaganda, brainwashing, false promises, rigged elections, cyber-terrorism, airline hijackings, suicide bombings and other acts of ruthless terrorism.

And whether or not the state religion is successfully established, they seek to impose the Quran’s Sharia Law on everybody.  There are seven countries in the world where the state can execute you for being atheist; every one is officially Islamic.  Does this tell us all we need to know about the consequences of submitting to political Islamists?

With or without the government, the political Islamists want to arrest, imprison, stone or behead non-believers who do not submit.  They are the deadly enemies of all of us who love freedom and peace.

What can we do?

People who love freedom and peace must recognize political Islamists for what they are: a fanatically committed and dangerously unpredictable enemy with no respect for human life or liberty.

We are not at war with Muslims, nor should we be.  We are not at war with Islam as a religion, nor should we be.

But isn’t it clear that political Islamists are aggressively at war with us and will stop at nothing to impose their will?

Isn’t it time for us overcome our political correctness and admit the truth about political Islam?

Isn’t it time for peaceful Muslims to do more to condemn and prevent terrorism?

Isn’t it time to reexamine U.S. foreign policy toward Muslim countries?

Isn’t it time for the U.S. to promote liberty — not just democracy — to the rest of the world?

And isn’t it time for us to start setting a great example for the rest of the world by demonstrating that freedom, individual liberty and opportunity, tolerance for diversity, and limited government result in sustainable prosperity here at home?

Can “political correctness” be fatal?

Americans have been taught to believe that we should respect other people’s freedom to choose their own religious beliefs, and that we should tolerate other religions.  We expect similar tolerance and respect from those who don’t share our religious views.  That’s why Americans are so baffled by Islamic terrorism and so clueless about how to combat it.

Our fear of terrorism has caused us to forfeit too many individual liberties at home, grant far too much power to the government, and burden our economy with far too much regulation and spending.

Because terrorists have occasionally used airplanes, we have made commercial airline travel almost intolerable. Yet even though most terrorists are Muslims, our political correctness prevents us from fully utilizing the racial and psychological  “profiling” that could actually make airplane travel far safer—and do it far more efficiently.

According to a 2013 Pew Research Center, 81% of Muslims in America say that suicide bombing and similar acts targeting civilians are never justified.  72% of worldwide Muslims agree.  Sounds good, doesn’t it?

But doesn’t this mean that 19% of American Muslims and 28% of the world’s Muslims believe that suicide bombings and the mass slaughter of civilians ARE either completely, partially, or sometimes justified?  And since there are 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, doesn’t this mean that there are 448 million people who are potential terrorists or at least terrorist sympathizers?

What can we do?

Isn’t it time that we face the truth about our naïve dedication to political correctness?

Many young people are immature.  When we were young, people therefore expected us to be immature.   Was this assumption fair to you, if you were young but mature?  No.  But life isn’t fair.  The assumption was understandable — at least until you, as an individual, proved otherwise.

Relative to their share of the population, young black male Americans commit dramatically more crime, especially violent crimes and murders, than whites do (mostly against other blacks).  It isn’t fair that every young black male (most especially if they appear to be dressing and behaving like gang members) may therefore be viewed with suspicion by other blacks as well as non-blacks.  But it is understandable — at least until they, as individuals, prove otherwise.

Muslims represent 23% of the world’s population but commit a disproportionate number of terrorist attacks (mostly against other Muslims), including more than 95% of all suicide bombings.   It isn’t fair that every Muslim may therefore be viewed with suspicion by other Muslims as well as non-Muslims.  But it is understandable — at least until they, as individuals, prove otherwise.

And since most terrorist airline hijackings have been by Muslims, why shouldn’t peaceful Muslims expect, understand — and even appreciate — being “profiled” for extra security?

Why aren’t peaceful Muslims doing more to condemn and prevent terrorism?

Occasionally, a peaceful Muslim will speak out against Islamic terrorism, but it’s too often in the context of “terrorism really isn’t what Islam is about” or “most Muslims
aren’t terrorists”
.

Those may be valid points, but the fact remains that Muslims represent 23% of the world’s population but commit a disproportionate share of terrorist attacks.  So their statements appear to be aimed at deflecting criticism instead of doing anything about the problem.

There is good reason for this.  Muslims who speak too stronger against the political Islamists are labeled as infidels and targeted for assassination.   One of those so targeted is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the author of “Infidel” and “Nomad: My Journey from Islam to America“.  This beautiful and courageous human being must fall asleep every night wondering how long her bodyguards will able to keep her alive.

There are also disturbing signs that there aren’t as many peaceful Muslims as we would hope.

The 2013 Pew poll cited earlier establishes that 28% — 448 million — of Muslims worldwide are potential terrorists or terrorist sympathizers.

An earlier Pew poll in 2010 found that “the majority of Muslims would favor changing current laws in their countries to “allow stoning as punishment for adultery, hand amputation for theft, and death for those who convert from Islam as their religion”.

However, this may be changing, at least a bit.  A 2013 worldwide survey by the Pew Research Center shows that “overwhelming percentages of Muslims in many countries want Islamic law (sharia) to be the official law of the land, but many supporters of sharia say it should apply only to their country’s Muslim population…

“Moreover, Muslims are not equally comfortable with all aspects of sharia: While most favor using religious law in family and property disputes, fewer support the application of severe punishments – such as whippings or cutting off hands – in criminal cases. The survey also shows that Muslims differ widely in how they interpret certain aspects of sharia, including whether divorce and family planning are morally acceptable.”

What can peaceful Muslims do?:

Every religion has fanatics, but no religion produces and harbors as many terrorists — and as many terrorist sympathizers — as Islam.

Peaceful Muslims must find ways to disconnect the undeniable links between religious Islam, political Islam and the terrorism of jihadist Islam.

Some of the incredibly brave, like Hirsi Ali, may choose to risk their lives by going public.

Others may choose to make their marks more quietly, such as working within their mosques to make sure the mosque isn’t providing funds to terrorist groups, and that young people aren’t, as Hirsi Ali puts it, “being  fired up by preachers using basic Islamic scripture, and mobilized to wage jihad by radical imams who represent themselves as legitimate Muslim clergymen”.

If they fail to separate themselves from the Islamic extremists, won’t peaceful Muslims and their religion be viewed by civilized humanity with suspicion, distrust and fear?

Is current U.S. foreign policy insane?

Insanity is a strong word.  But if Albert Einstein was correct in defining insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”, isn’t it the perfect word to describe U.S. foreign policy — especially toward Muslim countries?

As just one glaring example, the U.S. government has been sending $1.5 billion annually to Egypt — mostly in military aid.  This is $1.5 billion that we have to borrow — or create by printing more money and devaluing the dollar.

U.S. aid to Egypt continued even after Political Islamists won an election and started eliminating freedoms and imposing a state religion.

It has continued — contrary to U.S. law — even after the Egyptian military staged a coup and started arresting and killing the Political Islamists.   (The White House arrogantly ignored the law by deciding not to classify the coup as a coup.)

No matter which side prevails in Egypt, won’t America have supported — and equipped with military might — people who do not share our values?  Is this just one more example of the U.S. government causing harm by propping up dictators around the world and arming our enemies?

What can we do?

Is it time to consider phasing out U.S. foreign aid?  Why are we giving money away (all too often to zealots and dictators who end up using it against us), when we can’t even pay our own bills?

Our addiction to deficit spending is clearly damaging our economy. (See also the “Economics,” “Freedom,” and “Poverty” chapters.)  Besides, the best way we can influence the rest of the world is by providing a great example of how freedom, tolerance, and limited government can lead to prosperity — and we can’t enjoy prosperity at home if we continue to spend more than we have.

If we don’t phase out foreign aid entirely, could it be time for us to at least apply “tough love” in determining who we help?   Should U.S. foreign aid be given only to our friends…people and nations that share our values?

We must maintain sufficient military power to deter attacks on ourselves and our friends, but isn’t it time to realize that we can’t police the entire world?  Other nations that value freedom must do their part.  Why should Americans spend more defending allies like Germany and Japan then they spend defending themselves?

Why couldn’t we make intelligent tactical choices that will keep us strong without funding every request from the Pentagon and its military contractors?  (More about this in the National Security chapter.)

Why couldn’t we stop funding terrorism?  As explained in the Energy chapter, government regulations have made the United States dangerously dependent on foreign oil and vulnerable to foreign governments that don’t share our values.  This means that we have been undermining our own economy as well as providing funding to terrorists who wish to do us harm.

And if we finally conclude that we can’t impose our will on the rest of the world militarily and that we can’t buy the world’s love with money, we might take comfort in this:  Governments that deny freedom to their people can’t thrive forever.  To compete in the global economy, they must educate their people.  Educated people develop a thirst for freedom, and they eventually overthrow oppressive leaders.

Pure democracy doesn’t work — so why do we keep promoting it around the world?

Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, so we are fortunate that’s not what this nation’s founders gave us. They instead gave us a constitutional republic that grants individual liberty to its citizens and pledges the nation to defend those liberties above all else.

It’s ours to preserve and protect—or to lose.  I fear that we are losing it.

One of the biggest mistakes this country has made is to promote the idea of democracy to the rest of the world.  History illustrates that nations that opt for democracy without granting and protecting individual freedoms are doomed to chaos and eventual failure.

Muslims make up a majority of the population in 49 countries, so if the political Islamists get their way, they will become 49 Islamic states.   And then 50.  And then 51, and then…

What can we do?

The United States could start promoting the importance of individual liberty and equal opportunity—not just democracy and equal outcomes—to the rest of the world.  Perhaps the best way for us to influence other countries would be to set a good example here at home. (Also see the Freedom and Religion chapters.)

Our government must protect the individual liberties of all of us, not just the majority.  If you’re in the majority now, keep in mind that at some time in the future, you could be in the minority!  (Also see the Democracy chapter.)

Our own citizens—and perhaps especially our political leaders and teachers—need a better understanding of the important differences between pure democracies and constitutional republics, as well as the dangers of mob rule and oppressive governments.

If we are too lazy to pay attention, won’t America’s decline and eventual collapse be inevitable? (Also see Education, Government, and Freedom chapters.)

“The Boston Marathon bomb­ing resulted in apologists tell­ing us not to blame religion. Why not?… Ex­tremist religions are a problem, and their true-believer follow­ers are a very real threat to our American values of equality and justice. — John W. Greco, citizen, Scottsdale, AZ

 “All Americans, and especially Muslims, need to face the fact that any Muslim who believes in the political supremacy of loyalty to political Islam is susceptible to radicalization at home, in our families and communities, on the Web and abroad. To ignore that threat is to leave our nation in peril.”  –  M. Zuhdi Jasser,  author of “A Battle for the Soul of Islam” and president of the Phoenix-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy.

3 Comments
  1. Mike Ruddell permalink

    Political correctness is deadly. So many examples of this since 9/11. The Boston Marathon attack just one example.

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  2. Siraj Dalaq permalink

    95% of what you are saying is wrong. I am a muslim and as I read through this I looked in disgust because you use our teachings in such a negative way that you are just trying to make us look like human killing war machines. this is not true. For example bashar assad in Syria is killing his people. He claims to be muslim but not true islam. He is part of another religion and if you go to Syria the people are divided between them. You can right what you want but don’t blame what is happening on islam because islam teaches peace and nothing but peace. These people you talk about that go die for the sake god is not a suicide mission. They are fighting for god in what god teaches. For example: Palestinians fighting jews in Palestine. What are they fighting for? Their land that was taken away from them in 1948. If you ask me who are the real terrorists its people with high political power whether they claim to be muslim or not. George Bush used the excuse of Weapons in Iraq. Everyone later realized that ho didn’t go to war for weapons, it was for the oil. What is the definition of a terrorist. Im paraphrasing but it goes something like a person threatening another for political gains. Government always chooses between telling lies and going to war. Eventually one will always lead to the other. So I don’t know who misguided you about Islam teaching such disgusting things but look at it from our point of view. Before 9/11 nobody cared about what religion you were because everything was fine then. But now a person that claimed to be Muslim blew up a tower named Osama Bin Laden uses what the Quran teaches. NO! He is a terrorist that happens to be muslim and we confide with none of what he says. You are telling what Islam teaches basically from your view of Bin Laden. You also bring up no Women rights. Islam doesn’t teach no women rights. The intent of these “womens rights” you say is because from the time you are born, the one person that cares most for you is your mother and she will do anything to love you. A mothers purpose is to raise you to be the best you can be. That is what Islam teaches. So please don’t say anything else about Islam because you don’t know what you are talking about. IF you want to know the truth then go ask a muslim instead of using these articles.

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