June 24, 2008
Radical Islam's plan for world dominationTopics: Understanding Islam
Today's must-read for the uninformed (that's mostly center-left Democrats) is by Ed Vitagliano:
(AFA Journal, April 2008) In January 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped by Muslim radicals in Pakistan. Radical Islam PlanA few days later, the 38-year-old journalist was beheaded.Continue reading: Radical Islam's plan for world domination
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece in January 2008, Judea Pearl, a UCLA computer science professor and the father of Daniel, noted the implacable nature of such Muslim radicals. Pearl said, "The shocking element in Danny's murder was that he was killed, not for what he wrote or planned to write, but for what he represented - America, modernity, openness, pluralism, curiosity, dialogue, fairness, objectivity, freedom of inquiry, truth and respect for all people."
Across the globe Islam appears to be mutating into a more virulent and aggressive strain, confronting the West with a radical ideology that is demanding submission to Allah - or else.
Dominance in stages
Historian Daniel Pipes, an author, columnist and founder of the Middle East Forum, believes that the radical Islam facing the West today arose in the last century. "In the course of the 20th century, a new form of Islam arose, one that now had great appeal and power," he said. "Militant Islam (or Islamism - same thing) goes back to Egypt in the 1920s, when an organization called the Muslim Brethren [or Brotherhood] first emerged, though there are other strains as well, including an Iranian one, largely formulated by Ayatollah Khomeini, and a Saudi one, to which the Taliban in Afghanistan and Osama Bin Laden both belong."
According to Clifford D. May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on terrorism, "The Islamists stress that Islam 'was once a winner's religion.'" It began small and became a world power in less than 400 years. But for the last several hundred years, Muslim nations have been dominated by Western powers.
"What went wrong? To Islamists, it is an article of faith ... that Muslims lost ground because they strayed from the road of righteousness, the path trod by the Prophet Muhammad and his companions," May said. "They allowed themselves to be seduced and corrupted by the West and its vices - materialism, individualism, and lasciviousness among them."
The only way to return Islam to world dominance is, well, for Islam to dominate the world again. According to Samir Khalil Samir, a Jesuit professor of Oriental studies at the University of Saint Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon, the Islamist plan involves three phases, which are all intended to work concurrently.
The first stage is to reform Muslim countries which have compromised with the West, to "turn Muslim countries into Islamic states governed by sharia [Islamic] law."
Next, Samir said, is the intention to "Islamize Christians living in Muslim countries. This is happening wherever there are radical Muslims, in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iraq. ... We saw this happen in Iraq in the past year, where some neighborhoods in Baghdad have become micro-caliphates in which Christians are told to convert to Islam or pay the Jizya (protection money), and accept second-class status."
Finally comes "the conversion of Europe. ... This is carried out first and foremost by working with young, European-born Muslims through imams teaching radical ideologies in mosques, prisons, bookstores." Such teachings go hand-in-hand with strident critiques of decadent Western culture.
The Islamist 'strong narrative'
This explanation of Islam's troubles and the plan for its return to past glory is, according to May, the "strong narrative" that attracts new recruits to the cause. It is similar, he believes, to the "narrative" used by Adolph Hitler to gain support from the German people for his own goals. Just as Hitler blamed the Jews and others for the problems of the nation, so Islamists blame Jews and corrupt Western ideals for the problems of the Ummah, the worldwide Muslim community.
Part of the appeal of this movement for Muslims is that Islamofascists declare themselves to be the true heirs of the message of the Prophet Muhammad.
"Today jihadists are making recruits among peaceful Muslims worldwide by appealing to the teachings of the Quran and Muhammad, and on that basis portraying themselves as the exponents of 'pure Islam,'" said Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and author of Religion of Peace? Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn't. "They claim they have rediscovered, as a popular jihadist pamphlet termed it, 'the forgotten obligation' of jihad."
Jihad is an Arabic word meaning "struggle," and can refer to either the internal struggle against unrighteousness or the external struggle against unbelievers - including "holy war."
British jihadist Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Masri, currently in prison, summarized the goal of this holy war: "Allah is the only one that must be worshipped on Earth, and the only way to guarantee this is to control all the land masses, air, and sea and give Islam the proper channel to be heard by the people."
Spencer said the West had better take note of what is happening throughout the Muslim world. "We fool ourselves when we imagine that the problem is a localized 'Islamic fundamentalism,' a 'hijacking' of an originally peaceful religion, such that the great majority of its adherents not only do not participate in religiously sanctioned violence, but also actively disapprove of it on grounds derived from the religion itself. In reality, active jihadists, while a minority among Muslims, base their actions in Islamic theology and are in the ascendancy throughout the Islamic world."
Posted by Richard at June 24, 2008 8:17 PM
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