OK, so this is my 250th article on Islam, and the threat it poses to us all. Does that make me obsessed, or somewhat off-kilter? I don’t think so. I believe it means that when there is a very real threat to faith, freedom and democracy, to ignore it is the height of lunacy.
When your enemies say they want to kill you, you had better start to believe them, and not keep your head in the sand. When there is a proven track record of continued violence, bloodshed, murder, terror and oppression, then just wishing it all away helps no one. Indeed, it makes things worse.
As I have written so often before, Islam is really a political ideology which is seeking global hegemony. It wants everyone to submit to Allah and sharia law. It is an expansionist, evangelistic ideology which states quite clearly that there can be no peace until the entire world is in submission to a global caliphate.
It is directly opposed to freedom, democracy, pluralism, freedom of conscience, and religious liberty. It cannot peacefully coexist with the West, but instead sees it as an implacable foe. As such, Geert Wilders was exactly correct when he said this in an October 2010 speech in Berlin:
“Islam is the Communism of today. But, because of our failure to come clean with Communism, we are unable to deal with it, trapped as we are in the old Communist habit of deceit and double-speak that used to haunt the countries in the East and that now haunts all of us. Because of this failure, the same leftist people who turned a blind eye to Communism then, turn a blind eye to Islam today. They are using exactly the same arguments in favor of détente, improved relations, and appeasement as before. They argue that our enemy is as peace-loving as we are, that if we meet him half-way he will do the same, that he only asks respect and that if we respect him he will respect us. We even hear a repetition of the old moral equivalence mantra. They used to say that Western ‘imperialism’ was as bad as Soviet imperialism; they are now saying that Western ‘imperialism’ is as bad as Islamic terrorism.”
This faulty moral equivalence is everywhere to be found in the West. Just last night on ABC’s Q&A I heard a confused journalist say that while Islam oppresses women, things are not much better here in the West. Yes she actually said that. She ought to go live in Iran for a few years, and then try to tell us that things are basically the same.
Indeed, on the same show was a woman originally from Saudi Arabia who has since made a film about women in Islam. Of course she is now living in Australia. She simply could not have made and promoted such a film if she were still living there.
Western ignorance and apathy about Islam is leading to one thing: the end of the West. Every day we find new examples of what Islam is really like. Here I simply want to briefly mention a number of new examples of this. With so many to choose from, only a headline or a bit more can be offered, with little or no commentary.
Here is the first: “Taliban behead boy aged 10 over ‘spying’: Two children killed after taking food from police”. The article begins: “A boy of ten and another aged 16 have been beheaded by the Taliban for ‘spying’. The pair were seized while scavenging among rubbish bins near the police headquarters in Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second city and a key base for Western forces. They were accused of accepting food from the police in exchange for information, provincial government officials said last night. Their heads were cut off following interrogation, it is claimed. Their bodies were recovered in Kandahar’s Zhari district.”
Or consider this recent report out of Jordon: “The Christian residents were offered four choices:
1. renounce the ‘idolatry’ of Christianity and convert to Islam;
2. pay a heavy tribute to the Muslims for the privilege of keeping their heads and their Christian faith (this tribute is known as jizya);
3. be killed;
4. flee for their lives, leaving all their belongings behind.
Some Christians were killed, some fled, some tried to pay the jizya and found it too heavy a burden to bear after the rebels kept increasing the amount they had to pay, and some were unable to flee or pay, so they converted to Islam to save themselves.”
And here’s another: “Syrian Rebels Massacre Christian Village”. Obama of course is backing the rebels, and they are enjoying all the support as they target Christians: “The armed rebels affiliated to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) raided the Christian-populated al-Duvair village in Reef (outskirts of) Homs near the border with Lebanon today and massacred all its civilian residents, including women and children.”
Also from Syria, check out this episode: “Teenager, 15, Executed By Islamist Rebels in Syria”. “A teenager selling coffee in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was arrested by Islamist rebel fighters for insulting the Prophet Mohammed, beaten and then executed in front of his family, a watchdog group claims.”
And dhimmitude in the West continues apace. For example, the US Department of Justice seems to now regard criticism of Islam as a criminal action. Last week a U.S. attorney warned that “inflammatory speech” against Islam could violate civil-rights laws.
Chicago is doing just as bad: “Religious Tolerance in Chicago: Remove Pews from Chapel to make room for Muslims to pray”. The story begins, “While Saudi Arabia has forbidden the existence of Christian churches on its land, the Bond Chapel, located at the University of Chicago, is going to extraordinary lengths to make less room for Christians and more room for Muslims… by removing pews.”
Also, consider the segment on Sunday night’s 60 Minutes. Sydney Muslims said “Islam comes first,” and Australia comes third or fourth at best. They also proudly said decapitated soldier Lee Rigby deserved his cruel murder in London, and that he was “a dog”. (See the video clip I link to below.)
As I have discussed elsewhere, for Islam it is all about the numbers. The more Muslims in a Western nation, the more they push for sharia and submission. They need not even be in a majority to make good on their demands. As Raymond Ibrahim writes:
“But the greater lesson of the London beheading concerns its audacity—done in broad daylight with the attackers boasting in front of cameras, as often happens in the Islamic world. It reflects what I call ‘Islam’s Rule of Numbers,’ a rule that expresses itself with remarkable consistency: The more Muslims grow in numbers, the more Islamic phenomena intrinsic to the Muslim world—in this case, brazen violence against ‘infidels’—appear…. As Muslim populations continue growing in Western nations, count on growing, and brazen, numbers of attacks on infidels—beheadings and such.”
For example: “Grievances disappear when Muslims become at least 35-40% of a nation and feel capable of waging an all-out jihad, as in Nigeria, where the Muslim-majority north has been terrorizing Christians—bombing hundreds of churches and beheading hundreds of infidels.
“Sudan was an earlier paradigm, when the Khartoum government slaughtered millions to cleanse Sudan of Christians and polytheists. Historically Christian-majority Lebanon plunged into a deadly civil war as the Muslim population grew restive. Once extremists become the majority, the violence ironically wanes, but that’s because there are fewer infidels to persecute. And what infidels remain lead paranoid, low-key existences—as dhimmis—always careful to ‘know their place’.”
There is only one thing more troubling than the threat of encroaching Islam. That is the utter ignorance and apathy of most people in the West. It is that latter problem which will as much account for any possible defeat of the West as the former. And when that happens, Islam will come in and happily collect the spoils.