Wednesday, January 19, 2011

America Reassess your Perception of Islam

Sharia & Liberty
John R. Houk
© January 19, 2011

I know it is not politically correct to say so nonetheless it is time to change the way Americans view Islam. Unlike Christianity, Islam is just as political as it is theological. Granted the majority of Muslims in the West are more theologically minded than political; however the essence of Mohammed’s message was to spread Islam in a political-military fashion. Mohammed realized after his Mecca experience in receiving the boot for peacefully trying to convince polytheists to worship a monotheistic all-knowing deity.

Mohammed eventually began to realize that the power of the sword is what got the attention of Medina polytheists, Jewish Arabs and the small amount of individual Christians. The matter of the sword combined with filial loyalty of tribal thinking eventually led to the conquest of Medina and the expulsion of Jewish monotheists that rejected Mohammed’s view of monotheism. Mohammed’s growing military power eventually led to the conquest of the city Mecca that had given him the boot. From their Mohammed and his following successors conquered the Arabian Peninsula, Middle Eastern Arabs, Persians (Iranians), India, North Africa and parts of Europe. None of the Muslim armies were invited because of a voluntary desire to convert to Islam; however once the Muslim armies conquered lands people began to convert in order to live a life free of oppression. Then Islamic intolerance was drilled into the conquered that following generations became committed to the theopolitical nature of Islam.

I have no doubt that those called moderate Muslims do not condemn those known as radical Muslims because their very holy texts confirm the desires that radical Muslims are attempting to accomplish. Muslims in America may be primarily devoted to theology; however the money of radical Islam is slowly gaining influence in American Mosques radicalizing younger Muslims to Mohammed’s early theopolitical in instilling Islam globally.

This is what Americans need to think about when viewing Muslims. It is religious profiling. Know this: theological minded American-Muslims are a holy text heartbeat away from seeing the radical Muslim view of life.

Raymond Ibrahim is an anti-Islamist writer that attempts to awaken Americans to the potential of an early Muslim-like revival. ACT for America as part of an email promotion of their new television program also sent an Ibrahim article “Radical Muslims in America”.

JRH 1/19/11
All the benefits, still turning to jihad
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Radical Muslims in America
All the Benefits and Still Turning to Jihad

By Raymond Ibrahim
Hudson New York

January 12, 2011

Recent remarks by Attorney General
Eric Holder on the threat posed by "radicalized" American Muslims are revealing—not just because of what they say regarding the domestic situation, but for their international implications as well. According to Holder:

“[T]he threat is real, the threat is different, the threat is constant. The threat has changed … to worrying about people in the United States, American citizens—raised here, born here, and who for whatever reason, have decided that they are going to become radicalized and take up arms against the nation in which they were born. It is one of the things that keeps me up at night. You didn't worry about this even two years ago—about individuals, about Americans, to the extent that we now do." Holder noted that while he was confident in the United States' counter-terrorism efforts, Americans "have to be prepared for potentially bad news…. The terrorists only have to be successful once."

Holder's assertion that "the terrorists only have to be successful once" has important implications: aside from the obvious—that it only takes one strike to create devastation on U.S. soil—it is also a reminder that when people argue that most American Muslims are moderate, and only a few are radical, it does not help our security. It took nineteen to commit 9/11; and we have already seen that some American Muslims are radical. According to Holder, in the last two years, 50 of the 126 people charged with terrorism were U.S. citizens.

Conversely, Holder's point that "You didn't worry about this even two years ago—about individuals, about Americans, to the extent that we now do," is odd. Why should Americans not have been a worry two years ago? Anyone even moderately familiar with Islamist ideology knows that it allows for absolutely no national allegiance. The notion that some American Muslims could become radicalized should have been a concern since 9/11—nearly a decade ago, not two years ago. It should have been a concern when it became obvious that American Muslims—like John Walker Lindh, Gregory Patterson, Levar Washington, Kevin James, Christopher Paul and Jose Padilla—were turning to violent jihad.

More significantly, the fact that Americans are being radicalized not only bodes ill for U.S. security; it also suggests that American efforts in the Muslim world are doomed to failure. Consider: if American Muslims, who enjoy Western benefits—including democracy, liberty, prosperity, and freedom of expression—are still being radicalized, why then do we insist that importing these same benefits to the Muslim world will eliminate its even more ingrained form of "radicalization"?
After all, the mainstream position, the only one evoked by politicians, both Democrat and Republican, is that all the sacrifices America makes in the Muslim world (Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.), will pay off once Muslims discover how wonderful Western ways are, and happily slough off their Islamist veneer, which, as the theory goes, is a product of—you guessed it—a lack of democracy, liberty, prosperity, and freedom of expression.
Yet here are American Muslims, immersed in the bounties of the West—and still do they turn to violent jihad.
In short, America needs to rethink its strategy for the war on terrorism—both at home and abroad. Domestically, this means cracking down without compunction on anything that smacks of Islamist activity, without fear of being "politically incorrect;" it means better monitoring of jihadist websites which play a major role in radicalizing American Muslims, such as
Inspire (which was started by a North Carolina Muslim); and it means exercising prudence when granting visas to people from dubious backgrounds. Internationally, it means understanding that the one solution to war promoted by most Western politicians—spreading Western values and ways of governance—is no solution at all.

Raymond Ibrahim is associate director of the Middle East Forum, author of The Al Qaeda Reader, and guest lecturer at the National Defense Intelligence College.
America Reassess your Perception of Islam
John R. Houk
© January 19, 2011
All the benefits, still turning to jihad

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