A TIME FOR TRUTH -- 9/11 AND ISLAM
By Don Feder
People keep asking me what we learned from September 11, 2001 and the deaths
3,000 of our fellow citizens. I'm tempted to say: Absolutely nothing. (Who
was it who
remarked that the lessons of history are the last things we ever learn?)
Among the many unlearned lessons of Day-Which-Will-Live-In-Infamy-II-- the
necessity to control our borders, the need for a patriotic renewal and the
combatting multiculturalism -- the most significant is the nature of Islam.
You will note
that I do not say militant Islam, or radical Islam, or Islamic extremism or
weasel words - but Islam, period.
Every one of the hijackers who flew airliners into the World Trade Center
Pentagon were professing and practicing Moslems, as is Osama bin Laden. The
network is based in Moslem countries and supported financially by pious
The overwhelming majority of Moslem religious authorities who've spoken out
on the subject, including those at the main mosque in Mecca and Egypt's
Azar University, either endorse or rationalize acts of terrorism. On a day
Americans were incinerated or buried under tons of rubble, from Nigeria to
Moslems celebrated in the streets.
Sept. 11 was one chapter in a 1400-year jihad. Every day, the World Trade
massacre is reenacted on a smaller scale somewhere in the Third World -
and children are burned alive in a bus on the West Bank, a missionary is
beheaded in the
Philippines, gunmen shoot up a church in Pakistan (deliberately firing into
bodies of women trying to shield their children), ancient monasteries and
destroyed in Kosovo, a woman is sentenced to death for adultery in Nigeria,
murdered in the Kashmir, a nun is found beheaded in Baghdad -- and the beat
Genocide in the Sudan, ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, religious
Saudi Arabia, calls for another holocaust in mosques from Mecca to Gaza, the
of Islamic law in Nigeria, forced conversions in Indonesia, synagogues
burned in France,
Jews attacked across Europe - these are everyday events, as Third World and
much of the
First slowly turns Islamic green.
And still our leaders, from President Bush on down, insist on peddling the
absurdity that Islam is a religion of peace - a creed of kindness and
tragically and inexplicably corrupted by fanatics.
At a conference, I recently had an exchange with Tom Ridge, the Director of
Homeland Security, wherein I questioned the governor on Islam a la Hans
Christian Andersen. Ridge replied that Islam was indeed a pacific faith
by a handful of heretics. I replied that the "handful" is in the hundreds of
and -- as far as I can see - it's the Moslems who aren't trying to kill us
misinterpreted their religion.
Why this reluctance to confront manifest reality? The reason lies partly
with our absurd foreign policy. We've declared certain Moslem nations to be
loyal allies - including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan. We wouldn't want to
offend these dear friends by saying something unflattering about their
butcherly, dark ages faith.
Then too, Americans are naturally benevolent. Most of us are taught from
childhood that is religion is good (and it doesn't matter which religion).
as little Johnny believes in God and goodness, it's inconsequential whether
lights candles, wears a skull cap to services or prays in the direction of
This works with every religion except Islam.
Consider the following: Of the three major monotheistic religions, one
was started by a lawgiver, one by a man of peace (try to imagine
Mohammed telling his followers to turn the other cheek) and one by a
warrior. Mohammed led men into battle. The essence of his message is
holy war - slaughtering your enemies for the glory of Allah. He even
advised his followers to negotiate a phony truces to lull their enemies.
For almost 1,400 years, that has been the reality of Islam. Within a century
after the death of Mohammed, Islam spread throughout the Middle East and
across North Africa. It overran the Iberian peninsula and was finally
southern France. It spread eastward as far as the southern Philippines. It
propagated by fresh-faced young men knocking on doors and announcing:
I'm from your local mosque. Have you considered the Koran?" It was spread by
force - conversion by the sword. To a large extent, it still is.
Some will respond that all religions go through periods of violence,
usually in their infancy. Christianity had its crusades and Inquisition, its
conversions and expulsions. But the evil committed in the name of Christ
happened centuries ago. The evil committed in the name of the Prophet is
on now, as you read these words. Of 22 conflicts in the Third World, 20
Moslems versus someone else. Coincidence? In his brilliant book, "Clash of
Cultures and the Remaking of World Order," Samuel Huntington speaks of
Islam's "bloody borders."
There is no Methodist Jihad, no Hasidic holy warriors, no Southern
Baptist suicide bombers, no Mormon elders preaching the annihilation of
members of other faiths.
Islam is a warrior religion - the perfect vessel for fanatics, the violence-
prone, the envious and haters of all stripes. This is one reason why Islam
making so many converts among the peaceable denizens of our prison system.
Still, much of the West is addicted to a fairy-tale version of Islam.
Christian and Jewish clergy fall all over themselves to have interfaith
with imams. Representatives of Moslem groups are invited to the White House.
The president signs a Ramadan declaration. In California, public schools ask
children to role-play at being Moslems. Our universities take carefully
verses from the Koran and present them as the essence of the faith. All
needed is a Moslem character on "Sesame Street." Look - it's the Jihad
This perspective engenders a fatally false sense of security. Imagine, in
1940, Winston Churchill taking to the airwaves to announce that Nazism was
ideology of peace which, regrettably, had been perverted by a few fanatics
Hitler and Goebbels. But most storm troopers and SS men are fine follows -
friends and neighbors.
For the first thousand years of its history - from the death of Mohammad
to the 17th. century decline of the Ottoman empire, Islam was an
force. For the next 300 years, as the West rose to preeminence, Islam
the past four decades - fueled by Arab oil wealth, a surplus population in
Middle East, the waning of the West and the rise of more virulent strains of
faith (Shiism, Wahhabism, Sunni fundamentalism) - Islam is expanding once
more. Round and round she goes and where she stops nobody knows.
Due to Moslem immigration and aggressive proselytizing among the
underclass, Islam is being exported to the West. Moslem populations are
burgeoning throughout Western Europe. (In southern France, there are said to
more mosques than churches.) In Judeo-Christian America, Islam is the
growing religion. It's also spreading down the coast of West Africa, through
Balkans (after Serbia, Macedonia is the next target) and up from Mindanao in
Wherever it comes, Islam brings its delightful customs - child marriages,
female circumcisions, rabid anti-Semitism, terrorism and support for
and a virulent intolerance of other faiths.
Am I suggesting we declare war on 900 million Moslems? The question is
irrelevant - many of them have declared war on us. When one side knows it's
war and the other thinks peace and brotherhood prevail, guess who wins?
Ultimately, it's not about Jews in the West Bank, or Orthodox Serbs in
Kosovo, or Hindus in Kashmir, or Maronite Catholics in Lebanon, or
in Sudan and Nigeria but all of us. As Ben Franklin would have it - Either
hang together, or surely we shall all hang separately.
I'll save what-is-to-be-done for another installment. In the meantime, my
compliments to Richard the Lionhearted and Charles Martel
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