Wednesday, April 04, 2007

It's Time For Truth


From author Don Feder, with thanks to Michael Travis:


People keep asking me what we learned from September 11, 2001 and the deaths of 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 importance of 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 other such weasel words – but Islam, period. Every one of the hijackers who flew airliners into the World Trade Center and Pentagon were professing and practicing Moslems, as is Osama bin Laden. The Al Qaeda network is based in Moslem countries and supported financially by pious Moslems in Saudi Arabia. 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 prestigious Al Azar University, either endorse or rationalize acts of terrorism.

On a day when Americans were incinerated or buried under tons of rubble, from Nigeria to Indonesia, Moslems celebrated in the streets. Sept. 11 was one chapter in a 1400-year jihad.

Every day, the World Trade Center massacre is reenacted on a smaller scale somewhere in the Third World – Jewish women 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 the prostrate bodies of women trying to shield their children), ancient monasteries and convents are destroyed in Kosovo, a woman is sentenced to death for adultery in Nigeria, Hindus are murdered in the Kashmir, a nun is found beheaded in Baghdad -- and the beat goes on.

Genocide in the Sudan, ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, religious persecution in Saudi Arabia, calls for another holocaust in mosques from Mecca to Gaza, the imposition 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 benevolence 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 corrupted by a handful of heretics.

I replied that the "handful" is in the hundreds of millions and -- as far as I can see – it's the Moslems who aren't trying to kill us who've 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 our loyal allies – including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan. We wouldn't want to offend these dear friends by saying something unflattering about their bloody, 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 long as little Johnny believes in God and goodness, it's inconsequential whether he lights candles, wears a skull cap to services or prays in the direction of Mecca.

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 stopped in southern France. It spread eastward as far as the southern Philippines. It was not propagated by fresh-faced young men knocking on doors and announcing: "Hello. 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 forced 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 going on now, as you read these words.

Of 22 conflicts in the Third World, 20 involve 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.