Americans Should Take Islamism Very Seriously

 

In a speech following 9/11, President Bush assured us that in spite of that terrorist attack, all humans deep in their hearts long for freedom and brotherhood. It’s a comforting sentiment, but it’s not true.

Radical Islamists openly proclaim their disdain for freedom as another decadent Western value. Iranian street crowds commonly chant “Death to America.” They are deadly serious. Radicalized Muslims think and behave so radically different than we do that we keep dangerously misjudging them and making massive blunders in our adversarial dealings with them (think Iran nuclear deal).

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a leading Muslim reformer, recently explained in the pages of the Arizona Republic that not all Muslims are Islamists. Some are moderate, even members of secular political movements such as the Iranian Women’s Revolution. But Islamists are the dominant side of the House of Islam, in part due to their massive financing by oil-rich Persian Gulf tribes. This allows them to control Islamic propaganda and education.

For Islamists, the sole purpose of life is complete submission to the will of Allah, as interpreted by their imams and scholars. Unfortunately for the world, what Allah wants is nothing short of complete domination, the establishment of a hegemonic caliphate and the subjugation of all non-Muslims.

Thus, the life of an Islamist is an unceasing war or “jihad” in pursuit of this ultimate goal. No boundaries are acknowledged in this quest. Kidnapping, beheading, rape, murder of innocent civilians, including their own, torture and atrocities of all kinds are not even deemed regrettable but are applauded.

These Islamists don’t fight wars for traditional reasons. They don’t battle for independence, territory, resources, or national pride. Their single goal is annihilation or subjugation of their enemies, which the Quran defines as all non-believers, especially Jews.

The problematic response of America and the West to this religion-based violence is appeasement and accommodation. We can solve our differences with talks! Surely, if they understood how much we are willing to concede to bring matters to a peaceful conclusion, they would work with us.

Bad idea. To the Islamist warlords, appeasement is merely a sign of weakness. It’s a green light to ramp up the aggression.

Anthony Blinken’s trip to the Middle East to beg for a cease-fire was a telling fool’s errand. It undercut our ally Israel, which is in a bilateral existential war with radical Islamists. It gives Hamas a chance to rest, recruit and rearm. Moreover, it has zero chance of bringing about a more immediate or favorable resolution of hostilities.

Our current American leadership appears incapable of comprehending the potential mortal danger we are in. They want to believe the “bad“ Muslims are only a tiny minority. They think that if we can only defeat Hamas or Al-Qaeda or whatever terrorist organization is currently rampaging, they will surrender and all will be well.

It’s not just Hamas or Hezbollah or Iran we are fighting, but an entire global mindset, a medieval anti-western ideology of evil. For each specific foe we defeat, there are always others to replace them. Jihadists actually welcome martyrdom because it assures hero status and a better afterlife.

Americans need to understand also that an important part of jihad – the imperative to eventually kill or convert – is subversion from within. Millions of immigrant Muslims worldwide have no intention of assimilating. They are taught that their duty is not to learn the ways of their new country but to infiltrate their culture and demand accommodation.

They are seeing some success. Young Americans who are the product of our inept educational system deny that Israel has the right to defend itself. Nearly half agree that the horrific war crimes of Hamas were justified. Tens of thousands fill the streets chanting for the elimination of the Jewish state. The students weren’t born with this mindset. They learned it from radicalized authority figures.

We Americans deserve to be proud of our history as a fair, compassionate member of the international community. But being a good neighbor shouldn’t require suicide.

We may not wish to be at war with Islamism, but they’re waging deadly war against us. Meanwhile, Americans fret about climate change and Islamophobia. Time to wake up.

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  1. Henry Castaigne Member
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    I really like your piece. 

    May I ask why you were promoted to the mainfeed before receiving two likes? I am a Ricochet so I want to k ow the inner workings.

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  2. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    An essential early step is to regain control of our educational infrastructure. 

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  3. Fritz Coolidge
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    Good article. I would add that it appears once a critical mass in terms of percentage of population is reached, their demands for accommodation skyrocket.

    Not only in places like Dearborn, MI, but now in NYC the Muslim call to prayer is allowed to be broadcast over loudspeakers every Friday plus every sunset during Ramadan. In the very city where jihadis flew jet airliners into the World Trade Center towers and killed thousands — including Muslims! — the city’s mayor is waiving the noise pollution regulations at the request of the growing Muslim community. This is not a trend that can continue if the west and its civilization will survive.

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  4. lowtech redneck Coolidge
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    I really like your piece.

    May I ask why you were promoted to the mainfeed before receiving two likes? I am a Ricochet so I want to k ow the inner workings.

    He’s likely a professional with a syndicated column, under contract; these guys usually don’t interact with ricochet members, though they sometimes will.

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  5. Eugene Kriegsmann Member
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    I have never doubted the sincerity of Muslims in their quest to convert or enslave the rest of the world. They are true believers. That, I think, is what is missing from the thinking of most of our leaders. Christians, not all of course, tend to take their religion with a grain of salt. I am sure there are a lot of true believers, but most of them are written off as cranks and extremists, or cultists. Most Christians believe in the essential tenets of their particular brand of Christianity, but they also accept that other brands may serve just as well. Essentially, we can all find our way to God if we simply follow the basic teachings of  Christ. It is only in the orthodox religions, like Catholicism, as I learned it early on, that it is believed that it is the only way to achieve eternal life, and it seems that that belief is long since abandoned.

    The Muslims, on the other hand, have never compromised. There is only one true belief, only one true manner in which to serve God (Allah), and that is through submission, Islam. They have no doubts, no equivocations. The path is clear. Everything a true Muslim needs to know is contained within the holy scriptures of the Koran. When you operate under those assumptions there are no arguments, no discussions, no compromises, no relativism. This all absolute. That is an idea that western civilizations gave up a long time ago, and its breakdown has only increased as what is now called Progressivism grew.
    Progressivism is in such contradiction to Islam that its adherents are totally blind to how completely they misjudge the goals of the modern Islamic states when they call for the Death of the Great Satan. I can only compare it to the chief scientist in the Howard Hawks’ The Thing who thinks he can bargain with the monster who only want his blood. The misunderstanding is almost fatal, and if imbeciles like Obama and Biden get their way it will be fatal for us.

    They perceive our liberalism as weakness, effeminacy, a total lack of substance. Their belief system is solid, firm, and unyielding. It is steel pressing against Jello. Who do you think is going to win.

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  6. Nanocelt TheContrarian Member
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    Moderator Note:

    This is a rude, personal attack. Please keep your comments directed at the argument at hand, not at members.

    [Redacted by moderator] Our leaders (such as Obama, Biden , Blinken, et. Al.) are not fools who believe we can negotiate rationally with Islamists. To the contrary:  They understand that Islam seeks utter domination and understand Islamists and their goals exactly as Mr Patterson does. They actually make common cause with Islamists because they also hate the West, particularly Judaism and Christianity, and seek to destroy the West. By any means necessary, just like Hamas.They also want absolute control, just as the Islamists do, and desire the exact same type of governance as the Islamists, except without Allah, rather with themselves issuing the edicts and fatwas rather than the mullahs. They are trying to gain the cooperation of the Islamists in destroying first Israel and then the rest of the West. Only when those goals are achieved will they then seek to dominate the Islamists. To do that they are attempting collaboration with China, also a totalitarian nation, but with a  much preferred atheist ideology.

    Our leaders, carefully and a step at a time, with much rhetorical obfuscation, so as to not arouse such as Mr. Patterson from the slumber and deep delusion that our leaders are at all interested in human liberty and prosperity, with malice aforethought, are fully engaged in engineering the suicide of the West.

    It is far past time for Mr Patterson to wake up.

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  7. carcat74 Member
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    Moderator Note:

    Rudeness to other members is a violation of the CoC. Disagreement with other members' positions is fine; personal attacks are not.

    [Redacted by moderator]

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  8. Manny Coolidge
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    Well some call us, who want to fight back Islamism, neocons, in a very pejorative way. 

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  9. James Lileks Contributor
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    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):
    When you operate under those assumptions there are no arguments, no discussions, no compromises, no relativism. This all absolute. That is an idea that western civilizations gave up a long time ago, and its breakdown has only increased as what is now called Progressivism grew.

    And thank heavens we did give it up. It’s a prescription for stagnation. The problem is when dissent becomes virtuous for its own sake, and defense of the culture’s ideas is seen as counter-revolutionary heresy. 

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  10. QuietPI Member
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    Fritz (View Comment):

    Good article. I would add that it appears once a critical mass in terms of percentage of population is reached, their demands for accommodation skyrocket.

    Not only in places like Dearborn, MI, but now in NYC the Muslim call to prayer is allowed to be broadcast over loudspeakers every Friday plus every sunset during Ramadan. In the very city where jihadis flew jet airliners into the World Trade Center towers and killed thousands — including Muslims! — the city’s mayor is waiving the noise pollution regulations at the request of the growing Muslim community. This is not a trend that can continue if the west and its civilization will survive.

    Years ago I read a study of this very thing.  The study involved France and England, as I recall, along with some other countries experiencing massive influxes of Muslim populations.  That figure was 10%.  I remember the authors considered that France was probably a lost cause, and England was not far behind.  Worth remembering – Islam is the fastest – growing religion in the U.S.  

    As far as I know, this is still true: only one nation has every voluntarily become Muslim.  That would be Brunei.  All the rest have become so through military conquest, or, if you want to classify it separately, bloody internal revolution.  

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  11. Scott Wilmot Member
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    Tom Patterson: Time to wake up.

    Indeed.

    Islam is a political ideology wrapped up in a heretical religion.

    In the West, Islam is spread mainly through cultural jihad, and schools (from kindergarten through college) are one of the main venues in which the cultural jihadists operate. There are, for example, about 600 chapters of the Muslim Student Association (a Muslim Brotherhood-linked organization) spread across North American colleges. The purpose of Muslim expansion is not to assimilate into a new nation and culture but rather to change it so that it conforms to Muslim ways.

    Leftists (like Obama, Biden, Blinken, the MSM, etc.) see Islamists as natural allies in their war to defeat Judeo-Christian values.

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  12. Eugene Kriegsmann Member
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    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):
    When you operate under those assumptions there are no arguments, no discussions, no compromises, no relativism. This all absolute. That is an idea that western civilizations gave up a long time ago, and its breakdown has only increased as what is now called Progressivism grew.

    And thank heavens we did give it up. It’s a prescription for stagnation. The problem is when dissent becomes virtuous for its own sake, and defense of the culture’s ideas is seen as counter-revolutionary heresy.

    James, I do agree that rigidity of ideas is a problem, but too much flexibility about values and standards is as much as a problem as too much rigidity. If I don’t have ground on which I stand and hold fast, then I am firmly planted in mid air and can be blown around by the winds of alternative opinions i.e., Biden.

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  13. cdor Member
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    It could be that our success as a civilization and a country is our weakness. We, as a people, have become soft. Life is so comfortable that we begin looking for reasons to be agitated just for something to do. Our pampered youth are easily swayed by the warm sounding thoughts of communalism, sharing with all so that none lack for anything. The Islamist aren’t concerned with self righteous indulgence. They want domination and we are in their way. We are embarrassed by our strength and wealth. They aren’t the least bit embarrassed to kill us and take what we have created and destroy it. Israel gives the land of Gaza to the Arabs. The Israelis had made it a prosperous and thriving land with a manufacturing base of world renowned greenhouses. The Arabs, upon being given Gaza, immediately destroy everything the Israelis had built, leaving nothing but poverty, misery, and hatred as a way of life for their people. The West has lost all pride in our heritage. 

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  14. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    QuietPI (View Comment):

    Fritz (View Comment):

    Good article. I would add that it appears once a critical mass in terms of percentage of population is reached, their demands for accommodation skyrocket.

    Not only in places like Dearborn, MI, but now in NYC the Muslim call to prayer is allowed to be broadcast over loudspeakers every Friday plus every sunset during Ramadan. In the very city where jihadis flew jet airliners into the World Trade Center towers and killed thousands — including Muslims! — the city’s mayor is waiving the noise pollution regulations at the request of the growing Muslim community. This is not a trend that can continue if the west and its civilization will survive.

    Years ago I read a study of this very thing. The study involved France and England, as I recall, along with some other countries experiencing massive influxes of Muslim populations. That figure was 10%. I remember the authors considered that France was probably a lost cause, and England was not far behind. Worth remembering – Islam is the fastest – growing religion in the U.S.

    As far as I know, this is still true: only one nation has every voluntarily become Muslim. That would be Brunei. All the rest have become so through military conquest, or, if you want to classify it separately, bloody internal revolution.

    10% is the commonly recognized inflection point.  

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  15. Eugene Kriegsmann Member
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    Despite the falling apart of our “Christian” nation, people want something to believe. They want structure in their lives, boundaries. I saw it in my classrooms and classrooms around mine. When kids weren’t provided with limits they flailed against the edges, misbehaved and revolted until the lid was put back on them. Once they were provided with structure they calmed down and got to work.

    Adults are no different. In the absence of religious strictures people seek alternatives, environmentalism, progressivism, and any other convenient “ism” around. Islam offers total, wrap around security. It relieves doubts and provides a structural system. It can be very appealing in a world filled with insecurity and doubts. I saw that in the 1960s and ’70s with the Black Muslim movement. Where they existed there was no crime, neighborhoods were safe and clean. Families flourished. Children were respectful.

    Erich Frome wrote powerfully in Escape from Freedom about the human need for structure. He attributed the NAZI-fication of Germany to it. I am unsurprised that Islam is becoming more and more popular as progressives in the various churches dispense with structural traditions. It is also very popular in prisons for those whose lives have been without structure and meaning.

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  16. kedavis Coolidge
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    I’ve heard Zuhdi Jasser interviewed in the past, he strikes me as hopelessly naive.  His path doesn’t lead to success for the US or any kind of rational world.

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  17. Franco Member
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    Manny (View Comment):

    Well some call us, who want to fight back Islamism, neocons, in a very pejorative way.

    I think we all want to fight back on Islamism. Neocons are doing it very wrong,  as has been demonstrated.
    Besides, it looks like neocons want to fight anyone and everyone. There’s always some villain who’s on their radar. It was Putin, then it was domestic terrorist  Trump and his MAGA insurrectionists…. the list is long.

    These people like Bill Kristol and Max Boot want to send the children of people whose parents were, for the most part typical Trump voters and patriots, to foreign conflicts they can’t win, send our money to Zelenskyy to squander and launder and expect us to believe they are capable of defending America from Islamists.

    I agree with this article for the most part. Neocons dropped the ball. The FBI is arresting and hunting harmless patriots and allowing Islamists and other bad actors to create chaos in America.  
    So neocons are in a boy-who-cried-wolf position claiming they were right all along as though they didn’t squander or military resources and our treasury playing stupid games worldwide. They also, almost to a man,  advocated for open borders here (Bush, McCain).

    Now these people are in our midst. Yeah neocon is a pejorative for good reason.

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  18. Manny Coolidge
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    Franco (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):

    Well some call us, who want to fight back Islamism, neocons, in a very pejorative way.

    I think we all want to fight back on Islamism. Neocons are doing it very wrong, as has been demonstrated.
    Besides, it looks like neocons want to fight anyone and everyone. There’s always some villain who’s on their radar. It was Putin, then it was domestic terrorist Trump and his MAGA insurrectionists…. the list is long.

    These people like Bill Kristol and Max Boot want to send the children of people whose parents were, for the most part typical Trump voters and patriots, to foreign conflicts they can’t win, send our money to Zelenskyy to squander and launder and expect us to believe they are capable of defending America from Islamists.

    I agree with this article for the most part. Neocons dropped the ball. The FBI is arresting and hunting harmless patriots and allowing Islamists and other bad actors to create chaos in America.
    So neocons are in a boy-who-cried-wolf position claiming they were right all along as though they didn’t squander or military resources and our treasury playing stupid games worldwide. They also, almost to a man, advocated for open borders here (Bush, McCain).

    Now these people are in our midst. Yeah neocon is a pejorative for good reason.

    Agree on Krystal (don’t know what his expertise ever was) being an idiot but there is the opposite of neocon. But there are those who don’t want to provide resources to countries that are fighting our fight against global threats.  Putting your head in the sand doesn’t make them go away. Frankly there is a core group of conservatives who are down right isolationist. 

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  19. Nanocelt TheContrarian Member
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    carcat74 (View Comment):

    [Redacted by moderator]

    Then let me just say that, contrary to Mr Patterson’s characterization, I believe Blinken’s visit to Israel was not a fool’s errand, but rather an attempt to harm Israel and aid Hamas, while attempting to appear to not be doing exactly that. The belief that our leaders support Israel, or America, is no longer a credible belief, in my opinion. Rather, the intent is to deprive both Israel and America of liberty and prosperity, and expose us both to, and weaken us toward,  existential threats, in my view.. 

    I do believe, contrary to the views expressed by Mr. Patterson that have as their basis the idea that our leaders have America’s best interest at heart and are working to ensure our liberty and prosperity in the best way they know how, according to their lights, that our leaders are rather working to destroy the liberty and prosperity that America and the West, and israel, have enjoyed. I will acknowledge that much of America seems to avidly support those efforts. The rest seem to share Mr Patterson’s perspective: That America’s current leaders are persuadable to a more robust defense of America, Israel, the West, and Judeo-Christian values. 

    I would say, in my humble opinion, that Mr. Patterson’s call to our leaders to acknowledge the dangers of militant Islam and to adopt policies commensurate with that danger, will fall on ears as deaf as those of Hamas when Mr. Blinken calls for Hamas to abandon terrorism (if he were to do such a thing). Or is that too rude as well?

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