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December 5, 2011 4:56 pm

Time for Domestic Anti-Radicalization Program

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The U.S. Central Command has a new rapid-response team which uses information, rather than weapons, to combat terrorism, the New York Times recently reported.

Hunting down conspiracy theories and bogus reports on Middle East websites, media outlets and in the social media sphere, the Digital Engagement Team works at “containing lies, misinformation or just misperceptions” about American policy and military actions.

Meanwhile, over at the State Department, America’s top diplomatic arm is running a companion program targeting young Muslims throughout the world who might be vulnerable to an extremist message.

Those international efforts seem to be working, the story indicates. If that’s the case, it is time to consider a third program aimed at undercutting domestic radicalization. But instead, authorities are ignoring a major threat that leads to terrorism right here in our backyard. They are not doing enough to sideline Islamist groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and others who propagate the false “war on Islam” narrative.

It is a narrative that has proven to radicalize. But instead of aggressively pushing back, the White House, members of Congress and law enforcement routinely engage in “outreach” with these groups, attending their fundraisers and speaking at their meetings. This approach grants legitimacy to groups openly hostile toward American law enforcement and political objectives, shoving aside emerging Muslim voices which take a different approach.

This is especially evident with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). During the summer, MPAC Washington, D.C. director Haris Tarin attended the White House Iftar Dinner, President Obama’s 9/11 Memorial at the Kennedy Center, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Eid ul-Fitr reception at the State Department, which was planned to commemorate the conclusion of the month of Ramadan.

On July 13, President Obama even called Tarin personally to commend him for his and MPAC’s work with the Muslim American community and the nation as a whole.

MPAC has also enjoyed a great deal of engagement in its home city of Los Angeles. There, MPAC routinely links up with the LA Sheriff’s Department, with which the group has developed a joint counter-terrorism organization and also a cultural awareness training video for law enforcement officers. LA City Council President Eric Garcetti and the Rev. Jeff Carr, Chief of Staff for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, have also interacted with the group, most recently at an MPAC press conference in May called to present a unified front on support for the death of Usama bin Laden.

MPAC is rewarded despite pushing the “war on Islam” narrative for years and declaring prosecutions of alleged terrorists and their financiers as unjust and unfairly targeting Muslims. Recent months have seen a revival in the organization’s public condemnation of U.S. government policies.

It took issue with the targeting of radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed Sept. 30 by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen for his role as an al-Qaida ideologue and facilitator of attacks against Americans. MPAC rejected Awlaki’s message of violence in a news article on the matter, but challenged “the killing of an American citizen without a trial and due process.”

It also condemned the United States for opposing a unilateral bid for Palestinian statehood at the United Nations. It issued a policy paper that rejects the notion that Israel be recognized as the “Jewish state,” a policy diametrically opposed to the US position. On Sept. 21, the day the paper was released, President Obama told the U.N. General Assembly that “The Jewish people have forged a successful state in their historic homeland.”

MPAC’s paper also casually dismisses significant Israeli offers to bring about a two-state solution and fails to condemn Hamas for vowing to continue its campaign of violence rather than negotiating for peace.

This opposition to American policy comes after years of “outreach” from government agencies.

MPAC Executive Director Salam al-Marayati attended the 2010 White House Iftar Dinner and MPAC intern Saaliha Khan had the privilege of sitting at President Obama’s table. In recent years, MPAC also promoted its formal interactions with the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

MPAC’s Opposition to US Government Counterterrorism Prosecutions

MPAC has consistently criticized two of the most significant Palestinian terror-support cases. In 2001, it joined Islamist groups in criticizing the Treasury Department’s designation of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) for its alleged Hamas support as “succumbing to politically-motivated smear campaigns by those who would perpetuate Israel’s brutal occupation” and an attack on Islam.

The charity and five former officials were convicted on 108 counts related to a Hamas-support scheme in 2008. “The purpose of creating the Holy Land Foundation was as a fundraising arm for Hamas,” said U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis during a sentencing hearing.

MPAC also supported convicted terrorist Sami Al-Arian throughout his arrest and trial, claiming that Al-Arian was being unfairly targeted by law enforcement and special interest groups.

“Our community is in dire need to understand how these charges [against Al-Arian] are founded on concrete evidence of criminal activity and not guilt by association or political considerations,” said MPAC Senior Advisor Maher Hathout following al-Arian’s arrest in 2003.

Al-Arian eventually pleaded guilty to “conspiracy to make or receive contributions of funds, goods or services to or for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a Specially Designated Terrorist organization.

The presiding judge made it clear there was clear and compelling evidence of guilt, despite Hathout’s claims. Al-Arian was “a leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad,” U.S. District Judge James Moody said at Al-Arian’s sentencing. “You were on the board of directors and an officer, the secretary. Directors control the actions of an organization, even the PIJ; and you were an active leader.”

CAIR’s Claim of a “War on Islam”

Joining MPAC in both cases was the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR officials have pushed the “war on Islam” narrative more than anyone else. They use scare tactics to urge Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement, push empty conspiracy theories and repeatedly cast any FBI sting operation as inherently flawed. The FBI, they say, is creating terrorists where none existed.

While it has been FBI policy since 2008 not to engage in outreach with CAIR, other branches of government continue to grant legitimacy to the group. The FBI’s policy is rooted in evidence its agents gathered during the HLF case which placed CAIR’s founders, and the organization itself, in a U.S.-based Hamas support network called the Palestine Committee.

In October, U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., gave a wholehearted endorsement to CAIR at its national fundraising banquet. Members of Congress are staples at CAIR functions throughout the country. Democratic Reps. Andre Carson of Indiana and Hansen Clarke of Michigan attended the CAIR-Michigan banquet in March. Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison has spoken at numerous CAIR events.

In his remarks, Moran lamented what he described as an organized assault on Muslim Americans, including Investigative Project on Terrorism Executive Director Steven Emerson as part of this alleged cabal. “But the facts are, as [CAIR Executive Director] Nihad [Awad] said, we are dealing with a very well-funded and highly organized effort to distort Islam and to frighten non-Muslims into identifying a whole faith with violence and extremism.”

He claimed that “CAIR has been a leader in decrying terrorist violence and working with law enforcement to fight religious extremism.” CAIR’s record tells a far different story.

In Minneapolis, it has attacked Somali Muslims who cooperate in a law enforcement investigation into young men who have disappeared from the area, only to turn up in Somalia as part of the al-Shabaab terrorist group. Its San Francisco chapter posted a flier in January urging Muslims to “Build a wall of resistance” and “Don’t talk to the FBI.”

Meanwhile, CAIR-Michigan Executive Director Dawud Walid has traveled twice to Mali for the State Department to “build religious and cultural ties between American religious and civic leaders with Malian counterparts.”

In his most recent trip, he described America as “one of the world’s most tolerant societies regarding religious expression and practice.” But he also slammed American treatment of American Muslims, saying they have been improperly profiled by law enforcement since 9/11. In doing so, he invoked the case of Detroit Imam Luqman Abdullah, who was killed after firing first on FBI agents as they moved to arrest him on a criminal complaint. Abdullah, Walid said, “was shot 21 times including twice in the back during a raid by law enforcement agencies based upon an investigation of his mosque, which ended up proving no links to terrorism or treason.”

The “War On Islam” As a Justification for Terrorism

The growth of homegrown terrorism is beyond dispute. And most cases, especially those aimed at American military targets, are rooted in the terrorist’s belief that America is indeed at war with Islam. The serial killings at Fort Hood, followed by an unsuccessful bombing plot there, were triggered by the attackers’ desire to avenge the death of Muslims abroad, or prevent troops from going to war zones.

Five young men from Northern Virginia are serving 10-year sentences in Pakistani prisons after disappearing and trying to join the jihad against American troops in Afghanistan. They attended a mosque connected with the Islamic Circle of North America, a group which offers a curriculum featuring books by a series of radical Islamist ideologues, some of whom are considered inspirations to terrorist groups from Hamas to al-Qaida.

Islamist groups including CAIR promised to develop anti-radicalization programs of their own after one of the young men, Ramy Zamzam, left behind a martyrdom video before leading his friends to South Asia. But those have not materialized.

The homegrown terror cases have reached a volume where the broken windows theory of law enforcement and sociology applies. The theory is based on a neighborhood blight premise – that broken windows are indications no one cares and bad behavior is unchecked. Fix those broken windows; show a commitment to a safe community, and crime decreases.

In America, young Muslims have seen more than 20 Somalis disappear from their Minneapolis-area homes to join al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida affiliate waging a brutal war in Somalia. They’ve seen Samir Khan, killed in September alongside Awlaki in an American drone strike publish terror-supporting rhetoric on the Internet before becoming a leading propagandist for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

In a rant made during his October 2010 guilty plea, failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad described “the war against people who believe in the book of Allah and follow the commandments, so this is a war against Allah. So let’s see how you can defeat your Creator, which you can never do. Therefore, the defeat of U.S. is imminent and will happen in the near future, inshallah (God willing), which will only give rise to much awaited Muslim caliphate, which is the only true world order.”

In a letter to the court, Carlos Bledsoe, who converted to Islam while in college and answers to the name Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, wrote that his shooting attack on an Army recruiting office in Little Rock was an act of Jihad. “I wasn’t insane or post traumatic nor was I forced to do this act, which I believe and it is justified according to Islamic Laws and the Islamic religion,” he wrote. “Jihad – to fight those who wage war on Islam and Muslims.”

We cannot wait for the Islamists who pushed the same theme to come up with an answer.

“You’ve heard of the Iron Curtain, of course,” Ardashir Safavi, who works for the Centcom team, told the Times. “We’re here to pierce the Electronic Curtain because the military has decided that it cannot cede this information space to violent extremists.”

The same should apply to domestic radicalization and combating the war on Islam narrative. It starts with the Islamist groups who carry the biggest megaphones.

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    Those who came before us, including our own founding fathers, warned the West about Islam!

    WAKE UP!

    “I am speaking to those who, though not stupid or evil, are wallowing in prudence and doubt. And to them I say: “Wake up, people. Wake up!!” —you don’t understand or don’t want to understand that a reverse-Crusade is in progress. You don’t understand or don’t want to understand that if we don’t oppose them, if we don’t defend ourselves, if we don’t fight, the Jihad will win. And it will destroy the world that for better or worse we’ve managed to build, to change, to improve, to render a little more intelligent, that is to say, less bigoted—or even not bigoted at all. And with that it will destroy our culture, our art, our science, our morals, our values, our pleasures.”
    —Oriana Fallaci, (1929 – 2006) Italian journalist, author, and political interviewer, to her editor after the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks
    “Ever since the religion of Islam appeared in the world, the espousers of it…have been as wolves and tigers to all other nations, rending and tearing all that fell into their merciless paws, and grinding them with their iron teeth; that numberless cities are raised from the foundation, and only their name remaining; that many countries, which were once as the garden of God, are now a desolate wilderness; and that so many once numerous and powerful nations are vanished from the earth! Such was, and is at this day, the rage, the fury, the revenge, of these destroyers of human kind.”
    —-John Wesley (1703-1791) England, Methodist leader and renown theologian
    “[Islam] is essentially an obstructive, intolerant system. It has consecrated despotism; it has consecrated polygamy; it has consecrated slavery. It has declared war against every other creed; it has claimed to be at least dominant in every land. When it ceases to have an enemy to contend against, it sinks into sluggish stupidity and into a barbarism far viler. It must have an enemy; if cut off from conflict with the infidel, it finds its substitute in sectarian hatred of brother Moslems…”
    —-Edward Augustus Freeman (1823-1892) British historian, Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford, non-resident professor at Cornell University.
    “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”
    —- Manuel II Palaiologos, (1350 – 1425) Byzantine Emperor
    “The true Islamic concept of peace goes something like this: “Peace comes through submission to Muhammad and his concept of Allah” (i.e. Islam). As such the Islamic concept of peace, meaning making the whole world Muslim, is actually a mandate for war. It was inevitable and unavoidable that the conflict would eventually reach our borders, and so it has.
    —-Vernon Richards, (19 July, 1915 – 10 December 2001) Italian anarchist, editor, author
    “In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar [i.e., Muhammad], the Egyptian, combining the powers of transcendent genius, with the preternatural energy of a fanatic, and the fraudulent spirit of an impostor, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. Adopting from the sublime conception of the Mosaic law, the doctrine of one omnipotent God; he connected indissolubly with it, the audacious falsehood, that he was himself his prophet and apostle. Adopting from the new Revelation of Jesus, the faith and hope of immortal life, and of future retribution, he humbled it to the dust by adapting all the rewards and sanctions of his religion to the gratification of the sexual passion. He poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind. THE ESSENCE OF HIS DOCTRINE WAS VIOLENCE AND LUST: TO EXALT THE BRUTAL OVER THE SPIRITUAL PART OF HUMAN NATURE (Adams’s capital letters)… Between these two religions, thus contrasted in their characters, a war of twelve hundred years has already raged. The war is yet flagrant… While the merciless and dissolute dogmas of the false prophet shall furnish motives to human action, there can never be peace upon earth, and goodwill towards men.”
    —John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) Sixth President of the United States
    “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia [rabies] in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. …The fact that in Mohammedan law [sharia] every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities—but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”
    —Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British Prime Minister
    “Today [1950], the hatred of the Moslem countries against the West is becoming hatred against Christianity itself. Although the statesmen have not yet taken it into account, there is still grave danger that the temporal power of Islam may return and, with it, the menace that it may shake off a West which has ceased to be Christian, and affirm itself as a great anti-Christian world power.”
    —Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979) Renowned Catholic Bishop
    “Qur’an… an accursed book… So long as there is this book there will be no peace in the world.”
    —William Gladstone (1809-1898) Prime Minister of Great Britain 1868 – 1894

    “Will not perhaps the temporal power of Islam return and with it the menace of an armed Mohammedan world, which will shake off the domination of Europeans — still nominally Christian — and reappear as the prime enemy of our civilization? The future always comes as a surprise, but political wisdom consists in attempting at least some partial judgment of what that surprise may be. And for my part I cannot but believe that a main unexpected thing of the future is the return of Islam.”
    —Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) French Author/Historian and political activist
    “The Greeks who triumphed at Marathon and Salamis did a work without which the world would have been deprived of the social value of Plato and Aristotle, of Aeschylus, Herodotus, and Thucydides. The civilization of Europe, America, and Australia exists today at all only because of the victories of civilized man over the enemies of civilization, because the victories stretching through the centuries from the days of Miltiades and Themistocles to those of Charles Martel in the eighth century and those of John Sobieski in the seventeenth century. During the thousand years that included the careers of the Frankish soldier and the Polish king, the Christians of Asia and Africa proved unable to wage successful war with the Moslem conquerors; and in consequence Christianity practically vanished from the two continents; and today nobody can find in them any “social values” whatever, in the sense in which we use the words, so far as the sphere of Mohammedan influence. There are such “social values” today in Europe, America, and Australia only because during those thousand years the Christians of Europe possessed the warlike power to do what the Christians of Asia and Africa had failed to do – that is, to beat back the Moslem invader.”
    —Teddy Roosevelt (1858 -1919) Twenty-sixth President of the United States
    “I am afraid that God has sent these men to lay waste the world”.
    —-Patriarch Cyrus of Alexandria, while negotiating the surrender of Alexandria to the Muslims, 640 AD
    “These impious people boast of having got the better of the Romans by their love of God. They live by the bow, the sword and debauchery, finding pleasure in taking slaves, devoting themselves to murder, pillage, spoil,and not only do they commit these crimes, but even — what an aberration — they believe that God approves of them. This is what I think of them [Muslims], now that I know precisely about their way of life.”
    —-Gregory Palamas of Thessalonica, 1354
    “I studied the Kuran a great deal … I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammed. As far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world, and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion infinitely more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress.”
    —-Alexis de Tocqueville, (1805-1859) French political thinker and historian, known for authoring “Democracy in America”
    “The precept of the Koran is perpetual war against all who deny that Mahomet is the prophet of God. The vanquished may purchase their lives, by the payment of tribute; the victorious may be appeased by a false and delusive promise of peace; and the faithful follower of the prophet, may submit to the imperious necessities of defeat: but the command to propagate the Moslem creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective. The commands of the prophet may be performed alike, by fraud, or by force”.
    —-John Quincy Adams, 1829
    “Islam was not a torch, as has been claimed, but an extinguisher. Conceived in a barbarous brain for the use of a barbarous people, it was – and it remains – incapable of adapting itself to civilization. Wherever it has dominated, it has broken the impulse towards progress and checked the evolution of society.
    —-Andre Servier, 1922— Algerian historian who wrote “Islam and the Psychology of the Musulman” translated by A.S. Moss-Blundell, 1924.
    “The religion of Islam above all others was founded upon the sword … Moreover it provides incentives to slaughter, and in three continents has produced fighting breeds of men – filled with a wild and merciless fanaticism”.
    —-Winston Churchill, 1899
    “Unlike Christianity, which preached a peace that it never achieved, Islam unashamedly came with a sword.”
    —-Steven Runciman, (1903-2000) English historian who wrote “The History of the Crusades” 1951-1954
    “ISLAM HAS A TOTAL ORGANIZATION OF LIFE THAT IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM OURS; it embraces simply everything. There is a very marked subordination of woman to man; there is a very tightly knit criminal law, indeed, a law regulating all areas of life, that is opposed to our modern ideas about society. ONE HAS TO HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING THAT IT IS NOT SIMPLY A DENOMINATION THAT CAN BE INCLUDED IN THE FREE REALM OF A PLURALISTIC SOCIETY.”
    —-Pope Benedict XVI
    “Islam, more than any other religion human beings have devised, has all the makings of a thoroughgoing cult of death. As a matter of doctrine, the Muslim conception of tolerance is one in which non-Muslims have been politically and economically subdued, converted, or put to sword. The penalty for apostasy is death. We would do well to linger over this fact for a moment, because it is the black pearl of intolerance that no liberal exegesis will ever fully digest. There are other ideologies with which to expunge the last vapors of reasonableness from a society’s discourse, but Islam is undoubtedly one of the best we’ve got. The truth that we must finally confront is that Islam contains specific notions of martyrdom and jihad that fully explain the character of Muslim violence.”
    —-Sam Harris, September 20, 2006, Liberal American author, philosopher and neuroscientist
    “Islam deserves criticism on account of the logical consequences of its dogma, namely, that the murder of fellow human beings is to be rewarded with sensual pleasure in a hedonistic ‘Paradise’- a concept born in the fantasies of an Arab rebel some fourteen centuries ago. The religion of Mohammed is a dangerous system when the teachings and example of the ‘prophet’ are believed and followed.”
    —-Richard Dawkins
    “…But care is taken not to say how Islam expanded, how countries ‘passed into [Muslim] hands.’…Regarding this expansion, little is said about jihad. And yet it all happened through war!…the jihad is an institution… that is to say it is a part of the normal functioning of the Muslim world…The conquered populations change status (they become dhimmis), and the shari’a tends to be put into effect integrally, overthrowing the former law of the country. The conquered territories do not simply change ‘owners.'”
    —-Jacques Ellul (1912 – 1994) French philosopher, law professor, sociologist and theologian
    “…my correspondence with liberals has convinced me that liberalism has grown dangerously out of touch with the realities of our world — specifically with what devout Muslims actually believe about the West, about paradise and about the ultimate ascendance of their faith.

    “On questions of national security, I am now as wary of my fellow liberals as I am of the religious demagogues on the Christian right. This may seem like frank acquiescence to the charge that “liberals are soft on terrorism.” It is, and they are.

    “A cult of death is forming in the Muslim world — for reasons that are perfectly explicable in terms of the Islamic doctrines of martyrdom and jihad. The truth is that we are not fighting a “war on terror.” We are fighting a pestilential theology and a longing for paradise.

    “It is time we admitted that we are not at war with “terrorism”; we are at war with precisely the vision of life that is prescribed to all Muslims in the Koran. This is not to say that we are at war with all Muslims, but we are absolutely at war with millions more than have any direct affiliation with Al Qaeda, We are at war with those who believe that death in defense of the faith is the highest possible good, that cartoonists should be killed for caricaturing the prophet and that any Muslim who loses his faith should be butchered for apostasy… Unfortunately, this religious extremism is not a fringe phenomenon.

    “Every person living in a western democracy should read the Koran and discover the relentlessness with which non-Muslims are vilified in its pages. The idea that Islam is a “peaceful religion hijacked by extremists” is a dangerous fantasy—and it is now a particularly dangerous fantasy for moderate Muslims to indulge.

    “Given the degree to which religious ideas are still sheltered from criticism in every society, it is actually possible for a person to have the economic and intellectual resources to build a nuclear bomb — and to believe that he will get 72 virgins in paradise. And yet, despite abundant evidence to the contrary, liberals continue to imagine that Muslim terrorism springs from economic despair, lack of education and American militarism…Sawing the heads off of civilian contractors, humanitarian workers, and journalists is not “resistance” to oppression. It is the work of men who left their hearts in the 7th century.

    “I don’t know how many more engineers and architects need to blow themselves up, fly planes into buildings or saw the heads off of journalists before this fantasy will dissipate. The truth is that there is every reason to believe that a terrifying number of the world’s Muslims now view all political and moral questions in terms of their affiliation with Islam. This leads them to rally to the cause of other Muslims no matter how sociopathic their
    behavior. This is solidarity born of religious delusion, and it must end—or a genuine clash of civilizations will be unavoidable. This benighted religious solidarity may be the greatest problem facing civilization and yet it is regularly misconstrued, ignored or obfuscated by liberals.

    “To say that this does not bode well for liberalism is an understatement: It does not bode well for the future of civilization.”
    —-Sam Harris, September 20, 2006, liberal American author, neuroscientist
    “The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex of order and freedom, culture and peace, can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within.”
    —- Will Durant, 1885 – 1981, American writer, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for “The Story of Civilization”
    “Over a billion people believe in Allah without truly knowing what Allah supposedly stands for or what he really demands of them. And the minority that do understand continue to be Moslems because they have redefined their morality and ethics to fit within the teachings of Islam, which are floridly lacking in morality. They therefore redefine what is good and evil in order to fit their lives into what is preached by Islam, instead of examining Islam to see if it fits within the good life. Backwards thinking, imposed by a backward religion.”
    —- Bertrand Russell (British philosopher, historian, logician, mathematician, and pacifist)
    “The object of jihad is to bring the whole world under Islamic law. In an Islamic state, there is in principle no law other than the shar’ia, the Holy Law of Islam. The idea that any group of persons, any kind of activities, or any part of human life is in any sense outside the scope of religious law and jurisdiction is alien to Muslim thought.”
    —- Bernard Lewis, British-American Historian born May 31, 1916, academic expert on Islam and its interaction with the West
    “The most successful lecherous man who used religion for his personal gain is Prophet Mohammed. Islam is a cult with its complete irrational belief in Allah created by Muhammed who was a liar, thief, murderer and rapist till his last breath.”
    —- Dr. Khushwant Singh, born 2 February 1915, prominent Indian novelist and journalist, professor, former lawyer and parliamentarian
    “All religions are exclusive, but Islam is quite notably so, and immediately it developed into a state which seemed to be all of a piece with the religion. The Koran is its spiritual and secular book of law. Its statutes embrace all areas of life…and remain set and rigid; the very narrow Muslim mind imposes this nature on many nationalities and thus remolds them for all time (a profound, extensive spiritual bondage!) This is the power of Islam in itself… The very reason and excuse for existence, the holy war, and the possible world conquest, do not brook any other form. The strongest proof of real, extremely despotic power in Islam is the fact that it has been able to invalidate, in such large measure, the entire history (customs, religion, previous way of looking at things, earlier imagination) of the peoples converted to it. It accomplished this only by instilling into them a new religious arrogance which was stronger than everything and induced them to be ashamed of their past.”
    —-Jacob Burckhardt, aka Carl Jacob Christoph Burckhardt (1818 – 1897), Swiss theologian, scholar and prominent historiographer of art and cultural history
    “In the case of the Mohammedan world, religion has seemingly affected every detail of life with its prescriptions and requirements…[N]o other religion, as it conquered new territory, has so completely and quickly wiped out even the culture of the conquered people and imposed upon their total life new ways and customs, often a new language, as has the Mohammedan religion…Islam can truly be described as totalitarian. By a million roots, penetrating every phase of life, all of them with religious significance, it is able to maintain its hold upon the life of the Moslem peoples.”
    —-Dr. Charles R. Watson (1871 – 1948) born and raised in Egypt, the founder and first President of the American University in Cairo.
    “Its [Islam’s] governments are not governments…It makes life barren and empty. It encourages a savage pride and cruelty. It makes men tyrants or slaves, women puppets, religion the submission to an infinite despotism.”
    —-James Freeman Clarke, American abolitionist, theologian, author of “Ten Great Religions—An Essay in Comparative Theology”, 1871
    “There is no such thing as Islamophobia. Bigotry and racism exist, of course—and they are evils that all well-intentioned people must oppose. And prejudice against Muslims or Arabs, purely because of the accident of their birth, is despicable. But like all religions, Islam is a system of ideas and practices. And it is not a form of bigotry or racism to observe that the specific tenets of the faith pose a special threat to civil society. Nor is it a sign of intolerance to notice when people are simply not being honest about what they and their co-religionists believe… It is not at all clear how we should proceed in our dialogue with the Muslim world. But deluding ourselves with euphemisms and pandering to the religious sensitivities of Muslims is not the answer. There is much about Islamic culture that should appall us. The treatment of women in Muslim communities throughout the world is unconscionable. All civilized nations must unite in condemnation of a theology that now threatens to destabilize much of the earth. Muslim moderates, wherever they are, must be given every tool necessary to win a war of ideas with their coreligionists. Otherwise, we will have to win some very terrible wars in the future.”
    —-Sam Harris, September 20, 2006, liberal American author, neuroscientist

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    “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Qu’ran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.”
    —-Omar Ahmed CAIR (Council for American Islamic Relations) Founding Chairman

    “The Ikhwan (Muslims Brothers) must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
    —- by Mohamed Akram, May 19, 1991, Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Muslim Brotherhood in North America

    “Yes, ‘imperialism,’ … The deliberate and determined expansion of militant Islam and its attempt to triumph not only in the Islamic world but in Europe and North America. Pure ideology. Muslim terrorists kill and slaughter not because of what they experience but because of what they believe.”
    —-Dr. Tawfik Hamid (aka Tarek Abdelhamid), Islamic thinker and reformer, and one time Islamic extremist from Egypt

    “Just like Nazism started with Hitler’s vision, the Islamic vision is a caliphate; a society ruled by Sharia law, in which women who have sex before marriage are stoned to death, homosexuals are beaten, and apostates like me are killed. Sharia law is as inimical to liberal democracy as Nazism. It is not a fringe group of radical Muslims who’ve hijacked Islam and that the majority of Muslims are moderate. Violence is inherent in Islam; it’s a destructive, nihilistic cult of death. It legitimates murder.”
    —- Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Ex-Muslim Feminist, Writer, and Politician)

    “One day, millions of [Muslim] men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. Because they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory.”
    —- Houari (Mohamed) Boumedienne, President of Algeria, 1965 – 1978, in a 1974 speech at the UN

    “There can be two types of agreement with non-Muslims: 1) Mutual compromise and peace agreements can be made with countries that have no power which could threaten the grandeur and domination of Muslims. This will be enforced as long as they do not become a threat to the Muslims again. 2) If Muslims do not possess the capability of “Jihad with power,” agreement may be made till the power is attained. …the purpose of Jihad is not just to get the right of missionary activities in any country, but it aims at breaking the grandeur of unbelievers and to establish that of Muslims. As a result no one will dare to show any evil designs against Muslims on one side, and on the other side, people subdued from the grandeur of Islam will have an open mind to think over the blessings of Islam. Factually, this aims at “safeguarding Islam.” It is for this reason that the scholars who have called Jihad “A Protection” must look at it in the above context. But the basic element of this “protection” is to break the grandeur of unbelievers and establish the authority of Islam.”
    —-Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani, Islamic scholar from Pakistan, expert in the fields of Islamic Jurisprudence, economics and hadith, judge on the Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan and the Shari’a Appellate Bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, one of the most influential Islamic authors outside the Middle East

    “We demand an Islamic nation, living a true Islamic life in politics, society, economics, education, culture and every other sphere of life. Islamic law does not restrict itself to the cutting of hands or flogging criminals. To neglect prayer is also a criminal act, and to eat in public during Ramadan is a criminal act and so is the refraining from giving alms, taking interest, drinking, selling or transporting wine, opening public entertainment places and accepting taxes from these places, broadcasting (secular) songs on the radio and showing cheap exotic movies on the television, letting women dress indecently, and print heretic ideas in books and newspapers…We shall not be deceived any more. The Muslim people have a clear goal and will not settle for less than complete victory.”
    —- December, 1976 article from the Muslim Brotherhood publication Al-Dawa on their timeless vision of Islamic democracy and freedom

    “The term jihad is derived from the the verb jahada which means “exerted”; its juridical-theological meaning is exertion of one’s power in Allah’s path, that is, the spread of belief in Allah and in making His word supreme over this world. The individual’s recompense would be the achievement of salvation, since the jihad is Allah’s direct way to paradise…The jihad, in the broad sense of exertion, does not necessarily mean war or fighting, since exertion in Allah’s path may be achieved by peaceful as well as violent means. The jihad may be regarded as a form of religious propaganda that can be carried on by persuasion or by the sword.”
    —-Majid Khadduri (1909-2007) Islamic scholar, law professor, author, internationally recognized as a leading authority on modern Islamic history and politics of the Middle East, founder of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Middle East Studies program

    “The Western distinction between just and unjust wars linked to specific grounds for war is unknown in Islam. Any war against unbelievers, whatever its immediate ground, is morally justified. Only in this sense can one distinguish just and unjust wars in Islamic tradition. When Muslims wage war for the dissemination of Islam, it is a just war (futuhat, literally “opening,” in the sense of opening the world, through the use of force, to the call to Islam); when non-Muslims attack Muslims, it is an unjust war (‘idwan).”
    —-Bassam Tibi (b. 1944), Muslim German political scientist of Syrian origin who has taught at Göttingen, Harvard, and Cornell University.

    “The theory that our religion is a peaceful and loving religion is a wrong theory…The Holy War as it is known in Islam is basically an offensive war, and it is the duty of all Muslims of every age, when the needed military power is available, because our prophet Muhammad said that he is ordered by Allah to fight all people until they say ‘No God but Allah,’ and he is his messenger…It is meaningless to talk about the Holy War as only defensive, otherwise, what did the prophet mean when he said, “from now on even if they don’t invade you, you must invade them.”
    —-Dr. M. Sa’id Ramadan Al-Buti (b. 1929), head of the Beliefs and Religions Department in The Faculty of the Islamic Law, Damascus University, and a member of the High Council of Oxford Academy in England, author of ‘Jihad: How to Understand and Practice It’

    “In reality Islam is a revolutionary ideology and programme which seeks to alter the social order of the whole world and rebuild it in conformity with its own tenets and ideals. ‘Muslim’ is the title of that International Revolutionary Party organized by Islam to carry into effect its revolutionary programme. And ‘Jihad’ refers to that revolutionary struggle and utmost exertion which the Islamic Party brings into play to achieve this objective…Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation which rules it…It must be evident to you from this discussion that the objective of Islamic ‘Jihad’ is to eliminate the rule of an un-Islamic system and establish in its stead an Islamic system of State rule. Islam does not intend to confine this revolution to a single State or a few countries; the aim of Islam is to bring about a universal revolution.”
    —- Syed Abul A’ala Maududi (1903 – 1979) Sunni Pakistani journalist, theologian, Muslim revivalist leader and political philosopher, major 20th century Islamist thinker, prominent political figure in Pakistan and the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami, the Islamic revivalist party

    “If we searched the entire world for a person more cowardly, despicable, weak and feeble in psyche, mind, ideology and religion, we would not find anyone like the Jew. Notice, I do not say the Israeli…If they (Jews) all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide… We reaffirm the slogan of the struggle against the Great Satan (USA) and call, like last year: ‘Death to America. To the murderers of the prophets, the grandsons of apes and pigs,’ we say: … ‘Death to Israel…'”
    —-Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary General of Hezbollah

    “The whole of Europe will become Islamic. Like the army of the sultan we will conquer Rome.”
    –− Former Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, June 2002

    “Today, Rome is the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital, which has declared its hostility to Islam, and has planted the brothers of apes and pigs in Palestine in order to prevent the reawakening of Islam. This capital of theirs will be an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread through Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, and even Eastern Europe.”
    –− Yunis Al-Astal, Hamas MP and cleric

    “We will control the land of the Vatican; we will control Rome and introduce Islam in it.”
    —− Sheikh Muhammad bin Abd al-Rahman al-‘Arifi, imam of the mosque of the Saudi government’s King Fahd Defence Academy