President Obama’s cavalier attitude toward the Brussels terrorist bombing (a Benghazi bump in the road) — as well as his detachment from and “no-show” at last November’s Paris gathering of 41 world leaders showing their solidarity against the Islamic jihadi terrorist attacks — was an embarrassment for all Americans. His aloofness should not come as a surprise.
He understands better than most Americans that the plague of jihadi terrorism has its roots in Islam. It explains why he directed that all training manuals be purged of anything that linked Islam with terrorism. Furthermore, Mr. Obama’s deliberate obfuscation of the scriptures of Islam, as found in the Koran and Shariah law, which drives jihadi acts of terrorism, has facilitated the spread of Islam and its supremacist ideology. It has aided and abetted the enemy.
Clearly, that’s why Mr. Obama replaced the “Global War on Terror” with terms like “countering violent extremism” and “workplace violence.” It confuses the American public on the rationale derived from the Koran, Shariah law and the hadiths that drive jihadists to commit these acts of terrorism. The Islamic jihadists have been thoroughly indoctrinated in the core canonical beliefs of Islam as written in the suras (chapters) of the Koran. It certainly is not for a lack of job or education opportunities, which is part of the progressives’ nonsense propaganda.
Using the term “radical Islam” to describe the jihadi terrorism implies that there is some “moderate form of Islam.” Regrettably, that is not the case, nor have these jihadists hijacked Islam. The Islamic leader of Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who supports the establishment of a worldwide caliphate, has repeatedly rejected allied attempts to portray Turkey as an example of “moderate Islam.” He states that “there is no moderate Islam. Islam is Islam. Democracy is the train we ride to achieve our ultimate objective, which is a world dominated by Islam.” According to the Koran, it is an obligation for all Muslims to conduct jihad against all infidels.
While many progressives will argue that Islamic supremacism is not the only way of construing Islam, they point out that there are millions of Muslims who reject Islam’s supremacism and jihadi acts of terrors. However, this misses the point that the authoritative interpretation by the scholars of Islam is literally drawn from the scriptures. Those who stray from this line of thinking are cast as “racists” or “Islamophobic,” a term conjured up by the Muslim Brotherhood. We should never forget the Muslim Brotherhood’s creed, which is to destroy America from within by our own miserable hands and replace our Constitution with Shariah law. Further, the senior jurist of the Muslim Brother hood, cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, has stated that the Koran or Shariah law cannot be amended to conform to changing human values and standards. His view, is that the Koran and Shariah present the absolute norm to which all human values and conduct must conform.
As Andrew Bostom points out, Shariah supremacism with its hateful bellicosity and bigotry remains, regrettably, the predominant mindset of the world’s Muslims. He states, based on the latest available information, that 77 percent of Muslims from the five largest Sunni Muslim populations (Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Nigeria) and 83 percent of Shiite Iranians want Shariah as the law of the land. Further, 91 percent of liberated Iraqis and 90 percent of Afghan Muslims support Shariah.
The late political scientist, Samuel Huntington, pointed out that Islam is totally incompatible with Western culture and traditions. They can never coexist. Islam is at war with the West. It is a clash of civilizations.
Even Alexis de Tocqueville, the French philosopher, commented after studying the Koran in 1838 that it not only encourages but commands a holy war against all infidels, as well as the necessity for obeying the Prophet Muhammad. This what drives the Islamic State today; its members believe everything should be done as it was during the reign of the prophet.
Every thinking American should be able to understand that the Koran and Shariah law command jihad warfare in order to subjugate the world to a totalitarian Islamic caliphate order. Islam is not a religion of peace. It is a “totalitarian ideology bent on world domination, masquerading as a religion.” Until the threat of Islam is understood, we will not be successful in defeating this enemy.
With all the ISIS atrocities committed, President al-Sisi of Egypt felt Islam was getting a “bad image.” Therefore, on Jan. 1, 2015, speaking at the Cairo site of the Vatican version of Sunni Islamic religious education, at al-Azhar University, Mr. al-Sisi charged the leading Sunni clerics with reforming Islam, which has not happened in over 1,300 years. Regrettably, not one western leader endorsed this “dramatic call.” For that matter, neither has the pope. Our leaders continue with the drivel of expanding “interfaith dialogue,” which is nonsense since it is part of the Muslim Brotherhood propaganda to gain acceptance for Shariah law.
There should be no doubt that unreformed Islam is the enemy. America must take the lead in addressing this enemy. The Islamic State is the current point of the spear which must be thoroughly crushed. A movement must also be started to support President al-Sisi’s call for a reformation of Islam to bring Islam into the 21st century.
• James A. Lyons, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, was commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and senior U.S. military representative to the United Nations.