At JihadWatch Robert Spencer has a great post taking apart a new self-published book attacking him, David Horowitz, and other anti-Jihad activists.
Editor’s note: Below we reprint Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch takedown of Edip Yuksel’s book:
The Enemy of Peace!
by Robert Spencer
Several people sent me information about this book recently, but I hadn’t intended to say anything about it, despite the honor Edip Yuksel does me by including me in his subtitle, and despite the slyly antisemitic caricature of David Horowitz on the cover. After all, I have had fun with Edip Yuksel’s book before. And Edip Yuksel was so thoroughly beaten in his two debates with me, Bill Warner and others on FrontPage that I thought he would have preferred that these debates be forgotten forever. Yet not only does he seem not to realize how soundly he was defeated and completely he was exposed, but he actually thinks he did well enough to publish his humiliation in a book. That self-delusion and/or ridiculous chutzpah seemed to me to be punishment enough, and so I thought I’d pass over his ludicrous book in silence.
But then Bill Warner of the excellent Political Islam site kindly sent me this thought-provoking piece, and it is amply worth reading:
Imagine my surprise when I opened an email ad from Amazon.com and found that a Muslim, who is a leading reformer, had written a book, Peacemaker’s Guide to Warmongers: Exposing Robert Spencer, David Horowitz, and other Enemies of Peace by Edip Yuksel. He made my day. Bill Warner was included in the product description as an enemy of peace. I am flattered.Why does Mr. Yuksel call me an enemy of peace and a warmonger? It’s simple. Partnered with Robert Spencer, I debated him in Frontpage Magazine Symposium and beat him like a drum using the doctrine and history of political Islam. As a result, I have gone from being an opponent in a debate to an enemy of peace.
Am I an enemy of peace? Am I a warmonger? Yes, on an everyday basis and I want you to be an enemy of peace and a warmonger as well.
The question must be asked: what peace are we talking about? Islamic peace. How does Islamic peace come about? Islamic peace comes after jihad and the victory of Islam. Peace is one of those words that everyone considers to be universally good, but peace is what losers (kafirs) get, while winners (Muslims) get victory. Islamic peace is all about the victory over the kafirs. Islamic peace changes a free man into a slave of Allah.
We should examine the meaning of all words Muslims use, since Islam does not share a common ground of civilization with us. Islam twists all of the kafir words. To find out what “peacemaker” means we have to go to Mohammed. Mohammed was an Islamic peacemaker. In the last 9 years of his life, he was involved in an event of violence on the average of every 6 weeks.
Every single neighbor of Mohammed experienced his peacemaking. Take the Jews of Khaybar, for instance. They were going about their lives when the army of Mohammed showed up. It took the murder, rape, theft, torture and becoming semi-slaves before the Jews experienced the peace of Mohammed. Once they submitted to Islam as dhimmis and agreed to live under Sharia law and give him half of what they earned, the jizyah (the dhimmi tax), they were left to live in peace. This is the peace of Islam.
As long as Mohammed merely preached the religion of Islam in Mecca, he was a failure. Very few people were interested in the religion of Islam. It was only in Medina where he became a warlord that Islam succeeded, and he became a peacemaker.
The natural state of Islam in relation to kafirs is jihad, not peace. If we want to discover peace in Sharia law, we must look under the general heading of jihad to find the subject of “truce”. We learn that Muslims are not to call for a truce as long as they are winning. When Islam offers peace, it means that they are losing and need to gain time to prepare for the next jihad.
I am a warmonger because I use the doctrine of Islam to refute the deceptions of Muslims like Edip Yuksel. Last night in Nashville, TN, a Muslim stood in front of a college crowd and said that jihad was inner struggle. Working hard to get an A is jihad. Jihad is not holy war. He is right. When you examine the hadiths about jihad in Bukhari, about 2% of them can be construed as jihad is an inner struggle. However, the other 98% of the jihad hadiths are about killing kafirs until the rest submit to Islam.
Warmongering consists of asking questions to confront Islamic propaganda in this ideological war. Being a warmonger means showing up to support the Coptic Christians at a street demonstration about the jihad killing of Copts in Egypt. Warmongering means going to an interfaith bridge building and confronting the ministers and rabbis with their ignorance about Islam. Warmongering means speaking truth to the lies of Official Islam.
It works like this. Unless we have enough enemies of the Islamic peacemakers, one day our civilization will experience the peace of Islam, and we will be like the historical majority Greek Christian culture of Asia Minor. Today Greek Christians are 0.3% of Turkey. They’ve experienced the peace of Islam–annihilation.
By the way, at this writing Yuksel’s book is ranked #260,119 in Amazon.com’s sale ranking. If it goes up, Edip, I expect a thank-you note! (Yuksel’s book is doing so well that his already-published book ranks just a little bit ahead of my as-yet unpublished one — which will be out in July and promises a much more rewarding reading experience!)