Hot Post: Why We Need Islamophobia

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An August 19th article by Daniel Luban in the Jewish publication Tablet calls fear of Islam “the new anti-Semitism.” Luban says that,

“Many of the tropes of classic anti-Semitism have been revived and given new force on the American right. Once again jingoistic politicians and commentators posit a religious conspiracy breeding within Western society, pledging allegiance to an alien power, conspiring with allies at the highest levels of government to overturn the existing order.”[i]

This is an admirable attempt at tolerance and pluralism, the key values that make America America.  But it overlooks some overwhelming realities. And those oversights may someday threaten America’s very existence.

The Jewish threat was never real.  There are roughly thirteen million Jews on the planet today, far less than the population of just one of Islam’s roughly 200 major cities–Cairo. But there are more Moslems on the planet than all of the world’s Americans and Europeans combined. In fact, there are nearly three times as many Moslems as Europeans and Americans.    Think of that.  Nearly three times as many.

Not to mention the fact that there are 123 Moslems for every Jew.

The Europeans in William Shakespeare’s day despised the Jews.  But they were terrified that the empire of Islam would obliterate the Christian world. They were afraid that the Moslem Ummah would exterminate Christianity in Europe the way it had already extinguished Christianity in Christ’s own homeland, Israel. And the way Islam had already wiped out Christianity as the ruling force in the massive empire assembled by Rome and ruled after the sixth century by the devoutly Christian city of Constantinople.

The fear of Shakespeare’s day was justified.  World conquest is an absolute command from God’s own messenger, Mohammed, who said:

“Allah drew the ends of the world near one another for my sake and I have seen its eastern and western ends. And the dominion of my Ummah [body of followers] would reach those ends.”[ii]

What means did Mohammed, the self-declared “Prophet of War”[iii] have in mind for taking over the world?  Said he,

“I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger‑tips off them.[iv]

In case that’s not clear enough, he added this:

Slay the pagans wherever ye find them and seize them beleaguer them and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war).”[v]

Added one of Mohammed’s soldiers, “The Prophet used to promise us that we should eat the treasures of [the Persian emperor] Chosroes and Caesar [the Roman Emperor].”[vi] That was a ludicrous idea in the seventh century.  Mohammed had a tiny army of illiterates in a world of massive and sophisticated hi-tech empires. Yet Mohammed’s promise came true.  The Roman Empire of Mohammed’s day had shifted its capital to Byzantium, but it still ruled three and half million square kilometers of territory.[vii]  And that vast imperium fell to Mohammed’s followers.  So did the three and half million square kilometer, hyper-advanced Persian Empire.  Byzantium, the capital of world Christianity for over 700 years, is Moslem Istanbul to this very day.  And the Persian Empire’s capital, Ctesiphon, is a ruin.  It’s been replaced by the Moslem city of Tehran.

All of this was well before Islam embarked on what Moslem demographer, historian, and Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, Ali Mazrui calls “competitive procreation.”  All of it was before what Mazrui describes as “a “population policy, destined to transform a continent and affect the world.” Mazrui explains that with this strategy of super-sized families, “ “Procreation itself can be counted as a form of jihad.”[viii]

Today, the geopolitical thoughts of militant Islamic interpreters like the Ayatollah Khomeini, Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab and Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq are supported by entire states and armies.  Not tiny states like Israel.  Massive nations like Indonesia, Malaysia, and  Pakistan.  Not oil poor areas like the barren hills of Jerusalem.  Oil rich areas like Iran and Saudi Arabia.

What are those geopolitical thoughts?

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