Is Wilders Wrong About Islam?

Moorthy Muthuswamy is the author of Defeating Political Islam: The New Cold War (Prometheus Books, 2009).


The recent criticism of Geert Wilders’ views on Islam by the leading lights of the conservative movement has created much indignation and surprise in certain quarters.

If conservative analysts with strong national security credentials couldn’t be convinced of Islam’s threat, getting the point across to the centrist politicians who define and execute policy will indeed be even tougher.

In a particularly striking criticism of Wilders, conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer asserts that “What he [Geert Wilders] says is extreme, radical, and wrong. He basically is arguing that Islam is the same as Islamism. Islamism is an ideology of a small minority which holds that the essence of Islam is jihad, conquest, forcing people into accepting a certain very narrow interpretation [of Islam]. The untruth of that is obvious.”

Without commenting on the merits of Dr. Krauthammer’s critique, it is pertinent to note that it is his opinion. This is true of Geert Wilder’s reasoned views on Islam as well. After all, both have not quoted any scientific study to back their assertions.

If Islam is a threat as some claim, what would it take to persuade that certain fundamental attributes of Islam enshrine it a violent ideology of conquest? The key to settling what Islam stands for is to let science, not opinion, dictate the debate. This is reality crystallized by an analogy:

There was a time when a male lion was seen as an embodiment of a great and dominant hunter of a pride. This perception reflected the majority of  opinions at a certain time. However, various studies conducted in ensuing  years told a different story: that female lions were the real hunters of a pride. That is, statistics of female lions hunting for their pride dominated the overall hunting pattern of a pride. These statistics put to rest the specific question of who hunted the most in a pride. In fact, these statistics form the definitive scientific basis of these studies.

More than a few Muslims have claimed that they engage in jihad (a religious war waged to advance the cause of Islam at the expense of unbelievers) because Islamic scriptures command them to do so. Even nations representing Muslim communities—Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Iran—have taken to sponsoring jihad worldwide, on the basis of the scriptures. There are widely varying opinions on the root cause of this—the dominant one is that the relevant Islamic scriptures have been misinterpreted. As with the discussion of the lions, a corresponding scientific query would be to find out the extent or the statistics of dislike of unbelievers and their conquest in the Islamic doctrines.

Recently, Bill Warner of the Center for the Study of Political Islam has carried out a groundbreaking statistical analysis of Islamic doctrines. I summarize his studies by noting that about sixty-one percent of the contents of the Koran are found to speak ill of unbelievers or call for their violent conquest; at best only 2.6 percent of the verses of the Koran are noted to show goodwill toward humanity. Moreover, about seventy five percent of Muhammad’s biography (Sira) consists of jihad waged on unbelievers.

While there might be some subjectivity to the above analysis, the overwhelming thrust of the inferences should be noted. This overall thrust exposes the sheer absurdity of excusing the Koran-inspired terror on the so-called “selective interpretation” of the Muslim holy book or its “verses being taken out of context.”

The burden of scientific or statistical evidence suggests that Islam is an intolerant religion that drives its followers toward a violent conquest of unbelievers. If such is the thrust of the Islamic doctrines, their propagation would lead to increased violence directed at non-Muslims. Indeed, rise in Muslim extremism of the past decades is directly correlated with hundreds of billions of dollars spent by government-linked Saudi charities to “propagate” Islam worldwide.

Not surprisingly, even in the modern context, manifestations of Islamic supremacy and conquest are the norm, rather than the exception. Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden outlined a condition for terror attacks against America to cease: “I invite you to embrace Islam.” During the past sixty years most non-Muslim minorities—tens of millions—in all Muslim-majority regions of South Asia were terrorized into leaving for nearby non-Muslim-majority lands. All of this points to conquering land and people for Islam.

America’s policy approach to the Muslim world has been clouded by misrepresentations of Islam’s character. For instance, in one of the most important foreign policy initiatives of his presidency, in the now-famous Cairo speech, Obama observed that “[America and Islam] overlap, and share common principles—principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

We are left with the grim reality that at the fundamental level America’s policies toward the Muslim world are based on false premises—and hence, are untenable. This reality must be acknowledged widely before alternate policies can be devised.

We live in the era of science that has brought unprecedented security, development, health and prosperity. Yet, we have allowed opinions to dictate debate and policy on an existential threat. The importance of letting science drive policy couldn’t be clearer on the subject of Islamic radicalism.

The writer is a U.S.-based nuclear physicist and author of the book Defeating Political Islam: The New Cold War. His email is moorthym@comcast.net.

  • cochavi1

    Wilders being right about Islam. I will look forward to reading the author's new book.

  • http://www.al-rassooli.com/AhmadsQuran3/ IQ al Rassooli

    ….concluded:

    Given their poverty, misery and total lack of education (and genuine fear of questioning anything they have been told let alone "rebelling" against it and refusing to kill or die for this ancient nonsense) it is not remotely surprising that we have endemic violence and stupidity on a massive scale from these people.

    It's easy to forget if you are living in the USA because even though your news media is constantly full of the endless horrors raging every moment of every day all around the world as a direct result of this "religion of peace" it is still (at least for now) mostly happening a long way away and easily ignored or rationalised away into another explanation.

    IQ al Rassooli

  • James Just

    Geert Wilders is absolutely correct about Islam being an existential threat to non Christians. Saint Augustine was born in Algeria,so where are the Algerian Christians left now in the world? Muslims kill Christians, look at Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mindanao, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand. Jihad is central to the Koranic doctrine.

  • henry

    James Just is absolutely correct – Islam is out to murder all of us who will not become slaves of Allah, or use us for cheap labor. What the mystery is is why so few of us know it? Any ideas out there? The truth seems extremely clear – why do just us know it? Why!

  • NikTorn

    I think the core of the problem is belief as a psychological phenomenom. As a complete non-believer in religion myself it just comes across as completely ludicrous to think that simply believing some idea would make any difference in how a hypotethical just and good god would judge anyone. Believing something, or saying you do, does not change who you are at a core level. I think it can be considered a scientific fact that people can (be made to) believe anything, based on the vast amount of different religions, superstitions, myths and rituals that humans have always indulged in. People need to step out of their own personal perspective and see that not everything is spinning around their own persona, as religious people often hope is the case. Not all religious ideologies are as destructive as islam though of course…

    Persuing a scientific approach to the problem, as the article suggests, should be good. The facts are there in the islamic texts, ready for comparing with reality for anybody with an ounce of critical thinking. We in the west has to investigate what is a reasonable interpretation of the islamic doctrine, based on what one can expect a person to behave like when presented with such a doctrine as the word of god and not fall for the constant misleadning by religious fantaics. It is just a matter of getting the knowledge to the mainstream so that public opinion starts overriding political correctness.

    • henry

      No Nik Torn, it is NOT just a matter of getting the knowledge to the mainstream! That is what all the people who are not extinct from Muslim take overs down through a thousand years of History thought. Pull yourself back from the sure death such wishful thinking always brings to those who ignore what the Koran always clearly states. Death to the Unbelievers!

      • NikTorn

        I agree in a way, it is not ALL that is neeeded, but somehow everybody needs to first unite and realize there is a problem. We can still change some things in politics, like not making the matter worse by letting in thousands of immigrants from muslim countries every year. In a way much damage has already been done though (in Europe) so perhaps some kind of conflict will be unavoidable.

  • henry

    nik torn – I am just suggesting that nothing – exactly nothing, less than pushing the panic button NOW will suffice to save our life. Let Loose the Dogs of War!

  • Dragan

    The brave Swiss vote finally turned the tide the other way against a growing ideology, not based on mutual respect or tolerance, but one bent on domination and backward ideals that run counter to democracy and the rule of law. The tide has turned, and since, Belgium and France have begun real actions, though with the coming of Geert Wilders this summer – Europe will change. He will cause the new movement and way of thinking that will seep into every corner of Europe, as it will be hard to ignore any longer. The green arrow will be redirected back to its rightful nest.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/wldbil wldbil

    I pretty much agree with Geert Wilders…
    but that is not important..
    What is important is freedom of speech. Humanity is in deep trouble if this hate speech Trojan Horse to silence free speech is not stopped dead in it's tracks….

  • henry

    Dear Wldbil – I don't know if total "free speech" should always be allowed. Speech that is likely to cause sedition or mass murders should be curtailed until such time as the public and the children be safe. The most dangerous book in the world – the one that sanctions out and out cold blooded murder and flagrant deadly racism is called the "Koran" – it should be banned always when there is a national emergency or it will end by causing unnecessary murders – think I'm right?

  • henry

    Doesn't the Koran call for seditions in order to replace whatever government happens to be standing in any country if it is not Muslim? Well, if a whole bunch of people are apt to be moved by said book to violent rebellion, should such a book be allowed to be passed out on the streets?

  • Paula

    Of course, GW is correct in everything he says about Islam, but he doesn't go far enough. He would tolerate law-abiding, moderate Muslims but Moderates can turn violent on short notice.
    People should realize that all the violence in Islam is not committed by so-called jihadists in organizations like Al Qaeda and Hamas. "Every-day" (as someone referred to them) Muslims do most of the killing.
    Go to Voice of the Martyrs at http://www.persecution.com and Compass Direct to learn about how Muslim neighbors of non-Muslims often turn into murderers. Look at Nigeria, in the news right now for that reason. Look at the hundreds killed and raped in Kenya in 2006 by Raila Odinga's followers. He is Obama's Muslim tribal cousin who Obama helped in Odinga's presidential campaign. Just two examples that come to mind out of hundreds. A "moderate" muslim can turn violent on short notice. I'm amazed at Krauthammer's statement. I took him to be a very intelligent well-informed person. Well, he's obviously not been doing his homework about Islam. Islam, when properly practiced according to the Koran, is a death cult.

  • henry

    Dear Paula, words of intelligence from you – good to see these days. Sometimes, in rare and dangerous occations, free speech must be silenced. When you have a book circulated by people known to love out and out murder of totally innocent people, and that book, the Koran, strongly advocates and promises to reward said murders, it is time to make sure such an an ObamaNation is taken out of circulation before it ends by murdering more innocent people.

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