The Lure of Radical Islam

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


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According to a recent ABC report, “As many as three dozen criminals who converted to Islam in American prisons have moved to Yemen where they could pose a ‘significant threat’ to attack the U.S., according to a report on al-Qaeda from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. … Also of concern to U.S. officials, the Senate staff found, is a group of ‘nearly 10 non-Yemeni Americans who traveled to Yemen, converted to Islam, became fundamentalists, and married Yemeni women so they could remain in the country.’ … An American official described them as ‘blond-haired, blue-eyed types’ who fit the profile of Americans who al-Qaeda has sought to recruit for terror missions.”

These, of course, are not the first Americans — black, white, or in between — to convert to Islam and join the jihad: John Walker Lindh wound up fighting fellow Americans alongside Taliban forces in Afghanistan; Adam Gadahn became a major character in al-Qaeda’s propaganda machine; Gregory Patterson, Levar Washington, and Kevin James plotted terror strikes against the U.S.; Christopher Paul and Jose Padilla conspired to use weapons of mass destruction.

Then there are the countless European converts, such as the British “shoe-bomber,” Richard Reid, who attempted to achieve “martyrdom” by detonating explosives in his shoes while aboard a passenger aircraft; the late Germaine Lindsay, who did achieve “martyrdom” by killing himself and 56 of his fellow citizens and injuring over 700, in the London bombings of 2005; and Abu Abdullah, the native Briton-turned-fiery-Islamist-preacher who makes no secret of his vitriolic hatred of the West (all, of course, while enjoying that unique Western liberty, freedom of speech).

What causes such men, born and raised in the West, often from Christian backgrounds, to abandon their heritage, embrace Islam, and become radicalized to the point that they conspire to kill their fellow countrymen?

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  • Jewdog

    The achievement of Ray Ibrahim is to connect Islamic ideology with human nature, thereby demonstrating its effectiveness, and danger. Only Ali Sina has done such a good job.

  • http://crombouke.blogspot.com Trencherbone

    Towards a better understanding of Islam: http://crombouke.blogspot.com/2010/01/everything-

  • Tanstaafl (JW)

    The principles of Islam allow sociopaths and other maladjusted individuals to indulge in activities not sanctioned by civilized countries. In Islam, if is halal (permitted) to engage in theft, rape, deception and murder as long as these activities are directed towards advancing Islam.

    If the victim of these actions is not a believer in Allah and Mohammed, any crime against them is almost too trivial for Islam society to even deign to notice. Unbelievers are called kuffars and are the equivalent of dog urine and feces. This continues to feed the appeal of Islam to the social misfits of Western society who view themselves as victims of a repressive society which does not allow them to engage in their fantasies. They view our system of rules and laws as a vast self-deception which others are playing in some plot to rule over others.

    In islam, there is no morality, golden rule or compassion for others. There is only what is permitted (halal) and what is forbidden (haram). As for crime, abuse and death – any Muslim can practice these activities against us (kuffars or infidels or unbelievers) at anytime, anyplace and anywhere.

  • therealend

    It's not hard to be radicalized. It can happen virtually overnight. It offers the allluring promise of fulfilling fantasy.

  • Grog

    Let's stop calling it "radical Islam" – it"s like giving it some twisted credibility– it"s AUTHENTIC, ORTHODOX AND TRADITIONAL ISLAM as it is written in the Koran and illumminated in the Haditha. It doesn't need any "twisted " interpretations, it's already twisted!@!!

  • William

    thank you Grog, I'm sick of the term radical Islam, thats for apologist and fools.Study the History, Koran and Haditha.

    Islam is a totalitarian movement cloaked in a religion and followed by indoctrinated mostly naive and illiterate slaves. The educated ones are evil serving their own arrogance , drunk on Power, Greed and Perverted indulgence as Muhammad during his reign of murder rape and plunder.

    "Muslims are the first victims of Islam. To liberate the Muslimfrom his religion is the best service that one canrender him."
    E.Renan

    Wake up America and the rest of the world, you cannot debate with individuals whose religion teaches to "kill those who join other gods, with God wherever you shall find them; sieze them, besiege them, and lay wait for them with every kind of ambush" 9.5

    Islam must be destroyed. Any movement, religion, culture based on slavery, violence, genocide and hate must be destroyed.

  • Stephen D.

    We ought to remind folks of the good general who knew how to deal with terrorists.

    General “Black Jack” Pershing

    One important thing to remember is that Muslims detest pork because they believe pigs are filthy animals. Some of them simply refuse to eat it, while others won’t even touch pigs at all, nor any of their by-products. To them, eating or touching a pig, its meat, its blood, etc., is to be instantly barred from paradise and doomed to hell.
    Just before World War I, there were a number of terrorist attacks against the United States and it’s interests by, you guessed it, Muslim extremists.
    So General Pershing captured 50 of the terrorists and had them tied to posts execution style. He then had his men bring in two pigs and slaughter them in front of the, now horrified, terrorists.
    The soldiers then soaked their bullets in pigs blood, and proceeded to execute 49 of the terrorists by firing squad.
    The soldiers then dug a big hole, dumped in the terrorist’s bodies and covered them in pig blood, entrails, etc.
    They let the 50th man go. And for about the next 42 years, there was not a single attack by a muslim fanatic anywhere in the world.

  • Joe

    That's the way to deal with who is a Muslim and who is not. Let a little pork do the job.