Jihad Against the West: Our Fault?

VOA News last Thursday published a ridiculous article that, unfortunately, reflects all-too-common assumptions: “President Obama Seeks to Bridge Differences with Islam,” by Jerome Socolovsky. It begins:

U.S. President Barack Obama has again postponed his trip to Indonesia because of pressing issues in the U.S. The trip is part of his ongoing effort to reach out to Muslims worldwide. Last year, he gave a speech in Cairo that was considered a landmark in the effort to bridge differences between Islam and the West. Many Muslims believe he should do more [sic]

No one seems to think that Muslims have any responsibility to “bridge differences between Islam and the West.” No, everyone, from Barack Obama to Jerome Socolovsky, and everyone in between, knows that the conflict is all the West’s fault. Note how Jerome Socolovsky frames the conflict:

Frictions between Islam and the West often flare up – like when when a Danish newspaper published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed – or when Muslim girls in Europe went to school wearing veils, or new minarets in Switzerland were banned.

Note that he mentions nothing about, say, “frictions” “flaring up” when Muslims, acting in the name of Islam and jihad, murder thirteen Americans in cold blood at Fort Hood, or murder two American soldiers in Little Rock, Arkansas, or murder one and wound five in a Jewish Community Center in Seattle, or plow into a crowd of students, trying to murder as many as possible, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Etc.

No, none of that makes “frictions” “flare up.” Instead, “frictions” only “flare up” when a Danish newspaper has the temerity to publish cartoons of the “Prophet Mohammed” — as the mainstream media universally designates him these days, as if we’re all Muslims now. Jerome Socolovsky gives no hint that he, or any reasonable person, may think that it’s sheer madness or worse to go around murdering innocent people, or even demanding free speech restrictions, because of a few cartoons. As far as he is concerned, the cartoons — not Islamic jihad mass murders — make “frictions” “flare up.”

And as if cartoons of Muhammad weren’t bad enough, Europeans — xenophobic and benighted as ever — get angry when “Muslim girls in Europe went to school wearing veils.” See how Jerome Socolovsky loads the dice? No mention of jihad terror attacks — oh, no. Instead, “frictions” only “flare up” when poor little Muslim girls in Europe simply want to live according to the tenets of their own culture. How cruel and ethnocentric those Europeans are! They even banned “new minarets in Switzerland” — no mention, of course, of how much more severely restricted is non-Islamic religious practice all over the Islamic world.

And then there comes this sage observation:

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have also complicated America’s relationship with the Islamic world.

As longtime Jihad Watch readers know, I have never favored the foredoomed democracy projects-cum-social work exercises in Iraq or Afghanistan, but Jerome Socolovsky’s assumption here seems to be that the adventures in both countries were some kind of unprovoked provocation. He makes no mention of 9/11, or of the Taliban’s depredations, or of Saddam Hussein’s reckless belligerence.

Last year, President Obama went to Cairo hoping to change that. He extended the traditional Muslim greeting, and said while he is a Christian, his father’s family includes generations of Muslims. “I’ve come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning, between the United States and Muslims around the world,” he said.

He declared that the U.S. is not at war with Islam, but is against violent extremists who exploit the tensions between Islam and the West.

Those tensions go all the way back to the Crusades – when Christian armies invaded the Holy Land.

True to form, Jerome Socolovsky makes no mention of the 450 years of jihad attacks that had conquered and Islamized over half of Christendom long before the first Crusade was even called, and to which the Crusades were a late and small-scale defensive reaction.

But there have also been times of harmony like in medieval Spain….

Even Maria Rosa Menocal, in her hagiographical book The Ornament of the World, admits that “times of harmony” went only so far in Muslim Spain, which institutionalized discrimination against Jewish and Christian dhimmis: “The dhimmi, as these covenanted peoples were called, were granted religious freedom, not forced to convert to Islam. They could continue to be Jews and Christians, and, as it turned out, they could share in much of Muslim social and economic life. In return for this freedom of religious conscience the Peoples of the Book (pagans had no such privilege) were required to pay a special tax — no Muslims paid taxes and to observe a number of restrictive regulations: Christians and Jews were prohibited from attempting to proselytize Muslims, from building new places of worship, from displaying crosses or ringing bells. In sum, they were forbidden most public displays of their religious rituals.” (Pp. 72-3)

So much for a paradise of tolerance and multiculturalism. Historian Kenneth Baxter Wolf observes that “much of this new legislation aimed at limiting those aspects of the Christian cult which seemed to compromise the dominant position of Islam.” After enumerating a list of laws much like Menocal’s, he adds: “Aside from such cultic restrictions most of the laws were simply designed to underscore the position of the dimmîs as second-class citizens.”

But Jerome Socolovsky, ignorant of all this, goes on to say that Obama needs to hop to it, abandoning Israel and stopping defending ourselves against the global jihad:

Professor Ahmad El Tayeb of Al Azhar University in Cairo said the President’s speech there was a landmark. “I was there, and I admired that speech very much. But we are still waiting to see practical results,” he said.

He says the U.S. shouldn’t side with Israel or fight wars in Muslim countries….

Yeah, that’ll fix it.

  • arah

    Robert Spencer wrote a book "Religion of Peace?: Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn't "

    How can he wrote book without study the History of Christianity?


    So Robert Spencer neither a scholar nor an expert!!!

    • Turbeaux

      With all due respect, Robert Spencer has forgot more about Christianity than you will ever come close to knowing and because he is infinitely more educated than you are, he isn’t nearly as susceptible to having his ignorance’s exploited with respect to Christianity by revisionists history and propaganda the same way you obviously are. Indeed, it must suck to be you.

      I mean look at what you are doing? Attempting to smear Christianity for the actions of Muslims. Where are the Christian suicide bombers? In fact, you are completely obsessed with your hateful bigotry. Seek mental help for your severe mental issues.

      • Right in Left World

        That's right, the so called religion of peace spread through Arabia, North Africa, Spain and into France through peaceful means? Must be every history book on the planet is wrong on these little inconviences. O yeah, and Christians see a problem with allowing 9 year olds to enter into marriage contracts with thier 56 year old uncle, and have those marriages consumated. THe terrible awful Christians. Islam need to move, oh I don't know, into the 15 or 16th century standards of decency before attempting to lecture Christians on any subject

    • USMCSniper

      That leftist crackpot website you posted is about as far from scholarly as you can get.

      • Sarah

        So, what you're saying is that you know nothing about that "leftist crackpot website," which is neither. It is extremely scholarly, but you wouldn't know that because you haven't actually read it.

  • Alex

    BORING! What part of Jihad do we not understand after 1300 years?

    I have an idea, let's nominate someone to give a "State of the Umma" speech. How about Barry Soetoro? Any suggestions?

  • Turbeaux

    “But Jerome Socolovsky, ignorant of all this, goes on to say that Obama needs to hop to it, abandoning Israel and stopping defending ourselves against the global jihad:”

    Actually, since 9/11 we haven’t defended ourselves from the global jihad, as Bush like Obama today operated under the assumption that Islam is a Religion of Peace™ that is being hijacked by a few radicals. Indeed, it is why we pursued senseless fantasy based nation building missions in both Iraq and Afghanistan creating two new Sharia states in the process and enabling them to rejoin the global jihad far faster and much stronger than otherwise would be the case.

    Yeah…with respect to Israel, Obama has already sided with our enemies against our ally Israel.

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

      The Iraqi Army siding with us was worth it. Far more Iraqis have died fighting the common enemy than have Americans.

    • mukhsil kaafirin

      its clear that the western civilization has gone and islam will rulle our universe whether you like or not

  • gama

    Jerome Socolovsky also failed to mention that Muslims force non-Muslim women in european countries to wear veils, if they don't they may get acid thrown in their face. See http://www.mypracticalphilosophy.com/jihadpages/w… for more about that. Mr. Socolovsky also failed to mention how mosques are used for incitement and even to store weapons. They are not the equivalent of some peaceful church encouraging people to do good deeds. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, prime minister of Turkey explained at a political rally in 1999 that "Minarets are our bayonets, domes are our helmets, mosques are our barracks, believers are our soldiers."

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

    Here's a suggestion for President Obama. The best way to "reach out" and "bridge the differences" are as follows:

    1. Announce a changing of religion.
    2. Get the world hopped up thinking its going to be Islam
    3. Make a Presidential address stating the following:

    "People of the Quran, I have felt your pain, and yes, I agree with you. To some degree, religion and violence must go hand and hand; which is why I am converting to the one true religion of Santeria! And here is my prophet. His name is Dick Marcinko. Men like him crucified Christ. Now imagine what he is going to do to you…"

    Then he launches tomahawk missile after tomahawk missile. Targeted to the doorstep of all American enemies.

    There is one thing that the Holy Jihadist fear. It is not Allah. It is not Mohammed. It is not even the death which the US has given them. It is a purposeful retardation of their society back into the heathen times of Baal, Ashara, Rah and Molech.

    However Santeria is the king of bad religions. Santeria is being superman all your life so you can hide a rattlesnake up your sleeve and give it to your enemy when you shake hands, and yes, there are a wealth of worshipers to supply the theoretical Gay Army from Latin America. What do you think the drug war is about?

  • GCarson

    We need to get rid of the politically correct idiots who run the mass media. Christianity needs to gain control of it before the minds of the population are brainwashed into accepting burkas for women, no school for girls and prayer to Mecca five times a day as something we all need to tolerate.

  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    The bigger picture is presented in this article:


  • gravelrash

    Bravo! An excellent article long on truth and short on dhimmitude.
    America needs to hear more of this truth before it drowns in taqiya.

  • warner mobley

    The truth is we are hated by the Muslim world. It is not only political correctness, but also
    political madness to hear the words of hatred aimed at the West and not accept them as
    reality. Even the threats of Osama bin Laden were taken from the eighth and ninth chapters of the Koran.

    "When you meet the unbelievers strike them in the neck…. If you do not go out and fight,
    God will punish you severely…Whenever you find the polytheists, kill them, seize them,
    besiege them, ambush them…You who believe do not take Jews and Christians as friends…The Hour of Judgement will not come until Muslims fight the Jews and kill them".

    A good muslim is a jihadist. A bad muslim wants peace.