White House, New York Times: Don’t Fight Jihad, It Will Only Provoke More Jihad

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


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How many times do you think Scott Shane is going to smear me in The New York Times (my comment on the first time is here) without bothering to even try to create the appearance of journalism by contacting me for comment?

Answer: As many times as he wants, because he is accountable to no one except his hard-Left masters, and they don’t care how viciously biased he is, as long as he serves their agenda.

“To Fight Radical Islam, U.S. Wants Muslim Allies,” by Scott Shane in The New York Times, August 3 (thanks to all who sent this in):

WASHINGTON — Rolling out a new strategy for combating radicalization, White House officials on Wednesday warned that casting broad suspicion on Muslim Americans is counterproductive and could backfire by alienating a religious minority and fueling extremism.

This is ridiculous on its face. We are not to cast “broad suspicion on Muslim Americans,” or else they will become alienated and this will fuel “extremism” — in other words, this inappropriate casting of suspicion will provoke some Muslims to turn to jihad. Yet by what criteria are we to distinguish between Muslims in the U.S. of whom we should be suspicious, and those of whom suspicion is unjustified, because that suspicion will provoke “extremism”? Wouldn’t a Muslim who would turn to violent jihad because he is unjustly suspected of an affinity for violent jihad be a justified object of suspicion?

And since no criteria are offered for non-Muslims to use to determine which Muslims are justifiably suspect and which aren’t, the implication is clear: no Muslims are justifiably suspect. There is no “extremism” among Muslims in the U.S., except that which is provoked by non-Muslim “suspicion.” Naser Abdo? Abdulhakim Muhammad? Naveed Haq? Nidal Hasan? Daniel Boyd? Faisal Shahzad? James Cromitie, David Williams and Onta Williams? Ahmed Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh? Pshaw. It is only non-Muslim suspicion that provokes “extremism” among Muslims, not anything that is happening in mosques or anywhere among Muslims in the U.S.

The administration also promised to identify accurate educational materials about Islam for law enforcement officers, providing an alternative to biased and ill-informed literature in use in recent years, including by the F.B.I. Denis R. McDonough, President Obama’s deputy national security adviser, told reporters that Al Qaeda and those it inspired remained the biggest terrorist threat inside the United States. But he said the bombing and shootings in Norway last month, carried out by a right-wing, anti-Muslim extremist, were a reminder that the government could not focus exclusively on any single brand of radicalism.

Yeah, one nutcase who supposedly found incitement to violence in my (and others’) defense of human rights and freedom versus 17,000+ jihad attacks since 9/11, carried out explicitly and proudly in the name of Islam and with reference to Islamic texts and teachings, and the government should change its focus. And don’t worry: it will.

Meanwhile, the “biased and ill-informed literature” in question includes my books, but neither Scott Shane or Denis R. McDonough nor anyone else can show any inaccuracy in any of them. It is noteworthy that in this torrent of abuse and scapegoating over the last couple of weeks, blaming me for the Norway shooting, no one has come up with any gotcha quote from me — no incitement to violence, no broad-brush demonization of all Muslims (although it is routinely alleged that I do this), and not even anything false. The windy “refutations” of my work that are available online are generally windy tu quoques that point the finger at the West and Christianity without ever genuinely showing that what I say is false. And the numerous jihad attacks that happen worldwide on a daily basis show that, lo and behold, for some reason many Muslims have misunderstood Islam in the same way I have. No one ever explains how they have so drastically misunderstood their peaceful religion in such large numbers, or why the misunderstanders themselves consistently claim for themselves the mantle of Islamic authenticity, and in that generally go unchallenged by their peaceful brethren in the West.

But the demonization continues apace, and the Big Lie that I am a racist and hatemonger is repeated endlessly, despite the fact that I have consistently, over ten books, hundreds of articles, and 25,000+ blog posts, rejected racism and firmly advocated for the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the equality of rights of all people. It may be that this campaign will succeed, and all counterjihadists will be finally discredited. Then all will be well, eh? “Islamophobia” eradicated! And then the world will wake up the next day and find that the jihad continues and Islamic supremacism still advances, and there will be no one to speak up for and defend freedom.

Don’t believe me? No problem. You’ll find out soon enough. But remember one thing also: in Hamas-linked CAIR’s recent report on “Islamophobia,” it made the unexpected admission that not all criticism of Islam constituted “Islamophobia.” But did it offer any examples of critics of Islam, or of jihad, or of Islamic supremacism, who were not “Islamophobes”? Why, no. It didn’t. And that’s because it couldn’t. Its assurance that not all criticism of Islam was “Islamophobia” was just window dressing for the leftist suckers who make up its audience, when in fact Hamas-linked CAIR and its allies defame as racist and bigoted anyone and everyone who dares to stand up against the jihad in any way. And sure, they can demonize us, marginalize us, and cut us off. And then make no mistake: if you resist them, your turn will be next.

Mr. McDonough said that Al Qaeda had a “bankrupt ideology,” but that accusing the entire Muslim community of complicity in terrorism could “feed the sense of disenchantment and disenfranchisement that may spur violent extremist radicalization.”

No one I know has ever accused the “entire Muslim community of complicity in terrorism.” I have never done that, and challenge Scott Shane or anyone else to show that I have. But here again, does McDonough’s mouth connect to his brain at all? He is saying that falsely accusing peaceful Muslims of “complicity in terrorism” could make them turn toward…terrorism? So then how peaceful were they in the first place?

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  • Love Freedom

    May Jehovah God Bless and Keep You, Mr. Spencer–you, all your staff, and all courageous, Freedom-loving people (Wafa, Ayaan, Sina, etc) who daily risk their lives to inform the uninformed about the threat from the violent core teachings the Muhammedans follow (as commanded and practiced by Muhammed). KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, WE PRAY FOR YOU ALL, AND WE SUPPORT YOU!

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  • tarleton

    The NYT is more symtomatic of the spiritual malaise and lack of cultural confidence that is infecting the West …it's probably due to affluence , mindless materialism , multi-cultural Leftist propaganda and general hedonism that is undermining the disciplin , work ethic , duty and manful determination that made the Western world great

    Is western civilisation petering out in an orgy of hedonism worthy of the age of Tiberious ?

  • tarleton

    Furthermore, the NYT is typical of the feminisation and spinelessness of the West ….the female concept of ''if we don't upset or annoy them , they will leave us alone ''

    What's painfully ironic is that these medieval islamic creeps are the deadly enemy of liberalism …kinda reminds me of those ecotwits who try to romanticise and befriend dangerous wild animals and then get eaten for their troubles

  • Elpi Npni

    New York Times is America's fifth legion publication and should be treated as such.
    It is colaborating with the enemy sitting in the White House. In soviet times it was aspiring to help the soviets against the USA and now it taking the side of another ideological enemy once more.
    Mr. Spencer, i admire your work and there is not enough truth to describe this CANCER called Islam.
    Saying the truth will not cure us from it.
    We in the West have a CANCER of our own, the leftside of the West.
    we are terminally ILL.

  • StephenD

    Do not call them violent…or they will KILL you! How ridiculous, yet this is exactly what they are saying.
    I wouldn’t be too concerned Robert. There are enough clear thinking people still in this world that see what you see and understand the threat for what it is. We cannot be persuaded by fancy footwork on a keyboard to lull us into inaction. My hope is that we, as a nation, abandon the P.C. crap and clearly define what we stand for. Keep up the good work. You are not alone!

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    NYT an enemy rag appealing to the disgruntled Obamabots
    as their readership. RS is an Islamorealist! RS Keep it up!

  • Asher

    Right, The Radicals say don't fight Jihad so they can take over America sooner! Thanks to Robert Spencer, we know we will get the facts straight here!!!! Sorry Leftists and Radials, WE are not taking this Crap Lying Down!

  • tanstaafl

    The political loyalty of Muslims is to Islam, and Islam alone. Mohammed/Allah is a jealous god, he/they will tolerate no rival.

    • aspacia

      tanstaafl, so is Yahweh

  • Pierre

    The same behaviour, the same ingredients which ended with WWII, however all was previoused in 'Mein Kampf"!….

    Few people are aware of the content of the "holy" Koran, flattered in Cairo.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    If Congressman Peter King wasn’t so blinded by political correctness in his own right, he would accuse the Obama administration of treason and of being complicit in jihad, which it is, and then he would hold hearings to expose it.

    This country is so screwed because even the Republicans are complicit in jihad. Indeed, it is bipartisan.

    I repeat again…the 9/11 jihadist (not terrorist) attacks could never have ever happened if not for the presence of millions of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists with their thousands of mosques and madrassas already living here in the USA as a fifth column. If not for the presence of that fifth column of jihadists present in the USA today, there would be absolutely ZERO threat whatsoever of jihadist attacks in our homeland, and in fact we could close and shut down the TSA, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Intelligence Directorate, repeal the Patriot ACT, significantly trim the budgets of the FBI and CIA, and then use those savings to help pay down the debt.

    Indeed, never before has the country ever expended so much resources and at the same time forced the American people to make so many sacrifices just to accommodate one particular immigrant group, i.e., mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage. Can anyone explain what makes Muslim immigration so beneficial relative to other immigrant groups that our politicians would bend over backwards, double the size of the federal government just to continue accommodating them, and force Americans to sacrifice their heretofore constitutionally protected rights and freedoms? In fact, it is getting harder and harder all the time for me to believe that all of this unnecessary brain damage is not a freak accident of nature but is all by design.

  • Freedom John

    It's interesting to me that we have, in so many cases, become a nation of cowards, especially in the press. The soft underbelly shown to the enemy is quite deceptive. They know they can rely on these people to turn tail and run thinking that all Americans must be this way as well. However, what the jihadists do not realize is that this will mainly only happen in the big cities. Come to the rural areas and we'll eat your lunch for you. We don't read the NY Times because it's a newspaper full of surrender and doesn't believe in America although it takes the money from what we'll refer to as "sissies." Just like we don't watch MSNBC or CNN because they do not believe in America and are willing to surrender. Go get your latte and continue to believe that Islam isn't a threat to you. We know differently and are preparing while the enemy is at your gates and your will not to believe is going to be a death knell for you. The watchmen on the tower, like Mr. Spencer here, are telling you and telling you over and again and you simply refuse to believe them. This must be what 1936-39 Germany was like. Look at what happened there.

    • ajnn

      This must be what 1936-39 Germany was like. Look at what happened there.

      good point.

  • aspacia

    Yes, Robert you have been wrongly libeled, and you should sue!

  • mrstarry76

    I am so glad we have informed people like Robert Spencer to tell us the truth. Whenever I read the leftist media defending radical Islam and blaming those who expose it, I am reminded of how evil can be rationalized and turned around; good is bad and bad is good. The biggest problem is that more and more people are buying it.

  • LindaRivera

    Ruthless media and elites spit on the graves of the innocent slain children by IMMEDIATELY and eagerly exploiting the murders of these innocent children for cheap political propaganda by attacking hero Robert Spencer and other heroes who write and speak to warn of the great dangers of Islam. It is evil.

    The elites seek to silence all those who warn – they seek to put to sleep an unsuspecting public. The elites brought in massive numbers of Muslim immigrants into Europe, UK and other countries. Exactly why would they do that when the Koran teaches that jihad is an obligation for every Muslim?

  • LindaRivera

    Robert Spencer is a HUGE Hero and famous for fighting for the safety, protection and FREEDOM of ALL Peoples and ALL religions and EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL UNDER THE LAW.

    Is this why anti-America, anti-Free World New York Times HATES Robert Spencer so much that they are deliberately inciting to hate and even bring about the murder of Free World hero, Robert Spencer?

    I hope Robert Spencer will sue to the max New York Times and other media who are ruthlessly exploiting the murders of children for cheap propaganda to demonize and hate incitement against Spencer.

    The New York Times and other media who are engaging in this sick, demonic character assassination of Spencer have a moral responsibility to provide Spencer with bodyguards 24/7. Bodyguards of Spencer's choosing. I would NOT trust New York Times choice of bodyguards.

  • LindaRivera

    ETERNAL SHAME on the New York Times and other guilty media who demonize Spencer and IGNORE the suffering, atrocities and mass murders of Blacks by the Muslim rebels in Libya-the TERRORIST rebels who are backed by the White House and NATO.

    STOP THE GENOCIDE

    BLACK PEOPLE MUST HAVE HUMAN RIGHTS! G-D help them!

    blackstarnews: The York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, the BBC and other major news organizations have never followed up on The Wall Street Journal's June 21 article about ethnic cleansing of Black Libyans in Misurata by the "Brigade for the purging of slaves, Black Skin."

    That Brigade, of Libya's so-called rebels, backed by NATO and the White House, eliminated the Black population of Misurata and promised to do the same to Black Libyans once they seized control of the city of Tawergha, 25 miles away.

    Major news outlets are deliberately ignoring or downplaying the racialist-motivated atrocities against Black people being committed by the terroristic "rebels."

    On August 13, there will be a major demonstration and march in Harlem, starting at 10 AM at 110 Street and Malcolm X Boulevard to protest the U.S. involvement in NATO's war of aggression against Libya.

  • LindaRivera

    Council on American-Islamic Relations: "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth." – Omar Ahmad (CAIR co-founder).

    Addressing a youth session at the 1999 Islamic Association for Palestine's annual convention in Chicago, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) founder Omar Ahmad praised suicide bombers who "kill themselves for Islam,"

    The media must explain to the public why they are condemning gentle, peace-loving innocent Robert Spencer and have never CONDEMNED our government for showing Muslim terrorist connected CAIR, security at the airport. It is very frightening that our government was extremely eager to show Muslim terrorist connected CAIR, our airport security.

    How can our nation survive?

    worldnetdaily
    Controversial Muslim group
    gets VIP airport security tour
    Feds show CAIR latest screening steps,
    sensitive counterterrorism procedures
    August 18, 2006

    The Department of Homeland Security took a Muslim group with known past ties to terror organizations on a VIP tour of security operations at the nation's busiest airport at the same time British authorities were working to break up a plot to blow up U.S. airlines.

  • Shaune

    Robert Spencer is a man of courage and a great American.

  • Old Timer

    With the exception of those American voters who hate America and are out to destroy our country, all those Americans who cast their ballots for Obama and the Democrats are cowards afraid not only to confront the fact that Islamists are at war with America, but so afraid that they are quick to appease the Islamists, and to aid and abet them at every turn.

  • AL__

    The great mufti of the white house and his cronies.

  • tagalog

    "Don't accuse them of being terrorists; it might cause them to become terrorists."

    It would be funny if it weren't so pathetic.

  • Rsilverm

    Mr. Spencer, you have lots of supporters. Keep up the good work.

  • taxpayer

    Throw down my weapon? Molon labe!

  • BS77

    Robert Spencer. Hirsi Ali. Michelle Malkin. Ann Coulter. Brigitte Gabriel…..read their books and get a real education.

  • mrbean

    Please Mr Alligator, eat me last.

  • Kevin Stroup

    All wars are a war of choice. We are choosing to surrender. End of story.

  • viviandersen

    jUST DO AS IN DENMARK : IT IS THE DANSIH PEOPLE THE POLICE ECT. SHALL KEEP IN THEIR FOCUS.

    WE, THE ORIGINALLY DANES, ARE, IN OUR POLITICANS AND OTHER DANISH TOPDOGS EYES SO WILD AND WITHOUT ANY COMMON SENSE, THEREFORE WE SHALL BE KEPT WATCH OVER !

    HÆHÆ, PERHAPSE THEY THINK WE STILL ARE LIKE OUR FOREFATHERS AND-MOTHERS THE VIKINGS !

    ARE WE……HMMM….

    OK : YES WE ARE !

    TAKE CARE !

  • Robert Laity

    Obama's PRIME agenda is Dar-el-Salam.Obama is a Radical Islamic supremacist and a traitor to the USA. The New York Times ,is complicit by it;s dhimmihood.

  • viviandersen

    POST SCRITUM :

    THAT IT IS THE DANES WHO SHALL BE KEPT WATCH OVER BY THE DANISH POLICE FORCE IS NOT A JOKE !

    iT IS THE BLOODY TRUE !!

  • viviandersen

    POST SCRIPTIUM !!

  • Marti

    I live in a very small town in Ohio, I have seen one family of Muslims move in.
    Now I am noticing more and more of them slowly and quietly coming in.
    Now I see them sitting in council meetings and school board meetings.
    We had a complaint about our school using the word G-D in our motto and the board had it removed under threat of law suits.
    The name of the complainant was never released.
    This has been in the motto for 80 years.
    This has been a very G-d fearing community since it was began, now our citizens are being directed by people taking over slowly all things in the community.
    I am watching it slowly dying of politcal correctness.
    I am saddened to think that the younger and newer people coming into the community are blinded and ignorant of what is happening.
    Keep up the work Mr. Spencer, and the other people who are speaking out against tyrany.
    Thank you all for what you do.

  • Zam

    Why fight Jihad when you can go about the task of vaporizing it? Like, how about starting with getting our soldiers back home and then making some big craters out of Iraq and Afghanistan? Then, after those craters have been made, more craters can be made as necessary. In this scenario, I do believe more craters would be necessary. This is not fighting Jihad, it is just vaporizing it. OK, I hear you, This is something that would not be considered to be politically-correct. As everybody knows, the United States can only fight in politically-correct fashions–much like the police who can only police in politically-correct fashions as well. Tragically, political-correctness translates into large numbers of senseless deaths when it comes to our military and our police. Yes, I know, that's the way Obama and his administration want it to be–and that's how the Communists want it to be. As the United States has become basically Communist, that's the way things are going to stay, too.

  • Texasron

    I'm so glad these guys weren't around when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor. They'd blame us for not having our carriers in port before the attack.

  • FREDRIK

    PROPAGANDA FROM MIDDLE EAST , THEY WANT ALL THE PEOPLE SCARED FOR JIHAD I TELL TO YOU live only once and GOD JESUS died for all human, so for what be afraid to jihad

  • FREDRIK

    THE OLD PROPAGANDA

  • Dick

    The New York times should be hung and used in the OUT_HOUSE for clean up purposes only. Just be carefull that the INK DOESN'T RUB OFF!!!

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  • tarleton

    Yawn…..typical conspiracy theory rubbish from a right wing religious nut …I'm tired of you idiots embarrassing us conservatives

  • guest

    flush… your ignorant remark down the drains and into the garbage bin of history. robert rules ,obama betrays, you inhale