Stealth Jihad Meets PC America

William Kilpatrick is an author and lecturer.  His latest book, Christianity, Islam and Atheism:  The Struggle for the Soul of the West was recently published by Ignatius Press.


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My new book Insecurity is a comedy about political correctness run amok in the government and the military. But, as recent events show, there is a decidedly unfunny side to the world that political correctness is helping to create.

Up until recently, the colloquialism “heads will roll” referred to a threat to fire employees. Nowadays, however, that phrase is more likely to evoke its original literal meaning—as in the beheadings that have become a common feature of the daily news cycle. The streets of Mosul in Iraq are reportedly lined with the severed heads of police and soldiers—victims of the ISIS jihadists. A photo circulating on the web shows one of the recently released Taliban leaders in the days before his capture posing with his trophy collection of five lopped-off heads. Those who thought that decapitation went out with the French Revolution have come in for a rude awakening.

It’s disturbing to realize that such things can happen in this day and age, but we in America tend to console ourselves with the reassuring thought that, thank God, it can’t happen here. Or can it? Why shouldn’t it happen here? Or, to put it another way, “Who’s going to stop ‘em?”

The most obvious answer to that question—the one that will jump most readily to mind—is the Army. And certainly, the U.S. Army is more than a match for any invading force of Middle Eastern jihadists. But, although our army can repel armed jihad, it’s not very well-equipped to resist the other kind—namely, stealth jihad. And if the conquest of America ever comes—as Islamists say it will—it will come about through stealth jihad.

What is stealth jihad? It’s the incremental spread of Islamic law in a society by means of activism, propaganda and lawfare, and by the gradual co-option of schools, courts, and media. It’s the long march through the institutions that the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci recommended to European communists. Leftists have already co-opted many of society’s institutions. What’s to prevent jihadists from doing the same?

Stealth jihad is much more difficult to detect and resist than the armed variety. It’s not the type of aggression the Army is trained to deal with. And, in fact, the Army has proven itself on several occasions to be an enabler of stealth jihad. Take the case of Major Stephen Coughlin. He was the Army’s top expert on Islamic law until he made the mistake of pointing out that Islamic law obliges Muslims to wage jihad. The Army didn’t cotton on to that idea and Coughlin was dismissed from his Pentagon job as an intelligence contractor. The official attitude was nicely captured by an admiral who, upon hearing Coughlin’s assessment, replied that he would first “have to check with my imam on that.”

You can see why the military has to contract out for its intelligence. Why would a high ranking officer have to consult his imam? Well, for reasons of political correctness, of course. It would be offensive not to bring the imam into the loop. For similar reasons, General Petraeus used to visit provincial leaders in Afghanistan dressed up as Lawrence of Arabia, and for similar reasons a manual for U.S. troops in the region directed them to avoid “making derogatory comments about the Taliban,” “any criticism of pedophilia,” or “anything related to Islam.”

Luckily for stealth jihadists, the resurgence of militant Islam happened to coincide with the emergence of political correctness. The long march through the institutions needn’t take that long when the institutions are putting out the multicultural welcome mat. Just as bacteria feeds on sugar, stealth jihad feeds on political correctness.

“Jihad” is not the kind of thing one mentions in polite society. And for having the temerity to bring up the subject in connection with Islam, Major Coughlin lost his army contract. Coincidentally, he was terminated at the behest of one Hesham Islam, a special assistant to the deputy secretary of defense. As the deputy secretary is rumored to have said, “I’ll have to check with my Islam on that.”

Islam? In the Pentagon? Well, never mind. Better not go there. Apparently Mr. Islam was in charge of outreach to the Muslim community. He outreached to the Islamic Society of North America and to other Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups and invited them to luncheons in the Pentagon. In this, he was carrying on a long tradition of Pentagon outreach. For example, shortly after 9/11, future terrorist leader Anwar al-Awlaki was invited to attend a luncheon at the Pentagon because the Secretary of the Army was anxious to diversify his dinners with some moderate members of the Muslim community.

At that time, the FBI was already aware that al-Awlaki was tied to the 9/11 hijackers, but apparently the Army was not (presumably their intelligence contractors were on vacation). This state of unawareness seems to have persisted for a long time. At about the same time that Major Coughlin’s superiors were checking with their imams, Major Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist at Fort Hood, was checking with his own imam about the fine points of jihad, and whether or not killing U.S. soldiers would qualify one for martyr status.

Who was his imam? It was none other than the ubiquitous Imam Anwar al-Awlaki. The FBI knew about these communications between Hasan and al-Awlaki (there were eighteen in all), but decided that no action was necessary. Many of Hasan’s own colleagues in the Army thought of him, in the words of one, as “a ticking time bomb,” but they also took no action. Hasan’s stealth jihad was not particularly stealthy. In fact, he wore his jihadist sympathies on his sleeve, but the etiquette of political correctness required that his fellow officers look the other way lest they be accused of Islamophobia.

Who’s going to stop ‘em? As we can see, the Army isn’t particularly effective at spotting stealth jihad. And, although the FBI has a better record in this regard, it too is hampered by PC protocols. Who else, then, can we look to? The CIA? A couple of years ago a Washington Post article revealed, without naming names, that the then-current chief of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center had converted to Islam six years before. The lengthy piece treats the conversion as a mere point of interest—the kind of minor detail that would not be of any real concern to the Post’s sophisticated readers. Although converts to Islam have a higher incidence of radical activity than the general Muslim population, the WaPo reporter gives no indication that anything could possibly go wrong. On the other hand, maybe it’s fortunate that somebody in the higher ranks of the CIA knows something about Islam, seeing that John Brennan, the CIA chief, seems to know so little. He has been in the habit of defining jihad as “a holy struggle…to purify oneself or one’s community.” If that’s so, then it must follow that a stealth jihadist is like a secret Santa who quietly goes around performing acts of purification without even waiting to be thanked.

If not the CIA, then maybe the police? The trouble is, the only police force with a highly effective counterterrorism program, the NYPD, recently bowed to pressure and shut down a major component of that program—its surveillance of certain mosques and Muslim student associations. The surveillance operation was deemed “offensive” by the Muslim community.

How about Congress? Congress is on guard, but not against stealth jihad. When, in the summer of 2012, five House members requested an investigation into Muslim Brotherhood penetration of the government, they were scolded by fellow Congress members for being offensive and insensitive to the Muslim community. The five were particularly concerned that the Department of State had been taking actions that “have been enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood and its interests.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, had close personal ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, and the five thought someone should look into the matter.

Was there any merit to the concern over Abedin? We may never know. It was enough to know that the request was “ugly,” “vicious,” “hurtful,” “outrageous,” and “dangerous.” In short, the investigation was never conducted. House and senate members seemed more worried about the possibility that they could be accused of “McCarthyism” than the possibility that Islamists could be infiltrating the government. Judging by their reaction, “infiltration,” like “jihad,” was no longer a suitable topic for polite company.

To sum up, neither the Army, the FBI, the CIA, the police, nor Congress seem up to the task of resisting stealth jihad. That leaves…the president. At about the same time that the House five were making known their concerns about actions that “have been enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood,” the president was making plans to send F-16s and Abrams tanks to assist the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. In the president’s mind, the real danger emanated not from the Muslim Brotherhood, but from “those who slander the Prophet of Islam.” Meanwhile, his Department of Justice was busy purging FBI training manuals of guidelines for spotting stealth jihadists. As DOJ spokesman Dwight Holton put it, “training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or with a tendency towards violence are wrong, they are offensive, and they are contrary to everything that this president, this attorney general and Department of Justice stands for. They will not be tolerated.” Henceforward, the Federal Bureau of Investigation would have to confine itself to inoffensive investigations.

When he was released from an American detention camp in Iraq in 2009, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is now the leader of the ISIS terrorists in Iraq, told his captors, “I’ll see you guys in New York.” Hint to Mr. Baghdadi: If anyone questions you when you come to New York to scout for targets, just tell them that their questions are deeply offensive to you and to the whole Muslim community. They’ll give you the keys to the city.

Heads should have rolled (in the metaphorical sense) a long time ago in the Pentagon, the State Department, the CIA, the DOJ, and among the president’s foreign policy advisors. Because that never happened, heads are rolling (in the literal sense) all over the Muslim world. Because our leaders have chosen to put their heads in the ground regarding the nature of jihad, a lot more heads may soon be on the block.

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  • Lanna

    Things are changing and every citizen needs to understand the workings of Jihad and the threats it poses. These pagans go on bloody rampages, their intentions are demonic!

  • pennant8

    I read Mr. Kilpatrick’s book “Insecurity.” Very funny, a great parody. Then I read this article and I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn’t more parody, a sequel to the original book, but real people and actual events.

  • 1Indioviejo1

    The long march of stealth Jihad started a long time ago in our Universities and Military academies. Our Generals and Admirals are the end result. So at this stage of the war we need new leaders who for love of freedom will buck the PC establishment. I say, prepare the people and bring it all out before each election.

  • zoomie

    think through the effect of over 40 years of ” petro dollars ” flowing through the world financial markets. a Brit MP getting arrested for quoting Churchill is the result, among others.

  • Walter Sieruk

    This subtle deception of stealth jihad is also known as the way of achieving their Islamic goals by way of “Gradualism.” In some ways this is similar to what is taught in THE ART OF WAR by Sun Tzu which teaches “At first then ,exhibit the coyness of a maiden, until the enemy gives you an openings; afterwards emulate the rapidity ofa running hare, and it will be too late forthe emeny to oppose you.”

  • Walter Sieruk

    Part of agenda in Stealth jihad is Taqqiyya. Which is the Islamic teaching that lying and deception are good thing to do as long as its done for the good of Islam.

    • kikorikid

      “Use ALL stratagems of War”

  • wileyvet

    “ugly,” “vicious,” “hurtful,” “outrageous,” and “dangerous.” are just a few adjectives for Islam. It was Jihad that propelled Islam in the Arabian peninsula. It was Jihad that enriched Muhammad and solidified his political rule in Medina. Jihad in Allah’s cause means warfare, not an internal struggle. Read the effen Koran, Hadith and Sira for crying out loud. Muslims are committed to Allah, Muhammad and the Ummah. They cannot be loyal to any host country, and not one can be trusted because of the doctrine of Taqiyya and Kitman. One can never know if a Muslim is telling the truth or lying to your face. To be a Muslim one must adhere to the Koran explicitly. The highest ranking Muslims are those that kill and are killed in Allah’s cause and name. Allahu Akbar meaning Allah is greatest, is in fact known as the prayer of fear, and was invoked on every raid that Muhammad led or ordered. Muslims are only peaceful when they do not have the ability to wage Jihad, as in Mecca. However it does not stop them from causing social discord and abusing their neighbours and being intolerant as they ascend in strength. Islam allows for any stratagem to be employed to advance itself, and Muslims know this. All MB know this, as do every Imam, cleric and spokesperson. So they are lying when they say otherwise.

  • kikorikid

    “Workplace Violence” is Sharia Compliant.

  • joshuasweet

    and there are places that are blocking displays of the American Flag out of fear of offending the Muslims here in the USA about time to stop that

  • Aurelius

    The practitioners of Islam would present little threat to us if they were kept out of our countries. That would require an understanding of who they are as a people and how they differ from us.

    The PC crowd and many in the “anti-Jihad” movement insist that we only consider Islamic ideology as a threat but not the people themselves. They refuse to recognize that the ideology is harbored within the hearts of the people. The ideology is derived from the people. The ideology was invented by the people. The mass murders of 9/11 and 7/7 would never have happened had the practitioners of Islam been denied entry into the West.

    But then, that would be “raaaaaacist.” So, expect more of the same. Expect more creeping and stealth Jihad.

    • Aurelius

      And before anyone replies with that cliche, “But… but… Islam is not a race,” let me be very concrete for you.

      Here is a sampling of the countries having the highest percentage of Muslims on the planet:

      Morocco, 99.9%
      Afghanistan, 99.8%
      Iran, 99.7%
      Iraq , 98.9%
      Jordan, 98.8%
      Somalia, 98.6%
      Turkey, 98.6%
      Algeria, 98.2%
      Saudi Arabia, 97.1%
      Libya, 96.6%
      Pakistan, 96.4%
      Egypt, 94.7%
      Indonesia, 88.1%

      The overwhelming percentage of Muslims are either of Arab, African, or Southeast Asian ethnicities in the case of Indonesia. The West therefore, should have immigration policies that keep people from these countries out of our nations.

      • c0mm0ncenz

        The Iranians are Persians, and Turks are not Arabs. In fact, only a small percentage (10-15%) are said to be Arab. You didn’t list India, but it probably has more Muslims (not Arabs) than other countries listed. Islam is a counterfeit religion, totally man-made, spread by the sword. It should not be protected by the Constitution or Bill of Rights because it controls by using fear. Freedom is opposite of Islam, making it non-sensical and oxymoronic in a free country.

        • John

          The West needs to come to grips with the realization that Turkey is not a democracy, and any efforts to establish a democracy in it will prove fatal since democracy, like attempts in Iraq, will only be used for electing an Islamic sharia driven system. The revival of the defunct Ottoman Beast is on its way. In 1994 Erdogan quoted as saying, Thank God almighty, I am a servant of sharia. You need to comprehend that may in Iran and the Caucasus are of Azeri Turkish heritage.

  • John

    Political Correctness run amok, it is like Sgt. Schultz I hear nothing, I see nothing,, I know nothing. I hear no Islam, I see no Islam, I know no Islam . America has been hijacked,the inmates are running the asylum. 2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

  • rick

    OBOZO to the rescoe !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rick

    “How about Congress? Congress is on guard, but not against
    stealth jihad. When, in the summer of 2012, five House members requested an investigation into Muslim Brotherhood penetration of the government, they were
    scolded by fellow Congress members for being offensive and insensitive to the Muslim community”.

    Had the left and their PC insistence existed in 1950, and Communism had claimed to be a religion, we might all be speaking Russian today.

  • PatLogan5656

    So long as Americans are too dumb to figure out who introduced political correctness and began the open borders movement this is like trying to put out a fire while somone is pouring gas on the flames.

    Before this gets deleted have a look at a youtube video of Professor Kevin MacDonald. He is an academic who wrote the book “The culture of critique” which exposed the roots of cultural marxism.

  • SoCalMike

    Treason, subterfuge and selling out as so passe.
    Just blind yourself with political correctness and voila.
    See no jihad, speak no jihad and hear no jihad.

  • Leonardo Z. Arenas

    The ascension of Obama to the White House is part of the stealth and covert strategy of the Islam world to dominate US politics.

  • 13Sisters76

    Haven’t we heard all this before? “Rules for Radicals” trumpeted the need for chaos- and chaos is what we have. What the left has failed to consider: while they are busy turning disparate groups against each other (to keep the attention off them), they have not considered what it will mean when they try to control the jihadists. They think they can.