It’s apparent to those who look beyond the headlines that the roots of jihad go back well before George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, or even George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan before him. Not even the great appeaser Jimmy Carter would have much sway over Islamists (as we learned to our cost). It’s not our foreign policy. It’s us.
Patrick Poole explains further that Qutb was “one of the leading contributors to contemporary Islamist ideology” and was “responsible for several ideas that lay at the bedrock of Islamist terrorism.” These ideas include applying “the Islamic idea of jahiliyya (pagan barbarism) to non-Islamic societies AND Islamic nations not governed by sharia,” which gives al-Qaeda justification to attack nations not ruled by Sharia law. We’re included in that lucky group.
For those of you who may not be familiar with Sharia law, it’s derived from the Koran, Sira, and Hadith, three documents which form the foundation of Islam, deriving authority from Allah and Mohammed. Sharia law is all-encompassing, dictating all aspects of one’s life from hygiene to sex to more mundane matters such as banking. What can those living under Sharia law expect? Here are just a few examples:
- Death for leaving Islam (those who renounce Islam are known as apostates)
- Dhimmitude (second-class citizenship) for non-Muslims living under Sharia
- Child marriage
- Wife beating
- A woman’s testimony only being worth half that of a man’s, making horrors like rape nearly impossible to prove
D.L. Adams also points out that the book Reliance of the Traveller, which is the definitive book of Sharia law, provides examples of actions which are not subject to any retaliation whatsoever:
- A Muslim for killing a non-Muslim (o1.2(2))
- A Jewish or Christian subject of the Islamic state for killing an apostate from Islam (O:because a subject of the state is under its protection, while killing an apostate from Islam is without consequences); (o1.2(3))
- A father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring (o1.2(4))
Getting back to the Muslim Brotherhood, their mission statement tells us exactly what they wish to accomplish. It says, in part:
We have a clear mission — to implement Allah’s law, on the basis of our belief that that it is the real, effective way out of all our problems — domestic or external, political, economic, social or cultural. That is to be achieved by forming the Muslim individual, the Muslim home, the Muslim government, and the state which will lead the Islamic states, reunite the scattered Muslims, restore their glory, retrieve for them their lost lands and stolen homelands, and carry the banner of the call to Allah in order to bless the world with Islam’s teachings.
By the way, Osama bin Laden was mentored in college by none other than Mohammed Qutb, Sayyid’s brother. So how, exactly, does one talk to an enemy like this and “get them to hear us”? It goes beyond surface differences. It’s about core beliefs.
I’m also curious to know how Matthew would propose speaking to Islamic converts in the U.S. who have been arrested for plans to carry out jihad not only against their own countrymen, but other Westerners. The hackneyed Rodney King plea of “can’t we all just get along?” rings somewhat hollow.
We can multiculturalize and kowtow all we want, but in the end, it’s their way or the highway – unless, of course, they are defeated. In 1996, Osama bin Laden described the American soldier as a “paper tiger” and saw what he believed to be “the decline of American power” — beliefs that led him to plan the attacks of 9/11. The response by George W. Bush must have surprised him. But so many years after 9/11, with a very different man in the White House, has once again softened Americans and emboldened the jihadists.
Useful idiots like Matthew Modine are not helping matters.