At Florida Debate, Only Trump Was Correct About Islam

“Naturally, the wise men of Helm never dreamed that the world looked upon them as fools until one day Berel the Beadle left the town to journey to Shedlitz. There, for the first time, a Helmite learned what the world thought of Helm. Hardly able to believe his ears, Berel hurried home in alarm to report to Mottel the Mayor. Frantically, Mottel called a Town Meeting, and for seven days, and seven nights, the leading citizens of Helm thought and thought and thought. On the seventh night of the seventh day, when their brows were wrinkled as prunes, Mottel suddenly shot up from his seat, exclaiming, Why didn’t I think of it before! It’s simple. We Helmites aren’t fools. It’s just that foolish things are always happening to us.’”  -- Excerpt, The Wise Men of Helm and Their Merry Tales

Last Wednesday, the following exchange took place between CNN’s Anderson Cooper and GOP presidential contender Donald Trump (video here):

Anderson Cooper: “Do you think Islam is at war with the West?”

Donald Trump: “I think Islam hates us. There’s a tremendous hatred there. An unbelievable hatred of us. We have to get to the bottom of it.”

Cooper: “In Islam itself?”

Trump: “You’re gonna have to figure that out. You’ll get another Pulitzer. But you’re gonna have to figure that out. But there is a tremendous hatred. And we have to be very vigilant. We have to be very careful. We can’t allow people coming into the country who have this hatred of the United States …

Cooper: “I guess the question is … ”

Trump “ … [and hatred of] people that are NOT Muslim[s]”

Cooper: “ … I guess the questions is, is there a war between the West and radical Islam, or is there a war between the West and Islam itself?”

Trump: “I guess it is radical, but it is very hard to define … it is very hard to separate because you don’t know who is who … ”

Trump’s direct, accurate responses pierced the post-September 11, 2001 Bush/Obama-era fog of deliberate obfuscation on Islam.

His uncompromised assessment simultaneously exposed the entire sham lexicon of craven camouflage words invented to shield Islam from rational understanding and criticism: “radical Islam,” “Islamism,” “radical Islamism,” “radical jihadism,” “Islamo-fascism,” and even “violent extremism.”

During CNN’s GOP presidential debate the next evening, Trump asserted: “I will stick with exactly what I said to Anderson [Cooper],” i.e., the truthful formulation “Islam hates us,” which elicited attacks by his rivals, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz, and Governor John Kasich. The responses of Rubio, Cruz, and Kasich were a depressing rehash of Washington insider “wisdom”: platitudinous, mealy-mouthed drivel employing the same tired obfuscating terms: “radical Islam” from Rubio; “Islamic radical terrorism” from Cruz; “radical Islam”/ “people who have distorted their faith” from Kasich. It was accompanied by equally tired invocations of alleged “Muslim ally” leaders or nations.

This sorry trio of “policy wonks” regurgitated their own naïve versions of the long disproven "war within Islam" narrative endlessly promoted by ostensible national security experts across the political spectrum, and reaffirmed, dutifully, in the aftermath of each major act of jihadist carnage since 9/11. Worst of all, Rubio, Cruz, and Kasich reflexively denied the veracity of Trump’s pellucid statement -- “Islam hates us” -- ignoring an obvious, evidence-based -- or more precisely, Sharia-based -- reality.

Islam’s hatred is embodied in the Sharia, which derives from Islam’s canonical texts, the Koran itself, and the “traditions” of Muhammad found in the hadith, and the earliest sacralized biographies of Islam’s prophet. It’s a liberty-crushing, dehumanizing system of “law” and overall human conduct, codified and expounded by Islam’s greatest legists, ancient, pre-modern, and contemporary.

The Sharia features: open-ended jihad warfare to subjugate the world to a totalitarian Islamic order; rejection of bedrock Western liberties -- including freedom of conscience and speech -- enforced by imprisonment, beating, or death; discriminatory relegation of non-Muslims to hated, outcast, vulnerable pariahs, and even Muslim women to subservient chattel; and barbaric punishments which violate human dignity, such as amputation for theft, stoning for adultery, and lashing for alcohol consumption.

This ugly living system was aptly described by the great modern scholar of Islamic law, G.H. Bousquet, as analogous to an undifferentiated cloaca (from the Latin for “sewer”), the posterior orifice that serves as the joint opening for the intestinal and urinary tracts of birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Bousquet argued that the Sharia was a “casuistic hodgepodge,” a retrogressive development compared to the evolution of clear distinctions between “ritual, the law, moral doctrine, good customs in society, etc.,” within Western European Christendom, and utterly incompatible with modern Western conceptions of universal human rights. He also warned of the “doubly totalitarian” nature intrinsic to Islam -- its eternal quest to impose a global Sharia order, by jihad warfare:

“By force of arms … the first totalitarian aspect of this religion: to conquer the entire world in order to subject it to a single authority.  Moreover -- and this gives it a second totalitarian aspect -- it [Islam] constitutes a great theoretical ensemble: the Muslim Law (Sharia) … which has the goal of regulating even down to the smallest details the whole life of the believer and the Muslim community.”

At present, Sharia supremacism -- redolent, by nature, with its hateful bellicosity and bigotry -- remains the predominant mindset of the world’s Muslims. Disturbing empirical data, blithely ignored by GOP contenders Rubio, Cruz, and Kasich in their collective 3/10/16 debate burbles on Islamic societies and Muslims, validate the overwhelming popularity of the totalitarian Sharia across Islamdom, and within the so-called Muslim “diaspora”:

  • 77% of Muslims from the five largest Sunni Muslim populations (i.e., Indonesia, Pakistan, Bengladesh, Egypt, and the Muslim majority of Nigeria), and 83% of Shiite Iranians want the Sharia to be the law of the land.

  • 91% of U.S.-liberated Iraqi Muslims, and 99% of U.S.-liberated Afghan Muslims support making Sharia the official state law of their respective societies.

  • 65% of Muslims, pooled, from Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan, and Indonesia want, the brutal, totalitarian, Sharia-based caliphate system re-created.

  • Given that Islam is inherently political/ideological, the unique 57 Muslim nation member Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the largest UN voting bloc, seeks to replace human rights instruments like the U.S. Bill of Rights with the Sharia-complaint Cairo Declaration which negates U.S. First Amendment freedoms of conscience and speech, encourages hatred towards non-Muslims, and enshrines Sharia punishments which defy our conceptions of both human rights and human dignity: death for “apostasy”; imprisonment and/or death for “blasphemy”; stoning to death for adultery; amputation for theft; and gross legal inequality for non-Muslims, and women.