Jihad Against the West: The Real Threat and the
Right Response, Oct. 21, 2006 | WTC, South Boston, MA
Daniel Pipes | Flemming Rose
IT WAS NOT WITHOUT personal concern that I'd signed
up for this local South Boston Objectivist-sponsored conference
on the Jihad
Against the West: The Real Threat and the Right Response,
half joking to a work colleague the day before, that perhaps I ought
to wear a Kevlar vest as I'd be in the same room as Daniel
Spencer & Flemming
Rose (the Danish editor who'd initiated the Mohammed cartoon
In fact, I'd asked the security gal, "do you
want to search my bag?" arriving to the second talk of the
morning. She looked thru half heartedly. Perhaps I didn't fit the
threat mold. I noted some beefy security types positioned throughout,
including at least two armed police.
Many in the audience had come alone. There were empty
seats. I saw no TV cameras, or heard, during the Q&A sessions,
any questions from bonafide "journalists". Instead, there
were concerns expressed from Jane & Joe citizen, self-educated,
alarmed (via blogs, online journals) including a self-professed
homeless man, well-read, who lived in the woods in Jamaica Plain,
named Don. I asked myself, if a homeless man in Jamaica Plain can
read an advertisement in a bookstore & attend, where's C-Span,
CNN, NBC & CBS? I'd asked Don how he could afford this event
as each session was, depending on when one registered, up to $55.
Don explained that he had been left a trust fund from an aunt, so
he'd had some funds. It was difficult, he mentioned, to protect
his stash of books from the weather.
Too, there was a precocious 14-year old boy, named
Aron, who'd come on his own from Newton. Aron was Jewish, believed
in God, but was very interested in the Objectivist (Reason vs. Faith)
Others, I presumed came alone, because they are one
amongst their friends, families and colleagues, who'd realized Jihad
as a personal threat. During my wait to have Robert Spencer sign
my copy of his
Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam, I met two other patriots.
One, a direct descendant of Ulysses Grant, Bob, and Madeleine, a
NYC psychologist, of Jewish descent, who'd since come to Christ
and now considered herself Catholic.
Robert Spencer spoke plainly without wavering:
Islam (not some "hijacked" form of it) is the
issue. "We need to listen to Muslims themselves to hear
their intent. Jihadists are forthright in their following of Mohammed."
Spencer mentioned Ahmadinajad's letter to George W.Bush
inviting him to Islam as an example of how Muslims follow Mohammed's
teachings. When Ahmadinajad's letter was ignored, he'd asked Mike
Wallace to make Bush understand that there "would be consequences"
to not accepting Islam.
While there may be moderates in Islam, "Mohammed's
example is normative, considering there is no pope...so they are
susceptible to Jihad and extremism, regardless of upbringing, moderate
or not." Muslims either join Jihad actively, support it
financially or by some other means. Sura 9:111 explains that salvation
is assured for those who kill or are killed in the name of Allah:
GOD has bought from the believers their lives and their money in
exchange for Paradise. Thus, they fight in the cause of GOD, willing
to kill and get killed. Such is His truthful pledge in the Torah,
the Gospel, and the Quran - and who fulfills His pledge better than
GOD? You shall rejoice in making such an exchange. This is the greatest
"Treaties are not to be entered into unless
its a time when Muslims are losing," he explained. "Carter,
Clinton, Oslo, Condoleeza Rice. Why should any of these Infidel
leaders trust Muslims when they're teachings clearly say not to?"
Spencer highlighted Adam Gadahn's invitation/ threat
to US requesting us to convert to Islam, using Sura 9:29 [9:29]
You shall fight back against those who do not believe in GOD, nor
in the Last Day, nor do they prohibit what GOD and His messenger
have prohibited, nor do they abide by the religion of truth - among
those who received the scripture - until they pay the due tax, willingly
or unwillingly. He added that the very same Muslim invitation/
threat had been put personally to himself, Daniel Pipes & Steve
"Its hard for modern secular minds to understand
7th century warrior mentality, but we must understand how Mohammed
is the moral standard for Muslims. That's all there is and all that
has been. Unless outside ideas that have been imposed by force from
outside, especially secular law, as introduced in early 20th century
in Turkey. The Muslim goal is 1.) conversion, 2.) subjugation and/or
Though many Musims do not understand 7th-century
Arabic in the Koran, and appear secular, pious & otherwise observant,
the danger is when Saudi-funded Wahhabists encourage young Muslims
to enter Jihad to gain salvation."
What should we do? Spencer suggests the first thing
is to get our President to stop calling Islam "a religion
of peace". He continued, "He's not chief theologian.
We give $2 billion a year to Eqypt to keep them from attacking Israel,
yet they allow Muslim extremism taught in their schools. Same with
Mushareff in Pakistan. Turns out with his book, we learn he was
threatened to get him to cooperate. Fine, threaten him some more.
Saudi's are chief enablers. We're paying for our own destruction."
The enemy is not limited to without. According to Spencer, CAIR's
Ibrahim Cooper wants the US to become Islamic "through
Secondly, Spencer suggests, we need to criminalize
Jihad through education or violence. Thirdly, we need to address
immigration. Already in Europe, some nations have instituted immigration
paperwork, including questions such as (laughingly) "Are you
The obstacles we face include a "straightjacket
on intellectual thought on US campuses," as well as an
inverted version of the whiteman's burden: "people who are
under sway of multicultural aura of west, that whites are the perpetrators
and only brown-skinned are innocents. In fact, its not a
racist issue at all. Its an ideology. There are 1 billion Jihadists.
This problem will not go away till it gets worse. It could last
Spencer's new book The
Truth about Mohammed has already ushered in 5 new death
threats to himself, he revealed humorously.
He finds fault, too, with this administration's lack
of understanding of the nature of our enemy calling it a "conceptual
error." "WMD or not. We just allowed 15 thousand
Saudi students here to study. Our friends the Saudis..False assumptions
lead to false conclusions...we need to watch Muslims carefully,
piety is fine, but when Muslims want to change our consitution,
that should be illegal."
Spencer believes it's the secularist who has the most
trouble wrapping their minds around this threat. "Religious
people tend to understand religious imperatives. Not all religions
are equal in violence."
Daniel Pipes spoke next. His premise is that
its Islamism, in the nature of Communism, Fascism, Socialism and
Totalitarianism before it, is the real threat. "We are in
a very bad moment in Islamic history, beginning in 1979 with Khomeni's
rise to power in Iran, followed by the 1983 marine barrack bombing
From the beginning, we've incorrectly perceived
the issue as a crime | police problem, not as an act of war, nor
an attempt to deal with the ideology. In the evening of Sep. 11,
2001, President Bush addressed the nation speaking of this War on
Terror. What if on Dec. 7, 1941, FDR addressed the nation speaking
of a war on 'Surprise Attacks'?
While those on the 'right' correctly sees the war,
the left still sees the problem as a 'criminal action,' in the manner
of John Kerry's statement, 'terrorism is a nuisance.'
Pipes claims that the violent Jihad actions against
the US & UK last summer were not effective to their cause. On
the other hand, "lawful Islamism is working. Erdogan
visits the White House. In the long term, he's more dangerous than
Bin Laden... Already, the US Post Office will not send pork to our
soldiers serving in the Middle East. He's proud though, of the
attention he'd brought to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International
Airport Muslim cab drivers who'd refused to take passengers carrying
liquor, resulting in a stay of the "two-light
solution" calling it encroachment to Sharia. We need to
Pipes states too, the problems with fighting this
enemy: Islam has no particular country and more adherents (estimating
100 million) than Nazism, Communism & Fascism combined. "WWII
and the cold war are pre-cursors to today."
His solution is two fold: In the manner of 1945, he
recommends military strikes which demand complete surrender, followed
by aid like the Marshall Plan, and (here's where many of us in the
room thought he wavered) that we look to the moderate Muslim, encouraging
them, and wait for them to overtake the Islamists amongst them.
"Mubarek is an example of a moderate leader who looks at
the Islamists as a criminal problem," Pipes added. The
patriot next to me quietly added, "but he killed 5 thousand,
no questions asked."
Who are the moderate Muslims and how can we identify
them? Germany has come up with 44 immigration questions, with many
having to do with attitudes toward women and sex. Europe is asking
the question what it means to be European, and slowly waking up
to the threat of a redefined Eurabian identity.
"Fascism, Communism and Totalitarianism are
inherently anti-Semitic and deeply anti-American."
Pipes recommends we see Peter Seller's 1959 film The
Mouse that Roared for inspiration.
Danish Flemming Rose, former Jyllands-Posten
editor, spoke last, but was perhaps the most newsworthy, revealing
more about the aftermath of the cartoon scandal than I'd known before.
Too, he jokingly referenced his knowledge of Islam as "nothing
before 6 months ago, and I've been on a crash course ever
As a result of the violence
following the cartoons' publication, Rose says that "Europe
has begun their most serious debate since WWII." That his
newspaper has somehow shown intolerance and disrespect to Muslims
"sounds stupid," yet one of the most critical to
free speech is Erdogan, Turkey's Prime Minister. "Tolerance
means sometimes you have to tolerate opinions other than your own.
Respect requires positive acknowledgement."
Rose had been a correspondent in the Soviet Union
so his framework of understanding had been the self-censorhip exhibited
under Totalitarianism. Now, Rose suggests, "Islamism is
the threat of our times."
"If someone calls me a bad Christian, it will
not cause me sleepless nights. But if someone calls a moderate Muslim
a bad Muslim, its very different: Intimidation."
Rose revealed that since the worldwide cartoon controversy
erupted, he'd learned from US editors why few chose to publish them.
As employers, they'd been concerned for those correspondents in
the middle east, and wanted no harm to come to them. Rose advised
them they ought to have admitted to the American public that the
real reason for self-censorship was intimidation.
There are 3.7% Muslims in Denmark. 1% in US. During
the cartoon frenzy, seething Muslims had called for the Danish Prime
Minister to take a stand on the cartoon issues. 11 Muslim ambassadors
were not received by the Prime Minister. "I'm glad that
he didn't see them," Rose said.
Norway, on the other hand, had a very different response.
A Norwegian editor published cartoons and the government severely
critized that editor.
The worldwide cartoon attacks were a result of "very
organized campaign between Danish radical imams, dictatorships in
the Middle East and Middle East Imams," Rose added.
As a result, perhaps, of the violent reactions of
Muslims to these innocuous drawings, many Europeans are beginning
to understand that inviting Turkey into the EU does not mean that
they will become more European. Instead, they are perceiving a real
threat to their way of life.
"We need to stand up to Islamists intellectually,
morally & militarily," he concluded.