I remember several years ago reading the words of the late and much missed Dr. Conor Cruise O’Brien. The good doctor was referring to the erroneous belief that there is such a thing as moderate Islam set against radical Islam.
This eminent statesman known as “the Cruiser” was one of the most remarkable scholars, historians, authors, intellectuals and politicians that modern Ireland ever produced.
O’Brien who was born in Dublin in 1917 and who died in 2008, declared that for the past two centuries Islam has been dominated by the “House of War” (dar al-Islam) which calls for unremitting warfare against all non-Muslims.
He pointed out that it is intolerable to Muslims that Islam is not ascendant enough and that the remedy is jihad, not the struggle for inner peace that Muslim apologists falsely claim, but rather the violent struggle against non-believers which is a religious obligation imposed by Mohammad upon all Muslims.
O’Brien’s view publicized in Britain’s liberal newspaper, the Independent, some twenty one years ago was not well received then, just as liberals and the ossified but vicious Left today still refuse to accept its reality. His words would certainly be derided by the apologist for Islam in chief; the man who infested the Oval Office of the White House during his last eight baleful years.
Dr. O’Brien was adamant that it was dangerous to talk about radical Islam for it falsely implied that there is some other kind of Islam; one which is well disposed and tolerant to non-Muslims. He baldly stated that there is no other kind and that Islam is “universalist, triumphant and highly political.”
Winston Churchill himself much earlier had written that, “Islam is an ideology wrapped in a religion.”
Want more proof? This from the words of the increasingly Islamist and dictatorial leader of Turkey, Tayip Recip Erdogan? Here is what he said as far back as 2009 when interviewed on Kanal TV’s Arena program about suggesting that there is both radical and/or moderate Islam.
“˜These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”
Islam does not mean peace; it means submission - not to the will of the people as in a democracy - but to the will of Allah.
The same Islam which rages today in hideous terrorism around the world and in America is the same which swept across the then known world from the 7th century onwards.
Mohammed showed the way in how he wanted his beliefs imposed upon all non-believers of Islam. He treated with the utmost cruelty the Jewish tribes in Arabia who held steadfast to their ancient faith and refused to accept his new Islam. He had all the men beheaded and the women and children sold into slavery.
He meted out similar horrors to Christian tribes while his followers in subsequent years carried his message far and wide with a sword in one hand and a Koran in the other. Are not the horrors today in Syria, Iraq and Yemen those very same horrors?
The many disputes and conflicts in the Middle East and throughout much of the world in which Islam is present are both territorial and theological. The conflict between Israel and the Arab world, for instance, has its origins in the Bible when the Amalekites, Moabites, Edomites, and hordes of other Arabs warred against Israel. We see their genocidal intent in Psalm 83, when we see in verses 4 and 5 their wish to destroy ancient Israel:
“Come and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent; they are confederate against thee …”
Now fast forward to January 15, 2017 and eerily a pro-Arab conference in Paris attended by 70 nations was attempting yet again to “cut off the name of Israel from being a nation.”
This infamy followed the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which President Barack Hussein Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry engineered, implying that the Jewish and Christian holy places in Jerusalem were illegal and that all the sites should be ruled by Islam and by the fraudulent Arabs who call themselves Palestinians.
Dr. O’Brien knew too well how hollow the belief was that the United Nations was a bastion of morality and he would have been horrified by Res. 2334. He famously once said that, “You can safely appeal to the UN in the comfortable certainty that it will let you down.”
Over the centuries in Islam, there developed basic ideas, which are critical to understanding the Middle East conflict today but especially the Israel-Palestinian dispute. One is that all lands are to be subjected to Allah and that once a land is thus subjected, it must forever remain in Allah’s dominion. Thus jihad (Holy War) becomes an urgent necessity in order to reclaim all lands which have been lost to Islam.
This, of course, is the situation with modern Israel today. But it is also the same condition for other territories lost to Islam including, Spain, Portugal, Sicily, parts of France, Greece, the Balkans and southern Russia, which all fell at one time under the yoke of Islamic occupation and Sharia law.
In a sense, the rebirth of Israel undermines the credibility of Islam. The Muslims are obligated by Allah’s injunction to wage relentless war and terror against Israel. Thus any territory Israel gives away in the hope of appeasing the Muslim world - the so-called land for peace and the two-state-solution - is a tragic and fatal delusion. Even if Israel was reduced to one square city block in Jerusalem, the Muslim and Arab world would still wage endless war and terror against it.
Some well-meaning Christians and Jews have been lulled into believing that Christianity, Judaism and Islam all happily worship the same God. But the nature and character of the Islamic god, Allah, is not the same as God who is revealed in the Bible and who is worshipped by Jews and Christians.
Connor Cruise O’Brien back in 1995 tried to warn the world that what is happening is not some aberrant phenomenon called radical Islam, but a revival of authentic Islam itself.
Tragically too many people in government, the media and within many houses of worship still remain under a self-imposed veritable veil of deception.
Victor Sharpe is a prolific freelance writer and author of several books including the trilogy, Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state.
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