In more than twelve years of writing a weekly essay on some of the most critical problems of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, I’ve never been short of subject matter and I’ve never been at a loss for words… until now. For more than two months I have tried to find a way to address the question of what must be done to prosecute the war on radical Islam, while being fully aware that a committed communist, who may also be a “closet” Muslim jihadist, serves as commander in chief of U.S. military forces. Although I have never hesitated to go “out on a limb” to propose solutions that others may see as radical or “outside the box,” I have attempted to stay as close as possible to what I hope others would judge to be at least within the realm of possibility.
Having said that, and being aware that essentially everyone else in the western world remains wedded to the notion that the long term future of western civilization depends on our ability to find a way to peacefully coexist with Islamists… both radicals and moderates… I find myself of a different opinion. In order to be persuaded otherwise, I would have to see conclusive proof that somewhere… at some time in history… Muslims have set aside their goal of total world dominion in the interest of harmony and peaceful coexistence with non-Muslims. That proof simply does not exist. Instead, the so-called “moderate” Muslims appear to be nothing but a silent cheering section for radical jihadists.
Reading the history of Islam, it is tempting to believe that, for periods of years since the death of Mohammed in 632 A.D., Muslims throughout the world had finally decided to live as civilized human beings when, in fact, they were merely resting, re-arming, and preparing for the next major assault on Christianity, Judaism, and the rest of western culture.
According to an April 13, 2015, report by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), during calendar year 2011, for the third year in a row, Sunni Muslims accounted for the greatest number of terrorist attacks and fatalities. Of the more than 5,700 terror incidents during that year, some 56 percent were committed by Sunnis. As such, they were responsible for 12,533 fatalities, or 70 percent of all terrorist fatalities.
The report tells us that, while Sunni Muslims were responsible for 70 percent of the terrorist fatalities, worldwide, another 24 percent of the fatalities were attributable to Shiites. Taken together, the two largest Muslim sects were responsible for 94 percent of all terror fatalities during calendar year 2011. Since 2011, with ISIS making a major contribution, the number of fatalities attributable to Muslim terrorism, worldwide, has grown to nearly 100 percent of the total terror-related deaths.
According to the NCTC report, a total of 9,707 terror attacks occurred worldwide during calendar year 2013, resulting in more than 17,800 deaths and more than 32,500 injuries. In addition, more than 2,990 individuals were kidnapped or taken hostage. The identities of the responsible terror groups were reported in only 3,100 (32 percent) of the 9,707 attacks recorded in 2013. However, of the 17,800 fatalities attributable to those 3,100 terror attacks, 5,655 were attributable to only three of the more than 50 known terror organizations: the Taliban, ISIS, and Boko Haram.
And while we in the United States appear to be frozen in fear of radical Islam, afraid to do what is necessary to protect ourselves, there are positive signs in other parts of the world. For example, according to an April 17, 2015 article by Y.K. Cherson in The Counter Jihad Report, Japan is “practically closed” to Muslims.
A leader of the Japanese Muslim community, Nur Ad-Din Mori, was asked what percentage of Japan’s total population are Muslims. He estimated the number to be one out of a hundred thousand. With a total population of 130 million people, the Muslim population of Japan would be about 1,300. Nevertheless, those Muslims who obtained immigration permits and have lived in the country for many years have little expectation of ever becoming Japanese citizens.
Clearly, the Japanese make things very difficult for Muslims. As impediments to the spread if Islam, Japan officially forbids proselytizing people to adopt Islam as their religion, and anyone who is found actively encouraging conversion to Islam faces deportation and possibly jail time. Japan is the only nation that does not give citizenship to Muslims, it does not allow Muslims to take up permanent residence, Japanese universities do not teach Arabic or other Islamic languages, and it is not permitted to import a Quran published in Arabic. There is no Sharia law in Japan and even today, in the age of technology, visas are not granted to Muslim doctors, engineers, or managers sent by foreign corporations. Most Japanese companies have policies stating that job applications prepared by Muslim applicants will not be considered. .
In China, Muslim prayers are banned in government buildings and schools in Xinjiang Province (Western China) and, in some regions of the country, burqas and long beards are banned and Muslim bars and restaurants are required to sell alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, both of which are banned in Islam.
In England, the parliament has passed legislation which allows the government to strip terror suspects of their citizenship… even if it renders them stateless. Britain has been one of the few Western countries that can revoke citizenship and its associated rights from dual citizens, even those who are native-born, if they are suspected or convicted of acts of terrorism or disloyalty.
In Germany, 78 attacks targeting mosques have been carried out between 2012 and 2014. During calendar year 2015, alone, there were 81 violent attacks on mosques.
Since New Year’s Eve, when nearly 1,000 Muslim immigrants engaged in the mass rape and sexual assaults of German women and girls in the square near the Cologne Cathedral, it appears that Germans are finally beginning to awaken to the dangers posed by unrestricted Muslim immigration. In the early days of January, crowds of outraged Germans rioted in the streets in major cities across the country, attacking Muslim immigrants and ransacking and burning Muslim-owned businesses.
In Norway, more than 2,000 Muslims have been deported in a major crime-fighting program. Since those individuals left the country, crime has fallen by 72%. Prison officials are reporting that nearly half of their jail cells are now vacant and courtrooms are nearly empty. The Pakistani imam of a Norwegian mosque, where a pig’s head was delivered to his front door, was injured in an axe attack in June.
In Poland, an anti-immigrant group has published its manifesto, saying, “In Poland, there will be NO sharia law. NO head-banging or shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ in the streets. NO insulting our religion and our culture. NO burning cars like in France. NO burning down police stations. NO imposing your ways on us. NO calling us the sons of apes and pigs. If you do, we will be the ones waging jihad…on YOU! Remember that, in your lands, you can do what you want, but not in Poland.”
In Cuba, a delegation sent by the Muslim World League (MWL) requested permission to build a mosque in Havana. They were sent home empty-handed. The Castro government responded by saying, “This is impossible because, once the Cuban government agrees to the setting up of an Islamic organization, it has also to agree to the setting up of similar organizations by other religious denominations, such as the Christians, whose Catholic denomination make up 90 percent of the population. We are not religious-minded because we are socialists and do not allow any religious societies in our midst.”
The March 2015 edition of The Atlantic Magazine describes ISIS in very stark terms, saying, “Our ignorance of the Islamic State is in some ways understandable: It is a hermit kingdom; few have gone there and returned. (ISIS leader Abu Bakr) al-Baghdadi has spoken on camera only once. But his address and the Islamic State’s countless other propaganda videos and encyclicals are online, and the caliphate’s supporters have toiled mightily to make their project knowable. We can gather that their state rejects peace as a matter of principle; that it hungers for genocide; that its religious views make it constitutionally incapable of certain types of change, even if that change might ensure its survival; and that it considers itself a harbinger of… and headline player in… the imminent end of the world.”
That is how radical Islamists see the future. Unfortunately, a great many American politicians and opinion leaders have convinced themselves that Muslims and Hispanics come to America with the same hopes and aspirations. They refuse to acknowledge that most Hispanics come to America to improve their lives, while far too many Muslims come to America to deprive us of ours.
If we fail to convince our political leaders that Islam is incompatible with our culture and our constitutional principles and cannot be tolerated, and if we fail to insulate our advanced civilization from the brutal seventh century incivility of modern day Islam, then we can have little hope for our long term future; the end of America is at hand. Our fate is sealed.
Paul R. Hollrah is a retired government relations executive and a two-time member of the U.S. Electoral College. He currently lives and writes among the hills and lakes of northeast Oklahoma’s Green Country.