Greenfield, in his Sultan Knish columns, writes about Islam from a perspective
that is 100% objective and rational, a perspective I wish more people were
capable of grasping. They don’t need to emulate his writing style or acquire as
in-depth knowledge of Islam as his to appreciate the value he offers readers,
indeed, offers the nation. Grasping the unchanging and unchangeable nature of
Islam is a simple exercise in non-contradictory identification. A is A. Islam
Sultan Knish, intellectual enemy
all Social Justice Warriors,
in government and out.
just “Good” Islam in a bad mood, he writes. “Bad” Islam has nothing to do with
Islam. It’s as though “Bad” Islam were not quoting from the Koran, but
from the Peanuts cartoons and the translation always gets skewed in the
an Islam-basher for the sake of bashing Islam. With his unbeatable gift for
irony, he unleashes the same no-holds-barred passion as he bashes phony
politicians (is there a difference?), and phony technologies (like solar and
wind power), and phony humanitarians who profit from phony charities and leave
chump change for the alleged beneficiaries (re Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, the
Clintons, George Clooney, and two or three dozen more extraordinarily rich
people who want to “do good”). The private organizations “resettling” Muslim
“refugees” in American cities, and which are paid and subsidized by the U.S.
government, are a case in point.
Islam’s root poisons and premises and tactics. And he does this no better than
in his recent column “Good
Islam and Bad Islam” of February 16th. He writes from the assumption that
his readers are conversant in current events that concern Islamic terrorism. He
dwells in a different but no less effective and persuasive way on the means and
ends of Islamic jihad against the West from Stephen Coughlin’s exhaustive but
compelling treatise on the delusional policies of our political and
intelligence communities in Catastrophic
Failure: The Blindfolding of America in the Face of Jiahd.
collectivists of a variety of stripes, BDS
advocates, fiends of the Palestinians, flaccid but repellent Israel-haters,
and Democrats (and most Republicans) all share an ideological allergy to reason,
objectivity, and facts. It’s as though If they attempted reason, they would
probably break out in spots or contract some horrid disease. They would be
baffled by Greenfield’s opening line in his column:
Islamic terrorism is Islam. That’s our whole counterterrorism strategy.
in a state of bafflement, from either a natural state of inert ignorance or
because their minds will slam shut when they smell a truth that must not be
acknowledged. Others who exercise their minds and indulge in, for them, rare
spates of analysis will understand that the statement is a nose-tweaking of our
current “Countering Violent Extremism” policy (CVE), a policy which is chary of
even naming Islam as the foremost incubator of “violent extremism.” (See
Coughlin’s book for the tortuous road to self-delusion surrounding “CVE”), lest
our intelligence agency risk the charge of “Islamophobia.” As a generic term,
“extremism” could mean anything from armed American militias to taking the U.S.
Constitution seriously to demanding that all dairy products sold in the country
was waging terrorism against the West for decades and concurrently with that of
the IRA, Basque separatists, and the Belgian
Walloon separatists. The last three have wilted from just about everyone’s
memory. Only terrorism rooted in Islam remains energized. Echoing Coughlin, Greenfield’s
next sentence, however, would clarify things for the baffled and the
separate component of Islam that can be cut off from it. Not only is it not
un-Islamic, but it expresses Islamic religious imperatives.
expresses Sharia law. Imposing Sharia on everyone is the end-all and be-all of
Islamic Jihad. The triumvirate of Islamic terrorism is jihad, dawah (or proselytizing)
and the Ummah (what I like to refer
to as the Borg hive or collective, or the Islamic zombie herd). In its quest to
thoroughly enfeeble the West’s resistance to Islamic conquest I wrote in “Interfaith
Bridges to Islam”:
alliance of jihad, dawah, and ummah
in the organizing principle, which is Sharia, can nullify, frustrate, or
contradict the other two. They work together as one entity in an aggressive
occasionally issued fatwas against terrorism, but terrorism for Muslim clerics,
like sex for Bill Clinton, is a matter of definition. The tactics of terrorism,
including suicide bombing and the murder of civilians, have been approved by
fatwas from many of the same Islamic religious leaders that our establishment
deems moderate. And the objective of terrorism, the subjugation of non-Muslims,
has been the most fundamental Islamic imperative for the expansionistic
religion since the days of Mohammed.
to note that when fatwas are issued by Islamic clerics against terrorism, they
are in fact condemnations of Muslims killing other Muslims. The fatwa does not
include killing non-Muslims – except if the non-Muslims sue for “peace” and
submit. To Islam, it is always open season on infidels, Jews, and other
non-Muslims. This has been true for about 1,400 years. And also on Muslims of
differing faiths: Sunnis vs. Shi’ites, and vice versa.
America, under Bush and under Obama, has been to artificially subdivide a Good
Islam from a Bad Islam and to declare that Bad Islam is not really Islam. Bad
Islam, as Obama claims [but Bush said it first], “hijacked” a peaceful
religion. Secretary of State Kerry calls Bad Islam’s followers, “apostates”.
ISIS speaks for no religion. It has no religion. Which means the Islamic State
must be a bunch of atheists.
always a bunch of atheists who
repeatedly quote the Koran before,
during, or after their latest round of butchery.
Saturday Night Live skit to demonstrate how CVE works – or doesn’t work. Say,
you are an innocent infidel, out walking your pet armadillo. A female jihadist
walks up to you and her burqa shows a suspicious bump beneath it. She says to
you, “I hate armadillos! Allahu Akbar!” And she blows herself and you up.
bomber, and the armadillo are but guts and blood all over the place, and
basically unrecognizable. The FBI calls in “Dexter,” a
blood splatter pattern expert and graduate of CVE Academy. He hands in his
splatter report: With meticulous
precision, he details the trail of blood caused by the bomb, and concludes that
while your scattered remains and those of the armadillo are identifiable, there
was no third person. No suicide bomber. He suggests that you were the
unfortunate victim of a renegade quark from an alternate universe that intruded
into our universe and exploded on contact. Case closed. Islam is not indicted. Muslims have not been
denigrated. Their “self-esteem” as Muslims has been preserved.
will offer an alternative explanation for the “violence”: There really was a
third person, a suicide bomber who was an armadillo-hating “extremist” who also
hated armadillo pet owners.
works. Blame anyone – anything – but the identifiable perpetrator. But there’s
nothing even darkly humorous about how CVE works and how it contributes to the
ongoing Islamic jihad with real blood being splattered in Europe and in the U.S.
discusses the Mainstream Media version of CVE:
media painstakingly constructs a narrative to determine why former moderates
like Anwar Al-Awlaki, the Tsarnaevs or the San Bernardino killers turned bad
without resorting to religious explanations. Their efforts at rationalization
quickly become ridiculous; Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood killer, contracted
airborne PTSD, Anwar Al-Awlaki, the head of Al Qaeda in Yemen, became an
“extremist” because he was afraid the FBI had found out about his prostitutes,
and the Times Square bomber turned into a terrorist because his “American
Dream” was ruined.
Muslims turn “Bad” for every reason under the sun but the non-negotiable moral
imperative in Sharia to kill non-Muslims. Let’s hear another doozy: “I killed
all those people in the Paris concert hall because I gained 30 pounds, because the
Jews and infidels control food distribution and foist non-halal, saturated fat food on Muslims, causing them to have heart
attacks.” Is that reason any better – or more ludicrous – than what one can
hear mouthed by photogenic talking heads on CNN or Fox?
an Islamic terrorist because of Islam. Instead there are a thousand unrelated
issues, having nothing to do with Islam, which creates the Muslim terrorist.
Even the term “Radical Islamic Jihadist”, an absurd circumlocution (is there a
moderate Islamic Jihadist?), has become a badge of courage on one side and a
dangerous, irresponsible term that provokes violence on the other.
that a “Radical Islamic Jihadists” likes to slaughter people by the dozen; a “moderate
Islamic Jihadist” will settle for one or two, perhaps running Jews down with
cars, or resorting to the knife; he’s a humanitarian with limited jihadi
resources). Greenfield asks:
between Good Islam and Bad Islam? It isn’t fighting ISIS. Al Qaeda and the
Taliban do that. It isn’t terrorism. Our Muslim allies, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan,
Turkey and Qatar, are hip deep in the terror trade. It isn’t equality for
non-Muslims. No Muslim country under Sharia law could have that. Equality for
women? See above.
What are the metrics that distinguish Good Islam and Bad Islam? There aren’t
any. We can’t discuss the existence of Bad Islam because it would reveal that
Bad Islam and Good Islam are really the same thing.
measurable difference between Good and Bad Islam. They are one and the same. They
hale from the same malevolent pool of poisonous glop of wanting the unearned,
of envy, of jealousy, all insatiable appetites unless corrected by objective
justice. Good, non-violent Islam cajoles its auditors into believing Muslims just
want to be left alone to follow their faith, and it’s unfair to ascribe the
actions of the few to the many. And the next thing you know the cajoled are
blood splatters on sidewalks and walls or are crushed smears of flesh in the
smoking ruins of the World Trade Center. But sooner or later Bad Islam loses
patience and starts sharpening its swords and machetes and giving lessons on
how to create bombs and how to fly planes into buildings. And then they do it.
Greenfield. It plays its cards with a marked deck, and demands that it be the
dealer or banker.
Islam, we censor cartoons of Mohammed and criticism of the Koran, open our
borders, Islamize our institutions and then wait to see if we’re on the good
side of Good Islam. We adapt our societies and legal systems to Islamic norms
and hope that it’s enough to let us join the Good Islam Coalition. If we go on
at this rate, the experts will tell us that the only way to defeat Islamic
terrorism is for us to become Muslims. Only then will we become members in good
standing of Good Islam.
is left with piles of chips and all the pot.
phantom website. It’s coming from our Muslim allies. It’s coming from Pakistan,
Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. It’s coming from the Muslim Brotherhood and its
front groups. It’s coming from the moderate Muslim leaders that our leaders
pose with at anti-extremism conferences. And it’s coming from the mosques and
homes of the Muslims living in America. There is no Good Islam.
title for this column, of course, could just as well be, “How to Enable
Failure: Blindfolding America in the
Face of Jihad,
by Stephen Coughlin. Washington, DC: Center for Security Policy Press, 2015.