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Islam: An Invitation to Murder

Prof. Paul Eidelberg


Some readers may regard this article as an invitation to murder―the murder of its author. But I have a story to tell that must be told, for the hour is late.

In a previous article I set forth solid evidence showing that Israel's greatest enemy is its own government. I documented this government's permissive attitude toward Arab terrorism, an attitude stemming from a decayed sense of justice. This decayed sense of justice is very much the result of the university-bred doctrine of moral relativism which, as I have elsewhere shown, has infected Israel's ruling elites: politicians, judges, and journalists. There is no reason to expect the people ofIsrael to rise up against this government. They have been disempowered and emasculated. Israel's future is in God's hands.

The same may be said of the United States.  Both countries are ignorant of their common enemy, Islam.  Both obscure the nature of this enemy by various euphemisms: "radical Islam," "political Islam," "Islamism," etc.  And to further obscure the nature of this enemy our policy-makers emphasize, again and again, "international terrorism," which prompts them to take such defensive measures as establishing "departments of homeland security," even requiring people to remove their shoes before boarding commercial airlines!  All this while eschewing "ethnic profiling" in the name of liberalism or tolerance.

No public official in Israel or in America has the courage to say that Islam is the seedbed of terrorism.  Hence, none can offer a rational approach to winning this war against Islam, the most dangerous enemy of civilization the world has ever seen. Before doing so, I must set forth some well-documented facts.

According to The Center for the Study of Political Islam: since Islam's inception in the seventh century, Muslims have slaughtered some 270 million human beings (FrontPageMagazine, February 5, 2007). Today some 1.5 billion Muslims populate planet earth, and they are multiplying rapidly.  Recall that Muslims across the world danced with joy on 9/11.

Experts differ about the number that support Jihad.  The lowest estimate I have seen is 10 percent, but many estimates range from 50 to 80 percent. A conservative estimate of the Jihad supporters is 20 percent―which equals the entire population of the United States! 

In 56 Arab-Islamic countries, Muslims, whether literate or not, are habituated in the ethos of Islam―ample recruiting ground for Jihadists. The most popular name given to children in these countries is Muhammad―first and foremost a warrior, not a theologian. But it is precisely Islamic theology that has shaped and closed the Muslim mind during the last 1,000 years.  And therein is the greatest enemy of civilization. For this theology identifies Allah with power in contradistinction to reason and justice. 

This theology rejects the Judeo-Christian idea of man's creation in the image of God.  Indeed, Islam regards this idea as blasphemous!  Hence Islam rejects the idea of human dignity; it rejects the idea of human rights; it rejects the idea of the brotherhood of mankind or the idea of human community. This is why Islam regards all non-Muslims as pigs and dogs worthy of death. This is why Islam is known as a "cult of death."  Yes, but this is the logical result of Islamic theology.

America, indeed, the West in general, is psychologically incapable of coping with this theologically intoxicated and pathological enemy. To conquer such an enemy, Americans would have to be as ruthless as Muslims, and this is virtually impossible given the hedonism and decayed or milk-and-water "humanism" prevalent in America.

 Ponder the words of Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah in Lebanon, who declared: "We are going to win because they love life and we love death." In other words: We Muslims are going to win because infidels love life, something transient, whereas disciples of Muhammad love death, something eternal.  Put in the language of Thomas Hobbes: We Muslims are going to win because unlike you Westerners, we do not fear violent death. This is the fourteen-century story of Islam and its theologically justified murder of 270 million "infidels."

America, a country whose colonial and constitution-forming period was nurtured by ethical monotheism, is now confronted, as is Israel, by a power-oriented, imperialistic creed based on monotheistic idolatry.  Monotheistic idolatry leaves no space for human freedom, no space Socratic dialogue, hence no space for reason and justice.   Here is Efraim Karsh's brief historical survey of Islamic imperialism:

● “I was ordered to fight all men until they say ‘There is no god but Allah.’”

   ― Prophet Muhammad‘s farewell address, March 632

● “I shall cross this sea to their islands to pursue them until there remain no one on the face of the earth who does not acknowledge Allah.”

   ― Saladin, January 1189

●  “We shall export our revolution throughout the world . . . until the calls ‘there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah’ are echoed all over the world.”

   ― Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, 1979

● “I was ordered to fight people until they say there is no god but Allah, and his prophet Muhammad.”

   ― Osama bin Laden. November 2001

America and Israel lack leaders with courage and wisdom to fight this enemy. This enemy is driven by a theological doctrine that requires Muslims to destroy any non-Muslim place of worship or to build thereon a mosque to affirm Allah as the most powerful god. It was, therefore, ludicrous and utterly disproportionate for the United States to retaliate against the Muslim destruction of New York's magnificent World Trade by attacking Iraq. For an appropriate cultural response to the Muslim destruction of New York's profoundly significant Twin Towers, the United States should have leveled Mecca and Medina!