Islamic Terrorism

RoderickE
As difficult as it may be for some people to hear this, it is very important to acknowledge that the main threat of terrorism comes from the ideology of Islam; not only a "radicalized" Islam, but historical Islam.

For too long, politicians have ignored this fact out of either an attempt to placate Muslims, or an ignorance of Islam's founding and history, or perhaps even a hidden agenda to assist Islam to fulfill its goals. (Summarized position)

  1. Why Islam is historically hostile


  2. There is an attempt to placate Islam either because people don't want to appear to be discriminatory or because they hope by being friendly toward Islam, Muslims might moderate and become more peaceful.


    After the attack on America in 2001, president George W. Bush gave a speech where he said:

    "...the American people were appalled and outraged at last Tuesday's attacks. And so were Muslims all across the world. Both Americans and Muslim friends and citizens, tax-paying citizens, and Muslims in nations were just appalled and could not believe what we saw on our TV screens. These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith. And it's important for my fellow Americans to understand that." -- source

    However the FACT is that Muslims all across the world were NOT appalled and outraged. Islam, like Christianity envisions global domination, BUT where Christianity envisions reasoning with people via peaceful preaching, Islam has within its origins (in the Qur'an and Hadith) and history the idea that people MUST either "submit", pay a tax to Muslims (Jizya), or be killed. This is not a misinterpretation of Islam, it is in fact how Islam was and still is practiced in many places.
    The "fundamental tenets" of the Islamic faith are indeed demonstratively violent. And this violence is not merely by some misguided or "radicalized" adherents; it is the same kind of Islam founded by Muhammad in 610AD (or C.E. == common era, if you prefer). While it is true that Muhammad and his followers initially encountered resistance to the spread of Islam and used armed conflict to defend themselves; eventually Muhammad and his followers went on the offensive, attacking those who would not either submit or pay the protection tax. (source)

    Islam cannot be placated (made peaceful) because at its core, at its founding it has been a hostile belief imposed upon those with which it comes into contact. If Islam could ever be made "peaceful" it would no longer be the religion Muhammad founded. Most Muslims know this and thus resist any influence toward making Islam more "Westernized", or more "democratic".

  3. Why Islam is hostile to America



Leading up to, and after the 2001 attack on America and even today there are people and pundits who wonder why there is so much Islamic hostility toward Western culture and America in general. There have been many theories, but among the most often repeated but erroneous is that the Muslims are only hostile because of American and Western culture's support of the modern day country of Israel and supposed meddling in Islamic countries. (source#1, source#2)


HOWEVER, the FACT is that at the very founding of America, Islam was attacking America. (source, Barbary Wars)
While Muslims had been raiding European ships since the 1600s and demanding ransom, in the years after the American revolution, as American trading ships began to trade with European countries the Muslims started attacking American ships too. The Americans were at first forced to also pay ransom but when Thomas Jefferson became president, he refused to negotiate with the terrorists. When Jefferson and other American diplomats asked why the Muslims were attacking America -- a new country that had done nothing to provoke the Muslims, the answer from the Muslims was:

"...it was written in the Koran, that all Nations who should not have acknowledged [Muslim] authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon whoever they could find and to make Slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise." -- source 1786

This is not merely a misinterpretation of Islam, since the Qur'an specifically says:

"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book [Jews and Christians], until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." -- source

So, the historical FACT is that Islam has been hostile toward America and Western societies for centuries before the modern nation of Israel was founded in 1947. Muslim counties have been hostile toward America before we even set foot into any Muslim country. Islam isn't merely hostile because of any support for modern Israel.

WHAT IS RODERICK EDWARDS POSITION

Having demonstrated via historical FACTS as to the real reason Islam is hostile and why placating will not solve the problem, what then is Roderick Edwards' position? Perhaps to some people, they would think there is only one option -- WAR with Islam. This is NOT my position, unless forced into it. I have no desire to see a religious war even if many Muslims think it is their destiny.
HOWEVER, I would do all I could to let friend and foe alike know that America merely wants to live in peace. We have no desire to impose our religion(s) or our politics on anyone by force. Just as Jefferson, my concern is more about the stability and defense of America. I would not be tolerant of any indication of "jihad" coming to America. I would do all I could to immediately stop this notion.


Further, as a HUMAN -- even before an American, I think it is our duty to educate all people of the history of Islam as I have done here and then let them decide if they want to continue to support an ideology that seeks the destruction of all but its adherents -- not merely in some "after life" judgment, but even here on earth. This attempted destruction of fellow humans should be unacceptable to people in countries of almost all political and religious persuasions. To pretend that we can just "wish" Islam to be a peaceful religion will simply get more people killed.


We MUST be ready to tell adherents of Islam, that we understand Islam's violent origins and that we will not tolerate those views to be acted out upon us. While we are willing to let each person hold to any faith they want, we will not allow ANY religion to violently impose on us -- this is what it means to be free; free to think, free to believe or free to disbelieve -- as long as each person does no harm to the other. This is the ideology of America -- a nation founded based on the best ideas of nations and peoples that have come before. America is the culmination of thousands of years of civilization and we will not allow it to be destroyed by homegrown terrorists or those from abroad.

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