The Dream of Muslim Outreach Has Become a Nightmare
When President Obama entered office, he dreamed that his hope-and-change messaging and his references to his familial Islamic roots would win over the Muslim world. The soon-to-be Nobel Peace Prize laureate would make the U.S. liked in the Middle …
Against Denialism in the Wake of the Latest Islamist Attack
Alas, what can one say? Our prayers, for one, which are for the victims’ families. For France. For wisdom among French leaders. And yes, for a decisive repudiation of the denialist mindset about Islam and Islamism that pervades the West.
The Orlando Jihadist and the Blind Sheikh’s Bodyguard
According to Fox News, Omar Mateen, the jihadist who carried out the mass-murder attack at a gay nightclub in Florida this weekend, was a student of Marcus Robertson, an Orlando-based radical Muslim who once served as a bodyguard to Omar …
What If the Orlando Murderer Had Been a Christian?
Many people are surely asking, “What if the Orlando murderer had been a Christian?”
Why? Because little being said now by the mainstream media and by leading Democratic politicians from the president on down would be said if the murderer …
It’s Time for a Long-Term Strategy to Utterly Crush Islamic Terrorism
Sunday morning’s horrifying attack on an Orlando gay club is not only the worst mass shooting in America’s history; it is the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11. It should be treated as such.
According to officials …
Killing Homosexuals Is Not ISIS Law, It Is Muslim Law
Various reports indicate that the death toll from the jihadist attack overnight at a popular gay club in Orlando may exceed 50 people, with more than 50 others wounded. The terrorist’s identity has been reported: He is Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old …
Bernard Lewis at 100: An Appreciation
National Review asked friends and admirers of Bernard Lewis to say some words about the man and his achievements to mark the occasion of his 100th birthday today.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Bernard Lewis once asked me, Is there anyone who …
Finally Getting Serious about Identifying Islamists?
After the jihadi attacks in Paris in January and November 2015, the French intelligence agency Direction générale de la sécurité intérieure (DGSI, General Directorate for Internal Security) began to scrutinize personnel at the city’s airports.
Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims Believe in the Same God?
Most Americans say they believe in God. And around the world, religious Jews, Christians, and Muslims all say they believe in God, as do many people who do not identify with any formal religion.
But this statement is actually meaningless. …
It’s Not ‘Islamophobic’ to Protest a Pro-Hamas Speaker
This past Good Friday, the Islamic Society of Wichita, Kan., invited a self-declared Hamas supporter, Sheikh Monzer Taleb, as a special guest for its fundraising event. Sheikh Taleb is a notorious figure in the Muslim community, bringing controversy — and …
Few in the West Are Serious about Islamist Terror
It appears that no matter how many men, women, and children Islamists slaughter or maim, few in the West take Islamic terror seriously. This may sound odd given how much talk there is about terror, but a compelling case can …
Krauthammer’s Take: Redacting Orlando Transcripts Exposes Obama Administration as ‘Fanatical’
Charles Krauthammer argues that the Obama administration’s now-reversed redaction of the Orlando shooter’s 911 call demonstrates a ‘fanatical’ aversion to criticism of Islam:
Well, they may not have issued the order, but everybody understands: Under President Obama, you’re not to …
Most Western Gays Remain in Denial about Islam
Back in January, the U.K.’s Gay Times ran a morbidly fascinating piece. Following the latest attacks in Paris and ISIS’s throwing of gays off buildings, the magazine asked, “Is Islam itself really a threat to the gay …
No, We Are Not ‘Doing Everything We Can’
One of the great problems we face in our ongoing confrontation with Islamic fundamentalism is that our enemies are rational and we are not.
It is a mistake — one that we insist on repeating — to tell ourselves that the jihadists …
Obama Would Rather Declare War on the English Language than Speak of Islamic Terrorism
First there were the 13 people killed in 2009 by an Islamic jihadist at Foot Hood in Texas. Then came Chattanooga, Garland (also in Texas), San Bernardino, and now the atrocity in Orlando. Each time the suspects were motivated by Islamic extremism. …
The Unmentionable Origins of Terrorism
For some years now, the Obama administration has worked on developing a “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) strategy. Its goals: to be proactive in stopping terrorists from radicalizing and recruiting followers, and to address the factors that allow such actions to …
Flemming Rose: A Portrait in Courage
Both around the world and here at home, free speech is under assault. From the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris to the “unexplained” deaths of critics of Russian president Vladimir Putin, people who express unpopular opinions or report the truth …
As Islamism Marches West, Pluralist Muslims Must Stop Its Advance
Another European capital: more maimed and the murdered, whole peoples terrorized. It’s all too familiar. In Europe, Islamism marches to victories. The spillover of Islamism into Europe was inevitable. As Reuters editor David Rohde pointed out to me recently, …
‘Islamophobia’ Is Still Not the Problem: In Kansas, Another Case Study
In March, the Islamic Society of Wichita rescinded an invitation to Monzer Taleb, a longtime sympathizer of Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and a formally designated terrorist organization under American law. Taleb was to speak at a …
Islamist Terror and Collective Guilt
Is the Muslim world as a whole responsible for the epidemic of jihadist terrorism that has rocked the globe in recent years? The question will strike many who consider themselves enlightened as offensive. And yet few of those who recoil …