Politics & Policy

Jihad 101

Robert Spencer takes the enemy at its word.

Give Islamic extremists this: They are as clear as the desert sunshine about their plans for us infidels. Unlike America’s former Cold War enemies, who swaddled their barbed wire and ballistic missiles in warm words about proletarian liberation, Muslim hotheads state their intentions with disarming candor.

“The wave of the Islamic revolution will soon reach the entire world,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said.

“One of the primary responsibilities of the Muslim ruler is to spread Islam throughout the world,” said South Africa’s Mufti Ebrahim Desai. “If a country doesn’t allow the propagation of Islam to its inhabitants in a suitable manner or creates hindrances to this, then the Muslim ruler would be justified in waging jihad against this country.”

These statements appear in What Americans Need to Know about Jihad, by Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch (JihadWatch.org), at Los Angeles’ David Horowitz Freedom Center. Spencer has authored seven books, including the forthcoming Religion of Peace? Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn’t.

“Our most fundamental mistake six years into the War on Terror is fighting an enemy we refuse to define clearly,” Spencer tells me. “This makes it impossible to deal properly with the challenge that confronts us in all its dimensions. So, in my work, I try to show what we face.”

As Spencer details, jihad is an Islamofascist struggle for global domination, not just withdrawal of American troops from Baghdad or Israeli soldiers from Bethlehem.

“Islam is a revolutionary ideology and program which seeks to alter the social order of the whole world and rebuild it in conformity with its own tenets and ideals,” said Syed Abul Ala Maududi, founder of Pakistan’s radical Jamaat-e-Islami party. “Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the Earth which are opposed to the ideology and program of Islam, regardless of the country or the Nation which rules it.” Maududi said this at Lahore, Pakistan’s Town Hall in April 1939, nine years before Israel’s independence and seven years before President Bush’s birth.

Shortly before an American laser-guided bomb dispatched him to eternal Hellfire in June 2006, al-Qaeda in Iraq chieftain Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said, “We fight today in Iraq, tomorrow in the land of the Holy Places, and after there in the West.”

Islamism requires that infidels submit to Islam.

A 1991 manual of Islamic law, approved by Cairo’s influential Al-Azhar University, called jihad a “war against non-Muslims.” Reliance of the Traveler, as it is titled, added: “The caliph makes war upon Jews [and] Christians…until they become Muslim or pay the non-Muslim poll tax.”

Soon after Islamic terrorists blasted two Balinese nightspots in October 2002, killing 202 and wounding some 300, Abu Bakar Bashir, spiritual leader of al-Qaeda’s Indonesian franchise, Jemaah Islamiyah, advised the victims’ survivors. “My message to the families is: Please convert to Islam as soon as possible.”

Al-Qaeda’s Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man, rejects the Mid-East “peace process.” “War with Israel is not subject to a treaty, cease-fire, Sykes-Picot Treaty agreements, patriotism or disputed borders,” he said last summer, “but it is jihad for the cause of God until the entire region is for Him only.”

Indeed, today’s Islamofascists, the most diabolical anti-Semites since Auschwitz, are downright Hitlerian in their Jew hatred.

“Where did they come from? Are they human beings?” Iran’s Ahmadinejad has wondered about Jews. “They are like cattle, nay, more misguided…Next to them, all the criminals of the world seem righteous.”

Hamas’ charter cites the prophet Mohammed’s prediction in Sahih Muslim, book 41, No. 6985 that someday Jews will “hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!’”

“Have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any country,” Sheik Ahmad Abu Halabiya said in an October 2000 Gaza sermon broadcast on Palestine Authority TV. “Fight them wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them. Wherever you are, kill those Jews and those Americans who are like them…”

America also is fixed in jihad’s cross hairs.

In October 2005, Ahmadinejad said: “To those who doubt, to those who ask is it possible, or to those who do not believe, I say accomplishment of a world without America and Israel is both possible and feasible.”

In his book, Nuclear Terrorism, Graham Allison explains that Islamic zealots blame America for some four million Muslim deaths — thanks, they argue, to U.S.-Iraq policy pre-dating today’s war, the Taliban’s ouster, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, etc.

“Parity will require killing four million Americans. America can be kept at bay by blood alone,” al-Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Gheith said in June 2002. “We have the right to kill four million Americans — two million of them children — and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands.”

How can these fanatics efficiently exterminate four million Americans? Chemical or atomic weapons would help. As Osama bin Laden told Time magazine in December 1998:

“Acquiring weapons for the defense of Muslims is a religious duty. If I have indeed acquired these weapons, then I thank God for enabling me to do so. And if I seek to acquire these weapons, I am carrying out a duty.” This is especially chilling, given al Qaeda’s Clinton-eraJihad against Jews and Crusaders:” “The ruling to kill all Americans and their allies — civilian and military — is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it.”

Publicizing such militant-Islamic bloodthirstiness has earned Spencer further such bloodthirstiness. In June 2005, the now-defunct RevivingIslam.com said of him: “May Allah rip out his spine from his back and split his brain in two, and then put them both back, and then do it over and over again…Amen.”

Fortunately, Spencer remains undeterred. He writes and speaks constantly on this age’s most pressing issue. His latest work is not light, cheerful beach reading. However, it is a much-needed antidote to such head-in-the-sand nonsense as Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards’s recent claim that the War on Terror is just “a bumper sticker slogan.”

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

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