Sunday, May 07, 2006

Islamic Imperialism

From FrontPageMag.com, an interview with the author of Islamic Imperialism: A History, Dr. Efraim Karsh. Far from an abberation, imperialism was THE founding principle of Islam and has remained its most characteristic feature.

In Islamic Imperialism: A History, I show that Islamic history has been anything but reactive. From the Prophet Muhammad to the Ottomans, the story of Islam has been the story of the rise and fall of an often astonishing imperial aggressiveness and, no less important, of never quiescent imperial dreams. If, today, America is reviled in the Muslim world, it is not because of its specific policies but because, as the preeminent world power, it blocks the final realization of this same age-old dream of a universal Islamic empire (or umma). For generations of Muslim leaders it has been Islam’s universal vision of conquest as epitomized in the Prophet’s summons to fight the unbelievers wherever they might be found.

As a universal religion, Islam envisages a global political order in which all humankind will live under Muslim rule as either believers or subject communities and obliges all free, male, adult Muslims to carry out an uncompromising “struggle in the path of Allah,” or jihad. As Mohammad famously told his followers in his farewell address: “I was ordered to fight all men until they say ‘There is no god but Allah.’” This goal need not necessarily be pursued by the sword; it can be achieved through demographic growth and steady conversion of the local populations by “an army of preachers and teachers who will present Islam in all languages and in all dialects.” But should peaceful means prove insufficient, physical force can readily be brought to bear.

There is a pervasive guilt complex among left-wing intellectuals and politicians, which dates back to the early twentieth century and stems from the belief that the West “has been the arch aggressor of modern times,” to use the words of Arnold Toynbee, one of the more influential early exponents of this dogma. This has resulted in a highly politicized scholarship (especially under the pretentious title of “post-colonial studies”) which berates “Western imperialism” as the source of all evil and absolves the local actors of any blame or responsibility for their own problems. But this self-righteous approach is academically unsound and morally reprehensible. It is academically unsound because the facts tell an altogether different story of Islamic and Middle Eastern history, one that has consistently been suppressed because of its incongruity with the politically-correct dogmas. And it is morally reprehensible because denying the responsibility of individuals and societies for their actions is patronizing.

The birth of Islam was inextricably linked with the creation of a world empire and its universalism was inherently imperialist. It did not distinguish between temporal and religious powers, which were combined in the person of Muhammad, who derived his authority directly from Allah and acted at one and the same time as head of the state and head of the church.

Whether Europe will come under Islamic domination by the end of the 21st century really depends on whether Europeans will awake to reality and recognize the real nature of the threat confronting them. Thus far, this hasn’t happened, though some recent developments, such as last year’s French riots or the violence attending the Danish cartoons, have acted as (admittedly modest) wakeup calls. Only last month Mu’ammar Qaddafi, the Libyan leader, predicted the imminent Islamization of Europe. Many Muslims and Arabs unabashedly pine for the reconquest of Spain and consider their 1492 expulsion from the country a grave historical injustice waiting to be undone. Indeed, as immigration and higher rates of childbirth have greatly increased the number of Muslims within Europe itself over the past several decades, countries that were never ruled by the caliphate have become targets of Muslim imperial ambition. Since the late 1980s, Islamists have looked upon the growing population of French Muslims as proof that France, too, has become a part of the House of Islam. In Britain, even the more moderate elements of the Muslim community are candid in setting out their aims. As the late Zaki Badawi, a doyen of interfaith dialogue in the UK, put it, “Islam is a universal religion. It aims to bring its message to all corners of the earth. It hopes that one day the whole of humanity will be one Muslim community.” To deny the pervasiveness and tenacity of this imperialist ambition is the height of folly, and to imagine that it can be appeased or deflected is to play into its hands.

Commentary

The imperialistic and hegemonistic designs of Islam remain its most salient feature rendering grotesque and barbaric all who are pulled into its malevolent orbit. And yet Western intellectuals and the cultural mavens persistently refuse to acknowledge its 1400 year history of unparalleled mayhem. It cannot be emphasized enough: It is not the religious extremists that are causing the problems. It is ISLAM as taught and practiced by Mohammad (MHRIH). Every single article, news program, or essay that fails to deal with this fact is an irrational sop to the multiculturalists and PC gibberish.

The core problem in the Middle East is not poverty, as Western intellectuals would have you believe. It is ISLAM as taught and practiced by Mohammad (MHRIH). Man has experienced poverty more racking that this for eons without resorting to terrorism. ISLAM is the root cause of poverty. Christian Western Civilization developed the infrastructure necessary for the production of wealth: The protection of private property, an edifice of laws creating a stable social structure and protecting the rights of all individuals, the subordination of the state’s rights to those of the individual etc.. NONE of that has occurred in an Islamic society. And Bush with his ham fisted pursuit of the chimera of Democracy in the Middle East has done little to clarify the issues. For as Spengler has said at the Asia Times: “Something more than democracy is required for peace and prosperity, and that is a people committed to good rather than evil. Democracy in the Middle East means something quite different: Hamas in Gaza and the West Bank, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Muqtada al-Sadr in Iraq. The sooner President Bush changes the subject, the better.”

4 Comments:

Blogger BaconEating AtheistJew said...

If you want parallels to look at, just read up on what the Muslims did to the
Zoroastrians of Iran. Zoroastrians were at least very similar to Jews in beliefs and customs, and their religious roots almost look like True Christianity.
The Muslims conquered them, forced conversions, and have given the remainder Dhimmitude status ever since.

Saturday, May 13, 2006  
Blogger Ronald Barbour said...

We need a U.S. Senator like Cato of Rome who ended every speech in the Roman Senate -- no matter on what topic with -- "And furthermore Carthage must be destroyed!"

"Furthermore, Islam must be destroyed!"

Saturday, May 13, 2006  
Blogger Charles Martel said...

R.B. I agree. Islam must be destroyed. Simple isn't it? But the truth will set you free. How often are we confronted with simple truths we shrink away from because they are politically incorrect? Yes, I couldn't agree more, "ISLAM MUST BE DESTROYED!"

And it is precisely that sort of mental clarity that is lacking in the United States Congress.

Saturday, May 13, 2006  
Blogger Ronald Barbour said...

At this point you are correct about the Congress and the President in regards to Islam: They have fallen for the party line that the Jihadists are "radicals" who have "hijacked" a "noble religion," when we know that the the Jihad is central to the lives of all Muslims and that Islam is an Arabian Death Cult that cries out for a complete destruction in the same manner the Romans once put the Druids to the sword.

I don't expect anything to change until the next serious Muslim terrorist attack on the Homeland on the scale of 9/11 which may be nuclear in nature -- and will result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans.

At that point the USA will have to decide either to go to Total War against the Muslims -- or surrender.

Based on the results of 9/11 -- I'd say Total War and the battle will be at last joined between Islam and a very pissed off major Western Christian Nation that will make the Crusades look like at Sunday walk in the park.

Until then in regards to Islam, may God make "My thoughts bloody, or not thoughts at all."

Monday, May 15, 2006  

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