IS IT A CIVILIZATIONAL JIHAD?

Washington Times on March 28, 2016 published an article by an editor of the newspaper, Monica Crowley, on civilizational jihad.Like every other civilized human being, she wrote, I was horrified by the Islamic State terror attacks that rocked Brussels this week, killing and wounding dozens of people. Excerpts below:

Terrorists do win. They are winning — because for all of the gnashing of teeth we get after each attack, the West does nothing meaningful to stop it. And by “stop it,” I don’t just mean acting militarily to halt violent jihad. I mean stopping every aspect of the civilizational jihad being waged against the West.

Really fighting this war means acknowledging some hard truths. Islam is no mere religion. It is an all-encompassing ideological system that dictates everything from law (Shariah) to personal relationships which also have religious elements. Conquest and subjugation of the infidel lands are integral to this totalitarian ideology, by the sword, if necessary.

It therefore requires that we fight this war the way we fought the Nazis in World War II and Soviet communists during the Cold War: comprehensively and strategically, with every available military, economic, ideological, diplomatic, cyber- and religious lever.

This latest act of violent jihad stems directly from another form of jihad, one that has been underway in Europe for decades but has ramped up dramatically over the past year.

Hijra is a core part of jihad going back to the Prophet Muhammad that involves Islamic conquest through migration. The objective is to overwhelm non-Muslim territories with Muslim populations until they achieve domination through sheer numbers. No weapons necessary — until they gain enough control.

For decades, the author Bat Ye’or has written extensively on Islam and dhimmitude (enslavement of the infidel by Muslim overlords who force them to “accept a condition of humiliation”). Her seminal work, “Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis,” described — in 1985 — the deliberate Islamization of the continent with the encouragement of European leaders who desired cheap labor.

Many Islamists were born and raised in Europe, and many others are coming in with the fresh wave of “refugees.” But they are all part of the relentless hijra, which began decades ago and about which Ms. Ye’or warned. They have long used the European Union’s open doors-open borders policy to reach the West for social welfare and the longer-term goal of spreading Islam.

The European Union is apparently intent on committing continental suicide — largely because of misguided World War II guilt concerning “displaced persons” and the old, familiar desire for cheap labor.

Despite the latest round of terror and the rising national security risks, the invasion — in Europe and here as well — continues unabated.

Europe is likely already at the point of no return. We have more time to prevent such a transformation here, but that time may be shorter than we think.

The most committed Islamists — the networks of which are in every corner of the globe — cannot be contained. The civilizational jihad is more diffuse and even tougher to turn back.

Unfortunately, we’re not the only ones seeing the weakness. The enemy sees it, too. So they continue their advance, knowing full well that the only power that can truly stop them — a united West led by a determined U.S. commander in chief — does not exist.

Comment: The term ‘civilizational jihad’ should not be regarded as a civilizational clash of Professor Samuel P. Huntington. He explained in The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order how civilizations had replaced nations an ideologies as the driving force in global politics. It should be noted that the West is involved in defending itself against three traditional anti-Western empires: China, Russia and Iran (Persia). This does not mean that there is a clash between Western civilization and the civilizations of Russia (the East Slavic) and China. In relation to the third challenge to the West Iran is allied with radical Islamism against for instance Israel as a part of the West. Radical Islamist terror involves mostly fighters from the Middle East and radical Muslim fighters from Europe although there are terrorists I northern Syria from over 100 countries of the world. Europe needs immigrants They should not all come from the Middle East, however. An immigration of suitably well educated people from other areas than North Africa and the Middle East should be welcome.

The great failure of the West is that it is not regarding radical Islamist terrorism as an enemy like Communism and Nazism. The war must be fought with a clear strategy of victory using not only military force. Like the Cold War this war has an important political-psychological dimension. At the same time the West must defend itself (with a real strategy) against the Chinese and Russian challenge.

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