The Jihadist War

<a href=””>This five-minute video</a> will give you a sense of how that spread came about. It also contrasts this against the Crusades, on the same map.

Now we have a widespread population of Muslims, more than a billion and a half of them. These do not divide neatly into “moderates” and “jihadists.” For one thing, you have Vladimir Lenin’s observation: “One man with a gun can control a hundred men.” But even this is an oversimplification.

What if the “one man with a gun” tells a good story about the need for jihad to establish a caliphate, using the same sacred texts the hundred adhere to, that says that his actions are correct and that he should be followed? Some will willingly sign up, others will actively support him, still more will privately cheer him on.

What about the rest, the ones who either don’t care or even actively oppose this? Well, the one who don’t care, who don’t speak out and don’t get involved, appear to be the majority. And yet they count for nothing; they have no impact upon the rise of jihadism one way or another.

The fate of moderates

The ones who actively speak out are doing so at great cost. In the 1990s, there were a number of moderate Islamic clerics spread across the Middle East and Europe who were actively pushing for peaceful coexistence with the West.

They were killed.

The “moderate purge” of the late 1990s eliminated most of them and cowed the rest. Even in the “moderate” US, Muslims and former Muslims speaking out against jihadism need bodyguards, and one Islamic leader who dared to suggest that jihadism was a problem was removed from his mosque the same day, and began receiving death threats. Rather than a united voice calling for peace and moderation, the remaining (and thus only effective) voice for Islam is dominated by calls for jihad.

Many of them will speak to the West in pacifying tones, at least if one is not paying attention. To an American audience, they will say that Islam is the religion of peace, and that killing innocents is strictly forbidden. But in Arabic, they say that peace will come when the whole world is subjugated to Allah, and that no non-believer is innocent since he is defying the will of God.

Imam Faisul Rauf of Ground Zero Mosque fame was typical; his TED talk on moderate Islam I wrote about five years ago sounded good to Western ears, but then he went off to Saudi Arabia to raise money for the mosque to help implement jihad and subjugate America.

Jihadist influence peddling

The people with such messages are among the most influential Muslims in the world. How do those messages get out? Yusuf al-Qaradawi, spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, has long had a radio show with an estimated audience of sixty million people. His words and writings are propagated throughout the world, especially through the Brotherhood’s terrorist subsidiaries such as Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaeda, and CAIR and Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine in the United States.

ISIS and the Brotherhood are having essentially a franchise dispute. This conflict reminds me of a local restaurant in a chain that has decided to open up under its own name, and the headquarters is demanding royalties. The much-vaunted letter to ISIS from Brotherhood agencies was a public display to make the Brotherhood seem like good guys, but a close reading shows that ISIS and the Brotherhood are quite close in their ideas.

And those ideas continue to propagate. The jihadist social media, from Twitter to YouTube to Facebook and others, is very active. ISIS-supporting accounts are currently posting more than a million messages a day. This is not “a few extremists on the fringe,” it is a major problem. While President Obama and cronyist Clinton pretend that ISIS has “abso0lutely nothing to do with Islam, Egypt’s highest religious authority accepts ISIS as Islamic and compares their transgressions to drinking alcohol, something forbidden by Shariah law.

Refugee power

EstablishShariahAt the turn of the century, various scholars and pundits anticipated that much of Europe would be Islamic by 2050. With the events of this year, those estimates have been moved up to happening this decade. And it does not matter that most of the refugees are peaceful, moderate, just want to get along and mind their own business.But in so doing, they count themselves out of the equation as helping to solve the problem. And their multi-billion-dollar costs, plus their support (and demand) for Islamic schools, gives the jihadists more leverage and more control.

And those jihadists have taken that control, as they are demonstrating all over Europe (hat tip to Prester_Scott):

Some of the protesters and terrorist mobs featured here are not recent refugees; they were born in Europe but raised in jihadist traditions — which Europe is increasingly accommodating. This hardly “debunks” the video, as one attack site endeavored to do, but illustrates that it is not just a refugee problem. It is one front in a war.

And it is a war — the Jihadist War, I have long called it. It is global in scope, and it is coming to America. We should not be sanguine about the fact that Europe is bearing the brunt of it, for the moment. We are already feeling the first wisps of this ill wind.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle