Monday, October 10, 2016

Dr. Andrew Bostom: 9/11, Jihad, and Islam: Our Security Depends on Acknowledging the Connections

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9/11, Jihad, and Islam: Our Security Depends on Acknowledging the Connections

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James Freeman Clarke, an American abolitionist, and her first (and arguably still greatest) scholar of comparative religion, offered this pellucid, concise description, in 1871, of Islam’s Allah-derived totalitarian essence, antithetical to America’s Judeo-Christian rootedness in individual liberty:
Islam saw Allah, but not man. Saw the claims of deity, but not the rights of humanity. Saw authority, failed to see freedom. Therefore hardened into despotism.
Finally, Theodore Roosevelt, in 1916, summarized the devastating historical consequences of not forcefully repelling predatory Islam:
The civilization of Europe, America, and Australia exists today at all only because of the victories of civilized man over the enemies of civilization . . . [including] those of Charles Martel in the 8th century [over Arab jihadists] and those of John Sobieski in the 17th century [over Ottoman Turkish jihad­ists]. During the thousand years that included the careers of the Frankish soldier [Martel] and the Polish king [Sobieski], the Christians of Asia and Africa proved unable to wage successful war with the Moslem conquerors; and in consequence Christianity practically vanished from the two continents; and today nobody can find in them any “social values” whatever, in the sense in which we use the words, so far as the sphere of Mohammedan influence [is] . . . concerned. . . . There are such “social values” today in Europe, America, and Australia only because during those thousand years the Christians of Europe possessed the warlike power to do what the Christians of Asia and Africa had failed to do—that is, beat back the Moslem invader. It is of course worthwhile for sociologists to discuss the effect of this European militarism on “social values” but only if they first clearly realize and formulate the fact that if European militarism had not been able to defend itself against and to overcome the militarism of Asia and Africa, there would have been no “social values” of any kind in our world today, and no sociologists to discuss them.