Wednesday, December 07, 2016

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Will our ideological war against Islamic Supremacism ever get out of first gear?



William Kilpatrick is the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Jihad (Regnery Publishing). For more on his work and writings, visit his website,
In the wake of Abdul Artan’s car and knife attack at Ohio State University, the usual questions are being asked:  What was his motive?  Did he have psychological problems?  Will there be a backlash against the Muslim community?
But to those of us who suspect we already know the motive, the most pertinent question is the question of what can be done to defeat Islamic terrorism.  The answer according to many experts is that you can’t defeat jihad without first defeating the ideology behind it.  We must, it is said, so thoroughly discredit and delegitimize that ideology that the enemy ceases to believe in it and therefore loses the will to fight.
So far, so good.  That all makes sense.  We should do everything we can to undermine the ideology that inspires ISIS, al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Amalgamated Brotherhood of Lone Wolves.  So, what exactly is this ideology?  Here, things become a bit murky.  I’ve read a number of authors who’ve written about the subject, but most come up short on specifics.  They seem to assume that calling the beast “radical Islamic terror” is sufficient.
The reason for the evasiveness is that the elusive ideology of the terrorists is strikingly similar to Islam itself.  When terrorist leaders speak of their “ideology,” they do so by citing the Koran and the commands of Allah.  Here’s a sampling:
It is to this religion that we call you…It is the religion of Jihad in the way of Allah, so that Allah’s Word and religion reign Supreme.
Osama bin Laden, founder of al Qaeda
There is no doubt that Allah commanded us to strike the Kuffar (unbeliever), kill them and fight them by all means necessary.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, founder of al-Qaeda in Iraq which later morphed into ISIS
Support the religion of Allah through jihad in the path of Allah.  Go forth, O mujahidin in the path of Allah.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, founder of ISIS.
Hmm.  It seems that the ideology that motivates terrorists is a religious ideology.  And what religion might that be?  Here’s where the religion-that-must-not-be-named syndrome kicks in.  Say what awful things you want about al-Qaeda and ISIS, just don’t say they have anything to do with Islam. 
But how can you criticize the ideology of the Islamic State without also criticizing Islam?  And if you can’t criticize Islamic beliefs, how can you defeat the ideology of the Islamic State?
Criticize Islamic beliefs?  The reason we don’t want to go there is that many consider such criticism to be tantamount to declaring war on Islam.  For example, intelligence expert Sebastian Gorka, who makes a very good case for waging ideological war against ISIS et al., also insists that we are not at war with Islam.  I understand the prudential reason for saying that.  The vernacular expression of the rationale goes something like this:  “Do you want to go to war with 1.6 billion Muslims?
Still, if you can’t criticize Islam, how can you defeat the ideology of the terrorists—an ideology that is inextricably bound up with Islam?
Gorka, along with others, says we should base our fight against terrorism on the Cold War model of our fight against communism.  But in the Cold War we didn’t wage ideological war against “perversions” or “misunderstandings” of communism, but against mainstream communism itself.  We didn’t urge Russians and East Europeans to practice a more moderate form of communism.  We urged them to separate themselves altogether from that pernicious ideology.  If we were to follow the Cold War model, we would indeed have to criticize Islam itself—or, at least, many aspects of it.  It is faith in Islam, not faith in “violent extremism” that fuels jihad.  Jihadists don’t kill people for the hell of it.  In fact, they do it to avoid hell, and to reap a heavenly reward.