Jihad Watch Board Vice President Hugh Fitzgerald discusses the idea, being pooh-poohed everywhere today, that some Muslims want to dominate the world:
Haroon Siddiqui has an article in today”s Toronto Star entitled “Muslim conspiracy to rule world just nonsense.”
Really? Is the idea that Muslims want to restore the caliphate and impose it on the world just a fantasy?
Not to a fantasist — or millions of them — it isn’t. The first lesson to take in is not to assume that jihadists are operating rationally, with rational calculation as we understand it. Servier’s “The Psychology of the Musulman,” now available online, and similar studies help make less impenetrable a different worldview, a different psychology.
For that matter, defectors from Islam — see www.faithfreedom.org, are invaluable for those wishing to understand what some can’t quite bring themselves to believe.
In the same way, in the 1930s, some were content to dismiss and mock Hitler, to see him as a clown incapable of doing real damage. How could Germany conceivably think it might be able to defeat the Great Powers — France, Great Britain, the Soviet Union — along with other formidable smaller powers, including Poland, Holland, Belgium, and so on? Why, it simply wasn’t possible. It was a fantastic idea. They would never try it. And that is why for so long so many simply regarded Hitler as a big joke, a figure of fun. Mock him, but do not take him seriously. Chaplin, for example, in “The Great Dictator” thought he was producing an anti-Nazi film. Yes and No. Yes, because he ridiculed Hitler. No, because in depicting him as a clown, he helped lull those who saw the film, for a while longer, into complacency. Churchill, who had spent a lifetime studying history and engaging directly with all sorts of men, and taking part in all sorts of events, did not see Hitler that way. Reading history had given Churchill an understanding that came not only from his own immediate experience, which was far beyond anything White House advisers, or think-tank “experts” or Fellows in thisandthat, have experienced today. But he also had the leisure to read and to think about what he read That made a difference. He did not take Hitler and the Nazis lightly. He did not think they were a joke. He did not dismiss them as fantasists.
And how could Imperial Japan ever think it might be able to attack and swallow, like a cobra, all of vast, undigestable China? And the Americans, with their soldiers in the Philippines? And the British stronghold of Singapore and in India? And the Dutch ruling in the East Indies? Not to mention all the locals who would fight back. No, certainly Japan might be run by slightly wild people, but they couldn’t, wouldn’t, be crazy enough to do what they turned out to methodically plan to do, and did.
And surely Muslims in the West, rampaging in France and Australia, killing and threatening to kill local leaders in Holland, in Norway, attacking the free press in Denmark, holding rallies to denounce the French in the middle of Paris and the English in the middle of London –surely this is all just a way of acting out “fantasies.” There is nothing to worry about.
The assumption should be that most of them mean what they say. And many more who do not say, but think, agree and owe their loyalty to Islam and the umma al-islamiyya, in a way that simply confounds the innocent, rational Infidel.
Islam and those who believe in it, or even those who while not believing in it nonetheless are likely, in the end, to offer their loyalty to fellow Muslims, must be understood and taken seriously.
Tens of millions of Muslims now live behind what they consider to be enemy — i.e. Infidel — lines. They are settling in and attempting to change the societies in which they live. Far from lying low, they are aggressively attacking, using whatever weapons are available — including, of course, clever exploitation of the rights that those same tolerant states offer as guarantees for its (presumably loyal) citizens.
And yet, despite all the evidence, the Western world continues to refuse to look at the evidence, refuses even to read, and study, what is in Qur’an, Hadith, and Sira, and the history of Muslim conquest and subjugation of non-Muslims — so similar from Spain to the East Indies, and whether the Infidels subjugated were Jews or Christians, Hindus or Buddhists. No one seems to care what all this would teach us, if only we would pay attention and stop being deliberately distracted students, or still worse, truants who refuse to attend the lessons altogether.
Yes, a fantastic situation. But not a fantasy. And Muslims are not merely “fantasists” when they dream their little dream of world domination. It may not come to be, but in the mere trying, horrible things have happened, are happening, and will happen. Why should we, by our inaction and inattention, choose to make things as difficult and unnecessarily painful as we possibly can for ourselves, the inoffensive Infidels?