In “Not for the Faint of Heart,” at National Review, Andrew McCarthy breaks through the conservative and liberal media silence that has hitherto largely prevailed about my book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), which nonetheless — in a fine indication of the fact that many Americans are fed up with their politically correct media masters — spent four months on The New York Times Bestseller List:
It is often said that in order to keep polite company polite, we must refrain from speaking of religion and politics. Yet, the two are not equals in the hierarchy of politesse. Political debate may be unwelcome in many settings, but no one clears the room by observing that the great totalitarian evils of the 20th century, Communism and fascism, were directly responsible for incalculable carnage.
Not so when it comes to religion “” or, at least, one particular religion. The past three decades have borne witness to a rising, global tide of terrorist atrocities, wrought by Muslims who proclaim without apology “” indeed, with animating pride “” that their actions are compelled by Islam. Nonetheless, the quickest ticket to oblivion on PC’s pariah express is to suggest that the root cause of Islamic terrorism might be, well, Islam.
That the possibility is utterable at all today owes exclusively to the sheer audacity of Muslim legions, who have rioted globally, on cue, based on what even their exhausted defenders must now concede are trifles (newspaper cartoons and a tall tale of Koran abuse at Guantanamo Bay leap to mind). But the largest obstacle to any examination of creed “” larger even than a growing alphabet soup of Muslim interest groups “” has been the same Western elites who are the prime targets of jihadist ire. In the most notable instance, President Bush absolved Islam of any culpability even as fires raged at the remains of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. And, although attacks before and after that date have been numerous and widespread, it has become nearly as much an oratorical staple as “My fellow Americans” for U.S. politicians to begin any discussion of our signal national security challenge with the observation that Islam is a “religion of peace” “” a religion that has surely been perverted, “hijacked,” and otherwise misconstrued by terrorists.
No more, insists Robert Spencer, the intrepid author and analyst behind the Jihad Watch website. Spencer’s theory is as logical as it is controversial: when the single common thread that runs through virtually all of the international terrorism of the modern era is that its perpetrators are Muslims, and when the jihadists themselves tell us that their religion is the force that drives them, we should seriously consider the probability that Islam is a causative agent, even the principal causative agent, of their terrorist actions. This he undertakes to do in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).
Read it all.