One has a few questions for Olmert:
What do you know about Islamic teachings?
How seriously do you think Muslims take those teachings?
Do you have any reason to think that the way Muslims are suffused with the teachings of Islam, a system of Total Regulation and Complete Explanation of the Universe, is different from the way that either Judaism or Christianity impinges on, or organizes the life of, Jews and Christians?
What do you know of Muslim teachings regarding non-Muslims?
Have you ever read the Qur’an and at least a few hundred of the hadith, possibly directed by a scholar of Islam?
Are you acquainted with the life of Muhammad, as written and read by Muslims, and do you realize the role that Muhammad plays as the Perfect Man, uswa hasana, al-insan al-kamil?
Do you know about the decapitation of the prisoners of the Banu Qurayza? The attack on the Khaybar Oasis? The murders of Asma bint Marwan and Abu Afak for mocking Muhammad? The marriage to little Aisha?
Are you familiar with the agreement that Muhammad made with the Meccans in 628 A.D. when, feeling not yet strong enough to attack them directly, he made an agreement for a truce, a period of ten years, and then eighteen months later broke that truce on a pretext and, now with stronger forces, attacked the Meccans?
Are you aware that in the entire history of Islam, this behavior by Muhammad is hailed as being exceptionally clever, and has been taken as a model for all agreements and treaties made between Muslims and non-Muslims?
Are you aware, for example, that all of the Muslim commentators on the law of War and Peace in the Law of Islam are in universal agreement that no permanent peace treaty can ever be made between Muslims and Infidels, only temporary agreements made necessary when the Muslim side is too weak?
Have you read, for example, or has anyone brought to your busy attention, Majid Khadduri’s War and Peace in the Law of Islam, with its discussion of the Treaty of Al-Hudaibiyya?
These questions, and your answers to them, will be published in the five leading newspapers of Israel.
Please, Mr. Prime Minister, think carefully before answering.
And come to think of it, why shouldn’t this little quiz, which so clearly will elicit for us information about the comprehension of Infidel leaders everywhere, be given, in one form or another, all over the world, beginning with those in Washington, London, Paris, Berlin, and Madrid?
Why shouldn’t we all demand that those who presume to protect and instruct us (they go together: protection must be accompanied by instruction on what one is being protected against, and how, and why) take this test?
This is not a multiple-choice examination. It will not be graded by some computer, measuring the little lines who shaded in with a No. 2 pencil.
No, this test requires the ability to put a few sentences together. It does not supply the pre-fabricated answers.
And it will not be graded by a whirring machine in Princeton, New Jersey.
It will be graded, instead, by all of us. And we are in no mood, the publics of the Western world, to indulge or overlook in any way. Too much depends on the understanding of these matters.
Olmert, I’m afraid, has already failed with the surpassing idiocy of his every statement and move. Bush, in his messianic missing-the-point fervor — he had an idea and now the idea has him — to create a Light Unto the Musiim Nations instead of exploiting the situation to weaken the Camp of Islam — has not done much better. Almost all of the known leaders of the Western world have similarly failed.
But there are others, waiting in the wings. They should all be asked to take the test above — all those hoping to be the next Republican or Democratic candidate. We want to know, more than anything else, what they understand about Islam. We want to know if they are fooled, or foolable, or unwilling to state things, even if not with the full freedom that one has at this website, but slightly more obliquely (that may at first be necessary, and if undertaken only for tactical reasons, may in some cases be understood and forgiven).
But they need to take the test.