“Moments ago CNN interviewed Fawaz Gerges of Sarah Lawrence College. He promotes Hamas.”– from a recent comment at Jihad Watch
The oily Fawaz Gerges managed to pull the wool over a number of faculty eyes when he slithered up the tenure pole at Sarah Lawrence, a school where Adda Bozeman once taught, and where her papers (the curator being Prof. Adams) can now be found. A Russian Ã©migrÃ©, Bozeman was among the very first to describe the immutable problem of Islam, the violence and aggression of Islam, and the fact that Islam is not like any other belief-system that we call a “religion.” Indeed, Samuel Huntington borrowed, it is clear, much from her.
Yet here is the oily Gerges, teaching young girls (and now boys) at Sarah Lawrence. This is a school that during the war, and for at least a decade after, profited from the refugees from the Nazis, and then the Communists, on its staff. It was also a place where some of the ills of the modern American university first could were detected — the smiling vacuous university president, the general atmosphere of wallowing in “tolerance” (to be replaced later on by “diversity”), all acidulously etched by Randall Jarrell in “Pictures From An Institution.” Were Jarrell alive today, he would have fun taking apart the likes of Fawaz Gerges.
Gerges is one of the many sly ones who has managed to convince some network — ABC? — to put him on a retainer as an “expert” on “terrorism” or “Islam” or something. Most of them are merely silly repeaters of the obvious, but Gerges is more than that. He’s a sly and determined apologist for Islam and the Islamic worldview. Therefore, he is of no value whatsoever to an audience of Infidels, who desperately need a little instruction. He’s a guide to nothing and nowhere. It is at this point insulting to all of us that he is still retained, on his fat retainer, to present his misleading lessons in understanding.
Anyone who writes, who talks, who pontificates, who appears as an “expert” on television — from Fareed Zakaria to Juan Cole to Anthony Cordesman to Fawaz Gerges — who continues to ignore, or to fail to understand, the centrality of Islam, will continue to be misleading, either willfully or ignorantly so.
The only people who are qualified to talk about the Middle East are those who understand fully the tenets of Islam as they relate to the world of the Infidels. For the real intelligence failure in Iraq is not about weapons, but about attitudes — the attitudes of hostility toward Infidels, that will not end no matter how much aid is lavished on that ungrateful populace. It is Islam that explains the impossibility of any final settlement between Israel and those waging what must be, by the tenets of Islam, an endless Jihad against it. And only “darura” or necessity can be invoked to justify non-participation in a war against Israel.
It’s too late for the likes of Fawaz Gerges to any longer prettify Islam. Too many people can now read the Qur’an and hadith, for they are online. Too many people are finally fed up with the likes of Esposito and Armstrong or the endless propagandists, including that triumvirate of transparent propagandists, Gerges, Rashid Khalidi at Columbia, and Rami Khoury at the Daily Star in Beirut. Khoury is, like Gerges, an “islamochristian” who parrots the Muslim agenda and view of things, but Gerges does it with a broader grimace. People are getting fed up with those who want us to keep focusing on the putative sins of Israel and the “centrality” of that matter, when a glance around the world from Beslan to Amsterdam to Madrid to Kashmir to southern Sudan to northern Nigeria to the Balkans to New York, to Washington, to southern Thailand causes us to realize that the war against Israel is only a local expression of a worldwide totalitarian belief-system whose adherents firmly believe in the right, as Muhammad says, of “Islam to dominate and not to be dominated.” Naturally the Arabs would prefer that Infidels learn nothing about the tenets of Islam, and still less about the treatment of non-Muslims under Muslim rule over 1350 years from Spain to Indonesia, and to keep the high-beams on that little affair of little Israel.
But Infidels are not having it any longer. “J”en ai marre” — I”m fed up. That is what they are saying even in France. They have come to realize that neither their governments, nor many of the apologists for Islam now teaching in Western universities, will offer any guidance or real instruction. So they are studying that belief-system on their own. It is not, after all, impossible to learn what hundreds of millions of others have learned. And it is nonsense for defenders of Islam to suggest that “only” native speakers of Arabic can read the texts, when 70-80% of the world’s Muslims cannot read Arabic. And further, for insight into the mindset of many Muslims, to understand the quality of its logic, the nature of its reasoning power, the worldview that Islam encourages, Infidels can now go to Muslim websites and be amused, or horrified, or both.
All this means that Fawaz Gerges will not be able to pull the wool over our eyes any longer.