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So, here's the question: Can we defeat Islam?

I won't keep you in suspense. Here is my answer: We could if we had the will, but we don't and so we can't. This pains me more than I can possibly tell. I keep saying that the six million defenseless, unarmed, harmless Jews would have been better off if they had died resisting the Germans in whatever tiny, totally impractical way they could. What can I say then about the most powerful country in the world that is able to smite its enemies the way God Himself wouldn't want to top, but prefers to keep its hands clean and, as a result, perish?

The gentleman for whom I was working in 2001 had a TV set in his office. On the morning of September 11, he opened the door and invited everyone in. The invitation was uncharacteristically informal and had obvious notes of urgency in it. We crowded in and watched the attack live. As the horrible events unfolded, one of my coworkers, a Vietnam vet, his face pale, his lips trembling, said,

“I am afraid of what's gonna happen now.”

“Why?” I asked.

“We're gonna nuke them,” he said. “There is no way around it.”

Every now and then, something reminds me of that brief conversation. The more I think about what he said, the more respect I feel for the guy. He knew right away that a terrible retribution was absolutely necessary, and he was ready to support it, but he did not feel elated at the prospect; instead, he was terrified by it. His sentiment immediately betrays him as a non-Muslim. Actually, he was Roman Catholic, but that's not important in the context of the event. A Protestant, a Buddhist, a Hindu, an agnostic, an atheist, and even the most contemptible of all God's creatures, a Jew, would feel the same way. That pretty much defines the basic difference between Muslims and the rest of us. Nobody can push us to the point where we would celebrate death, because no such point exists.

Unfortunately, my colleague did not moonlight as a foreign policy adviser for President Bush. The next day, declaring his War on Terror, the president pointedly announced that the war was not against Islam. Mecca, Medina, Qum, and other unholy places of our enemy were in no danger even for a split second. Thus, President Bush repeated the tragic mistake of President Carter who, in 1979, miserably failed to provide an adequate response to the Iranian aggression against the United States.

I've heard a rumor recently that there was no major attack on the United States after 9/11, because the president threatened to nuke Mecca in retaliation. I find this rumor hard to believe.

First, our next president is not going to be bound by quiet promises made by this administration to our Muslim “allies”, especially considering that our next president is, most probably, going to be a Democrat. Therefore, this deterrent is going to work only for the next 4 years, which means that we all live on borrowed time.

Besides, Mecca is located in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, despite its well-known ideological and financial support for terrorism, inexplicably remains on the list of our allies. Prince Abdullah, the de-facto ruler of the kingdom, is our president's personal friend. (Tell me who your friends are…) I seriously doubt that the president is ready to take such drastic measures against his bosom buddy's country.

There are many other considerations. But let us believe for a moment that despite all the drawbacks, President Bush has chosen this particular threat as a deterrent. Suppose the Muslims nevertheless attack us again, and we, within hours, obliterate Mecca. Imagine also that a few hours later, a little-known group of South American (and, therefore, Christian) revolutionaries claims responsibility for the terrorist attack on the United States. That would immediately make the long-term (say, 24 hours) survival of the administration awfully problematic. That's why the retribution will not follow the attack imemdiately. The nuking of Mecca will be inevitably preceded by a “due process”. In a grave matter like this, the “due process” will take years and, without doubt, will become public knowledge. Use your imagination. By the time it's over, Bush will be retired and Mecca will be the safest place on earth, just as it is today. Consider it an example of protection Allah, the all-merciful, grants to those who preach mass murder in his name.

Having said that, I still believe that announcing to the entire God's universe the presence of intelligent life on this planet by making Mecca glow all the way from here to Alpha Centauri and beyond would have been the most appropriate immediate reaction to 9/11. Among other things, it would have provided a deterrent that no one would dare to call a bluff. Thanks to the Muslim fatalistic belief that not a single hair can fall from a man's head without the will of Allah, it might even trigger a process of revision of the Islamic dogma that would eventually turn the devil worship it is today into “just another religion”. That, of course, would effectively amount to the eradication of Islam, since, without jihad, Islam is nothing but a set of meaningless rituals.

Instead of eradicating Islam, however, the United States decided to enhance it with democracy. I have, on several occasions, expressed my utter skepticism at the prospects of the success of such an undertaking. Despite the wide-spread belief (especially among the Europeans) in Mr. Bush's stupidity, I see no reason to assume that he is any more naїve than I am. Therefore, all his talk about democracy in Dar el Islam is nothing but normal political double-speak. If this is so, we must ask what he really has in mind while sacrificing the lives of American soldiers (and Israeli soldiers and civilians) to conduct elections in Afghanistan, Iraq, and, unbelievably, among the Arab terrorists occupying Gaza, Judea, and Samaria.

I think I know the answer, and I don't like it at all. I think President Bush is merely trying to replace bad Muslim leaders with good ones. A good Muslim leader is apparently defined as someone with whom Colin Powell can work towards achieving American goals in the region. And what exactly are the American goals in the region? We are not after their oil, which is a pity. We can't possibly hope to bring Afghan and Iraqi rocket scientists to the United States, like we did with Wernher von Braun after defeating Germany in World War II. What's left? Democracy in the Middle East, I guess…

So, tell me please, why every logically possible alternative to the eradication of Islam inevitably leads either to a fiasco (like Papa Bush's attempt to tame Saddam) or an absurdity?

Our policy towards Dar el Islam is most certainly an absurdity. Its most damaging part is that it completely ignores the very worst danger this country is currently facing. That danger transcends the destruction of our landmarks and even the loss of lives of our citizens. It threatens the very existence of this great country. It does not come from Islamic militants. It comes from those who, in the eyes of peacemongers and useful idiots, personify the concept of a “moderate Muslim”.

Of course, there are Al Qaeda sleeper cells in this country, waiting for their marching orders from Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants. But as long as they remain sleeping, they do no real harm, and as soon as they wake up, they are liable to be detected and eliminated. Many of them will never strike at all. Few of them will be able to strike more than once. (Although those who tried to disseminate anthrax remain at large.) They are deadly dangerous, but not as dangerous as the ongoing “peaceful” invasion of this country by “moderate” Muslims. They undermine this country without doing anything illegal, and that makes us defenseless against them.

If you doubt that they constitute a clear and present danger to the very existence of the United States of America, take a good look at the gradual transformation of Europe into Eurabia. Today, European cities have turned into safe havens for terrorists, but terrorists did not transform the cradle of our civilization into a province of the Caliphate. Europe was invaded and conquered by perfectly peaceful Muslims without a single shot fired, without a single law violated.

If you think that the United States is immune to the cancer of “moderate” Islam, you are sadly mistaken. The number of Muslims in this country is steadily growing, thanks both to immigration and conversion. In fact, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States. Their influence is growing as well. It's easy to dismiss an Arab grocer in your neighborhood as just another backward immigrant whose children will grow up to be as American as apple pie. It's impossible to dismiss their growing presence on faculties of the best American schools where they spread the poison of anti-Semitism mixed with anti-American propaganda. To be fair, they drop their poisonous seeds into the soil carefully fertilized for them by legions of useful idiots, with Jews prominently standing out among them.

We can't touch them. They are protected by the First Amendment, by the sanctity of academic freedom, by the ACLU, by our ignorant misconceptions (“Islam is just another religion”, “There are no bad nations, only bad leaders”), by our own willingness to put up with anything at all as long as our hands remain clean. Well, here's the good news. Our hands will be practically sterile when they bury us.

From time to time, the FBI discovers that a Muslim professor or a Muslim “charity” has ties with terrorists. The professor gets handcuffed and escorted to jail where he will be met by an enthusiastic herd of lawyers, many of whom are bound to be Jewish. The “charity” will be closed; its organizers will have their wrists slapped; and, a few weeks later, they will reopen under a different name. (The true purpose of Muslim “charities” in this country and elsewhere has been greatly clarified by the recent tsunami whose victims, mostly Muslims, are being assisted by people of Dar el Harb, while Dar el Islam dutifully attends to the more urgent business of jihad.)

An article that appeared on November 17 in the Times of London, described how imams in German mosques routinely preach hatred towards the Germans. This aroused my curiosity as to the goings on inside American mosques. Surely American mullahs and their congregants pray to Allah to be merciful to American soldiers fighting to liberate Iraq from the stranglehold of terrorists and to destroy enemies of this country. Or do they?

It isn't easy, by the way, to satisfy this kind of curiosity. While you, regardless of your religion or ethnicity, would be welcome in any church, synagogue, or Buddhist temple, mosques do not normally extend their hospitality to the “infidel”. In fact, Muslims believe that the mere presence of an “infidel” on the premises desecrates the mosque. Furthermore, some of them seriously think that until the violator is killed for his crime, the mosque cannot be cleansed. I suppose that different mosques exercise different strictness in defending themselves from unwanted visitors, and, in some of them, your life will not be threatened with imminent extinction. Nevertheless, I strongly recommend that you do not attempt to visit a friendly mosque in your multicultural neighborhood: better safe than sorry.

There are facts, however, that can give you a hint as to how Muslim preachers influence their congregants. For example, in the course of our war in Iraq, every act of treason committed in the US military was committed by a Muslim soldier.

I would like to emphasize once again that my call for the eradication of Islam does not constitute a call for genocide against Muslims. Remember that Nazism was eradicated without genocide against the German population. Nor do I call for indiscriminate sanctions against the entire Muslim population of this country. While every anti-Semite will tell you that some of his best friends are Jewish, I can do better than that, because some of my closest blood relatives are Muslim. (What else can you possibly expect from a Jew hiding behind a Japanese pen name?) And yes, I do have Muslim friends. The absolute majority of Muslims I know personally are truly wonderful people. They are bright, decent and trustworthy. They are pleasant, and warm, and nice to be around. And they cook much better than most Americans I know, including even myself.

In a way, these people took 9/11 harder than most of us, because, for no fault of their own, they felt partially responsible for the atrocity.

Fortunately, it is very easy to tell good Muslims from bad ones. You see, my Muslim friends and relatives never set foot inside a mosque. They are not observant. An unobservant Muslim can be a friend of this country or its enemy, just like a Christian or a Jew. An observant Muslim does not have that choice, simply because Islam commands him to live according to the laws of Sharia rather than the Constitution of the United States, and these two sets of laws are as incompatible as Dar el Islam and Dar el Harb. In fact, according to Daniel Pipes, leaders of some, presumably “moderate” Islamic organizations in the United States, admit that their long term goal is to replace the Constitution with Sharia. In simple terms, it means conversion of this country into another Muslim state. This is exactly what every observant Muslim wants.

But the Constitution does not allow the government to outlaw Islam or to prosecute people on the base of their religion. Neither are we prepared to demand that the government treat Islamic institutions the same way it would have treated Nazi institutions had the Nazis tried to open them on our soil during World War II. Therefore, we cannot defeat Islam. Therefore, Islam wil defeat us, and one day soon, we will wake up to discover that all our sacred freedoms are gone and we have become dhimmis in our own land.
 

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