Is Islam a threat?
by Jose do Carmo
A few days ago, someone said to me that in his opinion, Islam is a religion like others, and he casually rejected the idea that it was a threat to the rich, strong, and civilized West.
Are there really no reasons to fear?
Well, beyond the very clear and explicit exhortations to violence and conquest, which can be read in the sacred texts of Islam, it is always history that shows us that since this religion emerged about 1,400 years ago, Muslims have consistently followed the Koranic command to make war on the infidels, on the House of War.
As a result, almost 75% of what was then called “Christendom” was definitively conquered by the House of Islam, including all of North Africa, Anatolia, Syria, etc.
Many European territories were under Muslim occupation, at times for centuries, from Portugal to Russia, passing through Spain, France, Italy, Ukraine, Lithuania, Serbia, Romania, etc. etc, only being liberated by force of arms.
More than 15 million Europeans were captured and enslaved in the name of jihad, in a process that lasted until the 19th century, reaching faraway Iceland. In fact, one of the first external wars waged by the USA (Jefferson and Adams) was precisely against the Muslim slavers, with Portugal as an ally.
All in all, for more than 1,000 years, Islam has been the principal and permanent threat to Western Civilization and has always been on the offensive when the relative potential of combat has been in its favor.
In the 20th century, Europe modernized itself and managed to neutralize jihad, but now seems to have forgotten everything about this old and constant threat.
For many Westerners, Islam is just a religion like others, and some, without knowing anything of history and the texts, even proclaim that it is “a religion of peace”.
No, it is not.
What history tells us is that it is the most formidable and persistent enemy that our civilization has faced up to today, and this has not changed just because circumstantially, we believe that we are on top.
The major problem, still, is not the forgetting of history, but its rewriting, so that it fits into new, politically correct narratives.
And this woke narrative, conveyed in the schools, in the media, and in the cinema, is that Muslims are part of the extensive group of historical victims of the West, that is, of the “heteropatriarchal whites” or by definition, the “oppressor”.
For example, the Crusades, effectively a military reaction to the Islamic conquest of the so-called Christian holy places, is described as a cruel and unjust attack on the poor Muslims, who were peacefully in their lands drinking tea and smoking water pipes. Moreover, the Muslim invasions are not even described as such, rather as innocuous “advances” by Arabs, Moors, Almoravids, Tatars, Mamluks, Ottomans, etc., deliberately hiding their true rational aggregate, jihad against the infidel.
But that is history, the appeasers will say. That time has passed. We have to look to the future and enter into a new era of mutual respect and tolerance, even if to do this, we have to gild history a bit.
That might actually be a plausible position, if it were mutual.
But it isn’t.
All over the globe, millions of Muslims show the same supremacist and intolerant impulse as their ancestors, and hundreds of millions of Christians and other infidels are today subjected to implacable and genocidal persecution in the name of jihad.
None of this should surprise us.
In the schools, the madrassas, millions of Muslim children are instructed in the glorification of jihad and the contempt and hatred of the infidels.
Meanwhile, here a certain part of the Left demonizes our history, tears down statues, and transforms our heroes into villains; in “secular” Turkey, Mehmet the Conqueror, a pedophile who devastated Eastern Europe, is every year praised and consecrated on the anniversary of the conquest of Constantinople.
It is often said that he who ignores history is condemned to repeat it, but there is no proverb for those who rewrite it, demonizing their ancestors and excusing their enemies.
The result is visible.
Today, in this phase of “weakness”, those who open the path for Islam are not the scimitars, but the Western nations themselves, who throw open the doors of crime, demographic imbalance, social fracture, and the devastation of identity and belonging.
Two years ago, Mrs. [Ursula] von der Leyen [European Commission president] was singing that, “We must dispel the fears and worries about the impact of illegal immigration on our society.”
She was referring obliquely to Muslim immigration, which is the overwhelming majority.
And in terms of “dispelling fears”, the EU spares no effort, generously using the money of the European contributors (the money of the EU comes from states, which themselves look for it in the pockets of citizens, including mine and those of the reader).
Let’s look at some examples:
The Islamic University of Gaza, an organization of Hamas, a terrorist and anti-Semitic movement, was financed, in 2019 alone, with almost half a million euros and is in the Erasmus program.
The Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMSYO), received about €300,000 over ten years.
For the purposes of, among other things, articulate the recent joint campaign with the Council of Europe and some Muslim countries, in the sense of promoting the hijab as a “symbol of liberty”. It is true that France was vehemently opposed, and the Swedish government, for example, already cut the financing for the radical group, but its members continue to be received and applauded in the European Youth Parliament in Strasbourg.
Various obscure organizations (Islamic Relief, Lokahi Foundation, Muslim Association of Ireland, etc.) all tied to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), received over the course of years tens of millions of euros, despite explicit and vitriolic anti-Semitism.
Today the MB has in Europe a dense network that comprises openly affiliated militants, activists, and sympathizers, spread through various NGOs that, as mentioned above, share the ideology of the Brotherhood.
What is this ideology and what are its goals?
Well, from the mouth of Yusuf al-Qaradawi himself, its principle ideologue, who lives like a nabob in Qatar (Qatar TV, July 2007): “The peaceful conquest is founded on religion, and for this, I hope that Islam conquers Europe without the need for sword or combat. Do it through dawah — that is, missionary work and/or proselytizing and the ideology.”
So we see that Von der Leyen and al-Qaradawi, certainly unwittingly, share exactly the same vision, even though the blind one is not Mr. Qaradawi.
And yet, the ideology of the Brotherhood (sharia, the submission of women to men, the marriage of minors, etc) is at the opposite pole from European values. Its objective is not to integrate itself within liberal democracy, but rather to promote a caliphate in Europe.
All of its activities have this as a beacon, including the strategy of Islamization of the Muslim communities in Europe and the tactical dialogue with the institutions of the EU and its member states.
The MB oozes total intolerance towards any belief that isn’t Islamic. The European Council for Fatwa and Research, based in Ireland, has already issued fatwas advocating the death penalty for apostates, the right of husbands to beat their wives, the obligation of the veil, etc.
In recent years the MB and its front organizations have honed and refined the capacity to manipulate European values, especially freedom of expression. The lexicon of their leaders includes the politics of identity and politically correct language, with a profusion of words such as “inclusion”, “diversity”, and “racism”.
What the Koran itself designates as taqiyya! (Dissimulation, deception, etc.)
The MB today is a well-organized pressure group, professional, with generous financial resources and excellent communicators who play on the naïveté and/or fear of officials and functionaries of the EU, fearful of being accused of “Islamophobia”.
The culmination is that functionaries of the European External Action Service (the diplomacy of the EU) received training from a member of the MB (advisor to the ex-president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi) concerning how democracies should be favorable to and understanding of sharia.
In effect, the EU chooses radical Islamics as interlocutors and gives them credibility and money from the taxes of its citizens, for an objective in flagrant opposition to the values and interests of these same citizens. At this moment I and the reader are literally financing, with our money, terror groups and supremacists.
Historians who in the future will study these times, known as “the information era”, will possibly be stunned to find that it was, after all, a time in which disinformation triumphed, ignorance spread like a stain, and people lived in bubbles of alternative reality, without perceiving that they were on a path to self-destruction.
The problem with bubbles is that inevitably, they end up breaking, and those who live inside them are immediately exposed to danger and the barbarism that they never wanted to see, or were never able to see.
Yes, Islam is a threat.