Dennis Prager has written often of Islam. He has considered President Obama’s statement that ISIL is not Islamic (Feb. 17, 2015) and noted, “If the president feels he has to obfuscate for the sake of gaining Muslim allies, so be it. But the rest of us don’t have to make believe what he said is true.”
Prager writes, “Killing ‘unbelievers’ has been part of — of course not all of — Islam since its inception. Within 10 years of Muhammad’s death Muslims had conquered and violently converted whole peoples from Iran to Egypt and from Yemen to Syria. Muslims have offered conquered people death or conversion since that time.
“The Hindu Kush (mountain range) was populated by Hindus until the Muslim invasions beginning around the year 1000. At least 60 million Hindus were killed by Muslims during the thousand years of Muslim rule. Though virtually unknown, it may be the greatest mass murder in history next to Mao’s.”
Apparently, Muslims have little option but to follow the later dictates of the Quran since “Muslim theological tradition…holds that later revelation to Muhammad supersedes prior revelation (a doctrine known as ‘abrogation’). And the…verses ordering Muslims to fight and slay non-believers came after those admonishing Muslims to live with non-believers in peace.”
So, good luck on that peace thing. Some of the later “revelations” are:
“’I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them’ (8:12).
“’When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way. God is forgiving and merciful.’ (9:5)”
The impact of Muslim terror on the United States has existed for a very long time. By the time the United States became a nation, Muslim pirates were harassing American merchant ships. “The First Barbary War (1801–1805) also known as the Tripolitan War or the Barbary Coast War, was the first of two wars fought between the United States and the Northwest African Berber Muslim states known collectively as the Barbary States (Wikipedia).
“The war was fought because U.S. President Thomas Jefferson refused to pay the high tributes demanded by the Barbary States and because they were seizing American merchant ships and enslaving the crews for high ransoms. It was the first declared war the United States fought on foreign land and seas.”
Thomas Jefferson realized that the only way to deal with terrorism is to stop it. Not unlike the situation during the various Crusades, and again today, real leaders know that terrorism by islamofascists cannot be negotiated away.
Barack Obama is no Thomas Jefferson.