- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Regnery Publishing Inc (22 Aug. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895261006
- ISBN-13: 978-0895261007
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16 x 3.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West Hardcover – 22 Aug 2003
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This is Spencer's longest book and is crammed with details, many of which HAVEN'T subsequently been repeated in his more recent books. One of the things that most impressed me about it is that a clear and logical line is drawn throughout the book which directly, through a chain of Islamic tradition, connects the words of Muhammad and seventh-century Islamic jurists, through medieval scholars and theorists into the 20th century and right through to modern day jihadists. There is ample proof collected here that today's Islamic terrorists are not "hijacking" their religion, but acting on tenets which were established in the time of Muhammad and have been maintained ever since. The section which outlines the writings of jihad theorist Sayyid Qutb is particularly fascinating.
Overall, Spencer's work is not to be missed if anyone wants to learn the truth about Islam, rather than the carefully-cultivated falsehoods we are constantly fed by the mainstream media. It is heavy on the details, though, so I would suggest that beginners read "The Politically Incorrect Guide To Islam (And The Crusades)" first, which is a bit easier to swallow. Then, if you have any further questions about jihad, read this book and they will likely be answered.Read more ›
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Ask any person of the Eastern Orthodox faith about dealing with Muslims as neighbors, ask them about the Armenian slaughter that Turkey has never admitted, ask them about the destruction of Christian churches on Cyprus occurring after the 1974 invasion of the Turks
In some ways, Spencer, merely collects what is publicly available and puts it all in one place.
Consider the doctrine of jihad. Just what does it mean and involve? Because there is no ultimate central authority in Islam, argues Spencer, disagreement exists as to interpreting the Koran, the weight of tradition (Hadith), and the example of Muhammad. But the Koran (Sura 9:29), Islamic history and jurisprudence all hold that there are three choices for the non-Muslim in a Muslim land: conversion to Islam, dhimmitude, or death. "The goal of jihad is thus the incorporation of non-Muslims into Muslim society, either by conversion or submission."
Koranic injunctions to fight are numerous, as they are in the various collections of Hadith. And Muhammad himself set the example of violent conquest. The idea of complete submission to Islam, even to the point of death, argues Spencer, "remains a vital part of Islamic theology". Thus jihad is very much concerned with the concept of holy war, and even terrorism.
Hand in hand with jihad is the notion of dhimmitude. Non-Muslims in Muslim countries are considered dhimmis, or protected peoples. Such protection however often results in second-class citizenship (and worse) for the minority groups. Various social, political and religious restrictions, along with the mandatory payment of a poll-tax (jizya) effectively spells the gradual liquidation of the minority groups.
Apologists for Islam often claim that these practices may have been true in the past, but are no longer so prevalent. But Spencer amply documents how both jihad and dhimmitude are alive and well in most Muslim nations today.
September 11 was, to a great degree, a logical outcome of the concept of jihad. Some however argue that as the ultimate suicide bombing, Sept. 11 cannot be reconciled with Islam, since suicide is sinful in Islam. But many Muslims defend suicide bombing, arguing that it is not really suicide but martyrdom for Allah, something much praised in the Koran. They insist that the bombers simply use their bodies to kill others, not themselves. And those who are killed while fighting for Allah are promised a one-way ticket to Paradise. Interestingly, in Islam, no other action guarantees one's eternal destiny in Paradise.
A good part of this book documents how radical Islam is at war against not only the West, but moderate Muslims as well. He offers detailed, referenced accounts of how militant Muslims are at work in the West, and how many Western sympathisers have been duped by their words of peace and tolerance. Yes, the Koran does speak of these ideas, but it also contains many verses devoted to violent intolerance.
He documents how Western leftists have been silent on Muslim atrocities, presumably because only America is capable of evil. He details how leftist apologists for radical Islam in the West have distorted the evidence and closed their ears to the facts of history. This attempt to blame America first and justify Muslim jihad are having serious repercussions in the West, says Spencer.
And the truth is, he argues, for the radical Muslim, Islam is at war with the world, and until all the earth is brought under Dar al-Islam (the house, or rule, of Islam), terror, fighting and suicide bombings will continue. That is why the West needs to be ever vigilant, and needs to continue to encourage moderate Islam to gets its own house in order, and disassociate itself entirely from the extremist elements.
While we must do all we can to encourage Muslim moderation, we dare not ignore Muslim extremism. This books helps us to do both, and deserves a wide reading.
Well, if we're going to live together in peace, I think it all sounds really good. The newcomers probably will contribute greatly to Holland. And those Dutch who convert will make their society more diverse. But what if the Muslims are led mostly by extremists? What if we get a society led by something more like the Mafia, or the Ku Klux Klan, or the Stalinists, or the National Socialists, or the Maoists, or simply the Taliban? Then I think we have less reason to be optimistic. And the author of this book agrees.
In the first part of this book, Spencer discusses Jihad now. He explains that dhimmitude is a direct challenge to the proposition that all people are created equal with unalienable rights. He points out that the Wahhabis, the majority in Saudi Arabia, are one of the most extreme of the Islamic sects, and that they routinely identify their enemies as "Jews and Christians." He gives examples of hatred taught to schoolchildren from Wahhabi texts, not just in Saudi Arabia, but right here in Muslim schools in the United States. Typical of the preaching is the claim that Wahhabi dead go to Paradise while Jewish dead go to Hell. Given the company each would have there, I suspect that if this is true, the Jews are getting the better deal.
I think a very revealing comment is a quote from two eleven-year old Arab girls. They were asked which they would prefer, to have peace and full rights for all Arab people or for the two of them to die as martyrs. Interestingly, they immediately chose martyrdom: peace and justice were not important to them, even on their terms.
The second part of the book deals with the history of Muslim Jihad. Here, Spencer exposes the myth that non-Muslims were treated well in Islamic lands. Some non-Muslims did indeed do well, but none had the rights of Muslims. And he also points out a very interesting statistic. Fifty years ago, Christians were 15% of the total population of the Middle East. They are now 2% of that population. And it is pressure from radical Islam that has caused this.
As Spencer says, "the problem of radical Islam is not a liberal or conservative issue. It is a human rights issue." But many people on the political Left seem to apologize for radical Islam. Why? The author gives the answer: it is because radical Islam is anti-American.
I think it is a big mistake for anyone who has any sympathy for liberalism to support reactionary terrorism, but it seems that many people strongly disagree with me about this. As for the author, he regards those who ally themselves with America's enemies as having chosen sides in a war we're in. I agree with him about this.
Well, what is to be done about the threat of radical Islam? Spencer comes up with three main suggestions: monitor mosques, control immigration, and encourage moderate Islam at home and abroad.
As a liberal, I'm nervous about monitoring mosques. But I do think that we need to have some way to give law-abiding and loyal Muslims a way to demonstrate that they are not the problem. Otherwise, I fear that all Muslims will be treated with suspicion here.
The author thinks that Muslim organizations in this country need to renounce a theology of jihad and dhimmitude. Once again, I think we need to find out which organizations are openly and explicitly willing to do this. And finally, Spencer warns us that we do not encourage moderate Islam by being "politically correct" and pretending that extremists are in fact moderate. The author concludes that those of us who love freedom need to oppose jihad.
I highly recommend this book to everyone.