President Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” Nowadays it might be more accurate to rephrase that to “never more than one election away.” William Kilpatrick recently stated that if the Democrats should regain the presidency in 2020, and possibly the Senate, we can expect a marked increase in Islamic influence over our government and our society. At the same time, it is not as if the Islamic jihad has been altogether halted by the present administration. Now that “Muhammad” made the list of the ten most popular baby names in the U.S. for the first time, there is plenty of reason to worry.
President Donald Trump did implement the 90-Day Travel Ban that was to “temporarily” bar travelers from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Libya and Yemen. Yet none of those countries is the birthplace of terrorists who committed recent attacks in the United States connected to extremist Islamist ideology, unlike Qatar, Egypt, Pakistan, and as America was reminded with the deadly naval base shooting last month, Saudi Arabia—incidentally, the kingdom was the only nation among all the embassies in Washington, D.C. that did not lower its flag on 9/11; then-candidate Donald Tump in 2016 suggested that Saudi Arabia was responsible for the 9/11 tragedies.
In a March 9, 2016, interview on CNN, Trump said “Islam hates us.” When pressed a day later if he meant all Muslims, Trump said “I mean a lot of them.” Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, when Trump spoke of Islam, it generally followed the word “radical.”
“When will President Obama issue the words radical Islamic terrorism” [bolded for emphasis] Trump tweeted Nov. 15, 2015. “He can’t say it, and unless he will, the problem will not be solved!” Yet as president, Trump’s war against “radical Islam,” as already indicated, has come to an almost near stop.
Notice how he no longer associates “radical” to Islam anymore? Instead, as per his Riyadh speech in 2017, Trump has gone out of his way to absolve Islam from its jihadist attrocities: “This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations. This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it.”
It must be understood that Muslim jihadists and their supporters who seek global conquest claim that they are simply complying with what the Prophet Muhammad ordered. This is sustained by Islamic jurisprudence fard ayn, which teaches that when a non-Muslim force enters a Muslim country, defensive jihad or holy war becomes an individual obligation of every Muslim. Such Islamic nationalist requirement does not need to be declared by anyone of Islamic authority. And since the land to which Muslims have migrated becomes their own, to say nothing of their defensive position before the globalized West in their native homeland, terrorism is rationalized under fard ayn in order to keep society pure as taught by .
At the same time, the Islamization of the West cannot be tackled exclusively by military means, especially since it is not pyramidal, as it was mistakenly once thought. Since 9/11, at least $1.7 trillion has been spent by the U.S. on combat and reconstruction costs in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The total budgetary cost of the wars and homeland security from 2001 through 2016 is more than $3.6 trillion. In spite of the sacrifices of thousands who have lost their lives since 9/11, Islamic predominance is on the rise around the world since Islamists also use the educational system to indoctrinate the youth, leading even American children in schools, for example, to recite and write, “Allah is the only god.” Islamic prevalence, which is backed by money from Saudi Arabia and Gulf States, and often sustained by money from the West itself, has also created sympathy for Islamic suicide bombers and ISIS brides.
I am sure that many who read this post will say, “This cannot and will never happen in America.” To that I respond, “Look what is happening around you.” Just last month the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition — if four of the nine Justices feel the case has value, they will issue a writ of certiorari: a legal order from a high court for a lower court to send the records of the case to them for review — presented by the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), to hear Wood v. Arnold, a case brought by Caleigh Wood, a Christian student in 11th grade at La Plata High School in La Plata, Maryland. Wood refused to take part in a school exercise she felt would deny her faith “by making a written profession of the Muslim conversion prayer known as the shahada – “There is no god by Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” The TMLC argues the school violated the First Amendment’s Establishment and Free Speech clauses when it ordered Wood to do an assignment that she could not complete without violating her Christian beliefs. The teacher then gave her a failing grade. This is not just a violation of the First Amendment but an ongoing, albeit subtle, diffusion of Islam in our Western society.
We should learn from Ronald Reagan’s major achievement in his long war against the Soviet Union: presenting communism as a joke — exposing the lies of the Soviet regime, exposing the misery under which its people were living, and explaining why Western values were preferable to Communist ones. The same should be done by politicians and Church officials with respect to Islam: educating Westerners so as to eradicate the political and social taboo of tying Islamic violence to its texts, specifically the Wahhabi tenets diffused by Saudi Arabia. This is equally as important to understanding and accepting that not all Muslims approve of terrorist tactics.
This means that realpolitik, i.e., pragmatic diplomacy in the pursuit of the national interests at the cost of natural rights, cannot continue for it only induces the élite to prowl after mere profit (or worse), instead of creating infrastructure and proper economic growth. In this, Western politicians betray their own democratic principles and abandon Christians and other minorities of the Middle East, Africa, and in other parts of the world where they undergo persecution.