What Future Anthropologists will Say about Us

August 26th, 2014
By James G. Zumwalt

Recent news stories reveal a frightening theme emerging.

In Iraq and Syria, Islamic terrorist group ISIS expands its borders, unleashing brutality upon its fellow Muslims to “purify” the region of opponents. Undeterred by world opinion or the same political correctness (PC) Islam’s defenders in the U.S. raise to prevent rational discussions about their religion’s inherent violence, ISIS releases videos and photographs evidencing it: massacres of truckloads of young Muslims forced to lay on the ground side-by-side as executioners, without hesitation, shoot them; assembly line executions of young men brought to a river’s edge, shot in the head and tossed into the water; gruesome beheadings-with severed heads placed on fences; etc.

In Nigeria, continued attacks by Boko Haram leave dozens more dead across the country as the group adds to its tally of innocent victims.

In Afghanistan, the family of a ten year old girl-raped by an imam-threatens to kill her for violating their honor.

In Iran, “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani maintains the country’s second place position for executions within the world community.

In Australia, authorities arrest a 26-year old Lebanese man for sexual intercourse with a minor-the 12-year old girl married to the man in accordance with shariah law in a ceremony arranged by her father. Neither husband nor father saw any wrongdoing.

In the U.S., a machete-wielding Muslim leader, assisted by an imam, attempts to cut off the hand of a worshipper at a Philadelphia mosque for stealing money-a punishment mandated under shariah law.

In the U.S., a radical Muslim sex offender in Seattle executes two homosexuals, in compliance with shariah law.

In Geneva, a U.N. Human Rights Council special session declaration that Israelis do not observe human rights  received 29 “yes” votes and only one “no” (by the U.S.)-as 17 European nations abstained, not wishing to upset their violent Muslim minorities.

The frightening theme to these stories is the underlying acts-totally contrary to Western values-spread globally as democratic nations fear challenging a religion seeking destruction of them.

Middle East expert Ryan Mauro accurately wrote, “The fight against Islamism isn’t just about terrorism and national security. It’s about human rights and standing up for what is right.”

There is a tendency to simply dismiss the above acts as those of “Muslims gone wild.” Doing so ignores the fact every one of them is sanctioned by the Quran and its teachings. Non-Muslims need ask, what kind of religion embraces such barbarity and brutality?

As the website “TheReligionofPeace.com” explains:

“The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule.  Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding.  Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.”

“…the verses of violence in the Quran are mostly open-ended, meaning that they are not restrained by the historical context of the surrounding text (as are violent references in the Bible).  They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of Allah, and just as relevant or subjective as anything else in the Quran.”

“…Most of today’s Muslims exercise a personal choice to interpret their holy book’s call to arms according to their own moral preconceptions about justifiable violence…it is important to note that the problem is not bad people, but bad ideology.

“Unfortunately, there are very few verses of tolerance and peace to abrogate or even balance out the many that call for nonbelievers to be fought and subdued until they either accept humiliation, convert to Islam, or are killed.  Muhammad’s own martial legacy – and that of his companions – along with the remarkable stress on violence found in the Quran have produced a trail of blood and tears across world history.”

Any defense of Islam must rise or fall with an answer to the following question:  Does the Quran envision global peace absent total submission of non-believers to Islam?

An honest answer by anyone who has read the Quran has to begin with the word “no.” And, ironically, even on a planet inhabited just by Muslims, the sectarian split of Sunnis and Shiites would still leave us a world at war as we are now seeing in Iraq and Syria.

Sadly, U.S. national security is taking a back seat to political correctness (PC). We try to rationalize, while extremists may embrace such violence, the vast majority of Muslims are moderates who do not.

Such rationalization provides a false security.

First, the sheer numbers of extremists-estimated at 10% of all Muslims-means at least 160 million of them are out there.

Second, the extremist versus moderate dichotomy ignores that both take their belief systems from the same sources-the Quran and its teachings-specifically sanctioning the aforementioned violence.

Third, even Muslims not embracing violence demonstrate no backbone for aggressively stopping it.

But setting PC aside enables one to focus on the real source of Islam’s violence:  It is the religion, stupid!

Concerning the extremist versus moderate perception, author John Galt shared his “eureka” moment. Watching a film of an extremist struggling in Libya to behead a victim, onlookers cheered as the head finally fell off. He quickly grasped the only distinguishing factor between the two groups: extremists are doers; moderates are watchers.

It is interesting as we observe today’s violence in the Middle East that historically more Muslims have died at the hands of fellow Muslims than non-Muslims.

As an October 8, 2007 article by Gunnar Heinsohn and Daniel Pipes reported:

“…some 11,000,000 Muslims have been violently killed since 1948, of which 35,000, or 0.3 percent, died during the sixty years of fighting Israel, or just 1 out of every 315 Muslim fatalities. In contrast, over 90 percent of the 11 million who perished were killed by fellow Muslims.”

Thus, in the Middle East, ISIS is first giving priority to putting its own house (i.e., meaning Islam’s) in order by targeting those Muslims with contrary beliefs.

For the moment, non-Muslims may take comfort Islam’s violence is focusing on consuming its own. But any such comfort is unwarranted as the Quran’s ultimate goal is a world free of non-believers. As such, non-Muslims will always remain within Islam’s cross-hairs.

This attitude has overshadowed Islam since the days of the first caliphate under Abu Bakr, who placed priority on fighting apostates rather than expanding Islamic conquests. The fear then, as now, was anything less than a unified Islamic front-all under one command-hinders Islam’s global domination goal.

It is believed that goal will come in due course. As 22-year old American suicide bomber Moner Mohammad Abusalha said to us in a video he made shortly before driving a truck laden with explosives into a restaurant in northern Syria last May, “We are coming for you.”

Abusalha’s chilling 31-minute video, made before blowing himself up into more pieces than has Reese’s, warned America is not safe and that “Islam is coming and will dominate.” He taunted, “You think you killed Osama bin Laden? You sent him to paradise.” Abusalha’s motivation for pursuing such a career with no chance for promotion was that “life sucked.”

He was both right and wrong.

Undoubtedly, Abusalha quickly discovered he was wrong about the paradise he and Osama bin Laden were promised in the Quran of “eternal” (meaning “recycled”) virgins. He has also probably learned there is hell to pay for taking innocent lives.

He is right, however, about his cohorts coming for us. According to FBI documents recently obtained, it has been known since 2007 that at least 22 jihadi training camps exist in the U.S.-preparing to launch attacks here on command.

PC continues to blind Americans to Islam’s violent link and to the jihadi camps from which that violence will one day spring forth, wreaking havoc. Yet we remain reluctant to challenge Islam’s inherent violent foundational beliefs.

Should a world evolve where Islam dominates, the title of the popular 1960s Broadway play “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off” may become the fatalistic cry for an endangered non-Muslim species headed for extinction.

If so, future anthropologists-reflecting back on the 21st century-may write about Western civilization:  “Although intelligent species, it was so naively driven by a love for political correctness, it failed to recognize Islam’s inherent hatred was simultaneously consuming it.”
Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt, USMC (Ret.), is a retired Marine infantry officer who served in the Vietnam war, the U.S. invasion of Panama and the first Gulf war. He is the author of “Bare Feet, Iron Will–Stories from the Other Side of Vietnam’s Battlefields,” “Living the Juche Lie: North Korea’s Kim Dynasty” and “Doomsday: Iran–The Clock is Ticking.” He frequently writes on foreign policy and defense issues.

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