‘Jihad will destroy us if we don’t act now’

Academics and intellectuals have been largely impervious to the jihad phenomenon, but American writer Robert Spencer has tackled the issue head-on with such tomes as The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion, and the Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), which have become bestsellers despite mainstream bookstores not selling them.

Next month, he has a new book out: Religion of Peace? Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn’t. His blog www.jihadwatch.org attracts hundreds of thousands of readers each month. In an interview with The Catholic Herald, Spencer says there is a deep ideological affinity between the Left and the jihadists because both believe in achieving power the same way.

“Whenever the hard Left gained power they instituted a reign of terror in order to create what they envisage as a just society, brought about by force. Islamic law works in much the same way: utopia created by force.”

While the world—and India—tries to make sense of what is happening in London and Bangalore and Brisbane and everywhere in between, why young able-bodied men are being drawn into the fold of radical Islam, Spencer makes these salient points:

# I was surprised to see that there was indeed religiously sanctioned violence in it [the Koran], as well as some others things which I found disturbing. But it was all intriguing, because I was entranced by the shorter, poetic chapters. I thought it very striking that this beauty could co-exist with clear mandates for warfare and violence against unbelievers.

# The best way to counter genuine hatred of Muslims would be for the Islamic community to end their support for the ideology of violence.

# It [Islamophobia] is a fictional, trumped-up political term, there to deflect attention away from the violence committed by Muslims in the name of Islam. Victim status equals privileged status in the West. People know they can be free from criticism and ordinary scrutiny.

# Fascism lasted 25 years, Communism for 75; Islam is 1,400 years old, the imperative to make war against unbelievers is 1,400 years old and they believe they are fighting a 1,400-year-old struggle. And jihad will destroy us if we don’t do anything about it.

Read the full interview here: ‘Jihad will destroy us if we don’t act now