Alexis de Tocqueville on Islam

Friday

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 – 1859) was a French political thinker and historian best known for his Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes: 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856). In both of these works, he analyzed the rising living standards and social conditions of individuals and their relationship to the market and state in Western societies. Democracy in America was published after his travels in the United States, and is today considered an early work of sociology and political science.

Here is Alexis de Tocqueville on Islam:

"I studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. As far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself."

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The Islamic Infiltration of South America

Monday

What was left of the bombed building in Buenos Aires
In 1994, a terrorist attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killed 85 people and injured hundreds. Alberto Nisman (an investigator and prosecutor) has been following the trail of evidence for ten years and he uncovered an Islamic infiltration of South America, orchestrated by Iran.

In 2006, according to Wikipedia, "Nisman and Marcelo Martínez Burgos formally accused the government of Iran of directing the bombing, and the Hezbollah militia of carrying it out." The prosecutors said Buenos Aires was targeted when it decided not to transfer nuclear technology to Iran.

Nisman continued his investigations and was about to testify to the Argentina legislature that there was a government cover up of Iran's role in the bombing, but in January of this year he died from a gunshot to the head. The following are excerpts of a report on Nisman's findings by Linette Lopez, writing for Business Insider:

As days go by, the mystery surrounding the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman — who was found shot in the head in his locked apartment two months ago — becomes murkier.

But we’re learning a lot more about the explosive findings of his decade-long investigation.

Testimony from journalists and government officials suggest that in addition to describing Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s hand in protecting the perpetrators of a 1994 Buenos Aires terrorist attack, Nisman was also working to blow the lid off the workings of Iran’s terrorist organization in Latin America.

In a written statement on Wednesday, Brazilian investigative journalist Leonardo Coutinho walked members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs through the findings of his years of work looking into Iran’s penetration of Brazil.

In a statement titled “Brazil as an operational hub for Iran and Islamic Terrorism,” Coutinho discusses not only his findings while working for Brazil’s Veja magazine, but also Nisman’s tireless work.

“Official investigations carried out by Argentine, American, and Brazilian authorities have revealed how Brazil figures into the intricate network set up to ‘export Iran’s Islamic Revolution’ to the West, by both establishing legitimacy and regional support while simultaneously organizing and planning terrorist attacks,” Coutinho said (emphasis ours).

“Despite the fact that Brazil has never been the target of one of these terrorist attacks, the country plays the role of a safe haven for Islamic extremist groups, as explained below.”

He went on to note that Nisman’s 502-page dictum on the 1994 Buenos Aires terrorist attack “not only describes the operations of the network responsible for this terrorist attack, it also names those who carried it out. Consequently, the document lists twelve people in Brazil with ties to [Iran’s Lebanese proxy] Hezbollah, who reside or resided in Brazil. Seven of these operatives had either direct or indirect participation in the AMIA bombing.”

To put these astounding assertions into perspective, consider that Iranian military mastermind Qassem Suleimani recently said, “We are witnessing the export of the Islamic Revolution throughout the region."

Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explains what Suleimani, head of the foreign arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, meant by this:

“When he talks about exporting the Islamic Revolution, Suleimani is referring to a very specific template.

“It’s the template that the Khomeinist revolutionaries first set up in Lebanon 36 years ago by cloning the various instruments that were burgeoning in Iran as the Islamic revolutionary regime consolidated its power.”

And now, according to reporting from Veja and Nisman, Iran and Hezbollah have been attempting the same in Latin America.

Nisman had been working on Iran’s involvement in Latin America since 2005, when Nestor Kirchner, then Argentina’s president, asked him to investigate a 1994 terrorist attack on a Buenos Aires Jewish Center, AMIA. The attack killed 85 people.

Around the same time, according to reports, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013, had allegedly ensured that Iranian and Hezbollah agents were furnished with passports and flights that would allow them to move freely around South America and to Iran.

From there, it was a matter of fund-raising for Iran’s agents — co-opting drug cartels, and sometimes hiding in remote, lawless parts of Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, and other countries that lack the infrastructural, legal, and economic resources to root out Iran’s agents of terror.

“Iran and Hezbollah, two forces hostile to US interests, have made significant inroads in Peru, almost without detection, in part because of our weak institutions, prevalent criminal enterprise, and various stateless areas,” Peru’s former vice interior minister told Wednesday’s House hearing, noting that Peru was not hostile to the US. “These elements are particularly weak in the southern mountainous region of my country.”

Nisman’s findings alleged that Hezbollah and top government officials in Iran orchestrated the AMIA attack.

Read the whole article here: Dead Argentine prosecutor was zeroing in on a terror threat to the entire Western Hemisphere.

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An Important Difference Between You and Your Friends

Saturday

Sometimes when you talk to people about Islam, you are flabbergasted at the depth of their ignorance. But even after they know something about Islam and accept it, sometimes you are appalled at their seeming apathy about it. Why don't they jump in and want to do something about it? Are they stupid? Are they uncaring? What is wrong with these people!?

I believe we have discovered an important difference between those of us in the counterislamization movement and those who have not joined the fight: We are seeking two different kinds of happiness.

One kind of happiness is temporary and, from our point of view, superficial: Pleasure and comfort. To pursue this kind of happiness, you pay a lot of attention to how you feel, what you want, how nice your clothes are, how tasty your food is, how comfortable your car is to drive (or how it makes you feel to own it), etc. When you overhear conversations among these people, don't you sometimes want to say, "What's the matter with you people? Don't you know there's a war on! Right now innocent people are being beheaded! Who cares about a new restaurant!?"

If you can relate to that unspoken sentiment, you probably care more about the other kind of happiness — a kind of happiness that is long-lasting and profound: Meaning. Most of us in the counterislamization movement gain happiness by working for a cause outside of our own skin. Helping other people. Living a life of meaning and purpose. Doing something that matters. The happiness this gives is a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction. Not comfort. Not pleasure.

Here's why this distinction is important for our purposes: When you talk to people about Islam — people who are not meaning-oriented — what you are presenting is discomfort. They want to turn away. It does not make them happy. And learning more about it will make them even less happy.

I think that's why I've had so much success educating people in personal conversations about Islam lately: A while back I switched from trying to recruit them into the cause and started focusing on just informing them, but doing it in way that "entertains" them (or at least interests them and preferably surprises and fascinates them). People with a pleasure-comfort orientation don't mind being entertained and interested and fascinated. And the information still sinks in. And when it comes time to vote or choose or decide, they will be more informed and will make saner choices.

I don't think we need to try to recruit people. I think we only need to inform people. And those who are like us — people who care about meaning and purpose, people who want to be profoundly happy and fulfilled by serving a cause — will come forward on their own. They will seek out more information. They will feel called to action.

Think about this as you talk to people. The person you're talking to might derive their happiness primarily from pleasure and comfort. Talking to them angrily about a frightening reality might not get through to them. Trying to wake them up by showing them a video of mass beheadings will make them not ever want to talk to you again.

For these people, and they are the majority, a different approach is needed. With an entertaining or interesting or even fascinating approach, they won't shut you out and solid information has a chance to sink in.

We have tools here to help you change the nature of your conversations. And you can read some of the conversations I've had here to see some of the things I've tried. And if you have stories of your own, I encourage you to share them with all of us at Talk About Islam Among Non-Muslims.

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Possible Ways to Talk About Islam to Your Friends and Family

Below are transcripts of conversations I've had that went well, written down shortly after the conversation. Most of these are one-on-one conversations. Those are the best. The more people involved in the conversation, the higher your chances that the conversation will be unproductive.

We're publishing this list so those who are new to the counterislamization movement have some ideas about how to approach these sometimes difficult conversations. Even if you've been involved for a while and want to get some different ideas about how a conversation might go, these articles are worth reading:

Modern Revelations About Islamic Revelations

Preemptive Ideological Strike

Have You Heard of Geert Wilders?

Embedding a Fact Within Another Story

How Do You Know You've Gotten Through?

A Good Analogy to Use in Conversation: The Remote Island

Possible Approach: I Just Read the Koran…

Ask This Simple Question

Talk To Your Friends About Mohammad

Inch by Inch, Our Fellow Countrymen are Getting Educated

One Way to Approach a Conversation: Talk About the Movie, "The Kingdom"

A Quick Conversation About Islam and the Ground Zero Mosque

A Discussion of Various Methods For Talking to People About Islam

Join in an ongoing conversation among us non-Muslims about the challenges of talking to other non-Muslims about Islam. Click here to read what others have written or to post a message yourself.

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A Movie About Muhammad: One of Our Most Important Battle Fronts

Friday

Ali Sina, Frank Burleigh, Eric Allen Bell, and others have said that when a critical mass of non-Muslims know the story of Muhammad, Islam's expansion will come to a screeching halt. Orthodox Islam will shrink back — it will be pushed back by non-Muslims who understand what Islam really is.

My personal experience has borne this out. When I do nothing more than tell stories about Muhammad, it changes the way my listeners feel about Islam, without any arguments or strife — without anyone trying to "defend Islam." There's nothing to defend. I'm just telling a story.

I think this means that as simple as it sounds, this is one of the most important goals we should aim for: To get an epic, high-production movie made about Muhammad's life, perhaps based on Burleigh's book, It's All About Muhammad. Getting this movie finished and into theaters will be difficult to do. It will create an intense amount of resistance. But I believe it will advance our cause as nothing else can.

As it says in The Good Must Associate, there are at least three tried-and-true strategies we should be applying: Gather allies, coordinate efforts, and concentrate force at a decisive point. The creation of an honest movie about Muhammad's life is a decisive point we should concentrate on.

Once people understand what Islam really is, everything else will be relatively easy. We'll just say no. When orthodox Muslims push for concessions, we'll say no. When they want special accommodations, we'll say no. When they want to put Islamic countries on the United Nations Human Rights Council, we'll say hell no, are you kidding? When they ask for handouts (aid from wealthier countries) we'll say no. When they want to immigrate into our countries, we'll say no. When they want to join the military or teach the FBI how to deal with the "Muslim community" we'll say no. When a politician who is in any way conciliatory toward Muslims wants to get elected, we'll say no. When programs on television try to portray Islam as a religion of peace, nobody will watch it and it will be booed off the airwaves. When a Muslim advocacy group tries to put whitewashed lies into our children's school textbooks, we'll say no. When a lawyer tries to get Islamic law applied in any form in our countries' courtrooms, we'll just say no.

In other words, every place Islam tries to expand or advance, it will run into a wall of certainty about its real agenda, and it will find no way forward.

All of this and more can come about when the general population understands what Islamic doctrine really says. And almost none of this can come about as long as the population remains ignorant. This is our battle ground. This is where the fight is being waged, and it is being fought by ordinary citizens. You and me.

In our own private lives, we can increase the number of no-longer-ignorant people. And we can keep our minds on this goal of getting a movie made. If you know of a producer, a friend of a friend in the movie business, a playwright, or if you can in any way aid this effort now or any time in the future, try to advance this goal. Islam needs to be exposed for what it is. And a good movie of Muhammad's life would be the best way to accomplish it.

Someone just left a link in the comments to an interview with the author of Son of Hamas who wants to create a movie about Muhammad. Check it out: Time to Expose Muhammad.

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