Inside the Minds of Orthodox Muslims

Tuesday

The following are excerpts from an article in The Week entitled, Inside the Minds of Jihadis. It is a book review:

As with any enemy, the best way to defeat the Islamic State is to understand it. And to do that, the best place to start is a new book by Graeme Wood, The Way of the Strangers. This book gives us the best insight yet into what makes the Islamic State tick.

Wood, a national correspondent at The Atlantic and lecturer in political science at Yale, spent years from the streets of Cairo to London to the Philippines to Australia, interviewing supporters of the Islamic State and getting inside their heads. What results is a series of gripping, fascinating portraits. Wood's subjects have little cageyness towards him. Since everything is foreordained by Allah anyway, revealing your plans to a Western journalist won't change the outcome. Plus, Wood has the talented journalist's skill for interview and observation. He's an astute psychologist and a good writer to boot...

The book's implicit thesis, one which is both inarguably true and persistently denied by so many decision makers in the West, is that ideas have consequences. While the motives of any individual and group of people are always multifaceted and almost always include a good helping of interest-seeking and self-delusion, it is also impossible to deny that large sections of Islamic State members and supporters, from its leadership down to foot soldiers, make decisions on the basis of what they believe.

As the Islamic State keeps repeating over and over through its high-polish propaganda apparatus, it has a theology, and this theology has content, and an internal logic, that can be understood on its merits. Once this theology is understood, and once the proponents of this theology are actually listened to, and their actions watched, it becomes impossible to deny that this theology is a key cause (maybe not the cause, but a key cause) of the actions of the Islamic State, most of its leaders, and most of its supporters.

What's more — and this is the source of the willful blindness of elite policymakers and commentators towards the Islamic State — this theology does have Islamic roots...

All Muslims agree on at least one thing, which is that Muslims should follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad. And the Prophet Muhammad did do many of the things that the Islamic State is most reviled for, such as waging absolute religious warfare, engaging in slavery, stoning adulterers, and so forth...

It's a great read. But more importantly, Wood's book reveals truths about ISIS that are hiding in plain sight — but that our leaders make themselves willfully ignorant of. They ought to read his book, too.

Read the whole article here: Inside the Minds of Jihadis

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Europe's Year of Self-Destruction

Thursday

In an article in The Week by Michael Brendan Dougherty, the consequences of Angela Merkel's open-door policy become painfully clear:

Germany began 2016 with a spate of semi-coordinated sexual assaults against women on New Year's Eve in Cologne, most committed by asylum seekers. And it closes the year in mourning. When the suspect of the Berlin Christmas market attack, Anis Amri, rammed that truck into the shoppers, he was imitating another Islamist attack in Nice, France, earlier this year. Amri, who was shot and killed in a shootout in Milan on Friday, was an asylum seeker, although his entry to Europe predates the great 2015 wave. Earlier in 2016, another asylum seeker murdered a Polish woman in Reutlingen. And another set off a suicide bomb, injuring dozens, at a festival in Ansbach. Another attacked tourists with an axe in July. Just this month, a 17-year-old Afghan migrant in Germany was arrested in connection with the rape and murder of Maria Ladenburger, the 19-year-old daughter of a top E.U. official...

Germany thought it could assimilate newcomers. It believed it had done so before, having absorbed Turkish "guestworkers" during the 1960s and 1970s. But there are notable differences between Turks and the current refugee wave. Turkey had already undergone significant secularization. This new wave of migration into Germany is showing signs of developing some of the generational problems that mass Islamic migration has created in France. Syrian migrants find that the Arabic-language mosques in Germany, often funded by Saudi Arabia, preach a form of Islam far more fundamentalist and hostile to Western people and culture than anything they knew in Syria. Secondly, Turks came with skills that were immediately put into employment in the German economy. The new migrants are hardly working at all.

Read the whole article here: Angela Merkel is destroying Europe.

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More Straight Talk Than You've Heard From a Politician in a Long Time

Sunday

The video below is apparently a member of Parliament in Finland talking to a fairly large gathering of people, some who support his message and some who very much don't like it, including some Muslims. I say "apparently" because I can't find the speaker's name, so I can't confirm he is an MP. If you know, please put it in the comments.

In the video, he says things like, “Muslims should not be in Europe. Muslims should be banned from every civilized society...” "One day, we will kick all of you out of Europe...” “Finnish people must fight for freedom and not allow Islamization to grow.”

"I lived in your country for 10 years," he says to this very vocal Muslim crowd, "and have seen how cruel, arrogant, and stupid you are. You don’t respect your women. You force them to be your slaves. You are supposed to be tolerant according to your imams, but you are not tolerant. You don’t respect other religions. Have you seen a Christian in Saudi Arabia who can have his faith? You want us to celebrate your holidays… Do you celebrate Christmas? Do you celebrate Easter? One day most of Europe will rise against you."

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The Courageous Response to Islam

Thursday

The cowardly response to Islam is to try to wish it away or pretend it doesn't exist. Or to try to share what you've learned about Islam with people, meet resistance, and give up.

The courageous thing to do is to keep entering the arena, and work to get better at getting the message through to people. Persist until you succeed. And then to keep succeeding.

We have many tools available to help you get better at getting through to people, if that's the path you've chosen:




4. A link to send to your not-yet-informed friends: Inquiry Into Islam.

5. Something to focus on in your conversations: Get them to take the pledge.

6. Something to help you in your ongoing discussions: Answers to Objections.




Use these tools and resources to do the one thing that needs to be done: Educating our fellow non-Muslims about Islam. Once we've done that, the rest will be relatively easyConcessions will be undone. The attempted encroachments of orthodox Islam will be blocked. Islam's reach will shrink. The tide will turn, and the Islamization of the free world will begin to reverse course.

Most of the material linked to above is in our book: Getting Through.

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Make Them Contagious

Sunday

Jihad in Nice, France
A couple months ago at work, two guys were talking about ISIS and the truck attack in Nice, France. It was a perfect opportunity to inject some solid facts into two minds. I said, "Do you know why ISIS kills people in France? Do you know what they hope to achieve?"

The look on their faces was kind of funny. It was simultaneously a look of surprise that they actually didn't know, and curiosity.

I said, "They're following the work of an Islamic strategist who wrote a paper in 2005 called The Management of Savagery. The strategist pointed out that Islam can't just take over countries by force like they used to do in the old days. Non-Muslim countries would intervene and stop them."

I went on to explain the strategy: To produce enough random murders that people feel anxiety and don't trust their own government to protect them. The idea is to make people motivated to accept Islam is the ruling force just to find some kind of relief from the perpetual feeling of fear. I could tell this made something click in their heads. The strange phenomenon of random acts of horrific violence suddenly made sense, but it made sense in a way that awakened them to the determined scheming behind it. What they were witnessing in these violent acts was not just "extremists" with a grudge, but a much larger and longer-range plan than they had imagined. The immediate victims of the violence weren't the only victims. The strategy aims to make the whole country the victim.

I have the email address of one of those guys, so after work, when I got home, I shared An Inquiry Into Islam article with him (it explains more about Management of Savagery). He doesn't know I have anything to do that website (Inquiry Into Islam) or this one (Citizen Warrior), and doesn't know I wrote the article. The next day he said, "That was very interesting." I used this opportunity. I said, "This is a big deal. There are attacks all the time now. Everybody is aware of that. But if you asked a hundred people why they're doing it, I'll bet not one of them would know the answer. And we should all know at least that much."

In other words, I made it clear that he was now in possession of important information that everyone should know and that most people don't know. My intention was to motivate him to share it. And he did.

He shared it with another guy at work, and then sent him the same article. Then he shared the article on his Facebook page. When someone made a comment on his Facebook post arguing with the article, he came back to me and asked me what I thought of the comment. Since I'm a friend of his on Facebook, I answered the person's comment.

The reason I'm pointing this out is that I stumbled upon one good way to motivate people to share what they're learning with others. First I made him curious. Then I provided a very interesting and relevant piece of information. And then when he showed interest, I made him aware that he was in possession of important knowledge that his fellow citizens were unaware of, which motivated him to spread the word. I'll have to do that some more. I encourage you to try it too, and let us know how it goes.

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