Opinion – Five American Perspectives on Islam: An Analytical Guide -Academia.edu – Muqtedar Khan – John Gelmini

English: Map depicting the Ottoman Empire at i...

English: Map depicting the Ottoman Empire at its greatest extent, in 1683. Türkçe: Osmanlı İmparatorluğu en geniş sınırları (1683) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an interesting article, cited by Dr Alf, but the analysis by Muqtedar Khan ignores many of the issues including Realpolitik. America has through its interventions in the Middle East taken a muddled approach and has made a mess of the place according to Khan’s analysis. History shows us that for thousands of years the place has been a mess anyway and has had many “failed states”.

Egypt survives on Western aid, the Gulf States survive on oil and have only recently started to diversify their economies, and Israel, which emerged out of the Balfour Declaration, was nearly strangled at birth by the British secretly supplying the Palestinians with 25,000 rifles. Turkey is rebuilding the Ottoman Empire and has already invaded both Syria and Iraq, as well as trying to stir up the Uighurs in parts of China, the Turkmen in the Crimea and Turkic people in Southern Russia.

Khan tries to divide Americans into various views about Islam, which are each supposed to indicate that Americans do not understand Islam, that Westerners do not understand Islam and that a distinction can be made between moderates and extremists. He ignores the inexorable dynamics of demographics and a much higher rate of family formation amongst all Muslims compared to other people. Thus, if one looks at the Yugoslav Civil War, the problems of the Rohingas in Myanmar, the proliferation of Muslims in Luton and major British cities, Europe since the migration crisis and indeed practically everywhere in the world, the issue is about culture and numbers. Muslims marry young (usually at age 22 or less and have 5 children), Westerners marry much later , in some cases over 40 and might have 1.4 children. At that rate the bulk of people in any given area will be Muslims and the rest of the population marginalised. The Koran, written by a man who was a soldier as well as a Prophet calls for all Muslims to “Go to the lands of unbelievers and kuffors, multiply and eventually outnumber them”. President Erdogan of Turkey advised Muslims to “Go to Europe, have at least 5 children and you will conquer”.

The history going back to the Battle of Tours, the expulsion of the Moors from Spain, the siege in 1683 when the Turks were turned back from the gates of Vienna with great cost of life, the actions of Vlad the Impaler all follow the same pattern of conquest, warfare and harsh imposition. The political/religious  command to make war on the infidels. The Crusades were merely a response to these repeated attacks ordered by beleaguered Popes in the Middle ages. The BBC survey of Muslim attitudes in 2015 gives us the contemporary picture – whereby 11% of Muslims believe in “fighting against the West”, 20% believe that Western liberal democracy cannot ever be compatible with Islam, 5% do not believe that Muslim clerics who preach against the West are out of touch. These results, and the results of similar studies, conducted in America which Khan must have been aware of, challenge the premise that “Islam is a religion of peace”,irrespective of whether it is from the 90% Sunni perspective or the 10% Shia perspective.

Khan fails to discuss madrassa and mosque building or the recent outburst from President Erdogan of Turkey, suggesting that Israel should be “Surrounded on all sides by a coalition of Muslim countries and then destroyed”.

Most ordinary Muslims are like the rest of us and simply want to get on with life but if they continue to multiply at a greater rate than the indigenous population then as surely as night follows day the existing culture of that indigenous population will be subsumed or destroyed. Integration has not been shown to work with Muslims on a grand scale anywhere so the solution has to be separation and containment rather the pretence that we can all live together in a state of mutual jollification and “rainbow coalition” style holding hands and dancing in a circle as if we were in an encounter group.

Khan talks about 9/11 but does not mention the 28 redacted pages from the 9/11 Commission Report which would deal with who was really responsible and who paid for it to happen. Different factions in America might have differing views but without those 28 pages, then hard evidence of the kind that Dr Alf would insist on simply isn’t there.

The late Enoch Powell, an old-fashioned imperialist and classical scholar, speaking many years ago, warned us about what would happen if uncontrolled immigration was left unchecked. He warned of the possibility of civil war but now as then no-one is really listening to warnings like that despite the rise of ISIS, the explosion of global mosque building by Saudi Arabia and recent events which indicate that jihadists and terrorists have a lot more support in their host communities than anyone cares to admit.

Dr Alf is right to highlight the inherent prejudice and bias represented by the growing Far-Left, Pro-Palastinian bias in academia. Evidence and alternative perspectives are increasingly important.

John Gelmini

Donald Trump faces five fateful foreign policy choices – Gideon Rachman – FT

Entrance to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Entrance to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this excellent article, Gideon Rachman in the FT argues that Trump’s attitude smacks more of chaotic improvisation than strategic thinking.

Source: Donald Trump faces five fateful foreign policy choices

Germany and France are pushing for tougher sanctions against Russia. But it could well be an open door in America. In this fast changing world the UK could exert constructive influence. But I fear that there’ll need to be a more diplomatic Foreign Secretary than Boris Johnson.