(nablopomo day 7)
In the following interview, professor Richard L. Rubenstein expounds upon the political views and agenda of President Barack Hussein Obama (hat tip Rafi G.), whom he calls "the most radical American president ever."
In 2009 Dr. Rubenstein wrote Jihad and Genocide, in which he asked the question, should we take the Islamists seriously when they call for the genocide of the Jews? The answer, after his analysis, is "yes." Prominent Muslim thinkers, he says, mean what they say and say what they mean. Their view is that "world peace" will come only after a global Islamic conquest. Islam, he writes in this book, has to compensate for its past military and political humiliations, from the 16th century onward through the 1967 Six-Day War with Israel. They are looking to take over the world (in many countries insidiously, through proliferation of their Islamic culture) and recreate an Islamic empire, such as there was in the height of their power after the Muslim conquests of the seventh century.
In his article Why I Have Written Jihad and Genocide, published in the New English Review, he compares Islamic extremism--with its jihad and goal of destroying Israel (consequently the Jewish people)--with National Socialism--the Nazis--who set about methodically to destroy the Jewish people. There was not yet, at the time, a state of Israel. It was born, like the legendary Phoenix, out of the ashes of the Sho'ah.
Initially, the professor believed that the Arab/Israeli conflict was merely a dispute over territory, which could eventually be resolved. The Muslim attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001 bagan to shock him into a different reality. He realized then that the Muslim Leaders are bent on dominating the world. Then-president George W. Bush, ten days after those attacks, declared in a joint session of Congress:
I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world. We respect your faith… Its teachings are good and peaceful. And those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah. The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying in effect to hijack Islam itself.Dr. Rubenstein decries that statement now, although at the time, he still hadn't completely realized the endemic hatred of the Muslims for the West, and the Jews. President Obama, in his speech in Cairo on June 4th, 2009--like Bush--reached out to the Muslims by making statements to the effect that Muslim violence was only perpetrated by a small minority who had "hijacked" the religion of Islam.
Neither president saw the truth, which is that the idea of domination of other, non-Muslim religions and cultures is part and parcel of Islam (emphasis mine):
In reality, Islamist enmity toward the infidel West, such as was manifest on 9/11, is not a consequence of a small, unrepresentative group “hijacking” a religion whose “teachings are good and peaceful.” On the contrary, the kind of Islamist hostility that drove Islamist terrorists to act on 9/11 and all too many other occasions is deeply rooted in centuries of Islamic tradition. As Professor Mary Habeck has observed concerning Qutb, al-Banna, and Mawdudi, the spiritual mentors of contemporary radical Islam:
None of these theorists could have had any impact in the Islamic world if their arguments had not found some sort of resonance in the religion of Islam.
Having spent most of my career writing and teaching about the Holocaust, I now find myself once again confronted by sworn enemies of the United States and Israel who have promised to exterminate my people. With knowledge gained over many decades, I feel I have no option but to take these people at their word.Meanwhile, Mr. Obama is doing outreach to the Muslim world. While snubbing Israel.
That is why I have written this book.
Forewarned is forearmed...