Paul L. Williams
Islam: The War That Won’t Go Away
June 1, 2009
We are engaged
in a war.
It is a very old war - - a war that began when the Prophet Muhammad
delivered these final instructions to his followers.: "Know that every
Muslim is a Muslim’s brother, and that the Muslims are brethren;
fighting between them should be avoided, and the bloodshed in pagan
times should not be avenged; Muslims should fight all other men until
they say, ‘There is no god but Allah.’
By 635, three years after the Prophet’s death, the Muslim horde had
invaded the Byzantine Empire and conquered Damascus, the city where St.
Paul was headed when he received a blinding vision of the Resurrected
Christ. Antioch, the ancient Greek city where the followers of Christ
were first called Christians, fell next. In 636, the Muslims conquered
the Christian city of Jerusalem. The caliph Umar stood in triumph over
the site of Solomon’s Temple, where the Prophet Muhammad, according to
Islamic tradition, once ascended into Paradise.
By 642, the Muslims had swept through the Fertile Crescent, including
Syria and Persia (modern day Iraq), slaughtered the Egyptian armies, and
spread throughout North Africa. Over 250 Christian churches were
destroyed in Egypt. The blood-lust of the Muslims remained unabated even
when they encountered little or no resistance.
The conquered Christians and Jews became reduced to the status of
dhimmitude. As dhimmis, Christians and Jews were required the
pay the obligatory jizyah – suppression tax – which was often so
exacting that many converted to Islam rather than pay it. Dhimmis
also were compelled to submit to the following disabilities:
Dhimmis are not to build any new places of worship.
Dhimmis are not to repair any old places of worship which have been
destroyed by the Muslims.
Dhimmis are not to prevent Muslim travelers from staying in their
places of worship.
Dhimmis are to entertain for three days any Muslim who wants to stay
in their homes, and for a longer period if a Muslim falls ill,
Dhimmis are not allowed to harbor any hostility towards the Islamic
state, or give any aid or comfort to hostile elements.
Dhimmis are not to prevent anyone - - not even a family member or
fellow dhimmi - - from converting to Islam.
Dhimmis are to show respect to every Muslim.
Dhimmis must allow Muslims to participate in their private meetings.
Dhimmis must not dress like Muslims.
Dhimmis are not to name themselves with Muslim names.
Dhimmis are forbidden to ride horses with saddle and bride.
Dhimmis are forbidden to bear arms.
Dhimmis must not wear signet rings or seals on their fingers.
Dhimmis must not sell or drink liquor.
Dhimmis must wear distinctive dress which displays their inferior
status and which separates them from true believers.
Dhimmis must not propagate their customs among Muslims.
Dhimmis must not build their houses in the neighborhood of Muslims.
Dhimmis must not bring their dead near the graveyards of Muslims.
Dhimmis are not to observe their religious practices publicly or
mourn their dead loudly.
By 732, the Islamic horde had conquered Crete, Cyprus and Rhodes; pushed
on to overrun Spain; and crossed the Pyrenees into France, where Charles
Martel, "the Hammer of the Franks,” managed to force them into retreat
at the Battle of Tours. Regarding this battle, Edward Gibbon in The
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, wrote at the end of the 18th
A victorious line of march had been prolonged by the Muslim invaders
above a thousand miles from the Rock of Gibraltar to the banks of the
Loire: the repetition of equal space would have carried the Muslims to
the confines of Poland and the Highlands of Scotland; the Rhine is not
more impassable than the Nile or the Euphrates and the Arabian fleet
might have sailed without a naval combat into the mouth of the Thames.
Perhaps the interpretation of the Qu’ran would now be taught in the
schools of Oxford and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised
people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Muhammad.
The Muslims continued to dominate the Iberian Peninsula for the next
seven hundred and fifty years. Held in check by the West, the Muslim
army continued to sweep east, conquering Syria, northwest India, the
Sindh and Punjab regions of modern Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkistan,
Java, Borneo, and eventually the Philippines.
Because the Muslims considered Hindus pagans who were not entitled to
the rights of the dhimmis, they treated them with a brutality that
remains unmatched in the annals of human history. The historian Sita Ram
Goel records that the Muslim invaders of India paid no respect to the
codes of warfare that had been established for centuries:
Islamic invaders came with a different code – the tradition of the
Prophet. It required its warriors to fall upon the helpless civilian
population after a decisive victory had been won the battlefield. It
required them to sack and burn down villages and towns after the
defenders had died fighting or had fled. The cows, the Brahmins, and the
Bhikshus invited their special attention in mass murder of
non-combatants. The temples and monasteries were their special targets
in an orgy of pillage and arson. Those whom they did not kill, they
captured and sold as slaves. The magnitude of the booty looted even from
the bodies of the dead was a measure of the success of the military
mission. And they did all this as mujahids and ghazis in
the service of Allah and the Last Prophet.
The long Islamic march was stayed when the Seljuk Turks began to invade
Muslim lands at the time of the millennium. The Turks eventually
converted to Islam, transformed almost overnight from a barbarian horde
to righteous Shiite warriors, and pressed forward through Asia Minor to
Constantinople, the eastern capitol of the Holy Roman Empire and sacred
center of Eastern Christian Orthodoxy.
In 1092, Pope Urban II summoned the French nobles to a Church council in
a field at Clermont in an effort to ward off the Islamic conquest of
Asia Minor and Eastern Europe - the effort became known as the Crusades.
The Crusades, which lasted for nearly four hundred years, came to an end
on Tuesday, May 29, 1453 when the Ottoman Turks conquered the Byzantium
capital of Constantinople. The Muslim soldiers slew everyone they
met in the streets, men, women, and children without discrimination. The
blood ran in rivers down the steep streets from the heights of Petra
toward the Golden Horn. When the slaughter and the pillaging was over,
the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II ordered an Islamic scholar to mount the
high pulpit of Hagia Sophia, the great cathedral of Eastern
Christianity, and declare that there was no God but Allah and that
Muhammad was his prophet. The magnificent cathedral was transformed into
a mosque; hundreds of other churches within Constantinople suffered the
same fate. Thousands of Christians were murdered or suppressed to the
status of dhimmis; 50,000 women and children were hauled off as slaves.
Throughout the subsequent centuries, the Muslim expansion continued as
the Ottoman hordes swept through much of the Ukraine. The Turks were at
the gates of Vienna when they were stopped by the great Polish king John
Sobieski and thirty thousand Polish hussars on a day that marked the
high point of the Islamic expansion in Europe: September 11, 1684. It
was a date that became embedded in the psyche of radical Islam -- a day
of infamy that could only be offset by a day of triumph. That day would
come exactly 318 years later on September 11, 2001.
What was the goal of this seemingly endless warfare? The answer can be
found in the words of the Prophet, who commanded his followers "to fight
against the people until they testify that none has the right to be
worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger.” The large
scale jihads came to end after 1683, not because the people of Islam had
rejected or reformed their doctrine of universal submission, but rather
because the Muslim world had grown too weak and too poor to continue the
struggle. Commenting on the history of Islam, Teddy Roosevelt wrote the
following in 1916:
Christianity is not the creed of Asia and Africa at this moment
solely because the seventh century Christians of Asia and Africa had
trained themselves NOT to fight, whereas the Moslems were trained to
fight. Christianity was saved in Europe solely because the peoples of
Europe fought. If the peoples of Europe in the seventh and eighth
centuries, and on up to and including the seventeenth century, had not
possessed a military equality with, and gradually a growing superiority
over the Moslems who invaded Europe, Europe would at this moment be
Muslim and the Christian religion would be exterminated. Wherever the
Mohammedans have had complete sway, wherever the Christians have been
unable to resist them by the sword, Christianity has ultimately
disappeared. From the hammer of Charles Martel to the sword of Sobieski,
Christianity owed its safety in Europe to the fact that it was able to
show that it could and would fight as well as the Moslem aggressor.
The situation within Islam underwent a dramatic change with the
discovery of oil in the Arabian Peninsula and the infusion of billions
of petro dollars into impoverished Muslim lands. Everywhere on planet
earth, Muslims were on the march to establish a new world order under
the dictates of shariah. Violence in the name of Allah erupted in such
diverse places as Medea. Algeria; Karachi, Pakistan; Yala, Thailand;
Bresje, Kosovo; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Beirut, Lebanon; Mombassa, Kenya;
Kashmir, India; Casablanca, Morocco; Numan, Nigeria; Grozny, Chechnya;
Antwerp, Belgium; Toulouse, France; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Makhachkala,
Dagestan; Moscow, Russia; Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Cairo, Egypt; Montreal,
Canada; Manila, the Philippines; Natore, Bangladesh; Limgheti,
Mauritania; Baku, Azerbaijan; Nagele, Ethiopia; Ruesselsheim, Germany;
Amman, Jordan; Jala-Abad, Kyrgyzstan; Malmo, Sweden; Gaza, Palestinian
Authority; Inchkhe, Dagestan; Doha, Qatar; Shanghai, China; Karabulak,
Ingushetia; and Dafur, Sudan. In addition to the events of 9/11, some of
the more significant incidents of Islamic barbarity are as follows:
March 2002, Israel
Three bombs, independently planned but all timed to coincide with
the Passover festival. One hits a Passover dinner at a hotel in Netanya,
killing 20 people. Another in Tel Aviv kills 29 and a suicide bomber
attacks an Arab-owned restaurant in Haifa and kills 14.
October 12 2002, Bali, Indonesia
Car bombs outside nightclubs popular with foreign tourists kill 202
people, 91 of them Australians. An Indonesian Islamist group with
Al-Qaida links is blamed.
October 23 2002, Moscow, Russia
Chechen gunmen and women take over a theatre and hold everyone
inside hostage. They later shoot dead several of the hostages. Russian
troops use gas to subdue the hostage takers, and kill 50 of them.
However, the gas also kills 179 of the hostages.
May 12 2003, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Suicide bomber attacks on residential compounds inhabited by
westerners kills 34 people. Al-Qaida blamed.
May 16 2003, Casablanca, Morocco
Five bombs targeted at Jewish and western people in the city kill
41, mostly Moroccans. Six Europeans also die.
November 20 2003, Istanbul, Turkey
Truck bomb attacks on the British Consulate and the HSBC bank kill
over 60 people, including the British consul general in the city.
March 11 2004, Madrid
Explosions aboard four commuter trains arriving at Atocha station
during the morning rush hour. Bombs were in backpacks, and detonated
using a mobile phone, killing 191 people and injuring 1,800. Spanish
government of Jose Maria Aznar at first suggests the Basque separatist
group Eta is to blame, but later concedes the attacks were the work of
September 1 - 3 2004, Beslan, Russia
Islamist gunmen take over 1,000 hostages, mostly children, at a
school in North Ossetia. After a three-day siege many of the hostages
are killed in an explosion in the school gym, after which Russian troops
storm the building. The final death toll is over 330, many of them
children. 800 more are injured.
July 7, 2005, London, England
Four suicide bombers struck in central London on Thursday 7 July,
killing 52 people and injuring more than 770. The coordinated
attacks hit the transport system as the morning rush hour drew to a
close. Three bombs went off at or around 0850 BST on underground trains
just outside Liverpool Street and Edgware Road stations, and on another
traveling between King’s Cross and Russell Square. The final explosion
was around an hour later on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square, not
far from King’s Cross.
November 26, 2008, Mumbai, India
A group of Islamic fanatics launch 10 coordinated attacks in India’s
financial capital, killing 173 people and injuring 308.
In the wake of 9/11, scores of jihadi attacks against American civilians
have been thwarted. The list includes plans to set off a radiological
device in midtown Manhattan; to collapse the Brooklyn Bridge with
blow-torches; to bomb the New York Stock Exchange; to detonate
explosives near Madison Square Garden on the eve of the Republican
National Convention; to launch attacks on hospitals, medical facilities,
and food chains throughout the country; to blow up the Sears Tower in
Chicago; to kill U.S. troops at Fort Dix; and to incite the jet-fuel
artery that runs through the JFK International Airport. Other attacks
were brought to fruition. John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo –
better known as "the Beltway Snipers” – became two of most successful
homegrown jihadis by launching15 sniper attacks, which killed ten people
and critically wounded three others in the Washington, D.C. area. Their
arrests did little to end the murders in the name of Allah as horrific
incidents continued to mount, including the slaughter at the Trolley
Square Mall in Salt Lake City.
The war on terror – a misnomer from the start – is being lost. Since
9/11, 13,270 Islamic terror attacks have been launched from China to
Seattle, Washington, leaving 80,000 people dead and over 120,000
injured. Yet government officials, including Barack Obama, continue to
speak of Islam as the religion of peace, Protestant ministers (including
Robert Schuller and Rick Warren) insist that Christians and Muslims
worship the same God, and Roman Catholic pontiffs continue to kiss the
It’s time for all good men and women to take a firm stand against Islam
and the forces of evil.
It’s time to take part in the last