The Islam Terror Truthers by DANIEL GREENFIELD

“This   by Dan Greenfield is  very  good,    but would be a bit  better if    Islamic  based terror were explained in terms of the Jihad that all authentic Muslims are “obliged” to do for Allah as per the  Medina Phase of the Quran .   Terror attacks   by the militant Jihadists  are  simply  a component of their asymmetric   war on the WEST.  Were they able to generate force on force   ( symmetric war  )  as ISIS  did against the  Iraqi Army and the  less fundamentalist  Sunni militias in Syria they would do so  of   course.    In areas like the US or Europe  where they are still outnumbered and lack the combat power to do force on force war to take us down, or something more akin to it ,  they use passive infiltration of institutions coupled with  attacks designed to terrorize  their opponents, we “infidels”.  As the fear  of more and more terror spreads,  the passive Jihadists  (some of  whom will  commiserate openly with the infidels) bore deeper and deeper to gain a foothold and eventually an upper hand once  they get enough mass” Dick Roberts

The Islam Terror Truthers

by DANIEL GREENFIELD December 22, 2015

Each and every act of Muslim terrorism is followed by a wave of denial.  The politicians who have done the most to cause the latest disaster are the eagerest to blame it on something, anything else.

The San Bernardino Muslim massacre was blamed on postpartum depression at CNN. Bill Nye blamed the latest Paris attacks on Global Warming. According to Hillary Clinton, Benghazi was a movie review with artillery. Islamic terrorism was blamed by the State Department on a lack of jobs, but Syed Farook had a good government job and his wife was the daughter of a wealthy family.

After rummaging through their big brass chest of excuses, Obama and his media allies have settled on gun control as their latest weapon of mass distraction.

California has the toughest gun laws in the nation. Unlike Ted Kennedy, the terrorists weren’t on the no-fly list that has become the latest desperate meme of mass distraction. And, despite Obama’s claim in Paris that mass shootings don’t happen in other countries because of gun control magic, they most certainly do. European gun control didn’t stop a Muslim mass shooting in Paris that killed 130 people.

Syed Farook and Tasheen Malik had built pipe bombs. The latest attack in the UK involved a knife. So did quite a few in Jerusalem. The Boston Marathon massacre used fireworks and a pressure cooker.

The Muslim mass murder of 3,000 people on 9/11 was carried out with box cutters.

If only we had some way to ban terrorists from buying pressure cookers, knives and box cutters.

Gun control is a distraction. A way to make something other than Islam into the problem that needs solving. If we banned guns, then the problem would be foreign policy. If we spent all our time working to aid Islamist political takeovers, then it would the weather. Obama has tried to aid Islamists and lower sea levels, so he has been reduced to blaming the inanimate objects of the latest terror attack.

Gun control, foreign policy and global warming are denialist gimmicks that reframe the problem.

Denialists will ignore the allegiances of terrorists like Nidal Hassan and Syed Farook to Jihadists to focus on individual pathologies. If that doesn’t work, they’ll pull back to a planetary focus and blame the weather patterns of the entire planet. They’ll zoom in with great detail on weapons purchases while ignoring the ideology that motivated the attacks. They’ll have a hundred different explanations for each attack that fail to account for the phenomenon of Islamic terrorism as a whole.

These aren’t reasonable arguments. Taken together they form a pattern of conspiracy theories.

The most basic aspect of the conspiracy theory is that it bypasses the obvious reasonable explanation and vanishes down a rabbit hole of complicated alternative explanations that make no real sense but allow the conspiracists to avoid dealing with the implications of the actual event that took place.

Leftists did not want to deal with the fact that JFK had been murdered by one of their own. So they invented a bunch of alternative conspiracies involving the CIA, Cubans and other “right-wing” villains. These conspiracies allowed them to avoid dealing with the violence at the heart of the left. But that violence continued to spill over anyway leading to riots and terror plots. In their alternate reality, none of it was their fault. The “Fall of Camelot” was caused by some “miasma of right-wing hatred” in Dallas.

Their response to 9/11 flirted with conspiracy theories.

A poll found that more than half of Democrats believed that George W. Bush had carried out the 9/11 attacks or knew about them beforehand. 1 in 4 Democrats believed that the World Trade Center attack was staged. 1 in 5 believed that the Pentagon attack was carried out by the United States government.

Democratic politicians, with some exceptions, usually knew better than to openly air blatant 9/11 conspiracy theories.  But they instead embraced a “soft” left-wing Trutherism that shifted the focus away from Islamic terrorism to alternative explanations that were meant to distract Americans from what really happened by finding sideways angles for blaming the attack on Bush and Republicans.
Bush may not have masterminded it, but Republican foreign policy caused it. Or worsened it.

It’s 2015 and the Terrorism Truthers have been reduced to frantically scrambling for any explanation from postpartum depression to the weather to explain the persistence of Islamic terrorism.

Trutherism works best when the Truthers aren’t in power. Muslim terrorism can’t be blamed on the government when both France and America are run by ridiculously notorious leftists. All that’s left is a “soft” Trutherism that seeks alternative explanations without being able to consistently answer the central question of why these attacks are taking place.

And this lack of a plausible central conspirator is the weak point of leftist Terrorism Denial.

Leftist Truthers like Obama are forced to constantly substitute new “right-wing” villains. Today it’s the NRA. Yesterday it was a Coptic Christian who made a YouTube video. But like the USSR’s efforts to blame its economic failures on a shifting gallery of villains, these explanations are unsatisfying. And they leave even leftists, never mind ordinary Americans, uneasy about a crisis they don’t understand.

There is something of Orwell’s “We have always been at war with Eastasia” to these deceits.

Today Muslim terrorists are attacking us because of the NRA. Yesterday it was because it was too hot. Before that, it was because of Israel. And before that, it was because of Bush.

But what if Muslim terrorists are attacking us because they’re Muslim terrorists?

What if we can’t beat them by banning guns, changing the weather, supporting Islamists or any of the other magical answers that completely fall apart at even the most casual examination?

The left’s response to Islamic terrorism has been built around a frantic effort to distract and divert us from exactly that question, blaming anything and everything but Islam, while sharply denouncing anyone who ignores the distractions and addresses that central question.

Attorney General Lynch responded to the San Bernardino terror attack by assuring Islamists that she intended to crack down on criticism of Islam. Criticism of Islam is dangerous, not because it leads to a mythical anti-Muslim backlash that we are constantly warned about as if it were more dangerous than Muslim terrorism itself yet never actually materializes, but because it destroys Terrorist Trutherism.

If Islamic terrorism is the problem, then the left and the Democrats who handed over their party to it are guilty of ignoring, minimizing and lying about a serious problem.

They have to go on lying, ignoring and minimizing, and even threatening to dump the First Amendment along with the Second, because they have long since become complicit in the crimes of their Islamist partner organizations.

Yesterday they blamed the weather. Today they’ll blame guns. Tomorrow, it’ll be something else.

We are always at war with Eastasia, unless it’s Eurasia. We are never however at war with Islam. The issue may be anything so long as it isn’t Muslim terrorism. Those are the words that no Democrat will utter. They will call it “man-caused disasters” or “violent extremism” or “hybrid workplace Jihad”.

It’s time to call this what it is, denial-ism, trutherism and conspiracism.

The famous epigram, “Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason”, expressed the absurd hypocrisy of a government of traitors. But what happens when there is a government of conspiracy theorists? Then conspiracies exist to divert attention from the failures and crimes of those in charge. The conspiracy theory itself becomes the conspiracy.

It’s time to take away Obama’s weapons of mass distraction and expose his Trutherism for what it is.

Islamic terrorism isn’t caused by a thousand different problems, conditions, conspiracies and excuses. It’s caused by Islam. Every attempt to distract from that is Denial-ism and Trutherism.

And we owe it to the victims of the latest attack and all the attacks to end the denial and the lies.

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Blogging the Qur’an

Blogging the Qur’an

by Robert Spencer

Suras 97-114
Published: December 21, 2008

Sura 96, “Clots of Blood”
Published: December 14, 2008

Suras 87-95
Published: December 7, 2008

Suras 77-86
Published: November 30, 2008

Suras 72, “The Jinn,” 73, “The Mantled One,” 74, “The Cloaked One,” 75, “Resurrection,” and 76, “Man”
Published: November 23, 2008

Suras 67, “Sovereignty,” 68, “The Pen,” 69, “The Reality,” 70, “The Ways of Ascent,” and 71, “Noah”
Published: November 16, 2008

Suras 63, “The Hypocrites,” 64, “Haggling,” 65, “Divorce,” and 66, “Prohibition”
Published: November 9, 2008

Suras 61, “Battle Array,” and 62, “The Congregation”
Published: November 2, 2008

Sura 60, “She Who Is Tested”
Published: October 26, 2008

Suras 58, “The Pleading Woman,” and 59, “Exile”
Published: October 19, 2008

Suras 54, “The Moon,” 55, “The Merciful,” 56, “The Inevitable,” and 57, “Iron”
Published: October 12, 2008

Sura 53, “The Star”
Published: October 5, 2008

Suras 49, “The Chambers,” 50, “Qaf,” 51, “The Winnowing Winds,” and 52, “The Mount”
Published: September 28, 2008

Suras 47, “Muhammad,” and 48, “Victory”
Published: September 21, 2008

Sura 46, “The Dunes”
Published: September 14, 2008

Suras 43, “Ornaments of Gold,” 44, “Smoke,” and 45, “Crouching”
Published: September 7, 2008

Suras 41, “Explained in Detail,” and 42, “Consultation”
Published: August 31, 2008

Sura 40, “The Forgiver”
Published: August 24, 2008

Sura 39, “Throngs”
Published: August 17, 2008

Sura 38, “Sad”
Published: August 10, 2008

Sura 37, “The Ranks”
Published: August 3, 2008

Sura 36, “Ya Sin”
Published: July 27, 2008

Suras 34, “Sheba,” and 35, “The Angels”
Published: July 20, 2008

Sura 33, “The Confederates,” verses 21-73
Published: July 13, 2008

Sura 33, “The Confederates,” verses 1-27
Published: July 6, 2008

Sura 32, “The Prostration”
Published: June 29, 2008

Suras 30, “The Byzantines,” and 31, “Luqman”
Published: June 22, 2008

Sura 29, “The Spider”
Published: June 15, 2008

Sura 28, “The Story”
Published: June 8, 2008

Sura 27, “The Ant”
Published: June 1, 2008

Sura 26, “The Poets”
Published: May 25, 2008

Sura 25, “The Criterion”
Published: May 18, 2008

Sura 24, “The Light,” verses 21-64
Published: May 11, 2008

Sura 24, “The Light,” verses 1-20
Published: May 4, 2008

Sura 23, “The Believers”
Published: April 27, 2008

Sura 22, “The Pilgrimage”
Published: April 20, 2008

Sura 21, “The Prophets”
Published: April 13, 2008

Sura 20, “Ta Ha”
Published: April 6, 2008

Sura 19, “Mary”
Published: March 30, 2008

Sura 18, “The Cave,” verses 83-110
Published: March 23, 2008

Sura 18, “The Cave,” verses 60-82
Published: March 16, 2008

Sura 18, “The Cave,” verses 1-59
Published: March 9, 2008

Sura 17, “The Night Journey,” verses 2-111
Published: March 2, 2008

Sura 17, “The Night Journey,” verse 1
Published: February 24, 2008

Sura 16, “The Bee”
Published: February 17, 2008

Sura 15, “Rock City”
Published: February 10, 2008

Sura 14, “Abraham”
Published: February 3, 2008

Sura 13, “The Thunder”
Published: January 27, 2008

Sura 12, “Joseph”
Published: January 20, 2008

Sura 11, “Hud”
Published: January 13, 2008

Sura 10, “Jonah”
Published: January 6, 2008

Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 81-129
Published: December 30, 2007

Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 50-80
Published: December 23, 2007

Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 30-49
Published: December 16, 2007

Sura 9, “Repentance,” verse 29, Part 2
Published: December 9, 2007

Sura 9, “Repentance,” verse 29
Published: December 2, 2007

Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 14-28
Published: November 25, 2007

Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 6-14
Published: November 18, 2007

Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 1-5
Published: November 11, 2007

Sura 8, “Booty,” verses 31-75
Published: November 4, 2007

Sura 8, “Booty,” verses 1-30
Published: October 28, 2007

Sura 7, “The Heights,” verses 103-206
Published: October 21, 2007

Sura 7, “The Heights,” verses 1-102
Published: October 14, 2007

Sura 6, “Cattle,” verses 84-165
Published: October 7, 2007

Sura 6, “Cattle,” verses 1-83
Published: September 30, 2007

Sura 5, “The Table,” verses 61-120
Published: September 23, 2007

Sura 5, “The Table,” verses 1-60
Published: September 16, 2007

Sura 4, “Women,” verses 104-176
Published: September 9, 2007

Sura 4, “Women,” verses 35-104
Published: September 2, 2007

Sura 4, “Women,” verses 17-34
Published: August 26, 2007

Sura 4, “Women,” verses 1-16
Published: August 19, 2007

Sura 3, “The Family of Imran,” verses 121-200
Published: August 12, 2007

Sura 3, “The Family of Imran,” verses 64-120
Published: August 5, 2007

Sura 3, “The Family of Imran,” verses 33-63
Published: July 29, 2007

Sura 3, “The Family of Imran,” verses 1-32
Published: July 22, 2007

Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 222-286
Published: July 15, 2007

Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 211-221
Published: July 8, 2007

Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 141-210
Published: July 1, 2007

Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 75-140
Published: June 24, 2007

Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 40-75
Published: June 17, 2007

Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 1-39
Published: June 10, 2007

Sura 1, “The Opening”
Published: June 3, 2007

The True Nature of Islam


For the meat of the video start at 5:00 – earlier parts presents course of available books on different ways to learn the subject matter.

ISIS Practices- Islamic or Not?

via What ISIS Really Wants – The Atlantic.

Centuries have passed since the wars of religion ceased in Europe, and since men stopped dying in large numbers because of arcane theological disputes. Hence, perhaps, the incredulity and denial with which Westerners have greeted news of the theology and practices of the Islamic State. Many refuse to believe that this group is as devout as it claims to be, or as backward-looking or apocalyptic as its actions and statements suggest.

Their skepticism is comprehensible. In the past, Westerners who accused Muslims of blindly following ancient scriptures came to deserved grief from academics—notably the late Edward Said—who pointed out that calling Muslims “ancient” was usually just another way to denigrate them. Look instead, these scholars urged, to the conditions in which these ideologies arose—the bad governance, the shifting social mores, the humiliation of living in lands valued only for their oil.

Without acknowledgment of these factors, no explanation of the rise of the Islamic State could be complete. But focusing on them to the exclusion of ideology reflects another kind of Western bias: that if religious ideology doesn’t matter much in Washington or Berlin, surely it must be equally irrelevant in Raqqa or Mosul. When a masked executioner says Allahu akbar while beheading an apostate, sometimes he’s doing so for religious reasons.

Many mainstream Muslim organizations have gone so far as to say the Islamic State is, in fact, un-Islamic. It is, of course, reassuring to know that the vast majority of Muslims have zero interest in replacing Hollywood movies with public executions as evening entertainment. But Muslims who call the Islamic State un-Islamic are typically, as the Princeton scholar Bernard Haykel, the leading expert on the group’s theology, told me, “embarrassed and politically correct, with a cotton-candy view of their own religion” that neglects “what their religion has historically and legally required.” Many denials of the Islamic State’s religious nature, he said, are rooted in an “interfaith-Christian-nonsense tradition.”

Every academic I asked about the Islamic State’s ideology sent me to Haykel. Of partial Lebanese descent, Haykel grew up in Lebanon and the United States, and when he talks through his Mephistophelian goatee, there is a hint of an unplaceable foreign accent.

According to Haykel, the ranks of the Islamic State are deeply infused with religious vigor. Koranic quotations are ubiquitous. “Even the foot soldiers spout this stuff constantly,” Haykel said. “They mug for their cameras and repeat their basic doctrines in formulaic fashion, and they do it all the time.” He regards the claim that the Islamic State has distorted the texts of Islam as preposterous, sustainable only through willful ignorance. “People want to absolve Islam,” he said. “It’s this ‘Islam is a religion of peace’ mantra. As if there is such a thing as ‘Islam’! It’s what Muslims do, and how they interpret their texts.” Those texts are shared by all Sunni Muslims, not just the Islamic State. “And these guys have just as much legitimacy as anyone else.”

All Muslims acknowledge that Muhammad’s earliest conquests were not tidy affairs, and that the laws of war passed down in the Koran and in the narrations of the Prophet’s rule were calibrated to fit a turbulent and violent time. In Haykel’s estimation, the fighters of the Islamic State are authentic throwbacks to early Islam and are faithfully reproducing its norms of war. This behavior includes a number of practices that modern Muslims tend to prefer not to acknowledge as integral to their sacred texts. “Slavery, crucifixion, and beheadings are not something that freakish [jihadists] are cherry-picking from the medieval tradition,” Haykel said. Islamic State fighters “are smack in the middle of the medieval tradition and are bringing it wholesale into the present day.”

via What ISIS Really Wants – The Atlantic.

What ISIS Really Wants – The Atlantic

What ISIS Really Wants – The Atlantic.

What is the Islamic State?

Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. “We have not defeated the idea,” he said. “We do not even understand the idea.” In the past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State, variously, as “not Islamic” and as al-Qaeda’s “jayvee team,” statements that reflected confusion about the group, and may have contributed to significant strategic errors.

The group seized Mosul, Iraq, last June, and already rules an area larger than the United Kingdom. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been its leader since May 2010, but until last summer, his most recent known appearance on film was a grainy mug shot from a stay in U.S. captivity at Camp Bucca during the occupation of Iraq. Then, on July 5 of last year, he stepped into the pulpit of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, to deliver a Ramadan sermon as the first caliph in generations—upgrading his resolution from grainy to high-definition, and his position from hunted guerrilla to commander of all Muslims. The inflow of jihadists that followed, from around the world, was unprecedented in its pace and volume, and is continuing.

Our ignorance of the Islamic State is in some ways understandable: It is a hermit kingdom; few have gone there and returned. Baghdadi has spoken on camera only once. But his address, and the Islamic State’s countless other propaganda videos and encyclicals, are online, and the caliphate’s supporters have toiled mightily to make their project knowable. We can gather that their state rejects peace as a matter of principle; that it hungers for genocide; that its religious views make it constitutionally incapable of certain types of change, even if that change might ensure its survival; and that it considers itself a harbinger of—and headline player in—the imminent end of the world.

The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), follows a distinctive variety of Islam whose beliefs about the path to the Day of Judgment matter to its strategy, and can help the West know its enemy and predict its behavior. Its rise to power is less like the triumph of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (a group whose leaders the Islamic State considers apostates) than like the realization of a dystopian alternate reality in which David Koresh or Jim Jones survived to wield absolute power over not just a few hundred people, but some 8 million.

We have misunderstood the nature of the Islamic State in at least two ways. First, we tend to see jihadism as monolithic, and to apply the logic of al‑Qaeda to an organization that has decisively eclipsed it. The Islamic State supporters I spoke with still refer to Osama bin Laden as “Sheikh Osama,” a title of honor. But jihadism has evolved since al-Qaeda’s heyday, from about 1998 to 2003, and many jihadists disdain the group’s priorities and current leadership.

Read more: What ISIS Really Wants – The Atlantic.