A Clash of Cultures – a little historical context
Samuel Huntington postulates that since the Cold War was over there could develop a new Clash of Civilizations and that one of these possible clashes could be between Western Civilization and Islamic ideology. Today we could look at a resurgent Russia and the growing influence and power of China as possible flash points (Russia in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, China in Asia). This site will concentrate on the modern day clash between Western Civilization and Islamic ideology.
Battle of Vienna and the blunting of Islamic expansion into Europe
Despite the claims of Islamic State to be a world wide caliphate the Muslim Caliphate ended in 1924 with the collapse of the Ottoman Caliphate. This Caliphate dominated an extensive empire and had done so for hundreds of years.
The Ottoman Caliphate, under the Ottoman dynasty of the Ottoman Empire, was the last Sunni Islamic caliphate of the late medieval and the early modern era. During the period of Ottoman growth, Ottoman rulers claimed caliphal authority since Murad I‘sconquest of Edirne in 1362. Later Selim I, through conquering and unification of Muslim lands, became the defender of the Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina which further strengthened the Ottoman claim to caliphate in the Muslim world.
The demise of the Ottoman Caliphate took place because of a slow erosion of power in relation to Western Europe, and because of the end of the Ottoman state in consequence of the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire by the League of Nations mandate.Abdülmecid II, the last Ottoman caliph, held his caliphal position for a couple of years after the partitioning, but with Mustafa Kemal’ssecular reforms and the subsequent exile of the royal Osmanoğlu family from the Republic of Turkey in 1924, the caliphal position was abolished.
When we review Islamic history we see that Islam has always been an aggressive, expansionist ideology that expanded its religious and political sphere of influence through military might. Its expansion was quite rapid as it coincided with the decline of Roman influence in the region and it eventually came into conflict with Western Civilization on its home ground (Europe), and made significant inroads into Europe, until its ambition for control over Europe (in fact the whole world) was blunted at the battle for Vienna in 1683.
This battle saw a huge Ottoman army under Kara Mustafa Pasha defeated by John III Sobieski, king of Poland – who commanded the smaller Western (Christian) forces.
This battle is widely recognised as the turning point in Islamic expansionism and over the next 16 years Islamic forces were driven further back towards their own heartland.
Gradual decline of the Islamic Caliphate
As we have seen in the above Islamic military expansion was blunted at Vienna and over the the coming centuries European power and influence grew while the Ottoman Caliphate‘s power and influence slowly waned until it collapsed under European pressure in 1924. Yet with the collapse of the Islamic Caliphate a new movement was born and started to grow within Islam. This movement yearned, and still yearns, for the glory days of the Islamic Caliphate (IC). This is what Islamic State (IS) is all about. But IS were not the first to seek the re-institution of the Islamic Caliphate.
The Society of the Muslim Brothers (Arabic: جماعة الإخوان المسلمينJami’ah al-Ikhwān al-Muslimūn), shortened to the Muslim Brotherhood (الإخوان المسلمون al-Ikhwān al-Muslimūn), is a transnational Sunni Islamist organization founded in Egypt by Islamic scholar and schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna in 1928. The organisation gained supporters throughout the Arab world and
influenced other Islamist groups such as Hamas with its “model of political activism combined with Islamic charity work”, and in 2012 sponsored the elected political party in Egypt after the January Revolution in 2011. However, it suffered from periodic government crackdowns for alleged terrorist activities, and as of 2015 is considered a terrorist organization by the governments ofBahrain, Egypt, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
of the Muslim family, individual, community … and state.” Its mottos include “Believers are but Brothers”, “Islam is the Solution”, and “Allah is our objective; the Qur’an is the Constitution; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; death for the sake of Allah is our wish.”
Follow the above embedded link for the full article on the Muslim Brotherhood and just google it for more information. At the end of the day Islam is supremacist in every way: religious, social, cultural and political (it is in fact an all embracing ideology). A simple definition is a person who believes that one group of people is better than all other groups and should have control over them. A well known usage of the word is white supremacists . But what is missing is Islamic Supremacism. A very good introduction to it is Raymond Ibrahim’s: ISLAMIC SUPREMACISM: THE TRUE SOURCE OF MUSLIM ‘GRIEVANCES’.
The ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is the reinstatement of the caliphate (and thus sharia) and it uses every means at its disposal to progress this goal. An interesting article on the state of the Egyptian MB can be found here. A good introduction to the MB work in the USA is the Clarion Projects article The Muslim Brotherhood’s Strategic Plan For America – Court Document and an extensive look at their work and goals can be seen at The Muslim Brotherhood in America (by Frank Gaffney). This is a must see and read set of articles and videos and should be shared with family and friends.
Islam is an ideology of submission. Islam means submission (not peace) and as we have seen, it has a history of aggressive expansionism. European military might stopped them and militarily they are too weak to engage in open warfare with the West.
Therefore, as Gaffney shows, they have a different strategy for dominance. Many think that it is only those that are seen as extremist that share this goal. Not so.
We have all probably seen such photographs, and here in the UK some of us will have actually seen the demonstrations. Yet these are not the real dangerous Islamist’s. We see them for what they are – dangerous extremists that will kill us if they can. The recent attacks in Europe and the USA have shown us this face of Islam.
It is not the extremist protesters that poise the real danger to our society but the clean shaven men in suits and women in Muslim dress that espouse to be feminists but in reality seek to advance the influence of sharia law above Western values. They work within the freedoms afforded to them as members of our society to destroy the very thing they are gifted as members of our society.
In the UK we have men like Miqdaad Versi who works for the Muslim Council of Britain a darling of the mainstream media (including the BBC). Douglas Murray writes of Versi in a recent Gatestone article:
On the day that the BBC were giving Versi his rave review, he was on social media sharing an untrue story claiming that the government’s Prevent counter-radicalisation strategy was forcing King’s College London to monitor all student emails. The story was wholly bogus (KCL’s policy of reserving the right to monitor all emails on their system came a year before such a policy became a legal duty). But the fact that Versi was sharing this story was typical of the double-ledger he runs when it comes to facts. He is happy to apply rigorous standards to others, but holds exceedingly lax standards himself, so long as he can carry on his own campaigning work against the UK government’s counter-terrorism and counter-extremism programmes — or continue to exercise his own low standards in trying to cover for people who are designated as “extremists” by the UK government . Or indeed, in belonging to an organisation correctly identified as an “enabler” of prejudice against the minority Ahmadiyya community.
In the 1990s the Muslim Brotherhood and their associates established public facing and apparently national organisations in the UK to promote their views. None were openly identified with the Muslim Brotherhood and membership of the Muslim Brotherhood remained (and still remains) a secret. But for some years the Muslim Brotherhood shaped the new Islamic Society of Britain (ISB), dominated the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) and played an important role in establishing and then running the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB).
So Versi (like counterparts in the USA – Council on American-Islamic Relations – there are a number of articles on CAIR on this site) are products off and working on behalf off, the Muslim Brotherhood. Yet how many times are we told by the political and media elite that there is no such link and that we are foolish and paranoid to think that there is an international link between what is going on in Europe and the USA (indeed globally). Are we so dumb that we are incapable of connecting the dots?
None were openly identified with the Muslim Brotherhood and membership of the Muslim Brotherhood remained (and still remains) a secret.
The links are kept secret, or so they hoped, but such links are out in the open. A transparency no one in the Islamic leadership, in the Muslim Brotherhood or the above Islamic organisations, desired.
Then we have female activists like Malia Bouattia the current President of the National Union of Students in the UK that Murray describes as a nasty anti-Semite. What is obvious here is two Mulsim activists that are both anti-Semitic while pretending to stand up for human rights. Their close ideological links are illustrated by their opposition to Prevent: UK’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy. A clear-eyed look at this strategy: Myths and Misunderstandings: Understanding Opposition to The Prevent Strategy. Miqdaad Versi and Malia Bouattia are on the same page when it comes to opposing the UK’s attempts at tackling Islamic radicalisation and terrorism. It is hardly surprising in Bouattia’s case when she is closely allied with the Islamic radical group CAGE in the UK. A group that openly supports Islamic terrorists. A tangled web of mutual support and deceit spaning international borders – much of it centred on hatred of Jews and especially Israel. A hatred that stems from their prophet Muhammad.
An example from the US is Linda Sarsour a star of the left (democrats). Here we see her with Bernie Sanders the guardian of the working class, women and minorities (the down trodden). A perfect example of a radical Islamist masquerading as a feminist yet if she had her way America would be living under sharia. The acceptable face of radical Islam put forward by the political elites to try and soften the image of Islam and so many are taken in.
Islamic ideology is clearly supremacist and violently so
Yet we see our mainstream media (dominated by the left) and politicians regurgitating the worn out mantra `Islam is a religion of peace’. The piece Theresa May – Islamic apologist? looks at this. From Theresa May to Obama we are told this and they expect the general public to believe this despite what we see on a daily basis. Obama wrote in his Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times:
“The world must continue to lift up the voices of Muslim clerics and scholars who teach the true peaceful nature of Islam,”
His argument is that real Islam is not the aggressive supremacist ideology presented by the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood. We see the lie of this every day of our lives. Bombs, guns, axes, knives and lorries – anything that can kill and maim and spread terror and fear – are used against us. The constant barrage that Islam is above criticism and under pain of death we are not to voice any criticism to this barbaric ideology.
This is what we see on our streets all too often – done by Muslims on behalf of Islam. Yet after each attack we are told this is not real Islam and that real Islam is a religion of peace. We have American law enforcement not allowed to use the words Islamic (under the Obama administration) when it comes to attacks. It is radicalism. Radical what? We see this in the media nearly every time they cover Islamic terrorist attacks. They struggle for a link that is not Islamic! The worst kind of delusions if you believed they believed what they were telling us. But I can’t believe they actually believe the nonsense they feed us. Is it possible they actually believe Islam is a religion of peace?
We have been fed so many lies for so long that many of us no longer know what truth is. Lots of us are so compliant we take no heed of what is going on around us. We are caught up with the cares of life: job, family, home, car and what ever else occupies our time. What’s happening in the Middle East, or France, Germany and the rest of Europe hardly registers. If it does we do a few hashtags and maybe attend a prayer vigil and then completely forget about it.
Western Civilization is at war and the war is on our streets. But we are not in a clash of civilizations we are at war with a barbaric ideology from seventh century Arabia. Surely our politicians cannot expect us to believe we are not? Are we nothing more that dumb morons to be lead by the superior class?
For those of us who are Jews and Christians we should remember Muhammad’s view of us:
When the disease of Allah’s Apostle got aggravated, he . . . . would say, “. . . May Allah curse the Jews [and] Christians because they took the graves of their prophets as places of worship.” By that he warned his follower of imitating them, by doing that which they did. (Bukhari)