History has long been my absolute favorite subject. When my dad and I get together once a week, we usually watch something history-related. Most recently, we watched a very interesting documentary about the very similar lives that Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin lived – there were no surprises about Hitler, because I’ve done several studies on the man and his ideology, but I had no idea that Stalin was so much like him (he was so violent, in fact, that Lenin himself warned the Communist party against allowing him to take power, a rather sobering piece of information).
History tends to get in the way of the contention made by Ron Paul and his supporters. They point to a CIA-backed coup in Iran in 1953 and claim that every single thing that militant Islam has done to us since then stems from that singular incident. History is not on their side, however – in fact, it says quite the opposite. If you go all the way back to 1786, you see that Islam has, since its inception, taught that Islam will rule the world. Muslims have long been commanded to murder in the name of Allah and these followers have happily obliged. They consider Jews to be lower than dirt and Christians to be just barely above them. The Qur’an openly commands believers to kill all infidels. Don’t believe me? Here’s the text of the Qur’an, word-for word:
“Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.” (2:216)
“Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.” (4:74)
“They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.” (4:89)
“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.” (8:12)
“And fight with them until there is no more struggle and religion should be only for Allah.” (8:39)
“So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.” (9:5)
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” (9:29 – “People of the Book” refers to Christians and Jews, while the Jizya is a heavy tax that Christians and Jews are to pay just to survive in Sharia nations.)
“Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Quran: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.” (9:111)
How about the Hadith? Here’s a few from that book, which give even more insight:
“Allah’s Apostle said, ‘The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.'” (Bukhari 52:177)
“The Prophet… was asked whether it was permissible to attack the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, ‘They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans).'” (Bukhari 52:256)
“The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Three things are the roots of faith: to refrain from (killing) a person who utters, ‘There is no god but Allah’ and not to declare him unbeliever whatever sin he commits, and not to excommunicate him from Islam for his any action; and jihad will be performed continuously since the day Allah sent me as a prophet until the day the last member of my community will fight with the Dajjal (Antichrist)” (Abu Dawud 14:2526)
“Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’. And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally.'” (Bukhari 8:387)
“He (the Messenger of Allah) did that and said: There is another act which elevates the position of a man in Paradise to a grade one hundred (higher), and the elevation between one grade and the other is equal to the height of the heaven from the earth. He (Abu Sa’id) said: What is that act? He replied: Jihad in the way of Allah! Jihad in the way of Allah!” (Muslim 20:4645)
“Fight everyone in the way of Allah and kill those who disbelieve in Allah.” (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 992)
That last quote is Mohammed himself giving final orders.
We have seen fervently violent belief in the world’s past. Adolf Hitler was a nobody when he left home for Vienna to be a street artist. He lived a very bohemian life; he was rejected from the Academy of Fine Arts twice. He was living in a homeless shelter, working odd jobs and selling watercolor paintings when he joined the army at the outset of WWI. He was one of the most highly-decorated soldiers in the Bavarian unit; when the war ended, he entered politics and became an enormous fan of Anton Drexler, the anti-capitalist founder of the German Worker’s Party. Within just a few years he gained enormous support from the party. In November 1923, he led a failed coup that landed him in prison; while there, he wrote Mein Kampf. He only spent a year in prison for high treason and he immediately went back into politics. Despite a far more peaceful political landscape that had flourished while he was in prison, he wormed his way into government. Established, popular politicians mocked him at every opportunity. It only took him nine years to rise to the position of Chancellor. Within a couple of months of becoming Chancellor, Hitler became the fuhrer.
A man with only an elementary education was able to take full control of a nation still rebuilding after a devastating war. Germany in 1933 had no military to speak of, a poor economy and nations surrounding it that had threatened severe military action if the Germans so much as sneezed the wrong way. When he annexed Austria, which was a major break from the Treaty of Versailles, the allies did nothing. When he sent poor soldiers riding into the Rhineland on bicycles, all the French would have had to do was march to within view of the Germans and they would have turned and run like hell – but they were so worried about another war that they just let it go. He pushed and pushed until they were willing to give a portion of Czechoslovakia (without the Czech people’s knowledge, BTW) to him in an all-out attempt to avert war. He only pushed further by taking the rest of the country by force and eventually, Hitler overtook the whole of mainland Europe and built Nazi Germany into a nearly unstoppable juggernaut.
His aggressive actions were ignored entirely by nearly everyone, including the American people, who were still angry about our involvement in WWI. Everyone tried so hard to be “diplomatic” with Hitler that by the time they realized he wasn’t interested in diplomacy, it was nearly too late. We should have learned from that.
We haven’t. Now we have a religion that has thrived since around 610 AD at the tip of a very bloody sword still killing in the name of their god – and an increasing number of people are claiming that they’re only killing us because we didn’t leave them alone. We never should have meddled. It started in 1953. They’re angry because they don’t want us in their country. I have news for you, folks: Islam is far older than that. I can get into the major incidents of the past three decades later, but the fact will always remain that they are commanded by their religion to kill us until the survivors convert. They hate our very existence and culture, not the fact that we “meddle”. Even if we were to pull our troops out of every corner of the Middle East, they would still try to kill us.
If history is any indication, though, this is yet another lesson that will be learned the hard way. That we haven’t learned it by now is disheartening.