Sunday, August 13, 2017

Trump’s Failing Islam Policy

On one hand, in the Trump administration, we see a loose cannon, H.R. McMaster, firing valuable intelligence personnel because they threaten or question his dawah-imbibed idea that Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. He doesn’t want Trump educated on the roots of Islamic terrorism, which is the Quran itself and its ideology.

Another Muslim “Smiley” face:
Dina Habib Powell: McMaster’s Huma Abedin

As of this writing, Trump remains painfully uneducated about Islam. He is failing to keep his promise to fight Islamic jihad and its Muslim Brotherhood plan to conquer America by corrupting its best men and its institutions. IPT quotes the salient parts of the 1991 MB memo:

The process of settlement is a "Civilization-Jihadist Proecess" with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and "sabotaging" its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim's destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen be equal. (Bold mine)

Pamela Geller and Daniel Greenfield have introduced us to the Trump clone of Hillary Clinton’s special advisor, Huma Abedin, Cairo-born Dina Habib Powell. Powell is also a fashion plate, just another “pretty face.” A Muslim “smiley” face. Well, granted, Powell has a prettier face than Abedin’s. Powell is in the White House at H.S. McMaster’s invitation and insistence. She will always have Trump’s ear, just as Abedin always had Hillary’s. In May Foreign Policy reported:

Other efforts to build his own trusted team have gone much better for McMaster. He appointed Dina Powell, who was already Trump’s senior counselor for economic initiatives, as a deputy national security advisor for strategy. He also brought in Fiona Hill, “a well-respected scholar and sober critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin,” as White House senior director for Europe and Russia and Nadia Schadlow to be senior director for strategy.

And, here Sharifa Alkhateeb, a Muslim educator, explained that the ultimate goal of Muslim education in America is to make all of America Muslim. Original video from a Muslim Brotherhood ISNA event, aired on C-SPAN in 1989:

“Our final objective is not just to become part of the system that we experience now and that we see…is to create our own Islamic systems for Muslims but to look at all the other people who are sharing this country with us, as potential Muslims, and if we look at them as potential Muslims and feel that we have the obligation, which Allah has told us, to try to bring them  into the same style of thinking and the same way of behaving and have the same objectives that we have…we need to have some way of communicating with them and some way of working with them, and in that process to make America Muslim, all of America Muslim, then we have to have some actual, short-range goals. We have to have some way of dealing with them and know how we're going to deal with them, or else we will not accomplish our goals….” (Bold mine)

Sounds like “civilizational jihad” to me. One couldn’t be clearer. We infidels and kaffirs must be made, by hook, crook, or terror, to adopt the same “style of thinking” as Muslims so that all of America becomes Muslim. Those who resist the “education,” those who won't be “dealt with” peacefully, must be “dealt with” forcefully. It works in Europe and Britain; why not here?

In France, the quiet conquest has the face of the Union of the Islamic Organizations of France (UOIF), which a Simon Wiesenthal Center report charged with "anti-Semitism, advocacy and financing of terrorism and call to Jihad... "

Not only does UOIF not encourage the integration of Moslems in France," the report states, "it actually provides a nursery for the most radical Islamist positions."

In Italy we have just witnessed the strategy of this "moderate Islam." The largest and most influential Islamic organization, l'Unione delle comunità ed organizzazione islamiche in Italia (Ucoii), sponsored Milan's first Muslim councilwoman, Sumaya Abdel Qader, a veiled candidate of the center-left coalition. Qader's husband, Abdallah Kabakebbji, openly called for the destruction of the State of Israel: "It is a historical mistake, a scam", he wrote on Facebook. His solution? "Ctrl + Alt + Delete".

Soeren Kern of the Gatestone Institute, in “The Battle for Trump’s Foreign Policy,”  wrote:

The ongoing purge of people loyal to U.S. President Donald J. Trump at the National Security Council, the main organization used by the president to develop national security policy, is part of a power struggle over the future direction of American foreign policy.

Trump campaigned on a promise radically to shift American foreign policy away from the "globalism" pursued by his predecessors to one of a "nationalism" which puts "America first." He also vowed to: "defeat" Islamic extremism; "tear up" the nuclear deal with Iran; "reset" bilateral relations with Israel by moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem "on Day One" of his administration; and "direct the Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator."

Since becoming national security advisor in February, McMaster has clashed with Trump and Bannon on policy relating to Afghanistan, China, Cuba, Islam, Israel, Iran, Mexico, NATO, North Korea, Russia and Syria, among others.

McMaster has also been accused of trying to undermine the president's foreign policy agenda by removing from the National Security Council key Trump loyalists — K.T. McFarland, Adam Lovinger, David Cattler, Tera Dahl, Rich Higgins, Derek Harvey, and Ezra Cohen-Watnick— and replacing them with individuals committed to maintaining the status quo.

Ayan Hirsi Ali also takes Trump to task for his failing foreign policy regards to Islam and the Middle East. In her Wall Street Journal article of August 10th, “On Radical Islam, Trump Has Lost His Focus,” she pointed out that :

Perhaps most discouragingly, the administration’s Middle Eastern strategy seems to involve cozying up to Saudi Arabia—for decades the principal source of funding for Islamic extremism around the world.

Some administration critics have blamed the loss of focus on Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who became White House national security adviser in February. The most charitable formulation of this criticism is that military men who slogged their way through wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have an aversion to the argument that we face an ideological opponent, as opposed to a series of military problems.

But I put the responsibility on Mr. Trump. With regard to radical Islam, he simply seems to have lost interest.

Is all hope of a revamped policy on radical Islam lost? Not necessarily. Prominent members of Congress—among them Sens. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Reps. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) and Trent Franks (R., Ariz.)—understand that Islamism must be confronted with ideas as well as arms.

Hirsi, however, believes that Islam can be reformed by the peaceful “Meccan” Muslims. This was the thrust of her Hoover Institution paper,  The Challenge of Dawah (March 2017), (which served as a kind of postscript  to “Why Islam Needs a Reformation,” in her March 2015 Wall Street Journal  article, in which she wrote:

As I see it, the fundamental problem is that the majority of otherwise peaceful and law-abiding Muslims are unwilling to acknowledge, much less to repudiate, the theological warrant for intolerance and violence embedded in their own religious texts. It simply will not do for Muslims to claim that their religion has been “hijacked” by extremists. The killers of Islamic State and Nigeria’s Boko Haram cite the same religious texts that every other Muslim in the world considers sacrosanct.

Instead of letting Islam off the hook with bland clichés about the religion of peace, we in the West need to challenge and debate the very substance of Islamic thought and practice. We need to hold Islam accountable for the acts of its most violent adherents and to demand that it reform or disavow the key beliefs that are used to justify those acts.

H.R. McMaster: The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs,
Georges de La Tour (17th century)
McMaster, however, has asserted that it  wasn’t “helpful”  to use the term “Radical Islamic Terrorism.” As The Hill reported:

President Trump’s new national security adviser doesn't find the term "radical Islamic terrorism" helpful, the New York Times reported on Friday, while the president has insisted on using such language.

Individuals who attended Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster's first National Security Council meeting on Thursday told the Times that the newly appointed adviser thinks the term is not beneficial because terrorists are “un-Islamic.”

Not “helpful” to whom?

To McMaster and his Deep State colleagues, who all want to maintain the fiction that Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with the “religion,” when in fact Islam is a totalitarian ideology from sandal to hijab.  It is to inure Americans to the ubiquitous presence and nattering of Muslim spokesmen. Just because, as Hirsi says, millions of Muslims are “peaceful” and don’t commit violent jihad, doesn’t mean that Islam is necessarily violent.  Just as, one supposes, that Nazism or Communism isn’t necessarily “violent,” because millions of peaceful Germans and Russians weren’t violent at all and submitted passively to those ideologies.


Edward Cline said...

This is what happens when, like Trump, you remain ignorant of the nature of your enemies, those close to your vest and those who are distant.

BruceinFalkirk said...

Trump refuses to learn anything.

Do not say you weren't warned, Ed.

Trump showed his hand on the subject when Bosch Fawstin won that draw Muhammad competition in 2015.

No criticism of Ted Cruz or any other candidate can deflect the fact Trump told everyone he was liberal scum in 2015 and those who chose to pretend Trump was something other than he was have only themselves to blame.