Islam is dying. In
its death throes, it has turned not just on its perceived enemies, the modern
world, but upon itself, killing with seeming indifference both Muslim and
non-Muslim as it thrashes about, filling each day with new corpses, the last
of which will be its own.
It took hundreds of years for the Roman Empire to be built and to come to
an end. During that long period in the early history of Western civilization,
the populations under its control throughout the Mediterranean and up into
England were largely permitted to worship any of the many gods in local areas,
although they were expected to also honor the state gods of Rome.
By 312 AD, the emperor Constantine began his ascendancy, attributing it to
the God of the Christians and, in 325 AD, he called the Council of Nicaea,
the first council of bishops to formalize a Christian creed. After that,
Christianity, one of many faiths in the vast empire began its path toward
becoming, not just the religion of the empire, but one that now numbers more
than two billion people worldwide.
In 610 AD, Mohammed began to create Islam to gain control over the desert
tribes of Arabia. He built his religion on the wealth acquired through raids
on caravans and attacks on cities such as Medina and Mecca. Islam’s text,
the Koran, was said to supersede both the Old and New Testaments, disputing
the laws of Judaism and the divinity of Jesus.
Following Mohammed’s death in 632 AD, the religion, a warrior cult built
around adoration of Mohammed, quickly spread throughout North Africa and
into Spain. Today, Islam is estimated to have more than 1.2 billion adherents
around the world, although most are largely located in the Middle East and
Africa. There are some 31 million in Europe, more than 845 million throughout
Asia, and 323 million in Africa. A little over a million are in South America
and approximately 2.9 million in North America. It remains a distinctly “Arab”
Islam has literally been at war with all other religions since its inception.
It looks at the world as being divided between Islam and the world of the
infidel, the unbeliever. The central prayer of Islam, the Kalima, spoken
daily, states “There is no God by Allah and Mohammed is His Prophet.” A militant
religion. Mohammed said, “The sword is the key to Heaven and Hell.” By contrast,
six hundred years earlier, Jesus said, “He who lives by the sword shall perish
by the sword.”
A Muslim’s first allegiance is to Islam. One’s nationality and other allegiances
are secondary. In the latter half of the last century, Middle Eastern Arabs
strove to establish a national identity and it proved a failure from its
inception. In late October, 35 heads of state will gather for a meeting of
the Organization of the Islamic Conference in an effort to achieve a unified
voice for Islam and to try to offset perceptions that Islam is linked to
the violence being perpetrated worldwide. Observers, however, note that the
OIC is unified only in its support for the Palestinian attacks on Israel.
With considerable irony, Libyan ruler Col. Muammar Al-Qaddafi, speaking in
early October, said, “Today, you cannot speak of Arab unity and pan-Arab
nationalism,” adding “The Arabs have become the joke of the world because
they do not think of their future.” But the Arab leaders of Saudi Arabia,
Iran, Palestine, and other Muslim nations who have funded and unleashed the
Islamic Jihad are thinking of the future; the future of Islam.
Since the birth of the Islamic revolution, begun by the late Ayatollah Khomeini
of Iran, Islam has been attempting to conquer the modern world by the sword.
Despite the schism between the Sunni and Shiite branches of Islam, both are
united in this quest. Jihad or holy war, in the words of Paul Fregosi, an
expert on Islam, is “essentially a permanent state of hostility that Islam
maintains against the rest of the world.”
Islam is losing its war on the world. We are witnessing the earliest stages
of its decline, although historians would probably mark that from the end
of the Ottoman Empire after World War I when the Western allies divided the
Middle East into new nations and areas of economic imperialism.
Islam, however, is the primary reason that the Middle East has long been
a cesspool of ignorance, poverty, and oppression. Even Islamic scholars are
beginning to openly warn that the path on which it has set itself can only
lead to its predictable decline and end.
A recent study by the London-based Transparency International found that
Middle Eastern and North African nations form the world’s most corrupt region.
Twelve nations out of a rating of 133 come from that region. Among them were
Libya, Iraq under Saddam Hussein, the Sudan, and Algeria. The study defined
corruption as the abuse of public office for private gain, ranging from misuse
of public power for private benefit to bribery; not exactly the kind of nations
that attract foreign investment. Only the invasion of Iraq to rid it of Saddam
has opened opportunities to restructure it into a modern nation.
Most Westerners are unaware that Islam is unable to adapt, to change, and
to evolve. These attributes have been the hallmarks of the world’s oldest
monotheistic religion, Judaism, and of Christianity which experienced its
own Reformation. Instead, Islam is locked into the dictates of the Koran
and of the Hadith, a collection of observations based on the life of Mohammed
whose rules dictate the most minute aspects of a Muslim’s life. The death
of Islam was written into its birth.
The daily reports of acts of Islamic terrorism seem to defy a rational explanation,
but there is a pattern emerging. First is the hatred focused on Israel, a
nation based on the belief that Jews, like other ethnic or religious groups,
have a right to their own country. Following the Holocaust of World War II,
the survivors and those who had subscribed to Zionism, a movement to reestablish
Israel, wrested a tiny piece of Palestine, a British protectorate. They declared
their sovereignty in 1948 and the attacks on Israel by Muslims before and
since then have never ceased.
Nothing frightens Muslims more than the very existence of Jews, a people
whom the Koran repeatedly identifies as the primary enemy of Islam; a people
seen to be allied with their other enemy, Christianity.
If Muslims fail to destroy Israel and its long history as the birthplace
of Jesus and Christianity, that means Allah has failed. If Allah fails, Islam
fails with him for Allah is neither the Jewish, nor Christian God.
Another part of the pattern that has emerged is the Islamic attack on America
along with Western civilization and its institutions. The West with its tradition
of tolerance, of secular government, of a capitalist economy, is seen as
a threat to Islamic law as applied throughout the Middle East. Carefully
selected for destruction, the World Trade Center in New York was targeted
first in 1993 and again in 2001 as the ultimate symbol of the West.
The war on the West now becomes clearer as Muslims attack its institutions,
chief among which is the United Nations. The attacks on diplomats are yet
another sign of the indifference to ancient traditions protecting those entrusted
to do the work of international resolution of conflicts. When you take diplomats
hostage or kill them, you threaten the very sinews of civilization. Even
the timid conglomeration called the European Union is reluctantly concluding
they must protect themselves against Islam’s jihad though, typically, they
would prefer accommodation than self-defense. When the UN failed to deal
with the Islamic uprising in the former Yugoslavia, NATO was used to suppress
A further sign of Islam’s decline can be seen in the way Muslim nations that
align themselves with the West also find themselves under attack to bring
them into line with Islam’s ultimate objective of world domination. These
attacks are acts of desperation and come not from nations, but from the core
of Islamic fundamentalists.
The perfect metaphor of Islam is the suicide-bomber, killing himself as he
kills others. When enough Muslims conclude Allah cannot protect them, they
will conclude in the decades and centuries to come that the God of Judaism
and Christianity has triumphed.
Alan Caruba is the author of Warning Signs, published by Merril Press. His weekly commentaries are posted on the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center.