UI – Islam & Margaret Thatcher
The Sunday Times (London) – June 22, 2014, Section 4, had an intriguing article – What Would the Iron Lady Do? Much is happening in the world at this moment on which her views would have value. To include:
- Russia invading a sovereign nation
- Islamists growing in strength militarily and financially are spreading their ideology and venom. Al Qaeda is growing.
- America’s President Obama is confused, so it seems, about who, how and why to support actions ongoing in the Middle East.
- Economic changes occurring where a communist country, China, may be the largest economy in the world.
The greatest danger discussed is ‘political Islam.’ This will be the focus herein.
Quoting Thatcher, “The people who brought down those (WTC) towers were Muslims and Muslims must stand up and say that is not the way of Islam. Passengers on those planes were told they were going to die and there were children on board. They must say that is disgraceful. I have not heard enough condemnation from Muslim priests.”
Muslims need to condemn political violence carried out in the name of Allah as if it is godlike, or as they suggest, ‘Allah’s Will.’ Nothing as cruel and heinous as the many acts committed historically by Islamists would be as God commanded.
The article’s author, Niall Ferguson, writes, “…there are many… spokesmen for Muslim communities in the West who expend a great deal more of their energy denouncing alleged ‘Islamophobia’ than condemning terrorism.”
A polemic I have put forward and I know I am not alone, is simply this, ‘Is Islam an Ideology, as is Communism’, or a religion?’ My answer is – Ideology. It is a justification using as god, Allah, for committing violent acts to take from others their possessions, such as their land, to include women and children (as if they are being spared). There is no religion in all of this, except the religion of death. It is as much a religion as communism and atheism would be a religion. It is not a loving faith-based love for God and neighbor. The Islamists and their clerics dressed in garb depicting a worthy advisor and counselor imposes their desires in an imperialistic fashion. There is no regard for borders. Invasions into the privacy of others are done at a serious cost to innocent human lives. Yes, Muhammad is the example, a marauder and autocratic self-indulgent maniacal fanatical individual whose methods are employed, revered and continued.
Niall Ferguson goes on to say, “Islamic extremism today, like Bolshevism in the past, is an armed doctrine. It is an aggressive ideology promoted by fanatical, well-armed devotees. And like communism, requires an all-embracing long-term strategy to defeat it.”
Does America, the United Kingdom or anyone in the world have a long-term strategy for defeating Islam – even a short-term strategy? The political side of the Islamist’s approach is psychological, instilling fear. What is being done to deal with this technique?
What would the Iron Lady do? Niall Ferguson concludes, “She would make it clear that political Islam, with its mission to impose Sharia, is the 21st century’s communism; an ideology fundamentally hostile to the western conception of liberty. And she would remind us that, as in 1989, freedom will win only if we are prepared to fight for it.”
After World War II America and other nations seriously fought against the encroachment of Communism. The same zeal and desire to prevent creeping Islam is needed. America needs a President with the backbone to understand and resist, but so does the United Kingdom and members of NATO. The nations of the world must Understand-Islam and get a grip on the reality of the times.
Grace and Peace