Tuesday, July 31, 2018
The History of Jihad
From Muhammad to ISIS
It is taken for granted, even among many Washington policymakers, that Islam is a fundamentally peaceful religion and that Islamic jihad terrorism is something relatively new, a product of the economic and political ferment of the twentieth century. But in The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS, Islamic scholar Robert Spencer proves definitively that Islamic terror is as old as Islam itself, as old as Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, who said “I have been made victorious through terror.”
In The History of Jihad, you’ll learn about:
· The Christian whose personal grudge facilitated the jihad conquest of Spain;
· The emperor of India who treated his non-Muslim subjects with tolerance and kindness - because he had grown disenchanted with Islam;
· The Sultan who commanded the jihad conquest of Cyprus because he had grown fond of Cypriot wine;
· The Christian leader who was hanged outside his cathedral for five days as a warning to other Christians not to resist Islamic rule;
· The Muslim leader who wrote to the Byzantine Emperor, a Christian, demanding that he "renounce this Jesus and convert to the great God whom I serve. If not, how will this Jesus be able to save you from my hands?";
· The caliph who exhorted his governors not to be lenient on the non-Muslims, saying: "The non-Muslims are nothing but dirt. Allah has created them to be partisans of Satan";
· How the Muslim Spain that Obama praised became a center of the Islamic slave trade, where Muslim buyers could purchase non-Muslim sex-slave girls as young as eleven years old, as well as slave boys for sex, or slave boys raised to become slave soldiers;
· The Islamic warrior who fought without mercy against the Hindus in India: "the blood of the infidels flowed so copiously that the stream was discolored";
· The Islamic caliphate that made it a regular practice to seize the children of Christian families, convert them to Islam, and train them as slave soldiers;
· The Muslim reformer who gained a large following among Muslims by personally stoning an accused adulteress to death;
· The little-known story of how America’s first war was a jihad;
· The real story of how the Sphinx lost its nose (no, Napoleon's troops did not shoot it off during target practice);
· The Islamic concept that makes it impossible for believing Muslims ever to accept a State of Israel in any form;
· How Saudi Arabia revived the concept of jihad worldwide;
· Why the ISIS movement gained such broad support from Muslims around the world;
· The domestic and foreign U.S. policies that are based on ignorance of the history of jihad; and
· The two governments that evidence shows aided the 9/11 plot.
Spencer briskly traces the 1,400-year war of Islamic jihadis against the rest of the world, detailing the jihad against Europe, including the 700-year struggle to conquer Constantinople; the jihad in Spain, where non-Muslims fought for another 700 years to get the jihadi invaders out of the country; and the jihad against India, where Muslim warriors and conquerors wrought unparalleled and unfathomable devastation in the name of their religion.
Told in great part in the words of contemporary chroniclers themselves, both Muslim and non-Muslim, The History of Jihad shows that jihad warfare has been a constant of Islam from its very beginnings, and present-day jihad terrorism proceeds along exactly the same ideological and theological foundations as did the great Islamic warrior states and jihad commanders of the past.
The History of Jihad is the first one-volume history of jihad in the English language, and the first book to tell the whole truth about Islam’s bloody history in an age when Islamic jihadis are more assertive in Western countries than they have been for centuries. This book is indispensable to understanding the geopolitical situation of the twenty-first century, and ultimately to formulating strategies to reform Islam and defeat radical terror.
"In this tour de force, Robert Spencer narrates the transformation of the concept of jihad, 'exertion in the path of Allah,' from a rallying cry for the prophet Muhammad's followers into a supreme religious duty and the primary vehicle for the expansion of Islam throughout the ages." --Efraim Karsh, author of Islamic Imperialism: A History
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and author of sixteen books, including The New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad.
Posted by Sandy Frazier at 11:42 AM
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Trump vs. The Leviathan
By Chris Buskirk
In Trump vs. The Leviathan by Chris Buskirk, co-author of the best-seller, American Greatness: How Conservatism, Inc. Missed the 2016 Election & What the D.C. Establishment Needs to Learn, Chris shows us how the Trump administration is transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to the American people.
In Trump vs. The Leviathan, you’ll learn:
· how a small group in D.C. has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost;
· how Trump is beating “The Resistance;”
· how globalism is on its way out, replaced by a government that serves its people;
· why the Russian “collusion” story is a hoax;
· about the four crucial pillars of Trump’s plan: 1) Americans are dreamers, too; 2) America First foreign policy; 3) pro-worker trade and economic policy; and 4) draining the swamp;
· how America is already benefiting from the Trump administration’s many accomplishments: low unemployment, a soaring stock market, rising wages, a decline in illegal immigration and the dismantling of Obamacare.
The success of the Trump presidency will be judged in large part on the president’s ability to reduce the size and scope of the deep state. The unelected, unaccountable permanent bureaucratic leviathan that winds itself around the body politic and squeezes its life out must be dismantled if Trump’s legacy is to be a permanent restoration of republican government. Fortunately, his administration is doing just that.
Behind the scenes, President Trump is reducing oppressive regulation, shrinking the deep state, and enlarging the role of the citizen... and reining in what has become the fourth, all-powerful branch of government. There is much yet to be done, but less than two years in, Trump has taken steps to return power to its rightful home - the sovereign American citizen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Chris Buskirk is the editor and publisher of American Greatness. He is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and has written for the Washington Post, The Hill, and other publications. He is a frequent contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, the PBS Newshour, Hardball, and regularly appears on CNN.
Posted by Sandy Frazier at 5:50 AM