Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish Blog 0 Comments
To understand ISIS, you have to understand
the difference between terrorists and Islamic terrorists.
terrorists have two goals; to compel the enemy to meet their political demands
and to rally their supporters to consolidate their class, race or national
identity group behind them.
Islamic terrorists are not interested in the “political
demands” part. They will occasionally accept concessions and even offer Hudnas,
temporary truces, but no permanent separate peace can be achieved with them.
It’s why Israel’s peace process with terrorists has gone on failing for decades.
It’s why the attempt by Gaddafi to achieve peace with the LIFG ended in a civil
war and his death. It’s why Obama’s attempts to negotiate with the “moderate
Taliban” failed miserably.
Al Qaeda and ISIS are not “negative” protest
movements formed in response to our foreign policy. That’s a foolish
self-centered idea held by foolish self-centered Westerners. Al Qaeda and ISIS
are “positive” movements that seek to achieve larger religious goals entirely
apart from us. Islamic terrorists are not responding to us. They are responding
to the Koran and to over a thousand years of history.
Osama bin Laden did
not carry out 9/11 to inflict harm on Americans. That was a secondary goal. His
primary goal was to rally Muslims to build a Caliphate by encouraging them to
The ritualistic “Why do they hate us” browbeating favored
by the chattering classes is nonsense. Al Qaeda hated us because we were not
Muslims. But it was only using us as the hated “other” to consolidate a
collective Muslim identity. We are to Islamists what the Jews were to Hitler; a
useful scapegoat whose otherness can be used to manufacture a contrasting pure
Aryan or Islamic identity.
No dialogue is possible with an ideology whose
virtue is premised on seeing you as utterly evil.
You can negotiate with
terrorists, though you shouldn’t. But Islamic terrorists rarely even bother to
negotiate. Their core focus is on rallying local Muslims and the Ummah behind
them. They don’t recognize national borders so any hope for a permanent peace
behind recognized borders is wishful thinking. Islam is a transnational
movement. Islamic terrorism is a race between terror groups around the world to
carve out their own Islamic states and then use them as a springboard to a
ISIS is the end stage of Islamic terrorism. Its leader is a
Caliph with all Muslims obliged to submit to him. The Islamic State is not just
in Syria and Iraq. It is everywhere that a Muslim outpost swears allegiance to
the Caliph. On its own maps the Islamic State encompasses parts of Egypt, Libya,
Algeria, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Russia. The more local Islamic terror groups
pledge allegiance to ISIS, the bigger it becomes.
ISIS doesn’t plan to
defeat America through acts of terrorism. The plan for defeating America, like
every other country, Muslim or non-Muslim, is to build a domestic Muslim terror
movement that will be able to hold territory and swear allegiance to the Islamic
The idea of an American Emirate may seem silly but consider
Molenbeek, the neighborhood in Brussels known as the Jihadi capital of Europe,
deemed a no-go zone by local authorities, right in the capital of the European
Union. You can take a taxi from NATO HQ to a Muslim micro-state linked to most
of the major recent Islamic terror attacks in Europe including the latest ISIS
attack in Paris.
Molenbeek provides ISIS recruits for its war and a
gateway for ISIS attacks in Europe. The media is filled with articles about what
ISIS wants, but there is no question that Molenbeek is what ISIS
And it’s only Muslim immigration to Europe that makes an ISIS base
like Molenbeek possible.
ISIS has short term and long term needs. In the
short term, ISIS needs as many recruits as possible. And it is in the West where
traditional Muslim ties of kinship and community are so frayed that the
transnationalism of heading out to fight for a Caliphate in someone else’s
country is most deeply appealing. ISIS aggressively seeks to recruit Muslims in
the West because they have the skills, money and naiveté to be useful to the
Islamic State. But in the long term, ISIS needs more Muslim immigration to the
West to create a steady supply of recruits, collaborators and eventually Western
If ISIS is serious about making a bid for Italy, it needs a
large Muslim population on the ground. It doesn’t even matter if this population
comes from refugees fleeing ISIS. The children of these refugees will still be
Sunni Muslims in a foreign land where Algerian, Somali, Syrian and Pakistani
Muslims discover that they have more in common than they do with the natives. It
is this accidental Western multiculturalism that erases tribal Muslim rivalries
and makes the ambition of a single Muslim Caliphate appear
ISIS does not plan to defeat America with terror plots. But
those plots will eventually accumulate into an organized domestic terror
organization. An Islamic State in America based around a majority Muslim town or
neighborhood with its own leader pledging allegiance to the Caliph of the
An American Molenbeek; and there are already plenty of
candidates for that horrifying honor.
Any Muslim plans for expanding into
the West depend on Muslim immigration. Whether it’s ISIS or its Muslim
Brotherhood ancestor, or any of the other Islamist organizations and networks,
they all require manpower. Some of that manpower will be provided by high Muslim
birth rates, but it won’t be nearly enough, not for a country the size of
America, without a large annual flow of Muslim migrants.
We are told that
halting Muslim immigration would only encourage Muslim terrorism. But our open
door to Muslim immigration certainly hasn’t stopped terrorism. Instead it has
increased it by providing reinforcements to the terrorists. If we can’t stop
Muslim terrorism with the population we have now, how are we going to manage it
if the Islamic population continues doubling and even tripling?
we defeat ISIS tomorrow, Al Qaeda and other Islamist groups descended from the
Muslim Brotherhood will continue pursuing the same goals. And they will rely on
the Muslim population in the United States to provide them with money, supplies,
cover and an infrastructure for terrorism.
ISIS can’t defeat us with
terror attacks. The only hope for an enduring Islamic victory over America is
through the rise of domestic groups that pledge allegiance to the Caliphate.
ISIS can’t invade America. It has to be invited in. That’s what our immigration
Trump isn’t a threat to national security. Muslim
Islamic terrorists can’t defeat us no matter how many
planes they fly into buildings. But they can and will defeat us if they continue
landing planes at JFK and disembarking thousands and tens of thousands of
settlers who will serve as a base population for their war against
Muslim immigration is the Islamic State’s only hope for victory