The Islamic Threat
Is Greater Than German And Soviet Threats
Mar 28, 2006
Only four types of individuals can deny the threat to civilization
posed by the violence-supporting segment of Islam: the willfully naive,
America-haters, Jew-haters and those afraid to confront evil.
Anyone else sees the contemporary reality -- the genocidal Islamic
regime in Sudan; the widespread Muslim theological and emotional
support for the killing of a Muslim who converts to another religion;
the absence of freedom in Muslim-majority countries; the widespread
support for Palestinians who randomly murder Israelis; the primitive
state in which women are kept in many Muslim countries; the celebration
of death; the "honor killings" of daughters; and so much else that is
terrible in significant parts of the Muslim world -- knows that
civilized humanity has a new evil to fight.
Just as previous generations had to fight Nazism, communism and
fascism, our generation has to confront militant Islam.
And whereas there were unique aspects to those evils, there are two
unique aspects to the evil emanating from the Islamic world that render
this latest threat to humanity particularly difficult to overcome.
One is the number of people who believe in it. This is a new phenomenon
among organized evils. Far fewer people believed in Nazism or in
communism than believe in Islam generally or in authoritarian Islam
specifically. There are one billion Muslims in the world. If just 10
percent believe in the Islam of Hamas, the Taliban, the Sudanese
regime, Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, bin Ladin, Islamic Jihad, the Finley
Park Mosque in London or Hizbollah -- and it is inconceivable that only
one of 10 Muslims supports any of these groups' ideologies -- that
means a true believing enemy of at least 100 million people. Outside of
Germany, how many people believed in Nazism? Outside of Japan, who
believed in Japanese imperialism and militarism? And outside of
universities, the arts world or Hollywood, how many people believed in
A far larger number of people believe in Islamic authoritarianism than
ever believed in Marxism. Virtually no one living in Marxist countries
believed in Marxism or communism. Likewise, far fewer people believed
in Nazism, an ideology confined largely to one country for less than
one generation. This is one enormous difference between the radical
Islamic threat to our civilization and the two previous ones.
But there is yet a second difference that is at least as significant
and at least as frightening: Nazis and Communists wanted to live and
feared death; Islamic authoritarians love death and loathe life.
That is why MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) worked with the Soviet
Union. Communist leaders love life -- they loved their money, their
power, their dachas, their mistresses, their fine wines -- and were
hardly prepared to give all that up for Marx. But Iran's current
leaders celebrate dying, and MAD may not work, because from our
perspective, they are indeed mad. MAD only works with the sane.
There is much less you can do against people who value dying more than
The existence of an unprecedentedly large number of people wishing to
destroy decent civilization as we know it -- and who celebrate their
own deaths -- poses a threat the likes of which no civilization in
history has had to confront.
The evils committed by Nazism and Communism were, of course, greater
than those committed by radical Islam. There has been no Muslim Gulag
and no Muslim Auschwitz.
But the threat is far more serious.