With Egypt aflame, what’s next?

Cal Thomas's picture

The turmoil in Egypt must not be seen in isolation from other events in the world. Neither is it an aberration. It is the next scene in a long-running play whose final act is the domination of the world by radical Islamists.

The Obama administration has been delusional in its belief that dictators and religious fanatics can be coddled. It has also been dangerously wrong in thinking exposure to our way of life will make them more like us. In fact, such exposure has confirmed what they have been taught: that America and the West are secularists who mock God, sexualize women and live only for the pleasures of this world.

The history of radical Islamist movements is being repeated in our time. First there is infiltration and when their numbers are large enough, domination. Next comes subjugation, followed by eradication of nonbelievers. To think things will be different this time is folly.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which was founded in 1928 by Egyptian schoolteacher, Hassan al-Banna, is egging on the protestors in Egypt. The group’s goal is to impose Islam on the world; its motto is: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” No mosque-state separation there.

Western secularists either don’t believe this, or stupidly think these beliefs can be overcome. In fact, the Muslim Brotherhood and their growing adherents, plan to overcome us and prove it daily.

“Not all Muslims are radicals.” True. “Islam is fundamentally a peaceful religion.” Also true. But the growing threat of radical Islam is real enough that we should be mindful of the exceptions, not the rule. To do otherwise dulls the senses and lulls us all into a false sense of security, which is exactly what our enemies want.

Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum, notes, “Islamists wish to repeat their success in Iran by exploiting popular unrest to take power.” That strategy worked in Russia a century ago when the communists exploited grievances against the czar to grab power. It worked in Germany when the Nazis used German humiliation following World War I to ride to power. Now it is Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan and Lebanon with more to come.

In her book, “Londonistan,” Melanie Phillips writes, “we have long contracted our understanding of the extremists to the extremists.” She means that instead of pursuing a policy to defeat radical Islamists, we have welcomed them among us.

They are at the Department of Justice and Homeland Security, giving “sensitivity training” to people who are supposed to be protecting us from them. They are in prisons, organizing the disaffected into “hate America” cadres. They are military chaplains and in polling organizations, shaping the way questions are asked and manipulating results to further their interests.

This isn’t “bigotry.” It is provable fact, which the Islamists believe we will ignore.

One of our many errors occurred in the ‘90s when the clueless State Department thought the Palestinian Authority should have a democratic entity. It got behind Hamas (which the Muslim Brotherhood supports) and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat as he perpetuated the mirage called the “the peace process.”

After all, State must have “reasoned,” Hamas leaders speak English, attended schools in the West, understand the media and can be trusted to run AID projects.

It was all wishful thinking. We now call Hamas a terrorist organization. Too late. For more background visit http://counterterrorismblog.org/.

If Egypt falls — immediately, or ultimately — to the Muslim Brotherhood, it will embolden other fanatical revolutions throughout the region and world. Then they’ll come after the big prizes: Europe, which is almost gone, and America, which still has time to save itself, if it will climb out of denial which, as the joke goes, is not just a river in Egypt.

Last week, U.S. border guards got a surprise when they discovered the radical Muslim cleric, Said Jaziri, trying to sneak into the United States across the Mexican border. They’re coming to America.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) will soon hold hearings on the radicalization of Muslim communities in the U.S. Will he probe deeply enough? Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers will try to prevent him from doing so.

[Cal Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated op-ed columnist, appearing in more than 600 national newspapers. He is the author of more than 10 books and is a FOX News political contributor since 1997. Email Cal Thomas at tmseditors@tribune.com.] ©2011 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.

roundabout's picture
Joined: 01/01/2011
Bigot? War Monger!

Let's look at this that Thomas said: (first line only)

"Allah is our objective."
God is our objective

"The Prophet is our leader."
Jesus is our leader.

"The Quaran is our law."
The Bible is our law.

"Jihad is our way."
War is our way.

"Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."
Dying in the way of God is our highest hope.

All we need is to land troops at the Suez Canal...we take one direction, Israel the opposite!

One So-called Jihadist at our Mexican border is really scary! Let's war!

Observerofu's picture
Joined: 07/14/2010
Let's strap a suicide vest on roundabout

just saying.

roundabout's picture
Joined: 01/01/2011


Do you want to hurt everyone who disagrees with you?

Observerofu's picture
Joined: 07/14/2010
Well roundabout I guess since you compared

modern day Christianity to the Jihadist suicide/murder cult. I figured you wanted to join.

Their choice of going out clothes would fit your mindset.

They do tend to use the Mentally Handicapped after all.

T-Man's picture
Joined: 02/16/2006
Cal a very Bigoted article

Egypt is comprised of all religions. In today's world more and more countries are becoming a democracy and away from the extremism you think is taking over the world. You continue to prey on the weak-minded and uneducated to scare them into the same bigoted mind set. In the south we would say if you set all the slaves free the blacks will own us. It has not happen although we do have a black president and no he has not turn the country over to African Americans as you thought before he was elected. The Citizen paper must be very open to allow a radical scare monger post here. Or is this your paper?
Run they are taking over the world? I will be glad when they colonize the newly found planets so you can find your safe haven there.

Mike King
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Joined: 11/29/2006

"In today's world more and more countries are becoming a democracy and away from the extremism you think is taking over the world." Would you care to name five over the last twenty-five years?

The voting in Iraq and Afghanistan shouldn't count because we both know you opposed W's imperialistic efforts.

SPQR's picture
Joined: 12/15/2007

Never mind.

Chris P. Bacon
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Joined: 02/28/2010
Trying to frame it as an "Islamist Uprising"

On every channel except Fox you see a substantial minority of Coptic Christians and western-garbed Secular Humanists demonstrating side-by-side with Muslims against the Egyptian government.

On Fox News and in the editorial pages of the Citizen, though, they're still trying to frame this as an "Islamic Uprising", because that's what their viewers want to hear.

roundabout's picture
Joined: 01/01/2011

That is the way I see it. Let them take care of their own problems.

Nobody in the middle East is going to elect someone by democratic means, and they also aren't going the route of Iran with an Ayatollah as supreme vetoer!

FOX, etc. wants more war.

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