Can America win a war against radical Islam when it refuses to even identify its enemy?

I recently emceed an event in New York City featuring Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), and Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. The event was organized under the aegis of the pro-Israel advocacy and educational organization StandWithUs. Full disclosure: I am the Northeast Regional co-chair of StandWithUs in the United States.

Jasser and AIFD are trying to lead the fight against the Muslim Brotherhood and its network of American Islamist organizations and mosques, which seek to control organized Islam in America. Jasser, a devout Muslim- American, asks how can America fight against radical political Islam if the United States refuses to acknowledge Islamism as a threat. He says we are treating the symptoms of Islamism, but political correctness prevents us from diagnosing Islamism as the disease, i.e., an aversion to associating terrorism with anything Islamic.

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  • Jason

    Zuhdi Jasser’s recommendation that we “diagnose the problem as radical Islamism and avoid political correctness” isn’t enough. “Radical” Islam is not the root of the problem. The problem is at least partially (maybe entirely) caused by standard, core Islamic beliefs and texts; that is, the problem is in the “mainstream” beliefs and teachings of Islam itself. So Islam itself, as it is taught and understood by the vast majority of muslims, is the problem.

    Does Jasser or any other moderate muslim have the courage to repudiate those koran passages and hadiths that advocate violence and hatred toward infidels, women, gays, etc? To essentially *reform* Islam? Since they believe that the koran is the word of Allah, this would be pretty hard to do.

    • winniec

      Jasser ‘liberalizes’ the violent commands in the Koran and sidesteps the issue of ‘abrogation’ that is central to Wahhabism-Salafism. ALL the moderate verses of the Koran were repealed by the violent verses in Chapter 9.

      • Yes. Abrogation remains little known to liberals and moderate muslims for some odd reason.

    • Agreed, it is half the diagnosis.

  • No.

    • b_marco

      Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

      • I find your sarcasm microaggressive and highly triggering, especially given the current political climate. I was going to go volunteer at a soup kitchen today but instead I’m going to have to stay home and rent Breaking Bad and get drunk. I hope you’re happy.

        • Have a drink for me;)

        • winniec

          Be sure to watch Dr. Phil, too.

  • winniec

    ISLAMO-VERDICTOPHOBIA=the fear of telling the truth about Islam’s war against disbelievers.

  • Barrington Minge

    Bagheads at the beach….speechless!!

    • Freedom

      Just a couple of female Ninja’s

  • Nothing will change within Islam until the “know your enemy” of Sun Tzu is dealt with.