In 627, Mohammad’s earliest biographer, Ibn Ishaq, records that his army held off a twenty-five day siege by Mecca’s ruling tribe, the Quraysh, at his redoubt near Medina. When the prophet learned that the Meccan army included some of the city’s Jews, he ordered the attack of a nearby largely defenseless Jewish settlement and tribe, the Banu Qurayza. While the prophet was overseeing the decapitations, “He caught a glimpse of Rihanna, a beautiful Jewish woman, whose husband and father were beheaded before her eyes just hours earlier. Muhammad asked her to become his wife. She refused. So he took her as his unwilling slave and concubine.
The Horror that is ISIS
As the world is horrified to learn that innocent Iraqis, even little girls, are being beheaded and women are being captured as sexual booty by ISIS, one could easily ask, “What inspires such cruelty?” The answer is—the Prophet, Mohammad. As I explain in my book, Lessons from Fallen Civilizations, every Muslim learns from childhood that there is nothing about the life of the Prophet that can be judged. Rather his is the life by which all others are judged.
ISIS is now a far more brutal and, in every category, a far more capable terrorist organization than was bin Laden’s al Qaeda when it mounted the 9/11 attacks. It controls a land mass the size of New England, has emptied banks, has control of commerce including oil production, has captured American-made sophisticated weaponry including 30 M1 tanks and howitzers, has absorbed Iraqi military leaders including Sunni generals who commanded Baathist troops under Sadam Hussein. It has even gotten control of uranium which could be used to construct “dirty bombs.”
ISIS is also openly threatening to attack the U.S. Its mercurial leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, upon his 2009 release from the prison, Camp Bucca in Iraq, said, “I’ll see you guys in New York City.” What worries defense planners most is the fact that ISIS is not just recruiting wannabe jihadists from all over the Muslim world but from Europe and the U.S also. The nightmare scenario is that hardened ISIS fighters traveling on European and American passports will return to their adoptive countries armed with the ingredients for and the knowledge to detonate crude WMD’s.