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Hillary Joins the Counter Jihad

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President Obama has ridiculously refused to call out our enemies by name, even going so far as to say, “ISIL is not Islamic”. There has been an ongoing struggle to get him, and others who use euphemisms like “violent extremists” to describe them, to admit the blisteringly obvious origin of their violence. This is even more absurd in after cries of “Allahu Akbar” during the Paris attacks. We may have had an accidental breakthrough in the Democrat debate Saturday night when Hillary Clinton said, “I don’t think we’re at war with all Muslims. I think we’re at war with jihadists”.


I don’t say this often, but you are exactly right Hillary and I acknowledged this on Fox and Friends Sunday. We are not at war with all Muslims, and you could argue about whether we are even actively at war with the jihadists, but the jihadists are certainly at war with us. But, in her attempt to skirt the moderator’s question about whether our enemy is radical Islam, Hillary may have inadvertently given a much more accurate answer than she intended.

She was likely trying to minimize the size of the actual threat by using “jihadists” to refer to only those who have taken up the gun and sword in violent jihad. Even that is a horrifying number worldwide, as the world is awash in the blood of their victims. The real number of jihadists includes not just those savages, but also all who support their actions and their ambition to impose shariah law and a global Caliphate. That is a staggering number and they have a plan.

Jihad is a core tenet of Islam, and while one explanation says it refers only to a peaceful inner struggle, it is widely understood as an armed struggle against infidels. An authoritative text on Sunni Islamic law,Reliance of the Traveller (PDF), opens the chapter on the subject this way: “Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada, signifying warfare to establish the religion.” (Page 617)


Many share this view and a Pew International poll of Muslims worldwide shows approximately one-third of them support violence against enemies of Islam. That is around half a billion people who think it is OK for suicide bombers to blow up innocents to further the cause.

The Muslim Brotherhood is the largest proponent and exporter of Islamist Supremacy doctrine and action in the world. They are active all over the Muslim world working to place an iron sandal on the necks of billions. They are also deeply entrenched in the U.S. through a number of front groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations. A fortuitous law enforcement action gave us an insight into their blood chilling plans. This is a quote from documents seized in a search of the Brotherhood’s archivist here in Fairfax, Virginia.

“The process of settlement is a ‘civilization-jihadist process’ with all the word means…

The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers…”

Our enemies are actively engaged in both violent and civilization jihad against us. You cannot fight an enemy you refuse to properly name. So let’s call our enemies by the name they have chosen—jihadists—and let’s acknowledge where their evil ideology comes from—authoritative, traditional and mainstream Islam. Jihad is the method; shariah law is the goal; and Islam is the source. The greatest authority on Islam is al Azhar University in Egypt and even they agree that for all its evil acts, ISIS is, indeed, Islamic.


We need to state the facts simply to focus our minds on the long war ahead. Doing so also allows Muslims who abhor the use of violence to join us in opposing the jihadists, and gives them the chance to bring a new dawn to an old religion. The fight is for the future of the free world. We must prevail.

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