Even Americans knowledgeable about Europe's growing accommodation to
the totalitarian ideology known alternatively as Islamism, jihadism or
Islamofascism tend smugly to believe the same thing can't happen here.
Every day, new evidence appears of similar acts
of submission — the Islamists call it "dhimmitude" — on the part of the
U.S. government, judges, the press and leading corporations. Eurabia,
meet the United States of Amerabia.
On May 4, an ominous
alarm was sounded in a Pajamas Media column by Youssef Ibrahim, a
former New York Times reporter. Mr. Ibrahim is an astute critic of the
Islamists' steady, tireless and increasingly effective efforts to
impose — on Muslims and non-Muslims alike — the repressive
theo-political-legal agenda they call Shariah law. He warned that "In
the very real war on terror, a noisy squabble over 'fighting them there
so we don't have to fight them here' clouds a simple truth: namely,
that 'they' are here already. Indeed, Islamists are busy constructing a
wing of jihad in America's backyard."
Among the most
worrisome of the "they" now operating inside the U.S. are various front
organizations systematically established by the Islamist organization
known as the Ikhwan, or Muslim Brotherhood. During last year's federal
trial of the Holy Land Foundation on terrorism-financing charges, the
government introduced into evidence the names of many scores of such
Ikhwan fronts. Identified also as unindicted co-conspirators were
virtually every one of the most prominent Muslim-American
organizations, including notably the Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the
Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).
presented what amounts to a mission statement. According to a
memorandum by the group in 1991: "The process of settlement [of Islam
in the United States] is a "Civilization-Jihadist" process, with all
the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that all their work in
America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying Western
civilization from within and 'sabotaging' their miserable house by
their hands and the hands of the believers."
To be clear,
this is not the agenda of all Muslims, certainly not all American
Muslims. Yet, we cannot safely ignore the fact that Muslim Brotherhood
followers are among those who do have such a goal — let alone allow our "hands" to contribute to its realization.
about this Brotherhood manifesto in the Dallas Morning News last
September, columnist Rod Dreher observed: "The entire 18-page platform
outlines a plan for the long haul. It prescribes the Muslim
Brotherhood's comprehensive plan to set down roots in civil society. It
begins by both founding and taking control of American Muslim
organizations, for the sake of unifying and educating the U.S. Muslim
community — this to prepare it for the establishment of a global
Islamic state governed by Shariah."
Unfortunately, in the
last 17 years, the Ikhwan has succeeded beyond its wildest dreams.
Groups like CAIR, ISNA and MPAC made great strides in what Mr. Ibrahim
calls "the common task [of] instill[ing] the notion among
Arab-Americans or European immigrant communities of Muslim countries
that they are not part of secular multicultural societies." Brotherhood
fronts have also penetrated and exercised enormous influence over U.S.
government agencies responsible for understanding and countering the
Space limitations preclude more than a handful of examples: The FBI
allows CAIR to provide "sensitivity training" for its agents. U.S.
intelligence actively recruits at ISNA and other Ikhwan front
conferences. One of ISNA's highly placed admirers, Pentagon deputy
chief Gordon England's consigliere Hisham Islam, was allowed to purge
the Joint Chiefs of Staff's Islamist expert, Steven Coughlin, for
warning against such practices.
Most recently, two key
federal agencies — the State Department and the Department of Homeland
Security — encouraged American officials to eschew, when describing our
enemies, use of such terms as jihadist, mujahideen, Islamic terrorist,
Islamist, holy warrior and Islamofascism. According to an Associated
Press report, the government is supposed instead to "use the terms
'violent extremist' or 'terrorist.' Both are widely understood terms
that define our enemies appropriately and simultaneously deny them any
level of legitimacy."(Evidently, President Bush has not gotten the word
as he used what Andy McCarthy calls the "J-word" in his press
conference last week.)
This astounding act of dhimmitude
confirms Steve Coughlin's thesis: The enemy has so thoroughly gotten
inside our decision-making as to preclude us from understanding his
true nature and threat doctrine. By affording the Ikhwan such an
opportunity, we have rendered this country, as a practical matter,
incapable of countering our Islamist foes abroad — let alone here at
Fortunately, a courageous legislator, Rep. Sue Myrick,
North Carolina, has come forward to challenge the emerging Amerabia.
She has unveiled a 10-point program that calls for, among other things:
investigations of Ikhwan penetrations of our prison and military
chaplain corps; an inquiry into the legitimacy of CAIR's tax-exempt
status; corrective actions with respect to numerous ill-advised
policies vis-a-vis Saudi Arabia; and addressing the seditious nature of
Islamist threats to our government and people.
exemplary leadership and determination to resist national dhimmitude,
this column recognizes Mrs. Myrick with its coveted "Horatius (or, for
the first time Horatia) at the Bridge" award, for her
willingness — like the legendary Roman — to take on singlehandedly the
enemy hordes and try to save her country.
We hope she will add others to her list, and secure the broadest possible support for her efforts.