Barack Hussein Obama, President of the East and West Coastal States of America plus Chicago, just said that his country is at war with “those who pervert Islam.” As the overwhelming majority of reasonably peaceful Moslems just trying to survive decently fall into the President’s category, his remark might indicate that he is confused. He is not confused; he wants to confuse his audience.
The savage Moslem thugs who use slavery, rapine, murder and general destruction as primary proselytizing tools do not “pervert” Islam; they are fundamentalists, conservatives insisting upon the pure, original Islam of their Prophet Mohammed. That is why the mass of believers do not repudiate them and plow them under. That and of course, the fact that opposing them can get you dead forthwith. (While your neighbors watch.) The Prez has it backwards: Trying to live a decent life by modern standards is a perversion of Islam. But His Presidentialness wants to use Islam as a hammer against the Jews and Christians; he does not wish to acknowledge the truth. The truth, that honest Islam is incompatible with Western values and lifestyles, is inconvenient for him.
It is no less inconvenient for most Moslems as well. While ISIS is getting all the good coverage, Boko Haram, al Shabab, the Taliban, Abu Sayaf and dozens of others all around the globe are doing exactly the same things wherever there are Moslem societies. Even among the Uighurs in China. Moslems were dancing in the streets at news of New York’s al Qaeda strike on 9/11/1991; they aren’t so happy with attacks at home that kill mostly, fellow Moslems. But that describes most Islamic violence and it eventually generates a backlash, visible in most of Arabia plus Iran turning on ISIS. Nor have all turned, plenty of Saudi money and Sunni Iraqis remain supportive.
ISIS is the backlash from taking down Saddam Hussein. He used Iraq’s Sunni Moslem minority to run the place and to suppress the Shiite Moslem majority. That gone under U.S. (President Bush) auspices, the majority Shiites have taken over and are now getting even with their long time Sunni oppressors. So the Sunni Iraqis created ISIS to restore their power. To a considerable degree, ISIS is an Iraqi civil war.The newly triumphant Shiites have contributed handily to this by establishing government so corrupt that it cannot maintain a functional military against ISIS. As a sort of bonus, ISIS is trying to grab mostly Sunni Syria from its minority sort of Shiite dictator.
Islam cannot, seems to us, survive modernity but by abolishing it or by changing so much that it is not Islam anymore. Worldwide Islamic terror is one result of that, a desperate and unlikely attempt to restore the toothpaste back into the tube. Christianity faces the same conundrum from a more manageable position, though not an easy one either. And it faces attack from governments everywhere, in varying degrees as also does Israel. Modern governments see churches as competition. Not so for the moment, mosques. That will change as politicians are forced to confront the price of their cynical use of Islam for their own purposes. For now, Islam, a philosophy for conquest and subjugation, is officially a: “Religion of Peace.” (And you can keep your do ctor.)