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Stop the jihad now!
End the Islamist violence against infidels!
Stop the jihad in Iraq, Palestine and Sudan!
Peace on earth now!

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Summary

"Moderate" Islam - Opinion Polls
in the Islamic world

The Palestinians celebrate 9/11

Muslims against Islamism

Denial and obfuscation

Islam and reformation

The lost glory of the Middle East

Islam

Killings for Islam

Islam and human rights

Unfree Islamic states

Islamism

The root cause of Islamist terror

The solution - The Islamic world must change

In defence of cultural imperialism


The problem - What is wrong with the Islamic world?

After 9/11, when thousands of American innocents were killed by Islamic extremists for no reason, the central question is not: "Why do they hate us?".

The central question is not: "What is wrong with American foreign policy?"

The central question is: What is wrong with the Islamic world, and how will it reform?

The basic problem is very clear. It is that millions of people in the Islamic world do not believe in free speech, freedom of religion, democracy, a secular state, free enterprise and human rights. Millions of Muslims also have a hatred for Israel and America that has no rational basis.





Summary

If you want a 5 minute summary of what is wrong with the Islamic world, here it is.

Freedom House ranks countries' political freedoms and civil liberties as "Free", "Partly Free" and "Not Free".

Here is their 2013 ranking for the main belt of Islamic countries:



Or, as a map, their 2014 ranking:



Green - "Free".
Yellow - "Partly Free".
Purple - "Not Free".


And the entire world:



Map of world freedom 2014, based on rankings of Freedom House.
Green - "Free".
Yellow - "Partly Free".
Purple - "Not Free".


That's it, in a nutshell. That's the problem.





The root cause of Islamist terror




"Moderate" Islam - Opinion Polls in the Islamic world

Apologists for Islam say Islam means "peace" and the fundamentalist killers are a tiny minority. This is not true. Opinion polls show that they represent mainstream opinion in the Islamic world (large minority, and often majority):



  • Poll of Islamic world, Feb 2002
    • The majority (61 percent) of Muslims worldwide believe Arabs did not carry out 9/11. Only 18 percent believe they did.
    • The majority (77 percent) of Muslims worldwide oppose the liberation of Afghanistan.
  • Poll of Egyptians, September 2002
    • The majority (52 percent) of Egyptians support the Sept 11th killings.
    • Only 19 percent think Islamists did it, despite the fact the operation was led by an Egyptian! 39 percent think Israel did it!

  • What the World Thinks in 2002 - survey, December 4, 2002
    • The majority of Lebanese support suicide bombing.
    • The majority of Nigerians who expressed an opinion support suicide bombing.
    • The majority of Bangladeshis who expressed an opinion support suicide bombing.
    • 47 percent of Jordanians who expressed an opinion support suicide bombing.
    • 43 percent of Pakistanis who expressed an opinion support suicide bombing.

  • Pew survey, May 2003, reported in International Herald Tribune, June 3, 2003 (here and here).
    • The majority in Morocco, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Kuwait, Lebanon, Indonesia and Pakistan want to end the state of Israel.
    • The majority in Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan and the Palestinian Authority express some support for Osama bin Laden.
    • The majority in Turkey, Indonesia, Pakistan, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority said the Iraqis were worse off without the genocidal tyrant Saddam Hussein.
    • The majority in Turkey, Indonesia, Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco and the Palestinian Authority were disappointed that Iraq did not put up more of a fight.

  • A Year After Iraq War - survey, March 16, 2004
    • The majority in Jordan support suicide bombing of Jews.
    • The majority in Morocco support suicide bombing of Jews.
    • The majority who expressed an opinion in Pakistan support suicide bombing of Jews.
    • The majority in Pakistan and Jordan have a favourable view of Osama bin Laden.
    • The majority who expressed an opinion in Morocco have a favourable view of Osama bin Laden.
    • The majority in Jordan support suicide bombing of the American liberators of Iraq.
    • The majority in Morocco support suicide bombing of the American liberators of Iraq.
    • The majority who expressed an opinion in Pakistan support suicide bombing of the American liberators of Iraq.

  • Apparent decrease in Islamic support for terror, 2005.
    • There are some problems with the survey. The survey only asked about suicide attacks on civilians in general. If it asked about suicide attacks on Jews, or on American civilians, I'm sure the numbers would have been much higher.
    • The majority in Jordan support suicide bombing and other violence against civilians.
    • The majority in Morocco support suicide bombing in Iraq.
    • The majority in Pakistan and Jordan support Osama bin Laden.
    • The responses are confused. How can you support bin Laden or the Iraqi resistance if you don't support attacks on civilians?
    • I guess it's no surprise to discover that people who support the jihad are morons.

  • Survey, July 2006. 40 percent of Indonesian Muslims would use violence against those blaspheming Islam.

  • Poll in Egypt, reported Sept 2006
    • Which country do you most hate? Top answer - USA.
    • In which country would you most like to live? Top answer - USA.

  • Survey of Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan and Indonesia, Apr 2007
    • 91 percent in Egypt support attacks on US troops in Iraq.
    • 91 percent in Egypt support attacks on US troops in Afghanistan.
    • 68 percent in Morocco support attacks on US troops in Iraq.
    • 61 percent in Morocco support attacks on US troops in Afghanistan.
    • 25 percent in Egypt support Al Qaeda attacks. A further 31 percent say they oppose its methods but agree with Al Qaeda's attitudes.
    • 40 percent of Egyptians have "positive" feelings towards Bin Laden.

    • Only 2 percent in Pakistan say Al Qaeda carried out 9/11. 27 percent say the U.S. government did it. 7 percent say Israel did it.
    • 29 percent of Egyptians say Israel carried out 9/11.

    • 79 percent in Pakistan agree "strongly" or "somewhat" that there should be strict sharia in all Muslim countries.
    • 76 percent in Morocco agree "strongly" or "somewhat" that there should be strict sharia in all Muslim countries.
    • 74 percent in Egypt agree "strongly" or "somewhat" that there should be strict sharia in all Muslim countries.
    • There are some positive things in the above survey too. I have just highlighted the most disturbing findings. The Islamic world clearly has a long way to go.

  • Pew Survey of Muslim countries, July 2007. Clear drop in support for Al Qaeda and suicide bombing. The Bin Laden revolution may never happen. The jihadis may be dying for nothing. Muslim societies continue, it is true, to have large numbers of supporters of Islamic terror. But the civilized Muslims may be slowly winning the argument.
    • Back in 2002:
      • 74 percent of Lebanese supported suicide bombing of civilians.
      • 47 percent of Nigerians supported suicide bombing of civilians.
      • 44 percent in Bangladesh supported suicide bombing of civilians.
      • 43 percent of Jordanians supported suicide bombing of civilians.
      • 33 percent of Pakistanis supported suicide bombing of civilians.
    • Now in 2007:
      • 42 percent of Nigerians support suicide bombing of civilians.
      • 34 percent of Lebanese support suicide bombing of civilians.
      • 23 percent of Jordanians support suicide bombing of civilians.
      • 20 percent in Bangladesh support suicide bombing of civilians.
      • 9 percent of Pakistanis support suicide bombing of civilians.
      • 8 percent of Egyptians support suicide bombing of civilians.
    • Back in 2003:
      • 72 percent of Palestinians supported Bin Laden.
      • 59 percent of Indonesians supported Bin Laden.
      • 56 percent of Jordanians supported Bin Laden.
      • 46 percent of Pakistanis supported Bin Laden.
      • 20 percent of Lebanese supported Bin Laden.
    • Now in 2007:
      • 57 percent of Palestinians support Bin Laden.
      • 41 percent of Indonesians support Bin Laden.
      • 38 percent of Pakistanis support Bin Laden.
      • 20 percent of Jordanians support Bin Laden.
      • 1 percent of Lebanese support Bin Laden.

  • Survey of Muslim world, Feb 2009 has all sorts of horrible stats:
    • 76 percent of Pakistanis want strict sharia in every Islamic country.
    • 76 percent of Moroccans want strict sharia in every Islamic country.
    • 90 percent of Palestinians support killing American troops in Iraq. And yet America is giving the Palestinians $1 billion in aid!
    • 83 percent of Egyptians support killing American troops in Iraq. And yet America gives Egypt $2 billion in aid every year!
    • 68 percent of Moroccans support killing American troops in Iraq.
    • 40 percent in Turkey support killing American troops in Iraq. And yet America is pushing for its "ally" Turkey to be let into the EU.
    • 83 percent of Egyptians support killing American troops in Afghanistan.
    • 61 percent of Moroccans support killing American troops in Afghanistan.
    • 78 percent of Palestinians have "positive" or "mixed" feelings towards Bin Laden.
    • 69 percent of Egyptians have "positive" or "mixed" feelings towards Bin Laden.
    • 53 percent of Moroccans have "positive" or "mixed" feelings towards Bin Laden.
    • 51 percent of Pakistanis have "positive" or "mixed" feelings towards Bin Laden.

  • Survey of Muslim world, Sept 2009
    • 68 percent of Palestinian Muslims said suicide bombings of civilians were justifiable.
    • 51 percent of Shiite Lebanese Muslims said suicide bombings of civilians were justifiable.
    • 43 percent of Nigerian Muslims said suicide bombings of civilians were justifiable.
    • 38 percent of all Lebanese Muslims said suicide bombings of civilians were justifiable.
    • 54 percent of Nigerian Muslims expressed confidence in bin Laden to do the right thing.
    • 52 percent of Palestinian Muslims expressed confidence in bin Laden to do the right thing.
    • 28 percent of Jordanian Muslims expressed confidence in bin Laden to do the right thing.

  • Poll, Feb 2010
    • 61 percent of Palestinians support Hezbollah.
    • 51 percent of Jordanians support Hezbollah.
    • Amazingly, only 35 percent in Lebanon support Hezbollah. They have to live under them!
    • 56 percent of Jordanians support Hamas.
    • 52 percent of Egyptians support Hamas.
    • Amazingly, only 37 percent in Gaza support Hamas. They have to live under them!
    • 54 percent of Nigerians support Bin Laden.
    • 51 percent of Palestinians support Bin Laden.
    • 45 percent of Palestinians support Ahmadinejad.
    • 43 percent of Indonesians support Ahmadinejad.

  • Poll of Middle Eastern Muslims, Dec 2010
    • 86 percent of Jordanians support death for anyone who leaves Islam.
    • 84 percent of Egyptians support death for anyone who leaves Islam.
    • 76 percent of Pakistanis support death for anyone who leaves Islam.
    • 82 percent of Egyptians support stoning for adultery.
    • 82 percent of Pakistanis support stoning for adultery.
    • 70 percent of Jordanians support stoning for adultery.
    • 49 percent of Nigerian Muslims approve of Al Qaeda.
    • 34 percent of Jordanians approve of Al Qaeda.

  • Poll, May 2011
    • 51 per cent of Pakistanis feel "grief" at the death of Osama bin Laden.
    • And yet: Poll, Spring 2011, shows only 8 percent of Pakistanis support suicide bombing of civilians.
    • This must be a reaction to the tidal wave of jihadist violence that Pakistan has been suffering in recent years, a real example of "blowback" from the Islamic extremism that Pakistan has supported since its foundation in 1947.




 
  
The appalling opinions of the Islamic world.
Poll of 2012, released Apr 2013.
There is some hope in the Balkans, Turkey, Lebanon and the former Soviet Union.
There is no hope in Palestine, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan or Iraq.



Slow learners: Poll, July 2014, shows a fall over the years in support for jihad.
As the Islamic world burns under Obama, this poll shows a gradual fall in support for jihadi slaughter across the Islamic world.
It's a bit late now to have regrets. You started this inferno, people. Good luck trying to stop it.




The Palestinians celebrate 9/11

After 9/11, Palestinians danced in the streets to celebrate the killing of thousands of innocent American civilians - 3000 men, women and children age from 2 to 85.


Palestinians celebrate the 9/11 killings.







Palestinians celebrate 9/11.
Because it is all part of the same holy war.
Because Arafat and Bin Laden are on the same side.




Muslims against Islamofascism

This is a crisis caused by the Islamic world. It is not the fault of the West.

One of the most depressing aspects of this crisis has been how little soul-searching there has been in Islam since September 11th. There has been depressingly little discussion among Muslims of what is wrong with the Islamic world to have: (a) produced these evil butchers, and: (b) to have so many poor and unfree countries. Apart from a couple of days pause, there has been just the same old Islamic arrogance, as if it's the West that has to apologise for being rich and free.




Denial and obfuscation




It's a joke, but actually, it's serious too.
Imagine, for just one second, that the above could happen.
Imagine what a future of freedom and prosperity there would be for the Islamic world.
Will it take centuries before the Islamic world gets sense, and becomes rich and free like us, or will it only take decades?
From The People's Cube.




Fatwa against Terrorism




Islam, reformation, and freedom of religion



 

Western women in the Islamic world.
There are parts of the Islamic world that tolerate - for the sake of western money - westerners behaving in ways that the locals would never be allowed to.
These women are bringing the dress codes of the 1950s-1960s sexual revolution - an important part of western culture - to the beach in Abu Dhabi.
Photo 2010. From here.
Let us hope that decadent western culture destroys traditional Arab Islamic culture over the next few decades. Let us hope that their young people are seduced by the glamour of the West. Let us hope that their traditional ways are lost forever, and the vulgar secular consumerism of the West triumphs.
I am not kidding. I really do hope this will happen.





In defence of cultural imperialism




The solution - The Islamic world must change. America and the West must assert themselves.




The Middle East was once the centre of human civilization

It is sad, given its current state, to think that the Middle East was once the greatest place on earth - the centre of human civilization, the heart of all human knowledge. Will it ever be a great place again? Only if it changes its entire present culture, which may not involve abandoning Islam, but will certainly involve becoming more secular.


The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt.
For nearly 4,000 years this was the world's tallest building (from c.2570 BC to c.1300 AD).
Photo 2005 by Nina Aldin Thune. See terms of use.

Egypt's lost glory: Egypt was once the greatest country on earth, at the vanguard of humanity's glorious civilization. And then the torch passed to other places, and Egyptians adopted ideas of little importance to human progress. It is sad to consider Egypt now, compared with what it once was. Even the discovery of Egypt's glorious past was done by westerners - not by Egyptians, who were largely uninterested in the topic. In fact, in 1196 Egyptian Muslims vandalised the Pyramids and tried to destroy them, and it was recorded that in 1378 Egyptian Muslims vandalised the Sphinx.

Let us hope that some day Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries are again at the frontier of human thought. For that ever to happen, they must change, and abandon the culture of their ancestors.



Raymond Ibrahim uses the above pictures to make the same point.
What kind of brain could you have to regard the woman on the left as "progress" from the woman on the right 4,000 years ago?




"Helping construct a stable democracy after decades of dictatorship is a massive undertaking. Yet we have a great advantage. Whenever people are given a choice in the matter, they prefer lives of freedom to lives of fear. Our enemies in Iraq are good at filling hospitals, but they do not build any. They can incite men to murder and suicide, but they cannot inspire men to live, and hope, and add to the progress of their country. The terrorists' only influence is violence, and their only agenda is death. Our agenda, in contrast, is freedom and independence, security and prosperity for the Iraqi people. ... Our coalition has a clear goal, understood by all - to see the Iraqi people in charge of Iraq for the first time in generations.
Like every nation that has made the journey to democracy, Iraqis will raise up a government that reflects their own culture and values. I sent American troops to Iraq to defend our security, not to stay as an occupying power. I sent American troops to Iraq to make its people free, not to make them American. Iraqis will write their own history, and find their own way. As they do, Iraqis can be certain, a free Iraq will always have a friend in the United States of America.
We believe that when all Middle Eastern peoples are finally allowed to live and think and work and worship as free men and women, they will reclaim the greatness of their own heritage. And when that day comes, the bitterness and burning hatreds that feed terrorism will fade and die away. America and all the world will be safer when hope has returned to the Middle East."

- George W. Bush, May 2004, on Iraq.
Such incredible generosity in saying "Iraq will always have a friend in the United States of America" - after Iraq had threatened the USA and its allies for so many years. America is fast to forgive, once a country changes. If the Arab Middle East can change and adopt modern ideas of freedom, everyone there can be free, rich allies of America. Heaven on earth is there for the taking.


"Here is something I have learned the hard way, but which a lot of well-meaning people in the West have a hard time accepting: All human beings are equal, but all cultures and religions are not. ... It is part of Muslim culture to oppress women and part of all tribal cultures to institutionalize patronage, nepotism and corruption. The culture of the Western Enlightenment is better. ... Instead of affirming the value of tribal lifestyles, people in the West - activists, thinkers, government officials - should be working to dismantle them."
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Nomad (2010).


  


"The Shariah law is the best justice, not the Western democracy which gives us bad regimes like Assad's."
- A Syrian jihadist bastard called Abu Omar al-Shesheni comically says that Assad's brutal, Oriental dictatorship was somehow "Western democracy", which is now discredited, and Islamism is the answer.


"People, you have tried secular rulings (republic, Baathist, Safavids) and it pained you. Now is time for an Islamic state."
- Maniac jihadists ISIS take over Mosul, June 2014, and comically claim that secular democracy has been tried and is now discredited.


Abu Omar al-Shesheni and ISIS sum up what is wrong with the Islamic world. They will try anything - Islamism, Shariah, theocracy, caliphate, tribalism, pan-Arabism, Marxism, communism, fascism, strongman dictatorship, royal family dictatorship. Anything, anything except liberal democracy.





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