Folks sometimes accuse me of being “Islamophobic”. I’m nothing of the sort. A “phobia” is a baseless fear of something harmless. I don’t have that.
What I have is a historically justified, fact-based fear of Islam. It’s not just Christianity in funny hats. It is a warriors religion and the stated goal is to establish a “Caliphate”, an Islamic government covering the whole planet. And they have been pursuing that goal, first with swords, then with guns, now with modern weapons, and always with raw terror, for the last 14 centuries.
In that regard, I got to thinking about how little we hear about most of the people killed and wounded by Muslims in terrorist jihadi attacks around the planet. Here in the 21st century, we have web sites that do nothing but collect such data. (In passing, let me note that growing up in the 1950s, here’s what I expected for the 21st century):
Instead of jetpacks and flying cars, we’ve gotten religious wars in the form of endless Islamic violence for the 14th century in a row … but I digress. I was talking about the record of people killed by Islamic terrorists. The website that I found with the most detailed data is here. Below is a typical part of their record. It covers a pretty average week, during which 144 people were killed and 202 wounded in the ongoing global jihad.
This tiny segment of the full record highlights one of the reasons that most folks don’t realize just how violent and murderous the ongoing Islamic Jihad is … it’s mostly happening in cities and towns we’ve never heard of, in poor countries halfway around the world, to our brown and black brothers and sisters. In other words, it’s mostly invisible in the West.
Anyhow, I collected all of the data that the site has. It starts on September 11, 2001, and stretches all the way up to the present. Of course, it’s divided into 19 web pages with no option to download the data, so I had to write a computer program to scrape the data off of each page and collect it all into one big file.
Then I took monthly totals of all the people who were killed during that 18+ year period. Here’s a month-by-month graph of the killings, starting with September 2001 and the World Trade Center attacks;
YIKES! Didn’t expect that. A quarter-million people killed by Islamic lunatics since the 9/11 attacks!
Intrigued, I thought I’d see what the biggest attacks were. Here’s a list of those attacks where jihadists killed over 500 people:
Date City Country Killed Wounded Notes 9/11/01 New York NY USA 2752 251 Islamic hijackers steer two planes packed with fuel and passengers into the World Trade Center killing hundreds on impact and eventually killing thousands when the towers collapsed. At least 200 are seriously injured. 8/14/07 Sinjar Iraq 796 1500 Five separate suicide bombings by al-Qaeda militants targeted at a religious minority group kill nearly eight hundred innocents. 3/7/10 Dogo Nahauwa Nigeria 528 600 Over five-hundred Christians mostly women and children are hacked to death by Muslim raiders with machetes in a night-time attack on their village. The killers yelled 'Allah Akbar' as they chopped. 6/10/14 Mosul Iraq 670 14 Six-hundred and seventy Shia inmates at a prison are summarily executed by a group of Islamic State terrorists. Only seventeen survived. 6/12/14 Camp Speicher Iraq 1700 0 Over seventeen-hundred unarmed cadets are captured and massacred by the Islamic State. 8/6/14 Gwoza Nigeria 997 40 One-thousand people are reported dead after Boko Haram fire indiscriminately at residents of a Christian village while praising Allah. 8/15/14 Deir al-Zor Syria 700 0 Seven-hundred tribesman are executed by the caliphate over the course of a week mostly by beheading. 9/1/14 Sinjar Iraq 600 0 Mass graves unearth at least six-hundred more Yazidi victims of Islamist massacre than previously reported. 10/7/15 Baga Nigeria 2000 500 More than 2000 villagers are feared dead following a massive killing spree by Boko Haram that spanned 16 villages. 10/14/17 Mogadishu Somalia 587 316 Religious radicals detonate two suicide truck bombs in commercial districts devastating over five hundred lives. 10/16/17 Raqqa Syria 533 0 Over five-hundred victims of caliphate execution are discovered in a mass grave. 12/13/19 Fallujah Iraq 643 0 A mass grave is found containing the tortured remains of over six-hundred Sunni men and boys executed by Shia militia in June 2016.
The depressing part? In every case above, there were over five hundred people murdered by Islamic terrorists … and I’d only heard of the first one.
And that unimaginable number of killings is why I say I don’t have Islamophobia—I have a valid fear of Islam.
Now, do not be lulled into thinking that these folks doing the killing are somehow Islamic “extremists”. They are not. The jihadis are simply doing exactly what the Koran decrees and orders—they are doing their best to spread Islam by the sword, just as they’ve been doing since the 7th century. And their views are held by far, far too many Muslims. Here’re the results from the Pew Trust poll of worldwide Muslims:
Just under half of Muslims worldwide think that the penalty for adultery should be DEATH … man, you’d likely have only about half of the married folks in the US left alive if that were the case. And just over a third of the Muslims worldwide think that anyone leaving the religion should be killed.
“Religion of Peace”? … don’t think so. Bunch of bloodthirsty savages, three-quarters of a billion of them want to kill adulterers, and half a billion want to kill anyone leaving the religion. And when the numbers and the percentages are that big, they’re not “extremists”—they’re a vibrant part of the Islamic mainstream.
So no … Islam is not just another religion. Islam is a violent warrior’s creed, founded by Muhammad, a man who led his raiders into an adjacent village, defeated the villagers in battle, killed every surviving male with pubic hair, and took the women as sex slaves. And of course, the Koran specifies that all of that is just fine, and it says that killing infidels and keeping sex slaves is just what every upstanding man should do. And this is why Boko Haram and ISIS kidnap and keep women for sex slaves in 2019. For details of that shameful central chapter in Islamic history, see here.
It’s funny. I’ve looked through lots of religious books, and I can’t find any mention of Jesus or the Buddha doing anything remotely like what Muhammad did … much less saying that their followers should do that until they’ve conquered the entire world. But the Koran says exactly that.
Please be clear that I have no problems with Muslims. I have a problem with the Koran and with Islam itself. Folks like to claim that critics of Islam like myself have issues with Muslims as people. I don’t, nor do many others.
But it’s far easier to shout “ISLAMOPHOBE” than it is to accept the ugly and uncomfortable truth:
Islam is different from all other modern religions.
It is not a religion as we think of religions. The Koran is a warriors text, an instruction book for the mistreatment of women both in and out of the house, and a terrorist manual directing the followers in the rules and details of just how to spread Islam around the planet by violence.
And sadly, it’s already gained a foothold in the US. Since 9/11, no less than 169 people have been killed by Islamic jihadists, including 49 in the Orlando nightclub, 14 in San Bernardino, and 13 at Fort Hood, not to mention 3 dead and 264 wounded in the Boston Marathon bombing.
So … what can we do to slow this down?
The first thing we need to do is to love the sinner and hate the sin. The problem is not Muslims. It is Islam and the Koran. If the “hate speech” laws in the EU were equally applied, the Koran would be banned entirely. It contains a host of vile 7th-century barbarities directed first at women, second at Jews and Christians, third at “pagans”, and fourth at Muslims who misbehave.
In the year 2019, when we should be at least roughly civilized, followers of the Koran who are obeying its strictures to the letter chop off hands, bury women up to their necks and stone them to death with specially selected small stones to prolong their agony, throw gay people off of buildings, burn prisoners alive in cages, execute women for the heinous sin of being raped, kill their own daughters for falling in love with a non-Muslim, and chop off a hand and a foot on opposite sides of the body of those unlucky enough to want to leave the “religion” … religion, my ass. Religions do NOT do those things in 2019.
The danger is the following dilemma:
When Muslims are in the minority, they’re all about minority rights.
But when you look at countries where Muslims are in the majority, there are no minority rights.
The true conundrum is that to fix this, either Muslims have to reject Islam entirely, or Islam needs to undergo a complete reformation. First option is not likely. Second option, well, the last guy who tried to reform Islam was Baha’u’llah, founder of the Baha’i sect of Islam. But he and his followers were persecuted by Muslims and many were killed … kind of a discouraging lesson for any potential future reformers.
And in neither case can non-Muslims move things along much. To reform Islam you need to be a Muslim; no “Jews and Crusaders”, as Bin Laden styled us, need apply.
So I have no real answer, other than to say we need to be very cautious. We already have Muslim schools in the US teaching their tiny students violence. Here’s what one school in Philadelphia had kids singing, translated from the Arabic:
Those who accept humiliation – what is the point in their existence?
Those who reject oppression are the ones who assert their existence, and they eliminate the injustice from the land of the Arabs.
Rebels! Rebels! Rebels! Glorious steeds call us and lead us onto paths leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The blood of martyrs protects us. Paradise needs real men!
The land of the Prophet Muhammad’s Night Journey is calling us. Our Palestine must return to us.
Oh Saladdin, your men are among us – shame will be washed away!
You need force and the Quran, oh free people!
We must persevere no matter what happens, and with the help of the Omnipotent Lord, day will follow night.
Take us, oh ships, until we liberate our lands – until we reach our shores and crush the treacherous ones!
Blow, oh winds of Paradise – flow, oh rivers of martyrs!
My Islam is calling, who is going to heeds its call? Rise, oh righteous ones!
I’m sorry to say, that is a true face of Islam in America—Muslim schools teaching tiny Muslim children to hate and kill “infidels” and to join the “rivers of martyrs”. Inhumane.
So one thing we need to do is to keep a very close watch on mosques and Islamic schools. These violent behaviors are taught. We need to interrupt that teaching.
Next, we should NOT allow the use of foreign funds to build mosques in the US. Saudi Arabia has put up lots of money to build lots of splendid mosques in the EU, and far too many Europeans are paying a price in Islamic rape, murder, bombings, and violence.
Next, we need to tell the truth about Islam. Unfortunately, in Europe that’s already illegal. The French politician Marine Le Pen was tried for “disseminating violent images” when she Tweeted a picture of ISIS fighters executing captives on a beach. You know you’re in Bizarro-world when jihadis chop off prisoners heads without any retribution, and a woman halfway around the planet gets tried for doing nothing more than sharing a picture of that reprehensible action …
The other thing that we need to do is to get rid of the terms “Islamophobe” and “Islamophobic”. The only purpose of these words is to marginalize and discredit anyone who is in any way critical of Islam. Very, very few people in the West are “Islamophobic” any more than we are “Hinduphobic” or “Buddhophobic”. We may have legitimate concerns about any of those groups, but regarding Islam, it’s not a phobia.
It’s a very real and justified fear.
And that fear is a reflection of the undeniable fact that followers of Islam cruelly murdered and brutally executed a quarter-million people in the last eighteen years. And if you are not fearful and concerned about that … well, you should be. Below is a photo of what these true believers are capable of. I said we need to tell the truth. Here is ISIS, faithfully following the Koran’s instruction to kill the unbelievers, electrocuting fifteen defenseless prisoners …
You know, dear friends, I’ve seen and done a few things. And now that I’ve made it to what I call my “middle youth”, there’s not a whole lot that I still fear.
But I have to confess—people who can do that kind of a terrible inhumane thing calmly and as a matter of religious principle, they make my bowels weak. They are the undying enemies of all Western beliefs, ideas, and morals, and we should never, ever forget that.
In hopes of more peaceful times in 2020, I remain,
Yr mst hmbl & obt svt,
DATA: I’ve put the entire dataset of the 36,746 incidents as a zipped comma-separated (CSV) file (1.1 MByte) here so you can do your own analysis. Be forewarned—it is a very sad record, with deaths and injuries on every single one of the 36,746 lines.