A remarkable statement on the state of Muslim theology by Czech President Miloš Zeman two weeks ago went largely unnoticed. These remarks, offered at a reception for Israel’s Independence Day, only came to my attention as the result of the blogging efforts of my colleague at Israellycool, Brian of London, also known as Brian Thomas. The weeks would otherwise have flown by with Zeman’s remarks having sunk into obscurity, a single blip on the screen, unseen and unheard forever.
The brief speech was not only given behind closed doors at a private reception, but also appeared on the government website of the Czech Republic. That is how we know Zeman’s words are not just words, but a groundbreaking wakeup call by a national leader to the world at large.
If only they were listening.
Brian found a translation of Zeman’s speech at the Gates of Vienna and cited it in its entirety. It is well worth taking five minutes to read these remarks:
Speech by the president of the Czech Republic at the reception held to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day
May 26, 2014
Ladies and gentlemen,
Let me thank you for the invitation to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day. There are dozens of days of independence being celebrated every year in the Czech Republic. Some I may attend, others I cannot. There is one I can never miss, however: it’s the Israeli Independence Day.
There are states with whom we share the same values, such as the political horizon of free elections or a free market economy. However, no one threatens these states with wiping them off the map. No one fires at their border towns; no one wishes that their citizens would leave their country. There is a term, political correctness. This term I consider to be a euphemism for political cowardice. Therefore, let me not be cowardly.
It is necessary to clearly name the enemy of human civilization. It is international terrorism linked to religious fundamentalism and religious hatred. As we may have noticed after 11th of September, this fanaticism has not been focused on one state exclusively. Muslim fanatics recently kidnapped 200 young Christian girls in Nigeria. There was a hideous assassination in the flower of Europe in the heart of European Union in a Jewish museum in Brussels. I will not let myself being calmed down by the declaration that there are only tiny fringe groups behind it. On the contrary, I am convinced that this xenophobia, and let’s call it racism or anti-Semitism, emerges from the very essence of the ideology these groups subscribe to.
So let me quote one of their sacred texts to support this statement: “A tree says, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. A stone says, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” I would criticize those calling for the killing of Arabs, but I do not know of any movement calling for mass murdering of Arabs. However, I know of one anti-civilization movement calling for the mass murder of Jews.
After all, one of the paragraphs of the statutes of Hamas says: “Kill every Jew you see.” Do we really want to pretend that this is an extreme viewpoint? Do we really want to be politically correct and say that everyone is nice and only a small group of extremists and fundamentalists is committing such crimes?
Michel de Montaigne, one of my favorite essayists, once wrote: “It is gruesome to assume that it must be good that comes after evil. A different evil may come.” It started with the Arab Spring which turned into an Arab winter, and a fight against secular dictatorships turned into fights led by Al-Qaeda. Let us throw away political correctness and call things by their true names. Yes, we have friends in the world, friends with whom we show solidarity. This solidarity costs us nothing, because these friends are not put into danger by anyone.
The real meaning of solidarity is a solidarity with a friend who is in a trouble and in danger, and this is why I am here.
— Miloš Zeman, president of the Czech Republic, Hilton Hotel, 26th of May 2014
Those of us who love Israel have been pleased and touched by expressions of friendship offered by leaders such as Stephen Harper of Canada or Julie Bishop of Australia. Zeman’s comments, however, go much further. This phrase, in particular, stands out for its stunning clarity and unashamed candor:
I am convinced that this xenophobia, and let’s call it racism or anti-Semitism, emerges from the very essence of the ideology these groups subscribe to.
In this single sentence, Zeman does something that no leader in the Western world has yet dared to do. He identified the nature of the threat to Israel—the equivalent of loudly breaking wind at a party. And at the risk of repeating myself, Zeman did the deed out loud, daring not only to voice his brave words behind closed doors at a private reception, but subsequently posting them for all the world to see on his government’s website.
Zeman comes right out and says it: Jew-hatred is enshrined as a central tenet of the Muslim faith.
No one else will say it. Not only won’t they say it, but they, the leaders of the West, serve up a wicked and most effective platter of lies at every opportunity. President Obama tells us that Islam is a religion of peace and that we must respect it.
President Obama’s star-struck followers include the mainstream media, so this is the narrative served up to Americans stuck in rush-hour traffic on their way to work, at the dinner table, and at every opportunity in between. The President is adored as a god and woe betide anyone who dares contradict him on any subject at all; Benghazi, the IRS, and Edward Snowden notwithstanding.
The idea that Islam is a religion of peace—as opposed to one of overwhelming hatred—is the lie that is reflected in current U.S. policy from the top down. This false narrative was perpetuated by the Department of Justice on December 19, 2011, when Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole addressed a DOJ conference with these words:
I recently directed all components of the Department of Justice to re-evaluate their training efforts in a range of areas, from community outreach to national security, to make sure they reflect that sensitivity.
Cole was referring to the removal of all words and sentences that accurately reflect the truth about Jihad and Islamic violence from U.S. law enforcement manuals.
The President’s philosophy on Islam was also evident in remarks by Dwight C. Holton, who once served as interim U.S. Attorney, when he spoke of the “egregiously false” training given to FBI agents at Quantico:
I want to be perfectly clear about this: training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or with a tendency towards violence are wrong, they are offensive, and they are contrary to everything that this president, this attorney general and Department of Justice stands for. They will not be tolerated.
Holton said such training materials, "pose a significant threat to national security, because they play into the false narrative propagated by terrorists that the United States is at war with Islam,” and talked about his discussions with Attorney General Eric Holder about this issue.
He is firmly committed to making sure that this is over," Holton said. "Now the reality is it is going to take a bit to go back and figure out what trainings have happened in the past that we need to go back and fix -- we're a big organization, we've got lots going on with lots of people and lots of contractors -- but Attorney General Holder is firmly committed to it, and we're going to fix it.
In fact, the Obama powers-that-be have been “fixing” the narrative as far back as 2008, by purging law enforcement materials of such words as:
- Islamic Terrorist
- Islamofascist, Islamofascism
- Holy Warrior
President Obama’s commitment to revising the U. S. narrative on Islam was evident once again in 2009, when the Department of Homeland Security issued a draft of its glossary on domestic extremist groups. The glossary listed several Christian and Jewish organizations as possible “threats” but included not a single Muslim group under this heading. Judicial Watch has documented the entire history of the various Obama Administration word purges and language revisions.
And of course most of us picked up on the false portrayal of the 2009 Fort Hood Massacre as a “work accident” rather than an act of terror, even though witnesses stated for the record that the perpetrator, Nidal Malik Hasan, shouted out, “Allahu Akbar,” as he opened fire.
The list goes on but Zeman’s simple truth has blown away the smoke screen and revealed the truth in the full light of day, if only we will notice his words and spread them far and wide. Here is someone unafraid to say the truth!
Zeman isn’t as important a leader perhaps as President Obama, but his words wash away all the dirt, all the falsehoods of the pervasive revisionist portrayal of Muslim theology and ideology.
President Obama would have us believe that there are two different versions of Islam: the supposedly mainstream “moderate Islam” and “radical Islam.” The President claims that only a minority of Muslims adhere to the latter form of Islam. Zeman, however, isn’t prepared to leave the world bare and unprotected in the face of the one true Islam, the one that threatens Israel, the U.S., and the entire free world. This is the Islam that is adhered to by 1.5 billion contemporary Muslims and should be the only one that concerns us, because our sole task should be, must be, to confront the beliefs of what the 1.5 billion believers believe TODAY.
President Obama is free to believe there are two sides to Islam if he so chooses. All evidence, however, points to the opposite idea, the idea that Zeman so neatly expounded upon in his Israeli Independence Day address. President Obama has no right to impose his revisionist narrative regarding Islam on Israel or on anyone else. Because the real Islam is the one staring the world in the face: the one that rules Muslim countries and that is overwhelmingly what we now want to call “extreme.”
It is this Islam that puts our very existence in danger.
So now we have a choice: we can listen to Obama and remain blissfully unaware of the danger. Or we can listen to Zeman, identify the enemy, and prepare for the fight of our lives.
Because if we can’t identify the enemy, can’t name the enemy, we’ll never win this war.
It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle. (Sun Tzu, The Art of War)Art of War, Sun Tzu