Recently, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was asked whether he would support a Muslim for President. His answer reflected what many in Western societies do not understand. It may be one of the most important ideas articulated throughout the long and arduous campaign as we approach the 2012 Presidential elections.
Republican candidate Newt Gingrich responding by saying that the answer to that question really depends on whether the candidate was “a modern person who happens to worship Allah” or “a person who belonged to any kind of belief in Sharia, any kind of effort to impose that on the rest of us.”
He concluded by stating that the former would not pose a threat to America or the Western world, while the latter would be a “mortal threat.”
Newt Gingrich is absolutely right in making such a distinction. The danger facing America from the Islamic wave sweeping the Middle East and beyond arises not from the fact that people practicing the Islamic religion are Muslim, but rather from the degree to which they adhere to the totalitarian, supremacist Islamic doctrine of Sharia.
Newt Gingrich has rendered a real public service by not shying away from this issue on the campaign trail and has raised a serious concern that should worry all Americans. What was perceived in the past as threat on Israel is now beginning to be understood as a problem for the whole world. This is another case of the Domino Effect.
Over the past 100 years, powerful and belligerent conglomerations of state and non-state Islamic forces have adopted the use of terror to mount a strategic threat on the continuing survival of the State of Israel. During those years, Islamic terror was considered to affect only Israel and was felt to be a consequence of the ongoing conflict between Israel and her Arab neighbors.
Islamic terror was perceived in the West as a complementary Islamic tactic, intended to weaken Israel between periods of intermittent full-blown military warfare resulting in Israel's defeat of combined Arab military forces.
Islamic terror was not understood or interpreted as a strategic threat to Western nations. Islamic terrorists enjoyed the status of celebrities and were welcome in the corridors of power and intelligentsia throughout Europe and the United States. This acceptance of Islamic terror as a genuine and justifiable expression of nationalistic aspirations provided the leaders of the state and non-state Islamic forces with the belief that the Western world must accept Islam, by force if necessary, and that they have a divine right to impose Islam on the Western world.
Current policy assessments continue to be based on obsolete principles and strategies, often in conjunction with political bias, leaving many of the Western nations unprepared for the emerging threat of a new Islamic imperialism.
The 9/11 terror attack on the World Trade Center changed the perception of Islamic terror from being a local Israeli problem to a threat to all the Western industrialized nations; similarly, the recent Islamic takeover of the majority of the 22 Arab nations of the Middle East may herald the transformation of the whole Middle East - ruled by Islamic parties - into a threat to all industrialized nations and not just a threat to Israel.
Iran's recent threats, backed by the deployment of naval battleships to block the Strait of Hormuz and prevent the free flow of oil to the Western World, are only one example.
Numerous reports have emerged over the past year indicating that Islamic organizations in Europe and the United States are growing at an alarming rate, creating Islamic cultures and societies within their host nations that dissociate themselves from the prevailing values, mores, constitutions, laws, and legal regulations. These groups claim that Sharia Law is above all manmade rules and regulations. These Islamic organizations have no true intention of allowing real integration, but use the freedom of Democratic societies to strengthen the message that Islam is not and will never be subservient to any other religion or political system.
Israel stands alone in the Middle East, in the midst of a sea of Islamic forces . It is a bastion of democratic stability, a regional military superpower, and a frontline defense for the Western World against the expected belligerency and imperialistic inspirations of Islamic forces who wish to conquer the West.
What may seem as a localized conflict for territory in Judea and Samaria (also known as the West Bank) will evolve into a direct territorial threat on Cyprus, on Greece, on France, on England, and on the United States of America. The seeds of this Islamic threat to the integrity of the Western World are already positioned to attack from within and from without, creating a Domino Effect that will disrupt Western societies as we know them.
The Domino Effect, beginning here in Judea and Samaria, the biblical and historical heartland of Israel,will develop into an Islamic tsunami of political and religious intolerance for religions and ideologies in the open societies of Western and industrialized nations that are not subservient to Islam and Sharia Law.
Today more than ever, we must demand that our political leaders prepare an effective response to counter this Domino Effect. They must meet the challenges and dangers inherent in Islamic ideologies' use of Western democratic institutions to further their own fundamentalist goals ,ignoring basic concepts of democracy, tolerance, human rights and gender equality.