Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Choosing Freedom over Islam, and the Story of Wafa Sultan

Today I attended a Q&A Wafa Sultan as part of a book signing for her new book, and I noticed that the common theme of virtually every question that was asked by the attendees could be summed up as, "What can we do to stop Islam?"

There is of course no simple answer. Communism, the closest parallel to the current threat we face, attacked us at a military, political and cultural level. Islam attacks us at a military, political, cultural and religious level-- making it a four part threat. And while the Soviet Union did finally collapse, looking at the state of freedom in America and Europe today, at a political environment that has dispensed with democracy in favor of judicial activism and class warfare politics that owe a good deal to the dictatorship of the proletariat-- the question of whether we defeated Communism, or Communism defeated us, remains open.

The Soviet Union proved unable to defeat us militarily, despite dedicating the bulk of its industrial capacity to building weapons, and successfully allying with much of the Third World to create an anti-Western world order in the U.N. But culturally and politically, Communism did a great deal of damage in the West. More so than most people understand. The American and European of the year 2009 lives in a system whose political premises resemble those of the USSR more than they do his own country of 1909. And this goes to show us that Communism accomplished far more through subversion and infiltration than nationalism and armed conquest. And the best proof of that is Eastern Europe, which was today is more honestly capitalistic than Western Europe which spent the last half century free of the Soviet boot.

Had Trotsky's way prevailed over that of his less visionary contemporaries, Communism might have triumphed as an international revolutionary movement, rather than failing as a Second World poorly industrialized armed camp. And that is a scaled down version of the threat that we face with Islam today, backed by oil money from otherwise backward countries, polished by the disingenuous lies of a merchant culture and driven by a fanaticism that even few Communists could aspire to. And we have no better answers to the problem of what to do about a movement that subverts our society from within, than we did back then.

In her talk Wafa Sultan emphasized the importance of being informed about the real nature of Islam. And certainly the first stage of defense against cultural, political and religious threats-- which circulate by way of ideas, is to be informed. But information itself is very much a subjective thing. It is possible to tell someone that Islam is currently involved in conflicts all over the world, that it is responsible for millions of deaths through acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing. You can list all the objective facts about Islam, without in the least shaking his belief that Islam is all right based on episodes he's seen of Little Mosque on the Prairie or because Mohammed, the deli guy in the store under his office, is always friendly when he comes in for a sandwich.

For rational people the objective facts of the case may suffice, for most people they will not. We live in an age where objective reasoning has been destroyed in the First World through a process of careful cultural obliteration. To tell someone that a million are dead in Darfur is to give him a meaningless statistic that is "awful", but not relatable. By contrast, to chronicle the story of a single orphan does far more than listing the millions dead and raped.

The satirical Israeli comedy series Latma had an episode in which the UN Human Rights Council's bewigged Judge Goldstone mockingly tells the "news team" that what Israel did wrong was kill 1300 terrorists, instead of half a million. "Today everything is upside down. One dead man is a massacre, a thousand is a war crime and a half a million slaughtered is a mere tragedy... Because of the size of the television screen. One dead man is a drama, but a half million, what do you see?" In short, you can list all the reasons why Islam is evil and the full list of atrocities, and still come away with nothing. By contrast an individual story, a personal narrative, makes the subject meaningful in a way that little else can.

That is why Wafa Sultan's book, A God Who Hates, is valuable in both providing the personal narrative of an ex-Muslim and the cultural and psychological brew that goes into making and distilling the toxic poison of Islam into the human soul. Wafa Sultan provides an examination of Islam from the inside that few Western experts could contend with and a personal narrative of what life is like for an educated woman who is relegated to the status of a second class citizen under Islamic law. But Wafa Sultan's challenge is that she not only deals with what is wrong with Islam, but what is wrong with us for being so willing to sit idly by in the face of the Islamization of our countries.

We are all too eager to rush around looking for a moderate Islam, all too willing to embrace the path of least resistance, little realizing that the path of least resistance for us, is also the one that offers the least resistance to Islamofascism. If Islam represents an absolute and unforgiving sense of structure that purports to be the will of Allah, a god made in the image of the tribal traditions of fearful men afraid of death while all too eager to deal it out to others, the modern West is equally devoid of structure, and all too willing to embrace the alien rigidities of Islamic or Socialist codes that govern every aspect of human life and death.

But Islam in the abstract is despite all its horrors, different than the day to day reality of living under Islamic laws and mores, of existing in a culture in which there is no room for human values, only for Islamic ones. That is the story that Wafa Sultan's book tells in all its horror. It is also the story of leaving that world behind for a world in which human values matter more than the words of the Koran. A God Who Hates is a Koran as well, or rather an Anti-Koran, that recites not the legends and myths of Mohammed, but the facts of how life under Islam is actually lived.

And that is a story that the types of people who would not ordinarily be influenced by books about the growing Islamic threat need to read most of all, because it could be their story. It could be the story of any intelligent woman growing up in an Islamic world.

Throughout the Cold War, people in the free world often argued about whether Communism was good or bad, without actually understanding what life under Communism was like. Only now in 2009 with America and Europe drifting deep into the shoals of socialism, is there a growing understanding of what Communism was like. That is because understanding the bone deep truths of life in a religious or political culture requires that you actually live that life. Without that, the only way to convey those truths is through personal narrative. 

After WW2, Victor Kravchenko defected from the USSR and wrote one of the most famous books about life behind the Iron Curtain, entitled, "I Chose Freedom". Wafa Sultan's A God Who Hates may be as equally important a text for looking behind the sand curtain of Islam, as I Chose Freedom was for looking behind the iron curtain of Soviet Communism. Because Wafa Sultan chose freedom, just as Kravchenko did. And understanding why, is key to understanding the kind of intellectual resistance that will be important to inoculating a gullible population against the contagion of Islam.

We are not currently living under Islam. At worst we're getting a small taste of that. But given time that will change, and A God Who Hates is a compelling look at the society our children and grandchildren will be living in, if we do nothing. Today former Soviet dissidents living in the West point out bitterly that they escaped the USSR only to end up living under Communism anyway. We owe it to them, and to those who have escaped Islam, and to our own posterity, to build societies that are alternatives to Islam, that both reflect everything Islam can never be, while rejecting its attempt to creep in and draw tight a strangehold over us. Islam, like Communism, is a system of slaves and masters. And it is only a society that draws closer to slavery that can be drawn toward Islam. And it is only a society of free men and women that can resist it.

Let us consider this final warning from Kravchenko's I Chose Justice, which predicted the Communist takeover in China, fall of the Soviet Union, as well as the fall of the Soviet Union... and a Communist takeover of America.
It is not difficult to foresee what will happen, if we ask ourselves what would have happened after the last war if the United States had emerged from it in the condition in which it must inevitably emerge from the next one. The next war will make immense demands upon the strength and resources of the United States. It will call for immense sacrifices. This time she will not be remote from the field of battle, immune from the ravages of war upon her own territory...

Now supposed that had happened this time and that at the end of the war the United States had been left bankrupt... There can be little doubt that the misery and hardships which she would have been unable to relieve, would have turned the people toward Communism, which has always profited from these conditions to make its converts...

Thus the Soviet Union may be defeated as a military machine, but the Communist ideology, and this not Russia is the enemy, will remain free to attack democracy from the rear. Russia may be freed of Communism-- this will be easy... but the other countries which have not experienced it, perhaps even in the United States itself, it will remain a more formidable enemy than ever.

The solution is to choose freedom. The systems of Islam and Communism are greedy, ruthless and seductive. They excel at falsehoods and deception, but in order to be deceived, one must first be gullible. In order for slavery to seem appealing, one must find slavery appealing. To be free of Islam and Communism, we must first be free, not in the anarchistic sense, but in the intellectual and the political sense. For to be free is to bear the responsibility of your own actions and the ownership of your own thoughts. And Islam and Communism can have no power over the minds and destiny of a free society.


Lemon said...

Liberal thought does love slavery.
They long to give up all responsibility and rely on the government for the air they breathe.

American kids need to feel patriotism once again.
But today the holidays for such things are dumbed into picnics and the reason for them is not taught.

Sammish said...

This post brings up an interesting subject which is utterly and sadly brished off. It is the level of semi-functional illeracy of the american public... According to the latest figure 50 million read at a fourth or fifth grade level. 20% who hold high school diplomas cannot read.. There is no cognitive or self-critical skills. Like Chris Hedges said " we confuse how we feel with knowlege"

This is trully bad for Sultan's book and message. First the majority are not going to read it, second they are not going to understand it because they have no reference point to make sense of it. Besides coming out against a religion- and a so-called monotheistic one- is mind boggling and certainly not kosher for them to even think about critisizing a religion because they are themselves religious to a certain extent and faithfull to their spiritual convictions that love will prevail and of course the usual blunder that islam is submission to god and is a religion of peace.

They will need a media blitz and slogans of how bad Islam is to be comprehensible to a 10-year old child or an adult with 6 grade readeing level. In other words, one will need to create a sort of an entertainment version a la Lion King or lord Vordmort, an Oprah show series will help too... Can we envisage this kind of awakening of the american mind?

This is the unbridgeable fact about awaraness of the threat of islam that average people have no clue about... It is an uphill battle....

Malcolm said...

Have you ever read Lawrence Auster solutions to Islam? I believe he was at the lecture.

Sultan Knish said...


the culture does cultivate illiteracy, but that's why personal narratives like Sultan's (her, not me) can work at that level. It doesn't take a great deal of literacy or patience to follow a personal narrative, by contrast it takes a good deal of it to follow a more abstract analysis.

Sultan Knish said...


Yes he was.

Malcolm said...

Here is the link for LA solution

Sammish said...

I hope you are right about the personal narrative. They can work but to a certain extent their effect is brief and non-enduring. Ayaan Hirsi Ali's narrative is a good example. It is much more powerful and visceral due to her own personal ordeal and more damning after the aftermath of the VanGoth murder. Yet it remains as if no ripples on sand and water followed. I have not heard that Hirsi Ali was invited on the Oprah Show, the hostess is too busy giving gifts on cars and jewlery to her audience. Or maybe her book club can take this opprotunity to bring attentiont to Sultan's book, if not Ayaan Hirsi Ali's "infidel". I also have not seen Hirsi Ali being paraded in the halls of Congress and not even in some major US media outlets, with the exception of few appearances at the Fox network and Canadian CBC.

The apologists (muslim or otherwise)can easily resort to the conspiracy theory and the fifth column analogy. It specially spells disaster because the rage and denial tactics will be targeted against "the" person and not against the true content and message of Islam..

Yochana said...

Thinking of what Sammish said about literacy. We no longer have a bookstore in our area. You have to go to Athens to find one - and it's microscopic. Cool, but microscopic.

Yesterday, I went to the mall in Parkersburg, WVA. There's no longer a bookstore in it. There used to be two. Freaked me out.

It was like seeing a sign of the times.

Keli Ata said...

I know what you mean Yo, but there's always to buy books but yes, having that presence in the community is scary.

As for Wafa Sultan's book--personal narratives are extremely powerful.

Dhimmi No more said...

I agree,

But what to do what about the free who are choosing to adopt the Islamofacist faith, How to tackle this, the numbers are too high in my opinion, how to cap them.

Sultan Knish said...

When every government propagandizes Islam, free people joining it are not a surprise. If that changed, if the truth was told and known...

Malcolm said...

Obviously the Islam problem will come down to immigration and deportation in North America. The question will be when.

Dhimmi No More said...

"Obviously the Islam problem will come down to immigration and deportation in North America. The question will be when."

Knish, on the surface yes, but the American converts choose Islam for other reasons, and in many cases it's because they used to be anti-Islamofacist.

Malcolm, Are there more immigrants than natives? I think it's the other way round, and I doubt they will expel Moslems if they don't expel Jews. I'd go so far as to say, Jews are more hated than Muslims, the "philo semitism" is a cover for "hey Jews, we'll help you move to Israel, you don't belong here" "commies" and "neo cons" and "bolsheviks" are the code words i'm seeing more and more.

The thing is we need a new ally, we're stuck with the USA when more and more are turning against Israel, and I mean out and out hostility as opposed to apathy.

It didn't help that the Christian Zionist movement has roused hatred amongst us too, we get the flak for that too. So much for the Israel Lobby. The least effective Lobby if you ask me.

Sultan Knish said...

alliances only work when both parties are independent, as long as israel is dependent, it will be a puppet

the lobby is worse than useless, what's needed is independence

Malcolm said...

Have you read this article by Serge Trifkovic

sammish said...

Independence?? from what? politico-economic independence from big daddy the USA? or do you mean "becoming free" from the global political normative BS? That's a very catchy and double edged word "independence" .

I prefer "delinking". Political Separatism if you will. It is more workable.... and Israel should take it to the limit...

A Jew With A View said...

Great post. I'll be sure to add a link to this book on my blog.

Adnan Khalid said...

Well, blaming Islam is just a case of blaming a mercedes for an accident when the driver is at fault. If we don't judge christianity and jewism on the basis of pedophile commited at churches and on the basis of molesting presidents, then u dont have the right to judge Islam on what wrongs people commit... Give it a thought... read the Quran with translation in english and without explanation from any scholar. Read only the word to word translation of it and u would come to the straight path. A father in poland kept his daughter in captivity for 20 odd years and raped her and bore children. He was a christian, does that mean christianity is all about incest??
As for Wafa, she is Allah's to punish or forgive.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Islam is the ideology. Muslims are those who believe in it. Christianity doesn't command priests to molest children. Mohammed did command his followers to persecute and kill non-Muslims.

Adnan Khalid said...

Nowhere in the quran or hadith did muhammad (peace be upon him) tell the muslims to kill non-muslims. The verses often reffered to are from the battle of Badr where as a general of the army muhammad (peace be upon him) told his army to kill all who attack them but if they surrender not only to leave them but to ensure their safety so that they get no harm. Unlike the christians who have been involved in muslim and jew massacre over the years, the muslims have always been very kind to the non-muslims and that is why Islam has spread to such numbers that propagandas and cheap tactics like such are being fabricated against it. You should, as I said before read an English translation of Quran preferably from a reverted/converted christian who found islam better and came to follow it. You can impress shallow minded people with ur baseless arguments but most muslims are way more educated and learned than ur average christian.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Yes Mohammed told Muslims to kill non-Muslims. He also told Muslims to ethnically cleanse Jews and Christians from the region. He also killed, enslaved and raped. So save this nonsense for the gullible.

Muslims repeatedly persecuted Jews under their rule, and they're still doing it today. As well as Christians. See Egypt.

"but most muslims are way more educated and learned than ur average christian."

So speaks the totally non-bigoted Muslim.

Do let us know when the number of Muslim nobel prizes catches up to that of the Christian nobel prize winners.

Should be around, when hell freezes over. Yes?

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