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Raymond Ibrahim was disinvited from speaking at the Army War College.

His book Sword and Scimitar is about the military conflicts between Islam and the west.

I won't be reading the book.

raymondibrahim.com/2018/05/30/

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Ibrahim makes a very elementary mistake here.

Can you see it?

"Although the book and its narrative revolve around historic warfare, it offers, as you observe, many lessons of contemporary relevance. Take for example the question of whether the behavior of Islamic groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is Islamic or not."

" Those many 'experts' who insist ISIS is just a gang of 'terrorists' who have 'nothing to do with Islam' will be hard pressed to explain why over a millennium of leading Muslims—caliphs, sultans, emirs, ulema and jurists of the highest order—have said to and done in Europe the same exact things ISIS says and does to 'infidels' today."

What is Ibrahim's mistake?

Al-Azhar University--the Vatican of Sunni Islam--said this:

"Al-Azhar cannot accuse anyone of heresy."

""Al-Azhar officials explain their position by saying that a Muslim remains a Muslim as long as he has not renounced the shahada – that is, the declaration that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet – and that terror organization activists' actions are criminal and that all-out war should be waged against them, but that they should not be declared heretics because only a shari'a judge can issue such a ruling."

memri.org/reports/egyptian-rel

This whole issue is being approached in multiple pre-failed ways.

Al-Azhar is correct: They have no religious grounds to declare terrorists non-Muslims.

So Ibrahim is making the argument that Muslims are disavowing terrorism as being non-Islamic, but in reality the highest authority in Sunni Islam--Sunnis make up 90 percent of Muslims--is stating that terrorists are Muslims.

Ibrahim's position is not coherent.

He states that the Koran can't be rewritten, which is true.

Okay, so what next?

Are we supposed to kill all Muslims?

This was the problem I had with the anti-Islam people after 9/11.

What did they want?

There was never a real answer. All they did was point out problems that we all already knew.

Mohammed bin Salman carried out the Stealth Reformation, which took place from 2015 to late 2017.

What he did was brilliant.

First, he DENIED that a reformation was taking place.

I approve. All I care about are actions.

The MbS reinterpreted the Koran.

He said that Muslims are required to spread the WORD of Islam.

And he said that because of modern technology, the word HAS BEEN SPREAD.

And finally, he said that all people have the freedom to choose their own beliefs, so Muslims can now go about their business.

A Pakistani asked me, "Who's Mohammed bin Salman to make these decisions?"

"He's the Muslim with the most firepower," I said.

At this moment, I see no need to have a Grand Discussion with Muslims about Islam. THEY are doing the bulk of the fighting against terrorism.

Because Muslim cultures value "face," it may never be possible to have that Grand Discussion.

But do we need it?

I oppose holding TODAY'S Christians responsible for things that the Conquistadors did in the name of Christianity.

Is it necessary to have today's Muslims go on an apology tour for their entire history?

Today's Muslims are doing incredible things without admitting that they are.

Al-Azhar University has recognized the validity of non-Abrahamic religions. That's a MASSIVE change.

The ramifications can't be calculated.

BUT.

They didn't go out and have a parade announcing this change.

Westerners are hung up on words.

Don't we know that Middle Easterners are masters of word acrobatics?

How about simply concentrating on ACTIONS?

Saudi Arabia is rapidly becoming the freest Arab nation. THAT deserves some goodwill.

We need--in my humble opinion--to have a period of transition during which Muslims BANK goodwill from us.

In other words, we SHUT UP and watch.

"Oh, but maybe they're lying!"

If they are, we'll find out soon enough, won't we?

But they aren't.

They're sharing technology with us, which is why the US Army has created the experimental Multi Domain Task Force (MDTF).

nationaldefensemagazine.org/ar

The United Arab Emirates had their own MDTF in 2010.

We don't know about the Saudis, but it had to have been at around the same time.

Israel created Depth Force Corps in 2011 to command their own MDTF.

And guess what?

Oman--the Switzerland of the Middle East--has called on the Arabs to modify their behavior in order to SHOW Israel that she has nothing to fear.

"But what if it's all a trick?"

It can't be a trick.

This is where a knowledge of the military comes in.

The Arabs and Israelis would have to set up Joint Operations Commands (JOCs) in order to work together.

Israelis are in Arab countries, in the command centers. They've been given access to everything.

Under Trump, the Saudis gave US access to everything.

They had always held back. Now, we've been given access to Saudi Arabia's most secret secrets.

So they can't be lying.

But they aren't the boogeyman. The notion that Islam is going to take over the world is a fear from the medieval period.

Look how Trump is handling North Korea. East Asians value "face" over everything.

Our previous policy had failed for SEVENTY YEARS.

The North Koreans had to OBEY US before we'd talk to them.

Of course they refused.

My approach is to not emphasize all our cultural differences but to concentrate on the ways we can communicate.

And there's two sides to the issue.

Here's an old joke that would've gotten me banned from Twitter.

President Kennedy is introduced to two African ambassadors.

"Mister President, this is Ambassador Uvuvwevwevwe Onyetenyevwe Ugwemubwem Ossas. And this is Ambassador Ugbemuekahe Ehegbuede Enhendero Ugbumuegbuem."

Kennedy shakes hands and makes small talk. After he leaves, the two Africans break into hysterical laughter.

"KENNEDY?" one says. "Have you ever heard a weirder name in your life? I almost died trying to not laugh!"

Non-Muslim westerners and easterners caused two world wars.

And those wars didn't happen centuries ago.

The world is more at peace now than at any other time in the modern era.

Let's enjoy it for a while, okay?

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@ThomasWic

I've read all you have to say about this, for at least the last year. And I believe you. Which is why I wonder what is going on in actuality when I read articles about a teenager in SA, condemned to death for something he did at the age of 10. Or a woman who previously advocated for women driving, who has been arrested.

What *is* going on there? More media lies or distortions? These articles seem to exist to say, 'See? they're EVIL and they'll always be EVIL."

@Chotiari

It's either lies from enemies, or it's strategic deception.

There's never any EVIDENCE that this stuff is happening.

In Iran and Syria, we see the bodies.

You have to use Occam's Razor and ask yourself what the simplest, most likely answer is.

@ThomasWic Wonderful toot,
Thomas, thank you. “All will
be well.” You own that phrase!
🙏🏻 😊

@ThomasWic

The left's focus on what one says or the ribbon they wear on their lapel, while excusing their ACTIONS is a source of much frustration here.

@ThomasWic

I love this. Every now and then I have to remind myself that my fellow Americans look at my name and go "WTF, Chuck?"

@baldilocks

You'll love this.

Real names, but the guys are kidding around.

They're good friends who turned this shtick into a successful business.

youtube.com/watch?v=c2s4TvZ7AX

@ThomasWic

I do love this. Especially the guy's eye-roll at the end. 🤣

@ThomasWic

"The goal is to have an Army with so many capabilities that there would be “nobody foolish enough to go against us,” General Brown said.

@capnjoe

Exactly.

The Gulf Cooperation WAS decades ahead of us in terms of land and air forces.

But they shared the technology.

I wonder if the US armed forces will finally overcome internecine rivalry?

I hope so.

@ThomasWic

My cousin Matthew, West Point Grad., lead a platoon in the orchards of Afghanistan.

There's bitterness a plenty on both sides.

Thankfully "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" mindset is not a lost concept.

@ThomasWic

It’s like we can all just BE.

This is astonishing to be put out worldwide.

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