How do we face the challenge of resurgent Islam and its invasion of the West? What measures would be appropriate and effective? These are important questions, and no one, no matter how knowledgeable, has all the answers. Yet common sense and thorough historical examinations will prompt us to try to implement some simple, yet demanding, steps to avoid making the same mistake others have made.
Ways to counter the spread of Islam:
■Understand the Threat
■Lose US Dependency on Oil
■Tighten Foreign Investment Laws
■Allow Full Human Rights in all Countries
■Prohibit the Incorporation of Anti-Democratic Laws
■Practice a Christian Witness
■Develop Clear and Crisp Objectives, Firm & Coherent Policies
Unlike other religions, Islam has as one of its most basic tenets the endless pursuit of jihad, the ongoing holy way being fought for conversion and domination. All true Muslims believe in it and pursue it to some extent or another. Thus, even so called moderate Muslim leaders have this underlying determination in their dealings with the West. There is a large and growing radical element in Islam that is even more bent on holy war and would use more aggressively the Arab's great oil supplies and wealth as weapons in that war.
Already, the spread of Islam is impressive - and threatening. The Muslim's well-funded evangelistic efforts have been so successful to date that Muslims expect to be dominant in Europe within the next few decades: furthermore, they expect to become the world's largest religion in that same timer period. Their growing influence is also evident here in the US, where mosques are being erected in major cities, including a replica of the Dome of the Rock mosque (the original is in Jerusalem) gong up in suburban Phoenix, AZ.
Understand the Threat
Westerners must seek to understand the character and objectives of modern Islamic fundamentalism and the serious threat it poses to their way of life.
The ignorance and naïveté of most Westerners regarding Islam is alarming. Thus, the first thing the West must do is to become informed. People who are aware of the problem, especially Christians, must speak up in warning. Our governments, churches and mass media need to be alerted to the truth of the situation. All individuals and groups who know what is happening share the responsibility for informing the Western public.
Loose US Dependency on Oil
The US must tear itself loose from dependency on OPEC oil. While the US is the world's largest oil importer, the Soviet Union is the world's largest oil producer and is virtually energy self-sufficient.
Some continue to think America should not strive for energy independence. The cost would be too high, they say, and it would result in social disruption since it would reduce energy consumption substantially. Their approach to the problem is for Americans to do what they do best and let the Arabs do what they do best. The US is more efficient at producing wheat and computes, they reason, and thus it would retain a bargaining leverage with OPEC.
That view, however, is too simplistic. It assumes a world in which everything is measured in dollars and mathematical formulas. If that were reality, such a plan would make sense. But again, it illustrates Western nativity about the religious dominion. Muslim states are made up on people who believe that to die in opposing the infidel is to earn oneself instant paradise.
America is not moving faster toward energy self-sufficiency because it does not take seriously the need to do so. The government's efforts to build a better energy base are being negated by special interest. As long as the point of focus on our energy policy is short term, our nation will not come close to energy independence. And, unfortunately, those looking at the short term will continue to see a relatively simple world where Muslims, Christians and Jews share religious roots and therefore, to a greater or lesser degree, will be able to live harmoniously with one another. But as long as the "house of Islam versus the House of War" mentality exists, there can be no peace between Muslims and their enemies.
Tighten Foreign Investment Laws
Countries such as the US must tighten foreign investment laws. The fear that Arab investors could bring down the American economy by yanking out their funds was the theme of the film Rollover. Imagine the chaos in American commercial centers if OPEC investors suddenly liquidated their assets, dumped their US Treasury bills on the market or transferred their liquid assets away from the US.
It is conceivable that extreme damage could be done to many sectors of the American economy by wild, dramatic financial manipulations by foreign investors. Every nation has the right to protect its economy from manipulation by foreign investors and safeguards are clearly needed.
Westerners must never forget that more than economics is involved when doing business with a Muslim. Therefore, we need to be as "wise as serpents" in the use of our resources. Islam spread through North Africa, Syria, Egypt and Iran by the implementation of the concept of jihad. But into Africa and far into Asia, Islam spread by a different method: commerce and trading.
Allow Full Human Rights in all Countries
The US government must urge all countries to allow all of their citizens' full human rights. It is illegal to be a citizen of certain Islamic countries, such as Saudi Arabia, unless one is a Muslim. Further, Christians, Jews and members of other faiths are often (and in some nations always) forbidden to build churches.
The nations of the Christian West have declared themselves to be the protectors of the oppressed. How about using whatever influence we have to help Christians, Jews, and other minorities in all countries of the Middle East, including Israel?
Prohibit the Incorporation of Anti-Democratic Laws
While in the West religious freedom is afforded all groups, including g Muslims, Western governments must not allow anti-democratic Islamic laws to be incorporated into their bodies of law, which are based largely on Judeo-Christian values. In other words, Islamic freedom and growth in the West must not be allowed to be like the "camels in the tent," ultimately taking away the freedom of most.
Practice a Christian Witness
Christians must accept the challenge of Islam as a specifically religious challenge - in short, Christians need to practice what they preach. Westerns Christians boost that their societies are built on the foundation of Judeo-Christian ethics. f that is so, we should live both individually and collectively as Christians. We must learn the principle of loving those with whom we disagree theologically.
On an international level, we must seek to love those who hate and condemn us. This does not mean to become weak or passive. Firmness and compassion are not mutually exclusive. We must speak and act with authority , yet without arrogance.
Muslims have continued to reject the Western lifestyle. We are partially to blame for that. Too often Americans and other Westerners - seen as the Christians in the world - display the shallow and superficial aspects of our culture. Muslims see how we live, regardless of what we say. Because of our actions, Muslims are frankly not interested in the Christian faith.
If we are to win Muslims to Jesus Christ, we must show them the true moral strength of Western Christian heritage. We must show them living examples of godliness and caring.
Develop Clear and Crisp Objectives, Firm & Coherent Policies
The US should be straightforward and honest even when we disagree. We should construct our foreign policy on a firm basis of justice rather than on the basis of economic or political interests. If we don't begin to act this way, the Muslim world rightly can continue to perceive the West as typically materialistic. This only increases the danger of the flow of oil being disrupted.
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