CAIR tries to suppress Islamic history

Raymond Ibrahim:
The "unindicted co-conspirator" Council on American-Muslim Relations ("CAIR") and its Islamist allies are "outraged" because the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. has invited me to give a lecture on my recent book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West.

For now, however, consider this: although my book is 352 pages and covers nearly fourteen centuries, certain epochs in great detail, not once does CAIR highlight a certain passage or excerpt to support its claim that the book "is based on poor research."

The reason for this discrepancy is simple: although long hidden, the history I present in Sword and Scimitar is ironclad, verifiable, and beyond well documented; with about a thousand endnotes, my book is heavily based on primary sources, many of which are Muslim and from eyewitnesses. This history makes abundantly clear that Islamic terrorism and "extremism" are intrinsic to Islam, and have been from its first contact with Western civilization in the seventh century. Think of the atrocities committed by the Islamic State (ISIS) but on a much larger scale — and for over a millennium — bombarding every corner of Europe, and even America before it could elect its first president.

Put differently, the history presented in Sword and Scimitar proves everything that groups like CAIR are committed to suppressing.

Because this pseudohistory has long presented Islam as a peaceful and progressive force throughout history — certainly in comparison to the West — all talk concerning modern-day Islamic terror and extremism has revolved around questions such as "What went wrong?" and "Why do they hate us?"

Unbeknownst to most, these supposedly all important questions that became so popular after September 11, 2001 are rooted to history: if the Islamic world was a tolerant and advanced force for centuries, as generations of Americans have been led to believe, then surely, its modern-day descent into radicalism and terrorism must be based on other factors — hence the nonstop claims that economics; education; politics; grievances; "lack of jobs," to quote the Obama White House; etc. are the real reason.

Such logic is admittedly sound — but only if one subscribes to its first premise, that Islamic history is largely peaceful and tolerant.

But for those who become acquainted with Islam's true history vis-à-vis the West — a history of virtually nonstop jihad and mind-boggling atrocities that make ISIS appear tame — there is no "What went wrong?" or "Why do they hate us?" to explain — only an unwavering, continuous line of violence and enmity, one that went on hiatus during the colonial era.

This is documented fact.
In my own extensive reading of military history what Ibraham writes about is true.  In the attempt to conquer India, the death toll was one of the largest in history and was worse than anything Hitler or Stalin ever did.


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