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FRANK GAFFNEY: Congress Should Declare War On Sharia, Not Islamic State

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Our friend Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy, has a great piece on Breitbart explaining what is at stake in the current conflict in Iraq and Syria (Link at the end of this article) arguing that Congress should debate and pass a new authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) targeting not the so-called Islamic State, but adherents of the Muslim political-military doctrine of Sharia.

Gaffney’s point is one we have made on a number of occasions: The enemy is not a nation state or a government, but the idea of Islamic supremacy deeply ingrained in Muslim culture.  

As Mr. Gaffney explains in his article DECLARE WAR ON SHARIAH, “Nearly thirteen years after 9/11, it is past time to recognize that we are at war not with one group of “terrorists” or another. Rather, adherents to a doctrine or ideology they call shariah are at war with us. Shariah is, at its core, about power, not faith. While some small percentage (some estimates suggest ten-percent) of its dictates prescribe the religious practices, the rest of it defines comprehensively how every relationship must be ordered – between individuals, families, neighbors, business associates, all the way up to how the world is governed.

Most importantly, shariah obliges its followers to engage in jihad (or holy war). Don’t be misled by those who argue jihad means “personal struggle.” The Koran makes clear that jihad is “holy war.” And for shariah-adherent Islamists that war has two goals: the triumph of shariah worldwide and the establishment of what is, for want of a better term, a theocratic government to rule the entire planet according to that doctrine.”

Gaffney explains further that “The jihadists may disagree among themselves about some points of theology (notably, differences that divide Sunnis and Shiites). They may be committed to the use of terrifying violence under all circumstances. Or, as in the case of the Muslim Brotherhood, they may believe it is to be used where practicable, but insist on employing not so much non-violent as pre-violent, subversive techniques where terrorism will be counterproductive.”

As it relates to the current situation in Iraq and Syria Gaffney says, “Whatever the banner under which these shariah-adherents wage jihad – for example, the Islamic State, al Qaeda, Taliban, Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, Taliban, Boko Haram, Al Shabab, Ansar al-Shariah or Muslim Brotherhood – all these Islamists are our avowed enemies. That is not because of how we view them. That is because of their own doctrine which is endlessly reinforced in their mosques, via the Internet, through social media and other vehicles.”

Now, from our perspective, here’s the key takeaway from Mr. Gaffney’s article: “Some will respond that an AUMF focused on shariah is a formula for a ‘clash of civilizations.’ The truth is that enemies of civilization – namely, those who adhere to and seek to impose, whether through violence or by stealth, brutally repressive, totalitarian, misogynistic, homophobic, intolerant and anti-constitutional shariah on others – have made no secret of their determination to conquer and destroy us and the rest of the civilized world.”

Click this link to read Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.’s must read article “DECLARE WAR ON SHARIAH

Click this link to read our article “There Are No ‘Good Guy’ Radical Islamists in Iraq

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