Baghdad, Iraq - Watching
the various commentary on the passing of
President Ronald Reagan one of the comments
caught my attention. It was a comment by former
Reagan Chief of Staff Alexander Haig.
`The biggest contribution
Ronald Reagan gave to the world was he face the
reality that Communism could not be contained,
that it in itself was evil and had to be
defeated. This was the core of why Communism was
in fact defeated - because Ronal Reagon saw
through the rhetoric to the reality and had the
courage to speak the truth.`
He went on to tell the story of
how the State Department and so many others
passionately tried to get President Reagan to
change his `Mr. Gorbachov, take down that wall`
speech, saying it would be offensive, would
affect ongoing negotiations etc.
Listening to those words on a
hot, dusty Baghdad afternoon something began to
speak to me.
What really got me thinking,
was speaking to a woman in Baghdad. She said to
me `I am a descendent of Mohammed. I come from a
well known family. Nobody will tell you the
truth. The enemy is Islam! It is the cause of
I am a moslem, but I think the
time has come for us to be honest! We cannot
make excuses anymore that it is not practiced
correctly or the culture changes it and other
reasons. We need to be honest. It is the
`The other day a religious
leader came to my home. I was gone, but he
told my mother that unless I began to cover my
head with the moslem head covering and stayed
at home and stopped working they would kill
My mother ordered him to leave
Shortly after that, the same
religious leader approached me and asked me to
come to his house to sleep with him and he
would pay me.` she continues.
It is a destructive, wicked
teaching and it relies on uneducated,
oppressed people and force to advance.`
It left me with something to
think about, to say the least!
I think the time may have come,
as Ronald Reagan did nearly 25 years ago to do
exactly as he did - to tell the truth.
Communism is gone. Unfortunately
it may have been replaced by a similar ideology,
just as destructive and just as in need of the
truth being spoken about it as Communism was.
The problem is, as Al Haig put
it so everybody is afraid to speak the truth,
trying desperately to `contain` Islam, they come
up with all kinds of creative theories, exactly
as they did towards Communism a generation ago.
Ironic, that we hear the exact
same arguments - that is is not Islam that is
wrong but the misuse of it in various countries
We need the simple, but eloquent
wisdom of Ronald Reagan at this precise moment.
Just as Communism was an
excellent theory on paper - te means of
production should be shared to benefit all -
Islam is a wonderful religion of peace,
tolerance and spiritual salvation - on paper!
Exactly as Communism, though,
unfortunately it does not work.
The time has come to take off
the `gloves` and to honestly and objectively as
President Reagan did face the truth.
The fundamental flaw lies at the
very core of the teaching itself.
Ask any moslem this question `if
your son came to you and told you that he did
not believe in God anymore what would you do.`
You will be surprised at the
answer you get. If he is honest he will say
something like `I will try to persuade him to
change his mind`. or like the conversation I had
a few days ago here in Baghdad, if he is really
truthful `the koran says at 8 you should teach
your child, at 10 you should beat your child, if
he is older than that I will kill him. He does
not deserve to live. I will burn him.`
Amazingly, throughout the moslem
world you will encounter this extremely
dangerous phenonomon. Simply put, the truth of
Islam is that it is an ideology tha is advanced
In other words, the statement by
that father and millions like him throughtout
the region reflects the core of the problem with
islam. At its core it denies the most basic of
human freedoms - the freedom to believe.
Spiking to an Islamic Inman he
said `The problem we have in Islam today is that
it is forced. Because we use law and
intimidation to advance the belief the vast
majority do not actually believe. This has
weakened Islam because it has forced people to
live double lives -^ the reality and the `islamic`
I asked this honest Inman `If
you were to take the element of `force` away,
what percentage of the people do yo think truly
He became very thoughtful and
then replied `Maybe 5 percent or so.`.
Just as Ronald Reagan, 25 years
ago saw through the realty of Communism to see
that in fat it could not be contained and it in
fact was the problem and was in actuality
crumbling from within, the nearly exact
situation exists for Islam.
In addition to the ideological
impossibilities of Islam, Reagan saw through to
the simple fact that Communism did not work as
an Economic Theory.
The same is for Islam. The
fundamental reason for the problems in the
middle east are economic, not idelaogicial. The
The The Middle East has collapsed beuase Islam
is incompatible with capitalism and the free
exhange of ideas and creaiivy.
In Iraq, for example the
constitution, as in nearly all islamic sates
says `Islam is the official religion of the
state`. Imagine what that does for the legal
situation. It throws it into total dissaray.
If you are not a moslem, any
form of justice is gone. Simply put, islam is
bad for business. The koran teaches that one
cannot charge interest - the very heart of
Space does not permit to list
each and every one, but frrom the treatment of
Women who during an interview a couple days ago
I was told by a 24 year old man `women are
nothing. Theya re workth less than 10% of a man`
to the beliefe in freedom, the same young man
`Man does not have freedom - only freedom to
obey God`. to the teachings regarding daily
living - one may have up to four wifes just as
Communism was when Ronald Reagan so aptly
pointed it out it is incampatible with reality
and is a destructive force.
As `poliically incorrect` as it
is, the reality is this - we are not fighting a
war against `terrorism`, the truth we are
fighting a war against `islam`.
If we are to win the war agaisnt
`terrorism`, just as Ronald Reagan taughe us a
generation ago, we must first fact honestly and
turthfully who our enemy is, then we must put
away the thought of `containment` and face the
reality tha the only way forwardis tl defeat it.
The enemy is not `terrorism` or
`Al Qaida` or `Al Zakari` or a host of other
appendages to themonster, but the enemy is
simply put `islam` itself.
Just as Ronald Reagan faced a
genration ago, and just as he said, minutees
before he gave his `Mr. Gorbachev take down that
wall`speech when he said `the boys at the State
Department are not going to like this speech`,
we face the same situation today.
Legions of scholars and experts
and theologians wil howl cries of `intolerance`,
and a host of other things, but just as under
communism the focus of our attention should be,
as Ronald Reagan so aptly taught us on the
people iliving under these oppressive regiemes.
What do the people think? How do
they feel? What is it that they want?
Just as under Connunism a
generation ago, the oppressed, downtrodden and
captive natonis of the Islamic Empire `yearn to
The time has come to stop
calling the enemy by other names and working
towards `co-existance`and `containment` Just
like nearly every person living under its hated
rule will tell you - when they have the freedom
to say anything - the problem is Islam.
Will the US have the courage to
stand up to Islam in Iraq as Ronald Reagan did a
generation ago and call a `spade a spade` and
will the world be freed from the scourage of
this terrible ideology that strips men, women
and children of their idenity, their freedom and
very dignity be defeated?
If the fight agains Communism
and one simple minded man, everybody made fun of
al `light headed` and `not very bright` is any
example it can and will be wand, simply because
Islam, like Communism is incompatible with
Will the battle be won? The
first step, as Ronald Reagan taught us is to
tell the truth and begin to act accordingly.