Death to the Infidels: Radical Islam’s War Against the Jews by Mitchell Bard
Of the 50 or so books I enjoy annually, this is clearly the most important book I’ve read in the past few years. Death to the Infidels is a real eye-opener. And just to put that in perspective, I’d love to provide you with 3 or 4 pages of quotes from the book. But for practicality you will have to settle for just a few as I attempt to convey in my own words the substance of Death to the Infidels.
First of all, Bard – an expert on Islam and middle-Eastern affairs – makes crystal clear that the radical Islamists pose a threat to almost every living being. Their number one objective at the moment is to annihilate all people of Jewish descent, but that is merely a stepping stone to their long-term goal of controlling the world.
Second, the Palestinian territory dispute has almost nothing of substance to do with the Muslim hate and animosity towards the Jews. There is absolutely no agreeable peace settlement that can be reached because as far as the radical Muslims are concerned, the Jews have no right to exist…period.
Third, the radical Muslims thrive on hate. They not only hate Jews, Christians, and Americans… most of them hate each other. Between the Shiites, Sunnis, Fatah, Hamas, al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah and now ISIS… they each want to carve out their own powerful kingdom. In doing so, they vow to convert or kill anyone who does not follow their religion and specific group philosophy.
The information in this book is based on pure fact with all resources cited. Mitchell Bard does a thorough job explaining where the problems started, how the problems evolved, and where things are headed. He explains where each country in the Middle East stands and which radical groups they support. He explains the historical significance of the Israel vs. Palestine conflict going back to biblical days. He explains the Arab Spring, and the Islamic Winter.
I usually scatter my quotes throughout my review. For Death to the Infidels however, they are bunched together. The content is very disturbing – and just to clarify – the quotes I cite are often repeated from various sources: Arab text books, The Koran, Muslim sermons, The Arab media, prominent Arab leaders, and the Arab’s favorite propaganda book Protocols of the Elder of Zion (anti-Israel, anti-United States).
- In the Qur’an and Sunna Muhammad said, “I was ordered to fight all men until they say, ‘There is no God but Allah'” (Pg. 10)
- “In the Muslim community, the jihad is a religious duty because of the universalism of the Islamic mission and the obligation to convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force” (Pg. 10) – from the Muslim historian Ibn Khaldun.
- “The territory of Israel is incidental to the broader Islamic goal of achieving dominance over the entire world.” (Pg. 11) – from Islamic historian Daniel Pipes.
- “No peace with Israel, No negotiations with Israel, no recognition of Israel.” (Pg. 60) – Arab leaders at a meeting in 1967.
- The Muslim Brotherhood Motto: “God is our goal. Prophet is our leader. The Koran is our constitution. Jihad is our way. Death in the service to God is the loftiest of our wishes. God is great.” (Pg. 71)
- The manifesto of Hezbollah is quoted as saying, “Our struggle will end only when this entity (Israel) is obliterated. We recognize no treaty, no cease fire, no peace agreements…” (Pg. 88)
- The Gallup poll reports that only 7 percent of Muslims are truly radical. Consider, however, that 7 percent represents approximately 90 million Muslims.” (Pg. 159)
- “The apes are the people of the Sabbath, the Jews. The swine are the unbelievers of Jesus’ table, the Christians” (Pg. 168) Islamic text book. (Pg. 159)
- Osama bin Laden said, “The destruction of Israel is only a small part of the Islamic agenda. The grand plan is to reconstitute the glorious Islamic empire, so Israel is just an obstacle on the way to reconquest of Spain, the rest of Europe, and ultimately, the entire world.” (Pg. 243)
- Egyptian cleric Muhammad Hussein Ya’qub said in 2009, “The Jews are infidels not because I say so but because Allah does… They aren’t our enemies because they occupy Palestine; they would be our enemies even if they had not occupied anything,” (Pg. 242)
- A popular Muslim slogan, “First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.” (Pg. 244)
Mitchell Bard points out that the battle is escalating, and as far as the radical Muslims are concerned, there is no turning back. Saudi Arabia spends 4 billion dollars a year to indoctrinate people into the Islamic faith. Iran is on the verge of producing their first nuclear weapon. Russia contributes weapons. In Syria they recently used chemical weapons on their own people. The Muslim Brotherhood is now involved in the drug cartels in Central America… training terrorists in Panama and Venezuela (and our southern borders are wide-open). Great Britain is now worried London is becoming a hub for the Muslim Brotherhood. Through the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation), 57 Muslim countries have united to gain 30% of the overall vote and thus influence in the United Nations. And anti-semitism, hate crimes, and terror attacks are all on the rise.
The western world is under the false assumption that the entire Muslim conflict revolves around the Palestine-Israeli conflict. Most westerners do not want to believe that the Muslims are already committed to fighting a war over religion and seek world domination. It just doesn’t sound politically correct, so it can’t be true. Look at the facts. It is true!
And for those who harbor sympathy for the Muslims or have anti-semitic thoughts, please consider this. “Once Arafat gained control over the lives of most Palestinians in the territories, he denied them basic rights including freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly, and he did not recognize the rights of women or gays.” (Pg. 219)
“The Muslims do not believe in democracy. Democracy means “rule of the people, by the people, for the people and the granting of basic rights to citizens such as freedom of speech, religion and assembly; press freedom, women’s rights, and gay rights. The only country in the Middle East where all those rights are protected is Israel.” (Pg. 245).
Death to the Infidels covers all this and so much more. And it is not written in a long, tedious, dry text-book format. It is 260 pages of concise, direct, and to-the-point information. I urge everyone to read this book. If you hope to have any understanding of the radical Muslim threat, you will be glad you did.
Rated 5 Stars June 2014
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