The Caliph of Islamic State has declared war on the West, and authorised Muslims here to conduct their own attacks. Western allies are bombing some of his positions. France has 10,000 armed troops on the streets. Copenhagen is swarming with armed police and soldiers. Britain is on "Severe" terrorism alert, with added armed police. Italian security chiefs have approved plans to put 4,800 soldiers on the country's streets to help prevent terrorist attacks.
And we are not at war?
"We are at war and I am a soldier", said Mohammed Sidique Khan, one of the London 7/7 murderers. The blogger ECAW writes, "In 2005 four British born Muslims blew themselves up on the London transport system, killing 52 people, citing religious and political motivations. I was angry about it but was elsewhere, and otherwise engaged, and I went back to sleep."
ECAW probably speaks for many, many more. Why did we go back to sleep? Was it the Islamic Sleeping Pill? Was it anything to do with repeated assurances from our leaders that these four had misunderstood their Peaceful Religion, that they had warped, twisted, perverted and so on - you know the rest? ECAW is no longer asleep. His acronym explains: "Everything Changed After Woolwich."
But, but, but we cannot be at war: war means Arnold Schwarzenegger... and helicopters... and commandos... and tanks. Let's face it, most of our mental images are owed to Hollywood, and we hardly even realise it. No. War is not all heroic and exciting. It does not need to be continuous: it can be sporadic. Wars in the past dragged on for decades - the Thirty Years' War, the Hundred Years' War, the Napoleonic Wars. Islam itself is, by its own doctrines, permanently in a state of war against the West, which is Dar al Harb, the Realm of War. "Britain has always been Dar al Harb", Anjem Choudary assured BBC Newsnight.
A large number of attacks have been directed at Britain: Lockerbie, London 7/7, London 21/7, the foiled airline liquid bomb attack, the fertiliser bomb plot, Glasgow Airport, the London nightclub failed car bomb, the beheading of Lee Rigby, the beheading of Palmira Silva, the murders of Kriss Donald, Paige Chilvers, Charlene Downes and others, the anti-EDL bomb plot. By adding the ongoing sex-slave-taking of thousands of vulnerable underage girls, the aggressive carving out of Muslim-only ghettoes by white drive-out, the picture emerges of a large and sustained hostile campaign, complete with multiple victims. How many attacks are needed to qualify as a war? Certainly a state of hostility exists, which is claiming casualties.
The hideous reality is that so many of us telly-drugged British are, indeed, asleep. We are aided and abetted in this by the biased, tainted, and Islam-licking BBC and other media, who blacken law-abiding patriots and give Islam a free pass. News coverage is inadequate of important issues of nationality and law. The press and airwaves hasten to dish out a plentiful supply of distracting trivia instead about celebrity bikinis, actors' gossip and football. It is ominously redolent of the Romans with their bread and circuses. The war, or hostility, meanwhile, goes on.
Was Mohammed Sidique Khan a soldier, or was this just a fantasy? He was not in the Army, so he was only figuratively a soldier. He was a Muslim, though. Muslims are Soldiers of Allah: that is one of the titles they use for themselves, one that is instructed in the mosques. Here is an old Islamic poem:
The mosques are our barracks,
The domes our helmets,
The minarets our spears,
The faithful our soldiers.
A politician in Turkey recited that poem publicly and seditiously some years ago to fan hardline Islamic fervour amongst his listeners. He was imprisoned for it. His name was Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and he is now President of Turkey.
The military metaphor, of soldiers, armies and fighting, has run through Islam from its war-ruled beginnings. Mohammed was a warlord who initiated surprise raids on unsuspecting villages and camel caravans, took female prisoners as sex-slaves, and beheaded six hundred unarmed captives. His followers were not paid: they had booty distributed to them, after one fifth was deducted for Mohammed, as their reward. A complete chapter of the Koran is entitled "Spoils of War".
With his armed followers Mohammed attacked and took Mecca, which is why - by force - it became Muslim. He took over for himself the lucrative market of pilgrims coming to the Ka'aba. When his followers asked, "What about us?" he told them to go and attack the infidel to exact tribute - jizya protection money - and if they do not pay kill them and take their property, with their wives and children as slaves to use or sell. This is enshrined in Islamic law in the Koran's famous ninth chapter at verse 29:
Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
This is exactly what Islamic State has been doing in Iraq. The jizya for Christians was set at such an exorbitant level that they abandoned their houses and fled, being robbed at roadblocks as they left of what money and jewels they still had with them. Such is war. The wretched Yazidis, not being Christians or Jews, do not qualify as "People of the Book". They were given only the option to convert or be killed. Many dropped everything and fled into the hills. This is Islam in action, Mohammed's model.
The awesome ninth chapter, or sura, of the Koran, "Sura At Tawba", the one cited by the Woolwich killer, is the latest complete chapter. As such it overrides and 'abrogates' ALL the peaceful verses elsewhere in the Koran, because they are earlier. This sura, like the Koran itself, can be consulted online: it is well worth reading for its relentless hatred and violence. Anyone online can do so.
Jihad is "warfare to establish the religion", a communal obligation for all Muslims, says the Manual of Islamic Law, Reliance of the Traveller (o9.0). The Manual is a free download: anyone can consult it. It frequently cites the Koran. This is because, quite unlike the Bible, which is a guide in Europe, the Koran is part of Islamic law. Anjem Choudary makes clear:
The Koran is full of, you know, jihad is the most talked about duty in the Koran ... . Nothing else is mentioned more than the topic of fighting. You can't say that Islam is a religion of peace, because Islam does not mean peace. Islam means submission. ... There is a place for violence in Islam. There is a place for jihad in Islam.
All Muslims have the obligation to support jihad, either by taking part in it, or by financial contributions. One eighth part of zakat, which is normally translated 'alms' to give it an old-fashioned charitable glow, is required by Islamic law to go to jihad. This is the reality of the many so-called 'charities' of Islam, some of which, unbelievably, receive taxpayer funds: they support jihad.
It is the mosques that provide the base for jihad. Sam Solomon, former professor of Sharia law, explains:
Every single mosque in the world, by definition, is modeled on the mosque of Muhammad in Medina ... his Medina mosque, the first mosque, was a place where he gave judgments, where he decided who would be executed, where he instituted policy - domestic and military - where Jihad war strategies were designed. Consequently, it was a storage place for arms, a military training base, and was where troops were blessed and dispatched.
As is self-evident, the military metaphor runs throughout. "Batallions" are one of the uses of mosques featured in the Muslim Brotherhood's captured secret internal Explanatory Memorandum that sets out their "General Strategic Goal" (see "The Project"). Every mosque is a rabat, a garrison, a beachhead in the conquest of a territory. A mosque is a court, a school and a training place.
A mosque is often called a 'community centre' as a disguise. It is a centre, all right: a centre for applying peer-pressure, to 'influence' a brother to bring his errant westernised daughter into line by force, or else suffer himself. Anyone who leaves Islam is to be killed. The killing is free of penalty "since it is killing someone who deserves to die" (Manual o8.4), and acts as a credit to gain paradise. The mosque is a centre for indoctrination by force: footage can be found online of imams striking their young pupils to discourage questions and force compliance. As Sam Solomon says, a mosque is NOTHING like a church.
The deliberate spreading of the network of mosques is part of the colonisation and subjugation instructed by Islam: "Fight and kill the infidel until Islam is the only governance", says Koran 8:39. "If anyone desires a religion other than Islam never will it be accepted of him", says Koran 3:85. Muslims are "the best of peoples raised up for mankind" (3:110). Non-Muslims, given the pejorative term kuffar, are "filth", "the lowest of beasts" (8:22), "unclean" (9:28). Jews and Christians follow "remnant cults" of no validity (Manual, w.4), and are as "apes and pigs" (5:60), "the most despicable" (98:6). There really is not much doubt left.
Of course, David Cameron does not say Islam is at war with us. But then, no-one believes what he says any more. The 7/7 bomber said it for everyone: "We are at war".
The Manual of Islamic Law, Reliance of the Traveller, available as a free download.
The Koran online: www.quran.com
A general reference: www.TheReligionOfPeace.com
Also by Michael Copeland