Islam and the Suicide of the West: The Origin, Doctrine, and Goals of Islam,
Luiz Sérgio Solimeo
Yet in these commemorations, the media give us terribly mixed messages. They admonish us to remember the events and those who perished. At the same time, they seem to be afraid that we will blame the ideology that motivated the killers. “Islam is a religion of peace,” they tell us. “We cannot blame the religion for the acts of those who perverted its teachings.”
This exposes a great contradiction. If Muhammed Atta and his fellow terrorists had not been Muslims, the bombing would not have happened. On the other hand, we are told that Islam teaches peace and coexistence. The actions tell one story and the media tell us something totally different. Can both things be true? How can the paradox be explained?
This conflict is at the core of Islam and the Suicide of the West: The Origin, Doctrine, and Goals of Islam by Luiz Sérgio Solimeo. The author of many books about religion and culture, Mr. Solimeo is presently a research scholar for the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP). He has long been following the debate on Islam.
This is a book that should be read by any Christian who needs to know what the Church teaches about Islam, what Islam teaches about Christians, and the reasons that “dialogue” is not just futile, but dangerous.
A Dangerous Myth
This conflict between the West and Islam is full of dangerous myths that cloud the issues. One of the most dangerous of these myths is the idea that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. It is behind the attitude of many politicians in the West. The author shows how this illusion can be found among religious figures as, for example in Pope Francis’s present policies—in which he acts as if meeting the demands of Islam is no more dangerous than receiving a delegation from the Southern Baptist Convention.
“Islam divides the world in two,” says Mr. Solimeo. “Those who are Muslim and those who are not.” Certainly no Muslim believes that we worship the same God. The Muslim conception that “Allah as a god who is pure omnipotence, bereft of wisdom or love” bears no connection to the Christian God of love, mercy, and justice.
Ever since Islam appeared, there has been conflict between the Christian faith and theirs. Muhammed himself led armies to conquer vast territories in the name of Allah commanding his followers to “kill the unbelievers wherever you find them” (Koran 2:191). With such an attitude, Islam obviously does not teach that we worship the same God. It is dangerous to pretend otherwise.
What Islam Says About Christianity
The book is helpful in clarifying what Islam teaches about Christians, who are viewed as idolaters, worshipping a mere man as though he was God. Mention of Jesus is found in the Koran, but this figure curses those who worship him. Muslims believe the Holy Trinity is a form of polytheism, a false and profane teaching that distorts the nature of Allah. As Admiral James Lyons, USN (Ret.) puts it in the book’s foreword, “The Koran and the hadith not only deny the Blessed Trinity, but see devotion to it as idolatry.”
Part of the hostility that Islam has toward Christianity is based on their belief that Christians are the biggest single barrier to their dream of world domination. When the Christians have been conquered, the way will be open to set up “the great caliphate,” a one world government that will be loyal to Allah and governed by Sharia law.
The Danger of “Dialogue”
Anyone who has ever seen a schoolyard bully at work can see the peril involved in any kind of appeasement. Islam wants everything it can get from the West—and that means everything. Hoping to keep Islam at bay by being nice and giving it some of what it wants is a dangerous policy. The expectation that “dialogue” with Islam will bring a new era of tolerance and understanding has, “caused its users to eschew reality and allow themselves to be carried away by wishful thinking.”
Since the seventies, Islam has been happily taking whatever the West will give it. OPEC demanded more money for oil and we paid it. The Ayatollah Khomeini demanded that the United States stop supporting the Shah of Iran, and the U.S. complied. Their world erupts in violence, and the West takes in their refugees. In the latter case, Mr. Solimeo observes that “Many of these young people are behaving like conquerors in their European host countries.” The list of demands goes on and on.
Every time the West makes a concession to Islam, the media present it as a promising step toward peace. However, the “peace” soon evaporates and a new set of non-negotiable demands are made.
Just as Winston Churchill was branded a warmonger for resisting the appeasement policy of Neville Chamberlain toward Hitler, those who resist this dangerous policy are labeled “Islamophobes.”
If One Is True, the Other Must Be False
Can these two worldviews “coexist,” like the bumper stickers of the same name that begin with Islam’s crescent making the “C” and the Cross of Jesus Christ substituting for the “t”? Mr. Solimeo shows that they cannot. If one side demands that they be the rulers, the other side must either submit or resist. “Dialogue” may delay the day that the final choice must be made, but that day is indeed coming.
There is so much more in this short 220-page volume. The book also contains much about the history of the Muslim faith, its doctrines and its historic relationship with Christians. Every statement is supported by insightful analysis and references to works by both Muslim and Christian writers.
Simply put, this is an amazing book. It is one that should be read by anyone who wants to understand the Islamic threat and the suicidal policies of the West.