The U.S. government continues to label the Islamic terrorists we face as “violent extremists” who commit acts of “workplace violence.” Here at Understanding the Threat (UTT) we prefer to live in reality because it is the only place our enemies can be defeated.
The phrase “violent extremism” is a non-sensical term and was brought to the U.S. via the FBI and DHS who were convinced by our British counterparts it identifies our enemies. In fact, it identifies anyone who is willing to support their beliefs with violence. In this light, U.S. military forces and any American willing to defend a just cause can be classified as a “violent extremist.”
Unfortunately, those participating in the global Islamic jihad do not call themselves “extremists.” They call themselves “Jihadis” who wage jihad until the entire world is under Sharia (Islamic Law). American war fighting doctrine states we begin our analysis of any enemy by how that enemy describes itself.
This enemy specifically states it seeks to impose Sharia and it is the blueprint for everything it does. Jihad is total warfare. It is Civilization Jihad per the Muslim Brotherhood’s own strategic plan for North America, and the MB’s global strategy. Jihad is warfare that comes at a society in a hundred different ways: politically, economically, psychologically, spiritually, culturally, societally, and it includes violence of many kinds both in the community and on the battlefield.
Sharia is the filter through which this enemy communicates and understands the world. This is why it is crucial that we also use Sharia when we hear our adversaries speak so we can properly understand what the enemy intends. In the Sharia, “Terrorism” is killing a Muslim without right; “Human Rights” is the imposition of Sharia (per the Cairo Declaration, a formal document served to the UN by the entire Muslim world via the OIC in 1993); and “Extremism” is when a Muslim exceeds his ability or authority.
Nowhere in the Muslim world do Islamic jihadi organizations call themselves “extremists” – they call themselves “Jihadis.”
At the Muslim Peace Conference in Oslo, Norway in 2013, the Muslim Community openly demonstrated the punishments of the Sharia have broad support. Fahad Qureshi, the founder of IslamNet, asked the crowd a series of questions. The answers from the entire Muslim audience put this issue right in our face. Nearly two thousand average Muslims made it clear they are in full support of the Sharia, its punishments, and its importance to the Muslim community.
It is arrogant and condescending to believe Muslims do not believe the very thing to which they say they subscribe – the very things Islam teaches.
They are not “extremists” – they are jihadis.