Dark Side of the Revolution in the Middle East
Report by Betty Sakai
With spontaneity and persistence, Nonie Darwish -- who lived the first thirty years of her life under the forced yoke of a police state -- thanked America for freeing her from the Islamic ideology that enslaves women dictated by the Qur’an. Explaining the differences between Islam and America to Forum attendees, Noni stated that Judeo-Christian culture is completely different as regards the relationship between men and women. Under sharia law, women have very few rights. One example: in a sharia court of law if there are two witnesses and one is a man and one is a woman, the man will always prevail. Sharia law is the divine law of Islam. Sharia supersedes all others -- forbidding freedom of speech, religion, and gender equality.
In America, one day Nonie came upon a sign on a building that read, “We do not discriminate between race or gender….” She stood there for some time absorbing the words. America, she thought admiringly, is a place where everyone can feel equal. She is very thankful to America for her freedom. She came from a part of the world where women are second to men.
She continued by stating that the differences between Islam and America are irreconcilable. Equality and democracy are not possible in Islamic nations. In the Qur’an it clearly states that victory is to be achieved by terror. Get the message, she admonished. Learn the lesson. Don’t try to appease Islam. Every Christian and every Jew is an infidel to Islamic society.
Islam has been waging war, using terror for centuries. Attempts to change Islam fail. In 2011, a tiny minority of Egyptian students and activists used Facebook to promote what is known as the Arab Spring. They staged demonstrations in Cairo but stopped short of demanding changes to sharia law. They intended to oust President Mubarak. Their protests were taken up (and over) by radical Jihadists -- the Muslim Brotherhood, and Salafi. This should have surprised nobody, Darwish added. It’s happened many times before. Until Muslims are able and willing to address the radical ideology set forth in the Qur’an – with sharia law being the manifestation of this ideology – nothing will change in Muslim society. The Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi wanted Mubarak out for entirely different reasons. Now that Mubarak is gone, these radical factions continue to engage in jihad, waging war on Israel and on the Coptic Christians of Egypt. Because of the backing America has given to radical Islam that is now in control of Egypt, the message to Egyptians is that America is opposed to a secular society.
Americans must understand, Nonie emphasized, that America is up against an ideology and not a religion – an ideology that uses religion as a shield and a foil to mute and ward-off criticism. Hitler did not have a religion to help him push his ideology, but the results were the same.
Because of the ideology, the only thing that can stand up to radical Islam – to the Taliban and Saudi-style jihadists -- is a strong military. Under sharia law, anyone in power who does not conduct jihad, who advocates peace with non-Muslim nations can be removed from office. Noni’s father headed the Egyptian military intelligence in Gaza in the 1950s. He led the Fedayeen operations against Israel under Egyptian President Nasser. He was killed, and two years later Nonie immigrated to the United States with her husband, converted to Christianity, and began working as a journalist for the Middle East News Agency.
Wars have been going on instigated by Islam for over 1,300 years. After the attack on the Twin Towers on 9-11 when thousands of Americans were murdered by Saudi terrorists conducting jihad against America, a type of national hypnosis set in. It is perhaps best described as the Stockholm Syndrome. Americans elected as their President a man whose name rhymes with Osama, who has since surrounded himself in the Executive Office with Islamists, including in Homeland Security. American politicians defend the culture that flew airplanes into the World Trade Center, the Twin Towers. And America continues to be divided -- half wanting to tell the truth -- half wanting to deny the truth.
We are living in very crucial times. We are at war with an enemy we cannot name […Why is this? Is there something wrong here?…] Darwish implored her listeners to call the enemy of free men and free women by name. To Islam, America is the Great Satan. America’s enemy is radical Islam, jihadists. The shocking truth is that Islamic clerics are preaching hatred even in the American mosques.
Islam has declared war on America in every mosque. When references to Islam and jihadists were removed from the site of 9-11, it was a sign to Islam that jihad works, that terrorism works on the psyche of an entire nation. The Stockholm Syndrome caused American to elect the wrong people. Whole nations are affected, not just individuals. Darwish pleaded that we must speak against Islam regardless of the political taboos of speaking against Islam. As a people, America has become like Europe -- very compliant, very appeasing of the enemy.
America’s involvement in the wars imposed upon us by the jihadists of the Middle East, and the attempts to appease Islam must be recognized as futile. The Qur’an permits lying to infidels. Terrorism is encouraged. Continuing conflict is required. She said, “It is our duty to speak the truth”. Call the war imposed upon us by its name: Islam. The only way Islam can be victorious is through terror and sharia law. With terror, they have been very successful.
This has nothing to do with race. America is up against a rigid, authoritarian class structure demanded by sharia law, an ideology disguised as a religion. The ideology is evil. The Muslim people are not evil. Nonie Darwish added that some of the nicest people she knows are Muslim. There is good and bad in every culture. She encourages good, peace-loving Muslims to help make changes in sharia law to strengthen their society.
As one of the first to stand against oppression, Nonie Darwish has been accused of being Islamic-phobic, a racist, of being gender-phobic. None of these descriptions apply to this strong, courageous woman whose life symbolizes the best of womanhood. Author of three books: Now They Call Me Infidel, Why I Renounced Jihad For America, Israel, and the War on Terror (2006), Cruel and Unusual Punishment, the terrifying global implications of Islamic Law (2008), and The DEVIL We Don’t’ KNOW, the Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East (2012), Nonie Darwish continues to speak out, to stand for what she knows is right.
Revolutions and dictatorships have plagued the Middle East. In 1984, Nonie Darwish founded ArabsForIsrael.com to promote understanding, peace, and support for Israel. In 2009 she cofounded FormerMuslimsUnited.org which stands for freedom of religion and civil rights of former Muslims. She was featured in the documentary film Obsession and nominated for the Train Foundation’s Civil Courage Award. She is well known for standing against the oppression by Islam. Because of this, Nonie Darwin lives under a fatwa [death sentence]. Unafraid, her message resounds, “Get the lesson. Don’t appease Islam.”
Forum members and guests applauded heartily to show their appreciation for the life and courageous contributions of this remarkable Arab-American woman.
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