I have had the privilege recently of addressing a number of groups about the events in the Middle East. During my presentation I identify our enemy. By "our" I mean the West, by our "enemy" I mean shariah Islam. It is as simple at that.
During my presentation I quote what Samuel P. Huntington described as a "clash of civilizations". Huntington defines Islam and the West as civilizations, with different core cultural beliefs, religions and values. What most Americans do understand is we are at war in the Middle East, they see the violence on television daily. What they do not know is who are we fighting.
My premise is we are fighting the ideology "Shariah Islam" and those who embrace it.
It is important to define our enemy because if we do not the U.S. and the West cannot have a coherent strategy for defeating it or at a minimum defending ourselves against it. The U.S. national command authority for decades has focused on terrorism and specific individuals (Osama bin Laden) and groups ( al Qa'eda) defined as terrorist by the Department of State. That focus does not help to define the ideology that creates those who eventually commit the act of terror.
The United West has developed a military grade activist team to define, combat and defeat the ideology of Shariah Islam.
The United West (TUW) grew out of a grassroots movement into a full fledged international organization over the past four years. Under the leadership of Tom Trento, TUW began with the Florida Security Council in 2007. Tom's team quickly established a national impact through speaking, writing, video presentations, grassroots activism and investigative reporting. With trips to Europe in 2009, relationships were developed which resulted in a united effort to fight the encroachment of shariah Islam in North America and Europe. In mid-2010 it became apparent that the national and international activity of “Team Trento,” had expanded beyond the borders of Florida. Therefore, extensive effort went into developing an organization The United West (TUW) functioning as an “umbrella entity,” overseeing and managing coordinated divisions, all based upon unifying principles.
The United West is dedicated to defending and advancing Western Civilization against both the kinetic and cultural onslaught of Shariah Islam.
There is a debate going on across the world about Shariah Islam. Most recently Irshad Manji in a Wall Street Journal column "Islam Needs Reformers, Not Moderates" asks, "Bin Laden and his followers represent a real interpretation of Islam that begs to be challenged relentlessly and visibly. Why does this happen so rarely?"
Irshad goes on to state:
"'Moderate' Muslims are part of the problem. As Martin Luther King Jr. taught many white Americans, in times of moral crisis, moderation cements the status quo. Today, what Islam needs is not more 'moderates' but more self-conscious 'reformists.' It is reformists who will bring to my faith the debate, dissent and reinterpretation that have carried Judaism and Christianity into the modern world." [My emphasis]
But there are "moderate Muslims" represented by groups like CAIR who do not want this debate, dissent and reinterpretation to occur at all. CAIR, ISNA, MSA and NAIT want to stop any debate, dissent or reinterpretation. That is the problem.
Those Muslims and non-Muslims who stand up and debate, dissent and reinterpret are demonized, called Islamophobic or racist. In some cases, as is pointed out in the video below, they are literally thrown out of the window. That does not further the cause to define the enemy and undermine his ideology - Shariah Islam.
On April 3, 2011 at the David Horowitz Freedom Center's West Coast Retreat in Palos Verdes, California, Robert Spencer debated Muslim reformer Dr. Zuhdi Jasser on the prospects for reform in Islam. Andrew McCarthy, author of Willful Blindness, was moderating. Please watch the video of this compelling debate below.
Robert Spenser is a non-Muslim critiquing Shariah Islam (or Islamism as describe by Andy McCarthy). A look from the outside in. Dr. Jasser is a practicing Muslim with a view from the inside out. Both call for the separation of the Muslim mosque from the Muslim state or imposition upon a non-Muslim state. Both have the same goal in mind - the reformation of Shariah Islam. Both want Muslims, like Christians and Jews, to question their spiritual leaders (Imams) in an open forum without fear of retribution or marginalization. Both want change and both are right.
I believe it will take both internal and external pressures to meaningfully reform Sharia Islam. Robert and Zuhdi are saying the same things but in different ways. Both are needed according to The United West.
Please watch this compelling debate about Sharia Islam. It is well worth your time.