BOOK REVIEW

Conquest by the Sword

  • It IS About Islam
  • By Glenn Beck
  • Simon & Schuster, New York 2015
  • PB, 263 pages, US$14.99
  • 978-1-5011-2612-3

  • Click here to buy It IS About Islam

“The sword without and the terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hair.” – Deuteronomy 32:25

Islamic fundamentalists hate the modern world they live in and are focusing their venom on its most visible successful example, the United States. They don’t want to have anything to do with the 21st Century and yearn for the glorious days of old in the feudal age. But they differ from their ancestors in their so-called golden era they’d like to recreate – they have access to a far superior technological menu for their war of terror than their forbearer’s swords, daggers, and poisons. What has remained the same over the centuries is their reliance on the tenets of their religion as justification for their murderous deeds – past as well as present.

The Nazis used Hitlers book Mein Kampf as their playbook for their atrocious actions in World War II. Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and other communist rulers used, and still use, the written words of Karl Marx as justification for their odious deeds. The point being: they all told, via their writings, what they would do to gain power and exercise that power once they attained it. Our intelligentsia in the West brushed off their words as mere political posturing, if they didn’t agree with them. Hundreds of millions died because we didn’t pay attention to what they said they would do. We face the same situation today in dealing with the threat of Islamic terrorism.

We are constantly being lulled by callous politicians and liberal intellectuals that Islam is the “religion of peace.” Yet its manifestos, the Koran and hadiths – the sayings of Prophet Muhammad – are laced with calls to violence and to terrorize non-Muslims. Nobody makes that clearer than Glenn Beck’s book, It IS About Islam: Exposing the Truth About ISIS, al Qaeda, Iran, and the Caliphate.

Beck gives a short, but clear, history of the origins and rise of Islam and its spread, which wasn’t accomplished via missionaries, but by conquest and the sword. The recent terror acts in Paris, France and San Bernardino, California are further proof of Islam’s on-going, age-old campaign of using violence to spread and defend the faith. Beck constantly cites authoritative Koran and hadith sources to back up his arguments.

The leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini points out: “Islam says: whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword. The sword is the key to Paradise which can be opened only for Holy Warriors.”

Glenn Beck’s book skillfully gives a brief, crystal clear history of Islam up until today and ISIS’s announcing the reformation of the Caliphate – the rule by Sharia over lands occupied by Muslims and the intent to expand it to cover the globe. He provides a good background for the rest of the book: how Islam intends to carry out that goal.

Most communist states ran their regimes based on five-year plans. Islam, Beck points out, has a 20-year plan, broken down into seven phases. Those phases are:

Phase I: The Muslim awakening (2000-2003): “Beginning with 9/11 and ending with the U.S. invasion of Iraq, this phase was about provoking the West . . .”

Phase II: Opening Eyes: “This second phase was the ‘mainstreaming’ of al-Qaeda’s cause within the Muslim world. The terrorist organization becomes a broader ideological movement, the vanguard for a political effort to reawaken millions of followers of Islam and return them to the foundations of their faith . . .” Needless to say, those foundations are the Koran and Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad.

Phase III: Arising and Standing Up (2007-2010): Expand the fight from Iraq against Israel and un-Islamic regimes such as Syria, Jordan, and Turkey where secular, un-Islamic governments exist.

Phase IV: Collapse (2010-2013): “Revolution begins to sweep the Middle East, and the infidel governments, such as Egypt’s begin to fall. These hated regimes are to be swept away by popular revolt . . .”

Phase V: Caliphate (2013-2015): “An Islamic state will be formally declared. The West will begin to lose much of its will to fight, allowing al-Qaeda and its allies to re-create the Caliphate . . .”

Phase VI: Total Confrontation (2015-2019): “The shocking use of the Caliphate will bring on the war between believers and non-believers and many thousands of Muslims will join the fight on behalf of the Caliphate.”

Phase VII: Defining Victory (2020): “The Caliphate will triumph over the West. The stunning victory will convince the many millions of Muslims who had remained on the fence to join the Islamic state. One-and-a-half billion Muslims strong, the Caliphate will be the world’s lone superpower.”

Does this 20-year plan seem outlandish, or wishful thinking? Most readers would think so, but Beck points out that, as of 2015 when the book was published, “. . .the first five phases have been right on schedule.”

“Terrorists aren’t attacking us because we said something to offend them,” said Beck in his book. “They are attacking us because they are motivated by an ideology that urges them to kill us in the name of God that upholds martyrdom over life that insists martyrdom will be rewarded with heavenly pleasures.”

Beck’s use of quotations from Islam’s holy texts should convince readers that Islam itself is the problem and it has been so since its inception. “Jihad’s cost to civilization is incalculable,” said Beck. “Over the centuries Muslim armies have burned libraries, razed cities, and conquered large swaths of the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. They have enslaved, starved, and massacred millions of men, women and children–all in the name of Islam.”

It is Islam, not some variant that threatens us all. If we fail to recognize this and Islam’s 20-year plan proceeds, the world faces a return to barbarism, and a new Dark Ages descending on humanity.

With rapidly growing attempts by Obama’s left-wing forces in league with the United Nations to resettle tens of thousands of unvetted Syrian refugees throughout America, most of whom are young military-aged males, Beck’s book is a long awaited wake-up call to the West of the growing threat posed by Islam within the United States and the rest of the non-Muslim world.


Morgan Norval is the founder and Executive Director of the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research and a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.

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