What It’s About: Many Washington policymakers believe that Islam is a fundamentally peaceful religion and that Islamic jihad terrorism is something relatively new - a product of the economic and political ferment of the twentieth century. But the history of jihad proves definitively that Islamic terror is as old as Islam itself, and that present-day jihad terrorism is proceeding along exactly the same ideological and theological foundations as always. Lessons learned from dealing with it for 1400 years have established a sound basis for establishing today’s national security policy to thwart it. For example, according to the presenter, we must honestly and objectively identify which Islamic fundamentalist organizations are behind today’s stealth jihad, how stealth jihadists have reinvented themselves as mainstream civil rights activists, how they are playing a key role in formulating U.S. government guidelines for the War on Terror, and their effort to whitewash the teaching of Islam in schools.
Presenter: Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is the author of 18 books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad, and his latest, The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS. Spencer has given seminars on Islam, jihad and terrorism for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He also addressed these subjects at a workshop jointly sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry.