As I reminded my readers in a previous post, concerning what I termed a fourth problem with Jihad Watch, the Anti-Islamic Movement desperately needs a manual of points and counterpoints that would refute pro-Islamic apologetics.
In fact, it is our #1 priority in our War of Ideas, since there is too much disinformation—aided by the dominant and mainstream climate of politically correct multiculturalism in the West—as well as too much bewildering complexity out there, concerning the problem of Islam.
The “fourth problem” with Jihad Watch is that Robert Spencer and Hugh Fitzgerald are being derelict in their duty to bring their considerable talents and influence to bear in order to help jump-start this desperately needed and crucial tool for our War of Ideas against Islamic jihad.
One example of many that illustrates the negligently unfocused mindset at Jihad Watch is a response by Hugh Fitzgerald to a most appropriate question from a commenter in the comments field of a thread on Jihad Watch a few weeks ago—to wit: “Why are we all sitting here talking, and not doing anything?” And Hugh answered:
We are not merely “talking” and “not doing anything.” The work at this and other sites is essential to the task of mass divulgation of material. Education right now is the key.
If mass divulgation and education now is the key, as Hugh Fitzgerald correctly asseverates, then he and Robert Spencer ought not avoid any longer their desperately needed parts to play—deploying their considerable influence and talents—in getting the project of a definitive Anti-Islamic Manual up on the table for consideration, brainstorming, planning and publication.
The general state of our War of Ideas—even among those of us who “get it”—is mired and floundering in a welter of a confusing, bewildering and disorganized excess of information about the problem of Islam. We currently have too much information about the texts, history and culture of Islam; and that excess of information is intolerably complex, disorganized, and redundant in maddeningly—and counter-productively—variegated ways.
Non-Negotiable Qualities of the Anti-Islamic Manual
The Anti-Islamic Manual must embody the following qualities: It must be definitive; and it must be simple.
1. Definitive. It must be the best, and last, word on the subject. If it merely joins the mountain of other tracts and texts about the problem of Islam, as one more source more or less equal among them, its effectiveness will evanesce, and in fact it will serve to increase the confusion and complexity of the situation, rather than to clarify, simplify, and decrease it.
a. Not rocket science.
The Anti-Islamic Manual should not be rocket science, nor should it be richly layered like a scholarly essay or history book. Hugh Fitzgerald’s recent essay on Jihad Watch, where he recommends 27 books (mostly scholarly works), is unnecessary overkill for the purposes he himself sets forth—namely, for “the task of mass divulgation of material” in the interest of the education of Infidels to help them fight the War of Ideas with respect to the Problem of Islam. We concerned Infidels doing our part in the War of Ideas need not be scholars or Orientalists to know the basics about why, and to what extent, Islam is evil and dangerous.
b. A cookbook and nothing more.
It must be ruthlessly simple in content, expression and presentation. It should contain no superfluous prose. It should read like a cookbook, simply yet comprehensively supplying the necessary ingredients of our arguments and counter-arguments and—where necessary—how to mix them and prepare them for “cooking” our opponents in debates.
Epilogue: There is no free lunch.
Relying on unpaid volunteers would be the surest way to consign this crucially needed project to straggling, fitful and ultimately doomed oblivion. All concerned individuals—whether of academic qualifications or simply intelligent “civilians”—who would be of help to such a project, cannot be expected to expend such immense amounts of time and labor as will be required, without respectable monetary compensation for their efforts.
Hugh Fitzgerald and Robert Spencer can help by publicizing this project on Jihad Watch, as well as by soliciting funds for it. Why are they not doing so? How long must we wait?