Muslim-American think tank chief: ‘There is no greater threat to the world right now than political Islam’
In a book that he said would have found him “dead in several months if [he] had published it in Iran or Syria,” American Islamic Forum for Democracy president Zuhdi Jasser grapples with the internal problems plaguing Islam.
“I have been fighting political Islam my whole life,” Jasser, a devout Muslim and the son of Syrian immigrants, told The Daily Caller. His new book, “Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save his Faith,” deals with the ongoing conflict between freedom-loving moderate Muslims and political Islam.
Jasser, a medical doctor and former U.S. Navy lieutenant commander, explains in the book how he avoided becoming ensnared in political Islam and its victim mentality, how political correctness has hampered the fight against radicals and, with anecdotes and lessons from his own personal history as a Muslim and staunch patriot, how the danger of political Islam should be confronted.
“There is no greater threat to the world right now than political Islam,” Jasser told TheDC. He writes that Americans shouldn’t worry about understanding what America did to make Islamists hate them, but rather understand that the radicals hate America for its embrace of freedom.
According to Jasser, while America has been doing a good job combating terrorism militarily, there is a national blind spot on the ideology of political Islam.
“We really have done very little to counter the ideology,” he explained.
The key, he suggests, is to teach young Muslims to love America and its democratic values — and to do it early.