by Fred Gandy

Let’s begin with a question. How many wars is the United States currently fighting? When we pose this to groups to whom we are speaking the answer we usually get is two or three depending on whether our audience believes the fighting in Libya is on a par with Iraq and Afghanistan.

The correct answer is one. And if you got it wrong our enemy has already scored an important victory in the war of deception.

If you think our main enemy in this war is Al Qaeda or the Taliban you are now two steps behind. For although they, along with Hezzbollah and Hamas, may be the front lines in the so-called War on Terror, they are not the masterminds planning a strategy to bring the Western World to heel under strict Islamic law. These guerilla units are creating a diversion to distract us from the extensive covert operations of the Muslim Brotherhood now well under way in Europe and the United States. Whether they dress in traditional Islamic garb or Brooks Brothers they all have one goal, to slowly erode our confidence in ourselves as a nation, as a culture, and as a force for good in the world. For these secret soldiers deception is not merely a strategic tool. It is their entire strategy.

Almost three thousand years ago, the father of modern military strategy Sun Tzu declared that to win any war you must understand both your enemy and yourself. The Muslim Brotherhood and their organization tentacles are in place to make sure we understand neither. One of Sun Tzu’s most apt pupils was the former Pakistani General, SK Malik. In 1979 he published a book entitled the Quranic Concept of War. In it he stated clearly that terror is not a means to an end. It is an end in itself and it can only be instilled if the enemy’s self confidence is destroyed.

After 9/11 President George Bush stood before Congress and the American people and announced his intention to send our troops to Afghanistan. His intent was to fight terrorism over there so that we would not ever have to fight it over here. Or as he eloquently put it at the time, “We will bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies.”

Huge applause for the President on that line. It brought Republicans and Democrats in the House chamber to their feet while millions of us watching at home smiled at this firm declaration of American resolve.

Now it is ten years later and most of us are no longer smiling. Indeed many of us are doubting American resolve because even though we are still congratulating ourselves over the heroic Seal Team Six mission to take out Osama Bin Laden we seem no closer to winning in Afghanistan. That’s because while we have been fighting a “hot war” over there, Islamists have been waging spiritual warfare over here and winning. Be honest. Do you have more faith in American leadership than you did a decade ago? Probably not.

The so-called “Arab Spring” seems to be devolving into a prolonged “Islamist Winter” while our lawmakers, pundits, and many citizens wonder aloud exactly what our plan is for success in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Libya. And as worrisome as it is for those of us in America, imagine what it is like for the Israelis.

Meanwhile in Muslim Brotherhood circles across Europe and here at home there are plenty of smiles because not only do they know exactly what their plan is, they can see it is working.

We understand neither our enemy nor ourselves.

But it is not too late.

To effectively fight back against the War of Deception it is critical that we understand two tenets of Islam that have guided Muslim scholars and soldiers since the time of Mohammed.

The first is taqiyya. It is important to remember that unlike his Christian and Jewish counterparts, Jesus and Moses, Mohammed was not just a spiritual leader. He was a warrior commanded by Allah to defeat the enemies of Islam wherever he found them. For this reason, when we study the Qu’ran we should remember that we are not simply reading a religious text. We are also looking at a military manual. Taqiyya is the practice of lying to people not of the true faith. During the time of Mohammed this referred mostly to People of the Book, Christians and Jews. Eventually, as mighty armies of Muslim soldiers led first by Mohammed and then his caliphs spread Islam across the known world in the Seventh and Eighth centuries, both the followers of Zoroaster and Buddha came to understand the true meaning of this Quranic verse.

“Fight and slay the non-believers wherever ye find them and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war”…Q(9:29)

Through the ages taqiyya has been one of Islam’s most effective stratagems of war, functioning as a kind of sanctified doublespeak. There are always two distinct messages under taqiyya, one for the believer and another for the infidel. Thus, when Mohammed was instructing Muslims on how to treat each other he was very clear.

“It is obligatory for you to tell the truth, for truth leads to virtue and virtue leads to Paradise.”

For a Muslim to lie to another Muslim is to commit a grievous sin. We can find much the same lesson for Christians in the Gospels. But when it comes to the faithful’s responsibilty to Non-Muslims, lying is a perfectly acceptable practice. Or as Mohammed more succinctly put it,

“War is deceit.”

Both taqiyya and its cousin, kitman , the practice of telling only part of the truth with the intention to mislead, are not merely strategic tips for devout Muslims seeking to spread the word of Allah. They are doctrine, first handed down by the Prophet and over time codified by hadiths, the accompanying jurisprudence and scholarly commentary to the teachings of Mohammed.

So when the Qu’ran says this about the war of deception,

“Let not the believers take the disbelievers as friends instead of the believers…unless you fear a danger from them”…Q(3:28)

It is interpreted to mean this…

“In this way, such believers are allowed to show friendship to the disbelievers outwardly, but never inwardly…We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.”

Those are the words of Ismail Ibn Kathir, a revered Islamic scholar who lived in Syria during the fourteenth century. His opinion means that taqqiya is not only justified it is required.

Fast forward to 2011 and Kathir’s hadith is just as relevant now as it was 700 years ago. Now it is the Muslim Brotherhood smiling in our face at home and around the world and telling us that Islam’s spread is peaceful, that it intends to live in harmony with other religions, that it’s laws and customs are compatible with our laws and customs, and non-Muslims have nothing to fear. We have no reason to believe they are not being honest with us.

Except for fourteen hundred years of religious teachings that say exactly the opposite.

Finally, there is one more tenet in Islam we must examine before going any further…abrogation. Simply put, abrogation means the later verses of the Qu’ran can cancel out the early verses.

A little history may be helpful here.

Mohammed received his revelations from Allah over a twenty- three year span. Islamic theologians divide this into two periods, and refer to the Qu’ranic verses accordingly as the Meccan and Medinan chapters or suras. The early Meccan verses recount Mohammed’s early struggle to convince a skeptical audience of his prophecies. He was essentially living behind enemy lines as he attempted to build his following. The Meccan suras poetically describe a faith that is tolerant of others and charitable to those in need. Not surprisingly it is this portion of the Qu’ran that is usually held up as proof of Islam’s peaceful intent and kinship with the teachings of Christ. Think of them as the nice verses.

If you have a son or daughter in a college Middle Eastern studies program and they are not Muslims they are more than likely reading Approaching the Qu’ran, the Early Revelations. What this version does NOT include are the Medina suras, or sword verses that recount Mohammed’s life after he amassed a mighty army and began his military conquest in the name of Allah. This is where you will find the declarations of jihad against the infidel and the beginnings of shariah which subjugate women to little more than the property of men. Under the doctrine of abrogation or nasikh these later more intolerant and warlike stanzas have been the guiding force as Islam has spread around the world. But most non-Muslims never learn that lesson. Until it is too late.

We can argue then that one of the best examples of taqiyya and kitman is the Qu’ran itself. The sacred text of Islam and the commentaries that follow lay out both principles and practices for waging a War of Deception. Should we then be surprised that a young African American named Carlos Bledsoe joined a mosque in Nashville and eventually emerged as Abdulhakim Mohammed, a zealous convert to Islam who killed two soldiers in front of an Arkansas recruiting station in 2009?

Unless and until we start paying closer attention our impression of Islam will invariably be shaped by our media and public officials .We need to understand those consequences as well.

“Today’s world is of public opinion and the fates of nations are determined through its pressure. Once the tools for building public opinion are obtained, everything you asked for can be done…”

The author of that statement had a profound understanding of America and the world in the 21st century. Unfortunately, those are the words of the late Osama Bin Laden.

Armed with an understanding of taqiyya and nasikh we will over the next several weeks examine in this space the half-truths about Islam preached regularly by the Muslim Brotherhood and dissect their lies, one by one.

Up first: Islam is a religion of peace.