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"American Jihad": Why the US Right is no better than ISIS, ISIL, Hamas or any group starting with Al-

Updated on March 20, 2015

Notice the similarities between Judge Pirro's histrionic punditry and that of Muslim cleric Sheik Muhammed Zahgmout's below. Both contain a call to arms, an admonishment to stop coddling the enemy and declaration of righteousness.

The only difference between these two rants - *ahem* - speeches are the languages in which they are respectively spoken.

Fox News' Dr. Keith Ablow went even further, going so far as to suggest an "American Jihad." More on that in a moment.

It basically comes down to this:

So, which is us and which is them?
So, which is us and which is them? | Source

I swear I'm not a terrorist, but some Fox News employees might be

Really I'm not. In fact, I didn't even come up with the phrase "American Jihad." It was first used in the title of a 2003 book by Steven Emerson, but more recently resurrected by Fox News' Keith Ablow, the faux new network's resident whack-job, er, psychiatrist and part of the "Fox News Medical A-Team." (<- Really?)

The quotes from Keith Ablow are from his Fox News column "It's time for an American Jihad," published in late 2014.

The Mujahid quotes are by Abu Mu'sab Al-Suri and can be found in a translation of his book "Call to Jihad Against the Syrian Regime," available on West Point's Combating Terrorism Center website here.


We the People of the United States are good and we are right. And we need the spirit of an American jihad to properly invite, intensify and focus our intentions to preserve, protect and defend our Constitution here at home, and to seek to spread its principles abroad.

Seek to fund an international mercenary force for good and provide our veterans unparalleled health care. (I'm not buying the second part.)

We would accept the fact that an American jihad could mean boots on the ground in many places in the world where human rights are being denigrated and horrors are unfolding. Because wherever leaders and movements appear that seek to trample upon the human spirit, we have a God-given right to intervene — because we have been to the mountaintop of freedom, and we have seen the Promised Land spanning the globe.

An American jihad would turn back and topple the terrible self-loathing in our citizens set in motion by President Obama, beginning with his "apology tour” — a psychological plague.

Abu Mu'sab Al-Suri:

Let us unite against Allah’s enemies and give these enemies the succinct response to their crime and to their killing of those who bid justice among people.

The need to ponder our condition and the condition of our kinsmen and country – the condition of agony, repression, and plots surrounding us and of the hardship with which we go to bed and wake up, and which spoils our world and our religion for us.

The best Jihad is a word of truth in the face of an unjust sultan.

To those who persevere in their march on the path, unaffected by those who let them down or those who disagree with them until Allah’s will be done.

So let's take a look at the common threads here:

1). God-given, justified righteousness (Just for those who may not know: Allah, God, Yahweh, Jehovah, Heavenly Father and whatever other name you with to give it are all the same entity. Yes, they are.)

2). "Trampling of the human spirit"; people in agony, repression and hardship.

3). President Obama on one side, an "unjust sultan" on the other, in this case the then Syrian leader Bashar al-Asad.

4). A call to unite against a common enemy, up to and including military action.

Just as Pirro and Zhagmout's words in the above videos mirror each other, so do those of Ablow and al-Suri in their respective theses.

Jesus: "I came not to send peace, but a sword," yet another misinterpretation

Matthew 10:34 is possibly one of the most misunderstood passages of a grossly misunderstood book. The sword is meant to represent an instrument of division between those that accept Him and those who do not, even if it means familial rifts. It is not, as many Bible literalists would have it, an excuse to war upon those who do not accept Him. It is a metaphor - a grammatical construct and rhetorical tool designed to illustrate a point - something that a lot of people seem to have a hard time comprehending.

The entire passage (vs. 33-37):

But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Think not that I am come send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Nowhere in here is a call for fratricide, matricide, patricide or any other family-centric homicide. No, it's simply a call to love Jesus more than your kin. Hence, the sword of division. (No, not like math.)

There is an inherent thread of pettiness and egocentrism involved - most likely stemming from the authors themselves or possibly bad translation - but maybe that's why the religious right identify with Jesus so much.

I'm not a scholar of the Qu'ran, but I have read it. There are passages cited by many as exhortations to violence that I believe are just as misinterpreted as these words in Matthew.

It says "fascism" but "Islamic extremism" works just as well


Maybe it's something in our brains?

The full definition of "liberal" according to Merriam-Webster:

1a: of, relating to, or based on the liberal arts <liberal education>

1b archaic: of or befitting a man of free birth

2a: marked by generosity :openhanded <a liberal giver>

2b: given or provided in a generous and openhanded way <a liberal meal>

2c: ample, full

3: obsolete: lacking moral restraint :licentious

4: not literal or strict: loose <a liberal translation>

5: broad-minded; especially: not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms

6a : of, favoring, or based upon the principles of liberalism

6b capitalized: of or constituting a political party advocating or associated with the principles of politicalliberalism; especially: of or constituting a political party in the United Kingdom associated with ideals of individual especially economic freedom, greater individual participation in government, and constitutional, political, and administrative reforms designed to secure these objectives

Full definition of "conservative" according to Merriam-Webster:

1: preservative

2a: of or relating to a philosophy of conservatism

2b capitalized: of or constituting a political party professing the principles of conservatism: as (1) : of or constituting a party of the United Kingdom advocating support of established institutions (2) :progressive conservative

3a: tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions:traditional

3b: marked by moderation or caution <a conservative estimate>c : marked by or relating to traditional norms of taste, elegance, style, or manners

4: of, relating to, or practicing Conservative Judaism

So, essentially, liberals are more open to new ideas and less prone to traditional - some may say archaic - thinking. Such as fear of the different or unknown. The Mujahideen are conservative Muslims. The American right is made up of a good number of conservative Christians. Both are so scared of ideas that don't jibe with their way of thinking that violence is an acceptable solution.

It might come down to the brain. A recent study conducted at University College London determined that conservatives had a larger amygdala, the part of the brain that controls fear and anxiety. A necessary part of self-preservation, but a primitive one as well - early man had significantly larger amygdalas because death was a constant, imminent threat. This is not necessarily the case anymore. I mean, we do have ways to stave off extreme weather. They're called buildings. Weapons were invented for protection. Saber-toothed tigers aren't so big of a threat nowadays, so in fear-based thinking, we've turned our guns on each other.

Liberals were found to have a more developed anterior cingulate cortex, a part of the brain that aids complex thinking.

In other words, conservatives have a more reactionary "us or them" type attitude, while liberals strive to understand and define these differences and search for solutions that are beneficial to everyone involved.

It's science, people!


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    • Trevor Wallace profile image

      Trevor Wallace 3 years ago from Outside Houston, Tx


      You are absolutely correct. I fell into the name-calling trap. My bad.

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      Buildreps 3 years ago from Europe

      @dongately, I suggest not to call each other morons or idiots.

      Better refute the points mentioned here. I bet you cannot, because ignorance is a virtue reserved for the blind herds.

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      Trevor Wallace 3 years ago from Outside Houston, Tx

      @dongately They just made it legal to discriminate on religious grounds in Indiana. Mainly to make it easier to oppress those of an LGBT persuasion. Sharia law dictates the death of LGBT folk. Sounds to me like it's the Right who are the enemy. But you're probably too brainwashed and/or stupid to realize that, aren't you?

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      dongately 3 years ago from Sana Clarita, California

      Your remind me of POGO who said "We have met the enemy and he is us" We only need a few more idiots like you and we will all be living under sharia law.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Well now....

      "The Israeli foreign minister and head of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party Avigdor Lieberman suggested during a campaign event that Arab citizens of Israel, who are disloyal to the state, deserve to be decapitated.

      "Whoever is with us should get everything," Lieberman said in a speech at the Interdisciplinary Center in the western city of Herzliya on Sunday. "Whoever is against us, there's nothing else to do. We have to lift up an axe and remove his head, otherwise we won't survive here."


      There you go. Let's see if be-heading is excused and justified because of who's suggesting it.

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      Trevor Wallace 3 years ago from Outside Houston, Tx

      @ BruceDPrice That red herring would win a fishing contest! Where the [bleep] is communism in this article? LOL!

      Your amygdala must still be reeling from the Cold War.

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      Bruce Deitrick Price 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va.

      Just based on the title, this is an absurd article but I want to comment only on the discussion of what "liberal" means. Yes, 200 years ago it meant all those good things, because the root is the same as for liberty. But the Communists and Socialists circa 1900, realizing that their official names were discredited and unpopular, adopted the name Liberal for its propaganda purposes. Communists are the opposite of liberal.

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      Trevor Wallace 3 years ago from Outside Houston, Tx

      @ lovemychris Horrifying does not even begin to describe what happened in Nisour Square. And where was the so-called "liberal media" when it happened? This is only coming to light now?

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA


      "Prince now has a new company, Frontier Services Group, which he founded with substantial investment from Chinese enterprises and which focuses on opportunities in Africa. "

      This is the kind of stuff Chris Kyle was involved in w Craft International, imo....and now he's a big hero.

      The world is a ghetto--and we worship the sleazy landlords

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      Trevor Wallace 3 years ago from Outside Houston, Tx

      Very good point, Kathleen. I really do think we should step back and let them sort it out, but unfortunately, it does leak over here. But I think stooping to their level isn't the best way to handle it. Do I have a solution? No, not really, but there's got to be a way to defuse it. And I don't think unconditional support of Israel, who are a big part of the problem as far as exacerbation goes, is helping in any way.

      And buildreps, the jury still seems to be out on that, but indications are that brain make-up determines attitude more so than the other way around. Nurture, however, has not been ruled out as causing physical brain change. Does having a paranoid, anxious parent make one more prone to think that way and therefore change the physical make up of the brain? It seems they're still researching that aspect, but to quote the Magic 8 ball, all signs point to yes.

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      Buildreps 3 years ago from Europe

      Nice Hub, Trevor! You provide great insight in the similarities between Jihadists and US conservatives. They are ruled by their reptile brains - fight, flight, freeze. Do you have any idea if conservatives got a larger amygdala because they are conservative, or vice versa?

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      Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      The difference is, as Colin Powell said, when we are finished fighting a war, the only land we keep is enough to bury our dead.

      I'm amazed the very people who have decried our "wasted" efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan now want to do the same thing in Syria and other parts of the same region. What is the definition of insanity? We would have to stay in the middle east for generations to keep the gains we make from being undone the minute we leave.

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      Trevor Wallace 3 years ago from Outside Houston, Tx

      The sad part is, there really are compassionate, intelligent conservatives out there. They just get over-shadowed and drowned out by the loudmouth whack-jobs that serve as their spokespeople.

      Then again, us liberals have people like Al Sharpton. Do you think I'm happy that I share many of the same attitudes as that self-aggrandizing blowhard?

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      Trevor Wallace 3 years ago from Outside Houston, Tx

      Thank you, mio cid and lovemychris. Yes, I was a playing the part of provocateur, mainly to get some people who may think this way to step back and look at both sides. Do I really think someone like Ted Cruz wants to bomb a Pakistani school? No, but there are people who do think like that and it's a scary thing indeed.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I can't believe people watch this garbage. It's no wonder they think the way they do.....

      And I agree: it's terrorism of the highest order!

      Here's another way they terrorize (same they)

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      mio cid 3 years ago from Uruguay

      I completely understand the use of shock value in your title and I don't think you really mean to put the American right wing nut extremists in the same category of the murderous extremist scum of isis and al qaeda . But as accurate as your portrayal is of the right wing loons ,your point may be obscured by giving the simpletons the excuse to distract from the real issue you present . voted up shared etc. great hub !