National Post (Canada)
October 8, 2008
The Third Jihad
We cannot disarm Islamists if their presence is not acknowledged
The first great jihad petered out with Islam's expulsion from Spain in 1492, the second in 1683 with the decisive (and to Islamists, still freshly humiliating) defeat of the Ottoman Empire in Vienna.
We're presently experiencing the terror-focused third great jihad, which seeks to recreate the triumphalist dynamics of Islam's muscular 7th-century ascendancy. How or when this great jihad will end we cannot say, only that realism insists it will not be soon and that the mission to replace secular democracy with Islam proceeds apace inside our borders as well as abroad.