Islam: What the West Needs to Know
Directors: Gregory M. Davis, Bryan Daly
Featuring: Robert Spencer, Walid Shoebat, Bat Ye’or, Serge Trifkovic,
• Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
• Language: English
• Region: All Regions
• Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
• Number of disks: 1
• Rating: Not rated
• Studio: Quixotic Media, LLC
• Run Time: 98 minutes
• ASIN: B000PE0GQO
• Amazon.com Sales Rank: #1,327 in DVD
Review on 28 October 2007 by Donald N. Anderson. A version of this review is on Amazon.com under the title “From history and Islamic scripture this shows an honest picture of Jihad”
A low key and scholarly presentation of Mohammad’s revelation and actions with respect to unbelievers. It adds piece after piece of the whole Islamic history to finally leave one with the impression that this is truly a blockbuster that must be seen by every American. The featured speakers present many critical pieces of the Islamic record covering over 1380 years.
The testimony of Walid Shoebat, a former Jihadist for al Fatah is particularly interesting as he describes working in the United States, and also his experience as a bomber.
The speakers cover political Islam in six topics:
1) There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet. They discuss the sanction of Islam for violence against unbelievers, the unique nature of the Koran, and the change in Muhammad’s recitation from Mecca to Medina.
2) The Struggle. Jihad and the special provisions for those killed while defending or advancing Islam.
3) Expansion. The directives to expand Islam to dominate every other religion.
4) “War is Deceit.” The role of taqiyya in Islamic society and it’s use in America to deceive non-Muslims about their goals.
5) More than a religion. Islam is more a project of geopolitical conquest than a religion. The Western concept of separation of church and state is heretical.
6) The House of War. Islamic fundamentalists are a sleeper cell in America.
This DVD makes clear that the political component of Islam is dominant over the religious content. Although a Muslim would never separate political and religious spheres, the West has learned through hundreds of years of bitter religious strife that failure to do so just leads to more mindless slaughter. Islamic scripture does not lend itself to this separation. It may well be destined to generate new heights of slaughter.
I fully concur with reviewer “Pattic” (27 August 07) whom I have tried to avoid repeating. “Sparkles” (9 July 07) has also written a brilliant review which I recommend. Many other reviewers have done a superb job and have added to the information about this important DVD. However you must see it. If the material is new to you watch it several times. I have read over 50 books on Islam and many biographies of Mohammad, most by Muslims. This DVD summarizes a great number of these and needs to be taken very seriously.
This is a belief system with which it is possible to make truces when it is in a position of weakness (but never peace). As Robert Spencer says “There, in short, are peaceful and moderate Muslims, but no peaceful and moderate Islam.” Serge Trifkovic hopes Americans come to “an awareness of the need to stand up and be counted.”