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The Spanish government, true to the principle of appeasement that it rode to power after the 3-11 bombings, is considering paying money to mosques. The stated purpose is to make the mosques less dependent upon foreign money – particularly, of course, terror financing from Saudi Wahhabis or others.

That money is pouring in. The March 11 terrorist bombers were active members of mosques that betrayed strong Wahhabi influence. According to Antonio Camacho, the Interior Ministry’s secretary of state security, the new payment scheme is “about keeping them from having to look outside for financing because the state does not, in a way, support their activities.”

So are we to believe that because the state hasn’t supported Spanish mosques, they turned to the Wahhabis out of desperation? And so money will make the Wahhabis disappear? This is the sort of harebrained scheme that only true sons of Aethelred the Unready could dream up, or perhaps more precisely true sons of Marx and Engels, so besotted with socialism and materialism that they can’t fathom the possibility that anyone could be motivated by anything other than the desire for material gain. The jihad? Pah. They just want money. Give them some and they’ll quiet down.

Their misapprehension is elephantine. Consider the probability that many Spanish radical Muslims are familiar with the ideas espoused by Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966), the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood theorist whose writings are still widely available all over the world (including the United States today), and which are revered by radical Muslims as a comprehensive exposition of their program.

In his exhaustive, 30-volume exposition of the Muslim holy book, “Fi Zilal al-Quran” (In the Shade of the Quran), Qutb wrote: “As the only religion of truth that exists on earth today, Islam takes appropriate action to remove all physical and material obstacles that try to impede its efforts to liberate mankind from submission to anyone other than God. … The practical way to ensure the removal of those physical obstacles while not forcing anyone to adopt Islam is to smash the power of those authorities based on false beliefs until they declare their submission and demonstrate this by paying the submission tax.”

Likewise, a high-school textbook entitled “Islamic Culture,” produced by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education: “Islam is Allah’s religion for all human beings. It should be proclaimed and invite [people] to join it wisely and through appropriate preaching and friendly discussions. However, such methods may encounter resistance and the preachers may be prevented from accomplishing their duty … then, jihad and the use of physical force against the enemies become inevitable. …”

Do these statements sound to you as if they were made by people who will be turned from their goal by a few euros?

Lenin once prophesied, “The capitalists will sell us the rope with which to hang them.” Wrong again, Vladimir Ilych, but it wasn’t for want of trying. Lest we forget, throughout the years of d?tente the Soviets were treated to grain deals, technology transfers and all manner of other goodies designed to prove our good will and even gain leverage over Soviet policies by creating an economic relationship. It took Soviet tanks rolling into Kabul to show that the influence gained by such maneuvers was slight at best.

Yet now Europe has embarked on this path again. The historian Bat Ye’or details in her upcoming book, “Eurabia,” how not just Spain, but the European Union as a whole has pursued a short-sighted and self-destructive policy of accommodation toward the Islamic world for decades now, freely adopting the posture of subservient dhimmis, as non-Muslims are termed in Islamic law, toward their Muslim masters. They have encouraged Islamic immigration without assimilation or any assurance that the immigrants would not be attached to the principles of Islamic law, including violent jihad. They have adopted the foreign policy stances of the Islamic world – becoming in effect the willing accomplices of their own destruction.

“The spirit of dhimmitude which today blinds Europe,” said Bat Ye’or at a seminar at the French Senate in June, “springs not from a situation imposed from without, but from a choice made freely, and systematically carried out, in its political dimensions, over the course of the last 30 years.”

Spain reaped the fruit of these suicidal policies last March. Now they think that the damage they have done can be undone by a little cash. It is much more likely that Spain’s nightmare is just beginning.



Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and the author of “Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West” (Regnery Publishing), and “Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World’s Fastest Growing Faith (Encounter Books).

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