Battle For The Hearts And Minds

… our current war against Fundamentalist Islam. Failure to stop Sharia Law in America will be at our own peril.

Battle for the hearts and minds phrase was coined in 1965 by Lyndon Baines Johnson as he was escalating the war in Vietnam. LBJ said victory would depend on the, “hearts and minds" of the people who actually live out there. By helping to bring them hope and electricity you are also striking a very important blow for the cause of freedom throughout the world." Johnson was referring to military counterinsurgency efforts to turn the people of southern Vietnam against the guerrillas by participating in development projects such as providing electricity.”

During the Bush administration, a team led by General David Petraeus revised and rewrote this counterinsurgency doctrine. President Bush repackaged the LBJ doctrine into something I once believed as a fundamental core belief. President Bush believes that if we give the Iraqis a chance to choose freedom and democracy over a totalitarian regime the people will rise up and choose a Representative Republic over an Islamic Dictatorship. President Bush envisioned Iraq becoming a Democracy and the seeds of freedom and liberty would be planted in the Middle East to grow for the next 100 years. I believe in the inherent goodness of people as individuals. I believe most people want to raise there families in a safe environment, have steady employment to put a roof over there heads, and hope there hard work will create opportunities for their children they themselves did not have. I believed this was the essence of our “human nature” beyond geo-political borders and cultures.

I recently came to the realization, that unless we change our Islamist US Foreign and Domestic policy mission to crushing our enemies political and military infrastructure and replacing it with some form of a Representative Republic highlighting separation of Mosque and State we will forever fail. Unless we Nation Build in Iraq and Afghanistan we will succeed in only putting our troops in harms way and slowly bleeding our treasury dry.

In order for us to win the hearts and minds of the Islamic world we would be asking Muslims to renounce all efforts to practice Sharia Law (Islamic Law) in the United States, Iraq, and Afghanistan, asking Muslims to peacefully co-exist, AS EQUALS, with Non-Muslims on an indefinite basis, and ask Muslims to teach against violent Jihad and Islamic Supremacism in Mosques around the world. I believe no Islamist would abandon Sharia Law for secular man made laws. Never has it been done in the last 1400 years, history teaches us Islamists actively work to promote Sharia Law in Non-Muslim countries including the U.S. The Islamist advancement of Sharia law in their host countries is not only their right but their duty as instructed in the Qur’an and Hadiths. The Qur’an teaches that if a Muslim rejects Sharia Law he is rejecting Allah and Mohammad which is Apostasy. The punishment for apostates in Islamic Law is death.

Here at home our elected officials must come to the realization that Islam is a political ideology with a clear set of political objectives. The goal of Political Islam is the advancement of Sharia / Islamic law in non-Muslim lands. Muslim lands are defined as countries that are currently adhering to the doctrines of Sharia Law. The United States of America is an infidel country. Iran and others refer to the U.S. as “The Big Satan”.

In order for the American population to understand our enemy, we must understand Sharia Law. Winning the Battle of Hearts and Minds failed in Viet Nam and will also fail in our current war against Fundamentalist Islam. Failure to stop Sharia Law in America will be at our own peril.

Alan Kornman

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