The US National Guard has been insanely prohibited from using its weapons against armed drug dealers and others at the US-Mexico border. They have been warned that they are to only provide support for the US Border Patrol. This dictate came from the US government and, presumably, the Mexican government as well. Now, Democrat leaders are planning to apply this policy to US troops fighting terrorists in Iraq.

Democrats to Place US Troops in National Guard Border Position

by Sher Zieve


The US National Guard has been insanely prohibited from using its weapons against armed drug dealers and others at the US-Mexico border. They have been warned that they are to only provide support for the US Border Patrol. This dictate came from the US government and, presumably, the Mexican government as well. Now, Democrat leaders are planning to apply this policy to US troops fighting terrorists in Iraq.


In an attempt to usurp and end the Executive branch of government’s Constitutional powers and ability to wage wars, Democrats are planning to issue legislation that would take all US troops out of a combat role and place them into the tenuous and hazardous position of a ‘support role’—only. Note: We presume this attempt to seize power from the President of the United States only applies to Republican presidents.


The ubiquitous Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), who is now Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is leading the Democrats’ charge against our troops—from the Senate side. Levin announced the Democrat plan to place US troops in additional harm’s way on Chris Wallace’s FoxNews Sunday. Remember that it was just a few days ago that now leftist anti-war Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) announced his “plan” to stop congressional support and funding of US troops, when he told the leftist anti-war coalition “They [our troops] won’t be able to continue. They won’t be able to do the deployment. They won’t have the equipment, they don’t have the training and they won’t be able to do the work. There’s no question in my mind … we’re going to stop this surge!”


With both their rhetoric and actions, Democrats continue to show the world that they are against the US and fully in agreement and alignment with the terrorists’ mission and goals. Don’t forget that it was Islamic terrorist leaders who “warned” the American people to vote Democrats back into power in 2006—or else. Unfortunately, even though Democrats now control both Congressional houses, the “or else” is still with us—and coming from the elected Democrats. Congress has the charter to withhold funding for any number of things—including wars. But, it does not have the right to commandeer the US Constitution’s powers designated to each of the three branches of government—this includes the Executive branch’s constitutional and sole provision to wage war. The Democratically controlled Congress, however, seems bent upon ignoring this provision. It has decided to affect an overthrow of this presidential power, with its ultimate goal of micromanaging the Iraq war and any and all future wars.


The US Constitution has recently been under increasing fire from both politicians and jurists—even from the US Supreme Court. If the Constitution does not allow the legislation or judicial rulings politicians and jurists want, they simply ignore it. Or, in the case of the Kelo v. City of New London, the judicial branch writes its own legislation that unconstitutionally changes it. Note: The judicial branch is not allowed, by the US Constitution, to write laws. However, as it is the highest court in the US that affected the unlawful ruling of changing Amendment V’s eminent domain clause, appeals are now impossible.

Perhaps taking its cue from SCOTUS, Congressional Democrats have now made the decision to challenge the Executive branch’s constitutional powers—in a true coup d’état manner. Note: With the recent termination of the Constitution’s public-use eminent domain clause, the Executive and Legislative branches refusing to protect US borders from foreign invasion and then prosecute US Border Patrol Agents and at least one Texas Deputy Sheriff for following the dictates of their jobs as well as protecting their own lives against these invaders is it any wonder that Democrats are emboldened? The US Constitution is no longer being followed by any of our governmental branches! Why should the Democrats feel obliged to pay it any attention? Our Constitution and way of life are in jeopardy, today, as they have not been since the founding of our country.


But, there is one ray of light and at least one truth has come from the Democrats of late. When they continue to insist “we support the troops but, not the war,” they have now firmly told us they’re lying. So—what else is new?



Sher Zieve is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.

Jonathan Livingston Obama By Ann Coulter

Barack Loves Puppies, Too

Barack Loves Puppies, Too

When Democrats hate, they really hate. But they also know how to give love, too, and in ways that make just as much sense.

Ann Coulter gives her spin on Obama’s announcement of a run for president in “Jonathan Livingston Obama“:

“Obama made his announcement surrounded by hundreds of adoring Democratic voters. And those were just the reporters.”

And for an even more welcome break from this week’s Democrat political theater, here’s a great skit from last Saturday’s MadTV, “Democratic Woman of the Year.”

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News: Ahmadinejad was a hostage taker.

News: Ahmadinejad was a hostage taker.

Posted by James Lewis on December 15th, 2006

According to an astonishing report confirmed by former Iran President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was indeed one of the 1979 hostage takers. Time to chew the carpet?

The confirmation comes from a book written by Mark Bowden, Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America’s War With Militant Islam. Bowden has produced an in-depth study of the 444-day hostage taking, which included mock executions and interrogations, run by a wildly paranoid group of Khomeini followers. Khomeini himself was utterly misinterpreted by the Carter administration as a peaceful religious figure — Andrew Young called him “some kind of saint” — when of course he turned out to be a murderous fanatic. As President, Jimmy Carter and his NSC Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinsky, refused to back the pro-American and modernizing Shah against the “peaceful” coup by a coalition of Khomeiniacs and Leftists. The CIA was utterly clueless, and when Khomeini’s articles were translated into English they turned out to be violently anti-Western, anti-American, anti-Christian and anti-Semitic. But the Carter Administration still denied the evidence of its own eyes.

Sounds familiar? Bowden’s important book is reviewed in today’s Real Clear Politics by political scientist Matthias Kuentzen.

In 1979, a 23-year-old Mahmoud Ahmadinejad figured among the core group that prepared the seizure
of the American embassy. According to then-Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, Ahmadinejad was not only present in the occupied compound, but served as liaison between the hostage-takers and Ali Khamenei, at the time one of the most important Friday preachers in Tehran. Khamenei himself, today Iran’s Supreme Leader, visited the hostage-takers repeatedly in the compound. Ali-Akbar Rafsanjani, today Iran’s third most important political figure, was in 1980 the chairman of the Parliament and in this capacity he shared responsibility for the prolongation of the hostage crisis.

The Khomeinist seizure of the US Embassy ultimately brought down the Jimmy Carter presidency. The hostages were quickly released when Ronald Reagan took office. Apparently Khomeini was more afraid of Reagan than Carter. Both Carter and Brzezinski still deny their personal responsibility for bringing the first radical Islamist regime to power.

As Kuentzen points out:

Today, we are not only facing a second major conflict with Iran, but the West is confronted by the same theological regime, the same ideology of martyrdom — and indeed by some of the same persons.

In the obsessive worldview of the hostage-takers, an all-powerful United States was responsible for all the evils of the world. … Every piece of information coming from the embassy personnel, no matter how innocuous, took on a dark, covert significance. Even their digital watches and ballpoint pens were ascribed special powers, such as are otherwise only to be found in a James Bond film. … The contrast between the reality and the phantasm could hardly have been greater.

Like Stalin, Ahmadinejad plays to Iranian nationalism when it suits him. But is the Khomeini cult really a pro-Iran movement? Or is it ancient Islamist imperialism come back to haunt the world?

Khomeini’s answer:

“We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah,” he declared in a speech in 1980 in Qom. “For patriotism is another name for paganism. I say let this land [Iran] burn. I say let this land go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world.”

And in answer to the possibility that US forces might try to rescue the hostages: “”We will destroy you all, even if we ourselves die in the process.”

No it’s not comforting, but that is the reality of the Tehran regime we see today.


Should Americans boycott Austria?

Should Americans boycott Austria?

James Lewis
What do you say about a country that sells 800 50-caliber state-of-the-art sniper rifles to Iran, and then acts surprised when those rifles magically end up killing American Soldiers next door in Iraq? And which then goes right ahead to sell 30,000 Glock pistols to the Iranians — which will almost inevitably kill more American kids?
I say, boycott their tourist industry and buy your guns some place else. If only 10 percent of American tourists boycott Austria for a few years, and go to visit beautiful Prague next door, or go to Costa Rica instead of perfidious Europe, the Austrians would take a sudden interest in how their exports to the Islamofascists kill American Soldiers in Iraq. The United States protected Austria from Soviet invasion for fifty years, and allowed its economy to flourish without the bother of spending money or blood on defense. Nations rarely show gratitude; it’s up to individual Americans in their thousands and millions to remember what they owe us.

Go to Denmark instead. In the Cartoon Jihad Denmark’s conservative government stood up for civilization. The cartoonists themselves may still be in hiding, for all I know, but the Danes set an example for all of Europe and the world. We should Buy Danish, visit Denmark, and show our appreciation concretely.
Next door, Sweden has long gotten away with taking puffing itself up for its “peaceful” policies, while selling heavy armaments like jet planes and artillery to all comers. To Liberals around the world the Swedes have sold themselves as a “progressive” and peace-loving socialist nation that still works. In fact, they have done the least of all the Nordic nations to resist jihadi immigration and agitation. Sweden is the most PC-obsessed country in the world, where free speech is only a dim memory. I say, go to Denmark, and skip Sweden for a while. Go to Finland or Alaska, which has more beautiful sights.

About one out of three Americans is a conservative. We have immense, trillion-dollar clout as a political movement. Even the US government may not have the same influence, or the willingness to use it, that conservatives do.
Let’s use that clout for good ends. A lot of our foreign “friends” deserve a big drop in their tourist dollars. We think individuals don’t make a difference, in tamping down the elite hostility and hate campaigns against the United States, especially in Europe. Well, single individuals may not, but millions of us can have one heck of an impact.
Use  your money wisely. Visit our allies, not our enemies. And for countries wanting to have it both ways, just don’t spend your money there. And let  them know what you are doing.
You’ll be surprised how fast the Austrians will come around.
James Lewis blogs at

Man-made Global Warming – So What If It’s a Hoax?

Man-made Global Warming – So What If It’s a


By Geoffrey P. Hunt

A small forest of pulpwood has been clear-cut and thousands of keystrokes have been exhausted by the indispensable media heralds warning us about the looming catastrophe from manmade CO2. While in fact the global warming science is rather dubious and legitimate skeptics appear to be thinning (according to MIT professor Richard Lindzen WSJ Opinion Journal 4/12/06)– intimidated,  muzzled and shunned if they dare speak up– how can serious debunkers of this new junk science  get an audience? Well, don’t bother. It doesn’t really matter.
Unlike some previous hysterical screeds, such as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring,  long on deceptive compelling rhetoric but short on facts, which actually tolled millions of lives lost to malaria over 35 years as DDT was banned around the globe, this latest science fiction isn’t likely to create such a tragic legacy.  Curbing our appetite for burning fossil fuels may be a “good thing”. No doubt Martha Stewart agrees.
As hoaxes, deceptions and hyperbole go, this one may be the biggest and hardest to shake.  Following a pattern from other panics, clever entrepreneurs and global corporations alike will make a handsome profit, some even obscene, employing the 16th century idiom “a fool and his money are soon parted.” Of course government bureaucrats, never actually in danger of a recession or natural devastation affecting their lifetime employment, will have found another justification for tenure.
Piltdown Man, a spectacular anthropological fossil remains hoax dating to 1912, debunked after 40 years of painstaking research, produced a generation of amateur archeologists who took up digging anywhere and everywhere. Shovel, pickaxe and brush companies had a bonanza. Land surveying became the hot new profession while  geological surveys couldn’t be reprinted fast enough.
Remember the fears over nuclear annihilation in the 1950s? Fallout shelters were the rage in new construction. Jobs for masons skyrocketed and the makers of Portland cement and concrete blocks couldn’t keep up with demand. Tin can manufacturers put on extra shifts to meet the orders from tuna fish and Spam processors, all needed for doomsday larders that were certain to come in handy, any day now.
How many of the hundreds of thousands of computer programmers and IT geeks would have been on the street if it hadn’t been for the fears of a repeat of the Last Days of Pompeii from the dreaded Y2K millennium virus? Meanwhile the hardware upgrades and new software firewalls contributed several basis points to GDP in 1999. Predictably, as soon as dawn broke on the new millennium, it was apparent that the world was safe from invading alien bits and bites. Without missing a beat, the Y2K consultants quickly retooled for the next end-of-the-world scenario, the SARS epidemic, and two years ago, the bird flu pandemic.
A resurgence in building new nuclear generating capacity could sure cure the global warming blues in a hurry and restore the good name to an abandoned, disgraced profession. How many nuclear  power engineers have been in hibernation, living under assumed names,  selling insurance or working as greeters at WalMart since the last nuke plant was built over 30 years ago? It’s time for nuclear power people to come out of the closet, restore the luster to a formerly respected line of work and rescue the planet.
Finally, let’s not forget the most important side benefit of the global warming circus-keeping Al Gore from another wind mill-tilting run at the Oval Office. Who could replace the pure entertainment value of his vein-popping, electrified hair, neuro-psychotic ventilations rivaling the 1935 hysterical shrieking of Elsa Manchester in the best horror film ever, “The Bride of Frankenstein”? And to think we will be treated by another one of his can’t-miss performances during the upcoming US Senate hearings, Nobel prize acceptance ceremony and the Oscars.
Where is the downside from reducing our dependence on oil from the Middle East ? Besides, now’s the time to conserve and stockpile coal and crude oil for when it will really be needed-the coming ice age-due to reduced solar radiation.(See Nigel Calder TimesOnLine 2/11/07) — which is actually more plausible than any manmade climate shift. But that’s another story.
But what about having to endure the endless intellectual dishonesty from the global warming doomsayers? Look, don’t let it ruin a good martini. Get over it.  Besides, now that Peyton Manning has finally won a Super Bowl, what else would we talk about?

The wrong voices are leading the jihadists to victory

The wrong voices are leading the jihadists to victory

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Every day, in 60,000 Wahabi schools, millions of children hear voices of hate and intolerance. Many wipe their shoes on American and Israeli flags at the entrances. Inside, they learn that jihad, holy war against nonbelievers, is an obligation of every Muslim.

Every eight minutes, a new mosque opens somewhere. Inside, Muslims hear fanatical voices calling Allah the only true God and Muhammad his messenger, declaring that Jews and Christians worship false gods and claiming that Allah has ordered that these infidels be eliminated. All then face Mecca and pray that Sharia Law be imposed worldwide.

In Western schools, children make no mention of their creator. America, once “one nation, under God,” yields to the ACLU, while U.S. churches and synagogues are more empty every weekend. In Western universities, Islamic studies flourish, while some professors condemn their own leaders as terrorists and others declare the Bush administration implicit in 9/11.

Meanwhile, jihadists’ voices are overheard chuckling in their caves, as they become increasingly confident of ultimate victory.

Iran’s president blatantly foretells the destruction of Israel and America, as he chairs a conference denying the Holocaust.

Hamas and Hezbollah leaders inspire thousands of voices to shout “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” and demand that Jews be brought to the marketplace for slaughter.

On thousands of jihadist Web sites and Al-Jazeera TV, countless millions hear the vile voice of Ayman al-Zawahiri, who hides in caves, preparing audiotapes. Muslims also hear voices of U.S. senators and Hollywood personalities, calling President Bush a liar, equating him to Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Pol Pot, and accusing Americans of torturing Muslim prisoners.

These same prisoners demand that their toilets be reoriented to face Mecca while they pray for their captors’ deaths. Their voices result in millions of dollars spent on new commodes, Qurans, special food and prayer rugs.

In U.S. prisons, felons hear voices from the Quran and serve as loyal Muslims once released.

On Western city streets, Muslim extremists cry “death” to their own nations, exercising free-speech rights secured by the blood of fallen soldiers. Other protesters call for the U.S. to leave Iraq, the ultimate goal of every American. No voice is raised for Mideast peace, for all know that our withdrawal will make Darfur, by comparison, seem like a health spa.

Throughout the Western and Muslim worlds, there is deafening silence from those believing jihad must be defeated. By their silence, they are rendered irrelevant.

Jihadists again take delight, envisioning a far-reaching Taliban nation, with the Caliphate resurrected, this time in “Babylon,” with access to weapons of mass destruction, oil, millions of new recruits and all European cities.

Back in America, millions hear negative voices on cable TV, talk radio and via e-mails. They hear senseless, divisive conservatives bashing liberals and vice-versa, and politicians launching venomous assaults against their opponents.

All this counterproductive discourse, broadcast globally, deepens the chasm dividing America, while diverting attention from the real enemy.

How can we preach tolerance globally when we don’t even tolerate each other at home?

It’s long overdue for the silent majority to raise their voices and demand civil discourse on the unprecedented threat of jihad. We cannot even begin to effectively debate ways forward until we first agree on the deadly seriousness of this scourge.

We will never agree on the Iraq war or its part in the struggle. But for the time being, let’s stop being 100 percent consumed by past mistakes. Let’s end the internal investigations and second-guessing and instead unite and focus on today’s problems and tomorrow’s goals.

Let’s agree that global jihad is real, that our oil dependence exacerbates that threat, that jihadist access through our borders is a ticking time bomb and that voices of hate in Muslim schools, mosques and Web sites are at the core of a very long-term challenge.

Instead of racing to instant solutions, let’s first seek and agree on macro, common goals such as a viable energy plan, removing jihadists from our soil and using every conceivable technology to effect more tolerant messaging, leadership and teachings for Muslims worldwide — ultimately sending jihad into the dustbin of history.

These challenges and goals are neither Republican nor Democratic; they are American. Agreement on solutions will be difficult, but possible in a united United States. But first we must stop expecting quick fixes, even before we agree on threat and objectives. Seeking instant Band-Aids for complex generational challenges, without agreed-to common goals, is doomed to failure.

Let’s pray that bold, informed leadership will soon emerge to unite America and the world behind such common goals.

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Jack Tymann, as president of Westinghouse International, led business development in 75 nations, including most Muslim countries. He later founded Homeland Security Partners, focused on counterterrorism technologies.

He served on and chaired the Clinton-Mubarak Presidents’ Council for the Middle East. Today, he serves on the board of AMIDEAST, a Washington-based nonprofit for mutual understanding between Americans and the Arab world through education.

He has founded Voices Against Jihad in Naples; the e-mail address is

© 2007 Naples Daily News and NDN Productions. Published in Naples, Florida, USA by the E.W. Scripps Co.

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Eye-Opener on Extent of Islamic Activity in US

Eye-Opener on Extent of Islamic Activity in US

Dear Bud,

Investigative Project on Terrorism Alert On Sunday night, February 18, on Fox’s “Hannity’s America” show, airing at 9:00pm ET, an exclusive undercover video shot by the Investigative Project on Terrorism over a series of years of a radical Islamic cleric, Sheik Abdul Alim Musa, will be broadcast on the Fox News Channel. The Imam, who presides over two mosques and a popular Islamic organization, has actually been invited to White House Ifthar dinners.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) shot this undercover video of Musa during a period of 7 years. About 5 minutes of incendiary IPT video is expected to be broadcast at around 9:30pm ET during which time Hannity will be confronting Musa live about his violent exhortations. Later this year, the Investigative Project on Terrorism will be releasing the full out-takes of the extremist speeches and rallies led by Musa calling for suicide bombings and his violent anti-Semitic and anti-American speeches. What is most shocking is the degree to which Musa has achieved “mainstream” status in the Muslim community.


Everyday, American Congress for Truth (ACT) is a 501c3 non profit organization on the front lines fighting for you in meeting with politicians, decision makers, speaking on college campuses and planning events to educate and inform the public about the threat of radical Muslim fundamentalists to world peace. We are committed to combating the global upsurge of hate and intolerance.
To continue and bolster our efforts, we need your continued solidarity, activism and financial support. We are only as strong as our supporters. We thank you for helping us carry on this important work.

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Spot the common problem. (Hint: it isn’t us. Or US.)

Spot the common problem. (Hint: it isn’t us. Or US.)

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By Andrew Bolt

Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 11:50am

It is a dangerous and self-deluding mistake to focus only on suicide attacks in Israel and Iraq. That makes us forget that the carnage is not so much about us but about a them – a them that is even more dangerous to other Muslims than it is to us in the West.

From Pakistan today:

A SUICIDE bomber in Pakistan killed 16 people, including a judge, in a courtroom in the city of Quetta overnight in the latest attack in a series of suicide blasts to have sent shudders through the country. Intelligence officials have attributed other attacks to sectarian Sunni militants linked to al-Qaeda and groups operating from tribal areas, regarded as hotbeds of support for the Taliban.

From Iran yesterday:

Police and insurgents clashed after a bombing in southeastern Iran late Friday near the site where an explosion killed 11 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards this week, Iranian news agencies reported…

A Sunni Muslim militant group called Jundallah, or God’s Brigade, which has been blamed for past attacks on Iranian troops, has claimed responsibility for the Wednesday bombing, AP noted.

From Turkey yesterday:

A Turkish court has sentenced seven suspected Al-Qaeda militants to life in prison for their roles in suicide bomb attacks that killed scores of people in Istanbul in 2003.

From Algeria yesterday:

A deadly and carefully planned series of bomb attacks in Algeria by an al-Qaida affiliate may signal a new escalation in violence that many Algerians hoped had abated, experts say…

Towns across the Kabylie region awoke Tuesday to a series of seven bombings, some car explosions, that largely targeted police stations. Six people were killed and about 30 injured.

From Lebanon on Thursday:

At least three people were killed and 20 injured when bombs packed with metal pellets tore through two buses traveling on a highway Tuesday, February 13, near the Christian mountain town of Bikfaya northeast of Beirut, Lebanese officials said.

From the Phillipines today:

Police in the Zamboanga Peninsula in Mindanao are now on alert after receiving an intelligence report that terrorists are planning to bomb buses and attack the transport sector there…
Meanwhile, South Korea has warned its citizens not to travel to Mindanao because of possible bombings by the Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist groups.

From Thailand on Friday:

Suspected insurgents shot a village head in a mosque during Friday prayers in Thai southernmost province of Pattani, while eight rangers and police officers were wounded in two bomb blasts in Yala.

From Indonesia on Saturday:

Security forces are on highest alert in Indonesia’s restive Central Sulawesi province following warnings that militants may be planning attacks, the region’s police chief said on Friday… Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, has in recent years been hit by a series of bomb blasts blamed on Islamic militants.

From Eritrea today:

Hundreds of Islamist fighters were flown, with Eritrean assistance, from Somalia to Syria and Libya for military training. Others were taken to Lebanon to fight with Hezbollah, the report to the UN security council has revealed.

There is a pattern here, and I mean more than the absence of any wickedness by Westerners.

Islamic law defines jihad

… jihad as warfare against unbelievers in order to institute Sharia worldwide is not propaganda or ignorance, or a heretical doctrine held by a tiny minority of extremists; instead, it is a constant element of mainstream Islamic theology. Islamic law contains unmistakable affirmations of the centrality of jihad warfare against unbelievers. This is true of all four principal schools of Sunni Muslim jurisprudence (madhahib): the Maliki, Hanafi, Hanbali, and Shafi’i, to which the great majority of Muslims worldwide belong, as well as of all the other schools.

These schools formulated laws regarding the importance of jihad and the ways in which it must be practiced, centuries ago. Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani (d. 996), a Maliki jurist, declared:

Jihad is a precept of Divine institution. Its performance by certain individuals may dispense others from it. We Malikis maintain that it is preferable not to begin hostilities with the enemy before having invited the latter to embrace the religion of Allah except where the enemy attacks first. They have the alternative of either converting to Islam or paying the poll tax (jizya), short of which war will be declared against them.

Likewise, Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328), a Hanbali jurist who is a favorite of Osama bin Laden and other modern-day jihadists:

Since lawful warfare is essentially jihad and since its aim is that the religion is God’s entirely and God’s word is uppermost, therefore according to all Muslims, those who stand in the way of this aim must be fought. As for those who cannot offer resistance or cannot fight, such as women, children, monks, old people, the blind, handicapped and their likes, they shall not be killed unless they actually fight with words (e.g. by propaganda) and acts (e.g. by spying or otherwise assisting in the warfare).

The Hanafi school sounds the same notes:

It is not lawful to make war upon any people who have never before been called to the faith, without previously requiring them to embrace it, because the Prophet so instructed his commanders, directing them to call the infidels to the faith, and also because the people will hence perceive that they are attacked for the sake of religion, and not for the sake of taking their property, or making slaves of their children, and on this consideration it is possible that they may be induced to agree to the call, in order to save themselves from the troubles of war… If the infidels, upon receiving the call, neither consent to it nor agree to pay capitation tax, it is then incumbent on the Muslims to call upon God for assistance, and to make war upon them, because God is the assistant of those who serve Him, and the destroyer of His enemies, the infidels, and it is necessary to implore His aid upon every occasion; the Prophet, moreover, commands us so to do.

And so does the Shafi’i scholar Abu’l Hasan al-Mawardi (d. 1058 ), who echoes Muhammad’s instructions to invite the unbelievers to accept Islam or fight them if they refuse:

The mushrikun [infidels] of Dar al-Harb (the arena of battle) are of two types: First, those whom the call of Islam has reached, but they have refused it and have taken up arms. The amir of the army has the option of fighting them…in accordance with what he judges to be in the best interest of the Muslims and most harmful to the mushrikun… Second, those whom the invitation to Islam has not reached, although such persons are few nowadays since Allah has made manifest the call of his Messenger…it is forbidden to…begin an attack before explaining the invitation to Islam to them, informing them of the miracles of the Prophet and making plain the proofs so as to encourage acceptance on their part; if they still refuse to accept after this, war is waged against them and they are treated as those whom the call has reached…

Underscoring the fact that none of this is merely of historical interest is another Shafi’i manual of Islamic law that in 1991 was certified by the highest authority in Sunni Islam, Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, as conforming “to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni community.” This manual, ‘Umdat al-Salik (available in English as Reliance of the Traveller), after defining the “greater jihad” as “spiritual warfare against the lower self,” devotes eleven pages to the “lesser jihad.” It defines this jihad as “war against non-Muslims,” noting that the word itself “is etymologically derived from the word mujahada, signifying warfare to establish the religion.”

It spells out the nature of this warfare in quite specific terms: “the caliph makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians . . . until they become Muslim or pay the non-Muslim poll tax.” It adds a comment by a Jordanian jurist that corresponds to Muhammad’s instructions to call the unbelievers to Islam before fighting them: the caliph wages this war only “provided that he has first invited [Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians] to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya) . . . while remaining in their ancestral religions.” Also, if there is no caliph, Muslims must still wage jihad.

Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406), a pioneering historian and philosopher, was also a Maliki legal theorist. In his renowned Muqaddimah, the first work of historical theory, he notes that “in the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force.” In Islam, the person in charge of religious affairs is concerned with “power politics,” because Islam is “under obligation to gain power over other nations.”

From Robert Spencer,