Unlike during the Cold War in the last half of the previous century, most Americans are unaware of the security threat that is under way in the United States, a foreign policy expert and former director of the CIA told an Oklahoma City group Friday.
“Instead of giving us the Soviets to struggle against, the times have given us ... a terrorist organization like Hamas with its supporters, and that's harder,” said James Woolsey, who was director of America's spy agency from 1993-95 under former President Bill Clinton.
“It's harder to deal with a totalitarian movement that claims to be part of one of the world's great religions,” he said. “We have to keep very clear in our own minds the difference between Islam as a whole and devout Muslims ... on the one hand versus people who fund schools to teach little boys they ought to want to be suicide bombers.”
Woolsey, who was born and raised in Tulsa, said he wasn't condemning the Islamic religion, just as Christianity shouldn't be blamed for those who were part of the Spanish Inquisition centuries ago. He defined Islamism as a fundamentalist Islamic revivalist movement generally characterized by the attempt to implement Islamic values in all aspects of life. He said those who follow Islamism believe in terrorism.
Woolsey, who in 2010 supported a constitutional amendment, State Question 755, that banned Sharia law by recording a telephone message sent to thousands of Oklahomans, spoke to about 250 at the weekly meeting of the High Noon Club, a group of mostly social conservatives.
Woolsey, 70, read excerpts from a book he co-authored, “Shariah: The Threat to America,” said the subversion campaign known as “civilization jihad,” must not be confused with or tolerated as a constitutionally protected form of religious practice.
It seeks to replace the U.S. Constitution with its own totalitarian principles, he said.
He quoted a 1991 memorandum written by a senior leader of the Hamas terrorist group in the U.S. that the movement is a settlement process to establish itself in the United States to undertake a civilization jihadist mission that is also led by the Muslim Brotherhood.
The document, he said, describes the settlement process as a “grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging' its miserable house.”
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