On matters of traditional national politics, there are few commentators as knowledgeable or perceptive as Hugh Hewitt.
On the subject of Islam and the threat it poses to free people everywhere, there are few more (undoubtedly innocently) obtuse.
The Moderate Muslim
There are Apostate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate. That's a variation of the insightful and succinct, "There are moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate."
Besides the untenable "Islamism has nothing to do with Islam," Hugh persists in attempting to (mis-) define the Religion of Peace in terms of those Muslims who (allegedly) reject forever offensive warfare against the Infidel and Apostate to make the world Islam.
"Alleged," for how can one have Islam without Allah and his Qur'an? Without Mohammed words and deeds? A true Muslim must obey Allah and his apostle who command the fighting against, subduing and humiliating, and killing of non-Muslims.
Establishing the Facts
Following are questions to which Hugh has never provided me the answers. These are questions he must avoid answering, for--as he delights in demonstrating with hostile callers to his radio program--establishing basic facts lead inextricably to certain conclusions. To avoid admitting these truths Hugh seems willing to sacrifice any amount of his intellectual integrity and moral courage:
1. Is Qur'an the perfect word of Allah?
2. Are all Allah's commands (that he has not abrogated) in Qur'an to be obeyed by faithful Muslims?
3. Are the words and example of Mohammed (Sira and Hadith) to be emulated by faithful Muslims (as their resources and circumstances allow)?
4. Does Allah command the faithful Muslim to "...kill the unbelievers wherever you find them"?
Does Allah require the faithful Muslim to "Fight...until all religion is for Allah"?
Did Allah command faithful Muslims to "Fight...the People of the Book until they feel themselves subdued and pay the jizya"?
5. Did Mohammed state that he had been ordered to "fight until all confess there is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet"?
6. Did Mohammed say that no work is like Jihad?
7. Did Mohammed say that he had "been made victorious with terror"?
8. Did Mohammed say, "If anyone changes his religion, then kill him"?
9. Did Mohammed indulge his "marital impulse" with a nine-year-old child (marrying her when she was six and he in his fifties)?
Did he not attribute his raping this child (his favorite wife) to Allah by saying, "If this is from Allah, then it must happen"?
10. Have Muslims warred against humanity to make the world Islam (again, as their resources and will have allowed) for nearly fourteen centuries?
The answer to all these questions is, regrettably and tragically, "yes." These are unalterable facts of history, despite what deceitful apologists and gullible, ignorant infidels and apostates might say to the contrary.
Denying that the violence of Qur'an, Sira, and Hadith inspire and sustain jihad is like denying Hitler's ideology motivated the Holocaust. It is absurd.
That "Tiny Minority of Extremists"
You keep using that word ("tiny"). I do not think it means what you think it means.
How blind (or craven) must one be at this stage of the West's submission to Islam's bloody intimidation not only to deny still the commands of Allah and his false prophet for offensive warfare against the Infidel, but to persist in the absurdity that the jihad ideology receives support from only a "tiny minority of extremists"?
It is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid noticing that wherever Muslims protest in any significant (or insignificant) numbers, they do not protest against the "hijackers" of their religion, nor do they protest in favor of Liberty or human rights. Rather, they protest in favor of beheading, burning, and burying anyone who dares to point out Allah and his prophet from Hell's delight in evil, even when that involves merely citing their own "sacred" texts.
Recent opinion polls in the UK show growing support among Muslims for violence against their hosts (some even carry it out!). All over Europe, "youths" burn and break (and worse) Infidel personal property (and persons). In Pakistan, not only do you have nearly total (90%) lust for Infidel and Apostate blood, but you've got the government's intelligence agency aiding the jihadists! Indonesia's population is admitting more openly its support for holy war. One election after another within Dar al-Islam brings to its "perverters" of the "great world religion" ever-increasing political power. What of the Philippines? Somalia? Nigeria? Sudan?
Even if only one percent of the world's Muslims would actually engage in jihad (one percent of 1.2 billion is 12 million!), a majority of the ummah still support it financially, logistically, emotionally, and spiritually. And nearly all support the subjugation of the Infidel under Shari'ah.
They must, because their god and prophet require it.In Conclusion
The challenge facing the West is not in strength of arms, but in strength of will and clarity of mind. If we lack the will or ability to admit against what we fight--the god that commands, "...kill the unbelievers wherever you find them"--how can we possibly deal effectively with its ideology of hate and the threat posed by its adherents?