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Friday, 28 December 2007
The Pentagon's Stephen Coughlin

Stephen Coughlin, a specialist on Islamic law on the Joint Staff, met recently with Hasham Islam, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England's close aide. The officials said Mr. Islam, a Muslim who is leading efforts for the Defense Department's outreach to Muslim groups, sought to convince Mr. Coughlin to take a softer line on Islam and Islamic law elements that promote extremism.

There is also evidence that a whispering campaign is under way to try and discredit Mr. Coughlin as a "Christian extremist with a pen" and force him out of the building, according to the officials.

Mr. Coughlin came under fire from pro-Muslim officials after a memorandum he wrote identified several groups that are being courted by Mr. Islam's community outreach program as front organizations for the pro-extremist Muslim Brotherhood. --from this news item

Stephen Coughlin is one of the keenest analysts of Islam working for the American government, possibly the very best inside the Pentagon. If he is pushed out, if he is subject to any campaign by Muslims and their non-Muslim collaborators and puppets, that will be, or should be, a matter for alarm as great as any raised about the infiltration by Soviet agents during the Cold War. Because such people are not working for an identifiable state does not mean that they are not working for a cause -- and the cause in this case is to neutralize all those who understand the meaning, and menace, of Jihad, and its varied instruments. And one of those instruments is the fog machine designed to confuse and distract Infidels, and to keep them from seeing clearly the nature of an ideology, its imperviousness to change, and the ways in which, even under the surface of the so-called "moderates" -- the claims on the loyalty of adherents of that Total Belief-System remain. Everyone, anyone, who is out to get Coughlin is working against the interests of the legal and political institutions of this country, and should be investigated by Congress (one is no longer sure about the C.I.A. and the F.B.I. and the levels of incomprehension there). This is more than a scandal. This terrifies.

Posted on 12/28/2007 4:07 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
4 Mar 2008
Ironically, the decision to silence Major Stephen Coughlin by firing him will draw significant attention to his message, namely, that "moderate" and "extreme" Islam are opposed only in temperature and timing, but not in doctrine. The fact that three-quarters of Muslims wish for a caliph as well as the global imposition of sharia, point to the fact there is very little difference between so-called "moderates" and "extremists". Coughlin points out how the 1915 Fatwa of the Caliph of Istanbul led to the genocides of some 3.5 million dhimmified Christian subjects of the Turkish Empire. It was done purely in the name of Islam and in the context of a universal declaration of jihad called by the Caliph, the supreme ruler of all Muslims. While Arabs and other Muslims did not rise up against the European powers, ordinary Turks and Kurds did. Why would ordinary Muslims of today not rise up to the call of significant Islamic authority ot the call of jihad?
I encourage everyone to read Stephen Coughlin's brilliant thesis "To our own detriment: Ignoring what "extremists" say about Jihad".