By E. Jeffrey Ludwig
….The cutting of the clitoris of girls is intended to curb their sexual desire and preserve their sexual honor before marriage. The practice has a tremendous cost: many girls bleed to death or die of infection. Most are traumatized. Those who survive can suffer adverse health effects during marriage and pregnancy. New information from Iraqi Kurdistan raises the possibility that the problem is more prevalent in the Middle East than previously believed and that FGM is far more tied to religion than many Western academics and activists admit.
When asked why they subject their daughters to the operation, many Muslim women respond that it has always been like that. Because the clitoris is considered “dirty” (haram), women fear that they cannot find husbands for their daughters if they have not been mutilated, and many believe that men prefer sex with a mutilated wife. Others stress the religious necessity of FGM, even though Islamic law is unclear on the matter.
When the jihadists denounce Christianity, denounce Judaism, and denounce the West (especially the “Great Satan,” the USA), they are declaring war to the death. Among our many irreconcilable differences with the Muslim world is our rejection of their inhuman violence against women.
We are in WWIII, but it is a war of civilizations, not of nations as such, although some terrorist nations such as Libya, Iran, and Qatar are involved. Nor is religion per se defining this conflict. Although religion is paramount for the jihadists, it is not for the West. One side of this conflict is Western, pleasure-seeking, technological, democratic, and motivated by Judeo-Christian values. Interwoven in this gestalt are socialistic, communistic, and quasi-humanistic ideas of progress (derived from Judeo-Christian ideals yet not acknowledging that derivation).
Obviously some of these trends and themes within Western civilization are in conflict with each other. Yet all of these factions are together, to a greater or lesser degree, at war with another alien lifestyle and mindset. That other side of the conflict is Islamic, totalitarian, anti-progress, indifferent to scientific advances, death-oriented, rage-filled, duplicitous, maniacal, vengeful, non-productive, and dependent yet prideful (denying said psychic, political, and economic dependency).
The vile essence of this opposition can be seen in the widespread practice of FGM. Here, on a day-to-day basis, we see the very worst in mankind manifesting itself. If we do not win in the struggle against Islamic supremacism, the cult of FGM will have prevailed. Who can bear the thought?