It is horrible to see the collapse of Afghanistan and thousands trying to flee the country before the Islamists take complete control there. What motivates the Taliban who once again are violently asserting power in that country? What makes the Taliban tick?
There’s no mystery here. In some ways, it’s the same impulse at work in our world for the last 1,400 years, ever since the hordes of Muhammad, Islam’s prophet, arose from the Arabian desert and took over as much territory as possible.
Muhammad himself said, “I have been ordered to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshiped but Allah, that Muhammad is Allah’s prophet, that they offer prayers and give obligatory charity. If they perform all of that, they save their lives and their property” (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 24).
After Muhammad’s death in 632, Muslims spread Islam by the sword, conquering the area from the Arabian Peninsula throughout the Mediterranean world.
They even conquered much of Spain and tried to conquer France, until Charles Martel, the grandfather of Charlemagne, defeated them at the Battle of Tours in 732.
One of the most astute authors commenting on Islam is Robert Spencer, director of JihadWatch.org and author of many books on Islam, including “The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran.” I’ve been privileged to interview him often.
I once asked Spenc