BOOK REVIEW: Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington (Paul Sperry)

BOOK REVIEW:  Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington (Paul Sperry)

Akram Khan

Muslims and Islamic organizations have become punching bags for our failing foreign policy, support of Middle East dictators and Iraqi occupation. Mr. Sperry’s book is a modern day equivalent of the Elders of Zion and its premise is: Muslims are going to take over America, their leadership and organizations are working to install Islamic law in the US, their places of worship preach hatred and all Muslims working in government agencies are working for the enemy as double agents. If he had written a book about Mexicans or Baptists or Lutherans or Jews with the same theme it would probably not be published by a major book house or available on Amazon.

The book owns its existence to the political correctness that it labels as “suicide” in Chapter 2. In Chapter 4 the hypocrisy becomes worse when Mr. Sperry spin’s quotes from the Quran, out of context, while arguing at the same time that people who claim that the Bible has its share of violence are taking it out of context. He sidesteps the central premise of monotheism is Islam and respect for Jesus as a unifying concept with the Judeo-Christian tradition and tries to spin Islam and its holy book in the worse possible light. Efforts at interfaith understanding are labeled as “phoniness” in Chapter 11 and any organization like the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University that does not agree with Mr. Sperry’s worldview is suspect for sleeping with the enemy.

The book goes on liberally mixing fact with fiction and quoting anti-islam activists like Steven Emerson to create a portrait of Muslims in America that is far removed from reality. No one is given a right to defend or explain his or her point of view.

What would Mr. Sperry like Americans to do (amongst other things):

1/ Not allow Muslims to run their start or run their own schools, places or worship or charitable organizations as they are all suspect.

2/ Profile all Muslims, ask them amongst other things if they have been to a paramilitary camp and the last time they fired a weapon. If he expects a terrorist to say yes, I have a bridge to sell him in Brooklyn.

3/ Deny government jobs and security clearance to Muslims.

4/ Children should be taught Mr. Sperry’s views on Islam and school courses on Muslims and Islam should not reflect on tolerance, monotheism or any of the themes common to Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

This book should be read in context and not without reading alternative views (which I highly recommend) like:

A Complete Idiots guide to The Koran by Brandon Toporov & Shaykh M. Sarwar

Islam: A short history by Karen Armstrong

The Faith Cub: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew—Three Women Search for Understanding: Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, Priscilla Warner