Amil Imani, an Iranian-American who’s family fled Iran after the 1979 radical revolution, writes about the reality of Islam in the world today. It continues to amaze me how little attention the media and general populations of Europe and North America pay to the threat of radical Islam. In the face of widespread Islamic violence and rioting that flares up periodically in Europe, and continuing acts of terrorism, we still laud it as a ‘religion of peace’ with which we earnestly expect to coexist.

While there are plenty of fine, peaceful, upstanding people who call themselves Muslim, the sad reality is that the religion as-a-whole is—as Imani so eloquently puts it—not multiculturalist, but mono-culturalist. It accepts no culture as valid except for the culture of Islam. It seeks to ” . . . terrorize the infidels. So wound their bodies and incapacitate them because they oppose Allah and His Apostle” (Qur’an 8:12).

Sooner or later, the threat must be confronted. The war brewing—a vicious clash of ‘western’ and Islamic values—cannot be prevented through diplomacy, or blind acceptance, or mincing our words for fear of ‘offending’ people. We must speak the truth, and we must prepare ourselves for the inevitable.