SUDDEN JIHAD SYNDROME: The Radical Moderate Next Door?

Written by Audrey Russo on October 26, 2014

With all the Jihad attacks recently, such as the one North of our border in Canada, and the one in Jerusalem …why are intelligent people in the West always so surprised by the savage actions by people who keep telling us they want to kill us?

What we continue to hear from the talking-heads is, “oh, it’s a lone wolf”…”this might be a new guerrilla warfare with self-radicalized individuals”. 

OK…so we have global terrorist groups, lone wolf jihadists…all with the same message. Funny thing is: It’s all coming out of the same texts that Islamic scholars affirm to be accurate. The common thread (and there is one) is the pure ideology of Islam.

Most of us in the West are confused by those who do not act on the Quranic verses which demand that we infidels be converted by force, be enslaved OR be eliminated. There are millions of very congenial people either born into Islam or forced by law/family into the ideology. They have never read or studied the Quran or Hadiths and are happy living with the fairy tales told them about a peaceful, kind and merciful Muhammed. BUT, the truth happens to be the antithesis of that characterization. He was an angry warmonger, misogynist, pedophile…to truncate his description, concluded by his actions recorded in Islamic texts.

We in the West are now in danger. That’s legit. And it’s due to the fact that we have elected officials who instead of serving their constituents, are looking ahead to garner a new voting block…only problem is, they may have to submit to Allah in order to get those votes.

I think the best description of what we in the West now face, was given by Daniel Pipes…”Sudden Jihad Syndrome,” which describes Muslims that suddenly or unexpectedly turn against civilized, Western society and engage in acts of terror. Pipes has argued that, due to this phenomenon, all Muslims must be considered potential terrorists.

And he’s correct. The truth is…any Muslim can become radicalized by reading the Quran and believing the verses following the verse of Abrogation (Raymond Ibrahim). The concept of “abrogation” in the Quran is that Allah chose to reveal ayat (singular ayah – means a sign or miracle, commonly a verse in the Quran) that supercede earlier ayat in the same Quran. The central ayah that deals with abrogation is Surah 2:106:

None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah Hath power over all things?

It’s not an outrageous thought that the “moderate” Muslim next door can at any time become radicalized…one minute friend, the next minute foe. Should that be a part of a free society?

That’s a choice we must make…and we can start on Election Day, by selecting someone who has a spine and will serve his constituents rather than his career.

Are all Muslims terrorists? Of course not…but they DO all read from the same books, and I’ve never heard of a radicalized Muslim turned-Moderate.

Shalom through strength…



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Audrey Russo is the Host of the weekly REELTalk Radio Show (NYC). Audrey writes a column for and handles Middle East/National Security/Terrorism/Cultural Issues, and her articles can be read in several other news/opinion journals. She is also a contributor on Audrey's Radio Show can also be heard on the Leading Edge Radio Network. Audrey is also an active member of the NYC performing arts community as a singer and actor.