The lack of wisdom in Leon Panetta’s decision to authorize female soldiers in combat battalions is breathtaking. It’s as if Mr. Panetta — and everyone on the left — has been living under a rock since 9/11, refusing to acknowledge that America’s biggest enemies are of Islamic origin and that Islam endorses very ill treatment of infidel women who are captured as a result of combat. Allowing female soldiers to serve in combat may feel good to those in the West who would gladly wipe away every distinction between men and women (in spite of the very real, observable, and innate differences between the genders). But should American women end up face-to-face with hardcore jihadists who believe and practice what Islam actually teaches, only the most dreadful outcome awaits them. For shame that our administration is unwilling or unable to anticipate this problem.

Well-documented yet almost completely ignored by the mainstream media, the political left, and the establishment of both the Democratic and Republican Parties is the fact that the ideology of Islam promises no courtesy for the fairer gender. In addition to its prescription for Muslim husbands to beat their unsubmissive wives (Quran 4:32-34), the normative texts of Islam are replete with encouragements for Muslim men to treat women in general as chattel. For example, the ninth century Muslim historain Al-Tabari describes a scene in which Muhammad tells his followers (Al-Tabari IX:113):

Allah permits you to shut them in separate rooms and to beat them, but not severely. If they abstain, they have the right to food and clothing. Treat women well for they are like domestic animals and they possess nothing themselves. Allah has made the enjoyment of their bodies lawful in his Qur’an.

Islam instructs jihad warriors to imprison women captured in battle as sex slaves. Muhammad himself blazed the trail in this regard, according to the works of Sahih Al-Bukhari, another ninth century chronicler of the prophet’s feats. According to Al-Bukhari Volume 5, Book 59, Numbers 523-524, when Muhammad’s army conquered the Jewish tribes at the battle of Khaybar, he came to find out about a beautiful woman among the Jews named Safiyah. Al-Bukhari relates the tale as follows:

It was then that the beauty of Safiyah was described to him. Her husband had been killed, so Allah’s Apostle selected her for himself. He took her along with him till we reached a place called Sad where her menses were over and he took her for his wife, consummating his marriage to her, and forcing her to wear the veil. The Muslims said among themselves, “Will Safiyah be one of the Prophet’s wives or just a lady captive and one of his possessions?”

Because the radical jihadists see women in such a foul and contemptuous way, I dread to think what they would do with an American female soldier captured on the battlefield. There is no word in our lexicon to describe how heinous and evil the treatment for such and unfortunate woman would be.  

Unfortunately, in modern America, no one is minding the store, so our sisters and daughters may soon be sent into the lion’s den. The Obama administration has flatly rejected the notion that there is any problem with Islam and it has downplayed or excused even the most vile and reprehensible behaviors of people of Muslim origin, including a whitewashing of the Fort Hood massacre, turning a blind eye to the growing inhumanity of the new Islamic regime in Cairo, and allowing our Ambassador and his team in Benghazi to fend for themselves in the face of an Al Qaeda attack. The administration can’t — or won’t — recognize for a second that it might just be increasing the dangers for female soldiers whom it sends to the front lines in places like Afghanistan, because doing so would mean that it would have to acknowledge that the devoted followers of Islam are actually the misogynists that Allah and Muhammad called them to be. Let us pray that Leon Panetta’s policy does not get implemented in our “overseas contingency operations” with “terrorists” lest our young women warriors risk being reduced to concubines in the harems of Muhammad’s acolytes.

John Steinreich is the author of “The Words of God,” an analytical comparison of the Bible and the Quran, which can be found at