As she describes it, "The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is a religious and political organization. Close to the Muslim World League of the Muslim Brotherhood, it shares the Brotherhood's strategic and cultural vision: that of a universal religious community, the Ummah, based upon the Koran, the Sunna, and the canonical orthodoxy of shari'a. The OIC represents 56 countries and the Palestinian Authority (considered a state), the whole constituting the universal Ummah with a community of more than one billion three to six hundred million Muslims." It also constitutes the largest voting bloc at the UN, and has already been instrumental in enacting resolutions which may lead to the suppression of speech about Islam that it does not like, as well as initiating the biased UN Goldstone report, whose lies and smear-mongering incited hatred against Israelis and Jews worldwide.
That the OIC represents a religious and political vision totally at variance with 21st-century Western conceptions of civilisation is encapsulated by Bat Ye'or's pertinent observation:
One can note that Sudanese President Omar al Bashir, accused (according to Western criteria of justice) of genocide committed in southern Sudan and Darfur, has not been troubled by the Islamic Court of Justice [the OIC's main legal body]. His colleagues at the OIC do not consider him in any way a criminal and receive him with great respect, as does Turkish PM Erdogan.
There is also this terrifying information:
The Islamic Court of Justice has an international mandate and could try foreigners, both Muslims and non-Muslims (blasphemers, apostates, resisters to jihad) who have broken the laws of shari'a anywhere. Moreover, the claim by the OIC to be the guardian and protector of Muslim immigrants living in all countries that are not members of the OIC implies an extension of its jurisdiction and political influence over all the Muslims of Europe, North and South America, and the other non-Member States. This situation exacerbates the danger incurred by non-religious European Muslims, whether atheists, apostates, or free thinkers.
This movement to create a totalitarian religio-political empire that would challenge the very core of Western soceities and values - which ensure freedom from tyranny - should trouble the heart of everyone who cares about freedom and democratic, secular values. But as the author notes:
Faced today with this political archaism, a divided and broken West seeks refuge in denial and grasps at the demise of tiny Israel as though at a lifebelt. Taking in water from every side, this West that abandons its own identity for multilateralism and multiculturalism and ruins its citizenry by buying security has little chance of survival.
I admire Bat Ye'or very much, both as a scholar and as a character, but never in my life have I more fervently wished for someone to be wrong. Time will tell, but Bat Ye'or's insights will always remain difficult to ignore.