The institution of Dhimmitude was a unique Islamic development, which created a special class of citizens. These people were allowed to exist in a subservient status. They were conquered people in their own lands under Islamic domination.
This situation existed across the Islamic world, until it was conquered by the Western (Christian) nations. Unfortunately Dhimmitude is not just an institution; it is a submissive mindset adopted by victims of bullying and intimidation everywhere. Successful bullies instinctively understand the importance of inflicting this mindset on their victims. By doing so, they can gain total control with a minimum of effort.
Many of us have witnessed the tragedy of women who have been physically and psychologically abused by husbands for years. Often they defend the actions of the abuser whilst blaming themselves for the abuse (“If only I hadn’t served dinner too late he would never have beaten me”).
Tyrants instinctively understand this method of oppression. That is why it is so hard for subjected people to overthrow them. By building this method into his doctrine, Mohammed ensured that once conquered by Islam, no revolt by dhimmis would ever be possible. In fact no society which has been conquered by Islam has ever freed itself without outside help.
Let me repeat that:
Historically, NO SOCIETY WHICH HAS BEEN CONQUERED BY ISLAM HAS EVER FREED ITSELF WITHOUT OUTSIDE HELP.
M. Lal Goel (A Hindu) Professor Emeritus of Political Science  writes of the Islamic institution of Dhimmitude:
Dhimmitude is a state of fear and insecurity on the part of infidels who are required to accept a condition of humiliation. It is characterized by the victim’s siding with his oppressors, by the moral justification the victim provides for his oppressors’ hateful behaviour.
The Dhimmi loses the possibility of revolt because revolt arises from a sense of injustice. He loathes himself in order to praise his oppressors. Dhimmis lived under some 20 disabilities. Dhimmis were prohibited to build new places of worship, to ring church bells or take out processions, to ride horses or camels (they could ride donkeys), to marry a Muslim woman, to wear decorative clothing, to own a Muslim as a slave or to testify against a Muslim in a court of law.
After WW1when the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire was defeated, the institution of dhimmitude was supposed to have been abolished. Unfortunately, this phenomenon continues as a state of mind. It is growing almost daily around the world, as people submit spiritually and emotionally to Islamic superiority.
For example, in 2006, the Pope gave his famous Regensburg address. In it he quoted a Byzantine emperor, who said that Islam had never brought forth anything into this world except violence. The Pope did not endorse this view. He merely used it as an example to make a theological point in a somewhat abstract discussion.
Muslims around the world immediately began to protest. In England, church goers were harassed by Muslim protesters, but elsewhere things were far worse. Attacks by Muslims against Christians escalated and in Somalia, a nun who was doing humanitarian work, (for Muslims) was shot in the back.
What was the Pope’s reaction? We would not of course expect him to be undiplomatic and declare “I told you Islam is violent.” He could however have kept his peace, as traditionally the Pope never apologizes. Instead, he chose to act as a dhimmi and apologize to the Muslims.
By apologizing, he sent a message to the world that his statements had caused the violence, not the raging Muslims who carried it out. Once the Pope apologized, the Muslims stopped rioting. Islam had achieved its goal. The Pope had recognized that he had wronged Islam and caused the violence against Christians, he would never do this again.
This is how Jihad works, slowly, step by step, leaders, opinion makers, academics, journalists, organizations and eventually the general population, are cowed into submission, (remember, Islam is Arabic for submission) and forced to accept responsibility for deliberate Islamic attacks against them.
Pretty soon, people get the message and every attack is greeted with the expected response, “what must we have done to cause this, it must be our fault because of the invasion of Iraq/Afghanistan/support for Israel/the Crusades/discrimination/islamophobia/our causing poverty etc. etc.”
Never ever, does Islam take responsibility because it is a peaceful religion with a few (million?) extremists who have misunderstood it.
Now imagine yourself in the position of a military commander trying to take control of a nation. Every time you attack your intended victim, they blame themselves for your aggression. They hold inquiries to find which of them is guilty. Instead of attacking you, they attack their own Government/institutions/anyone they can think of. How can you lose? Just keep up a relentless series of attacks and blame the victim every time until finally, they capitulate.
Now can you understand the awesome power of Jihad? You can’t beat it with nuclear weapons, smart bombs, or stealth bombers. It doesn’t matter how many laser guided missiles or unmanned drones you have.
It doesn’t matter how well trained your army is. If you are too afraid to admit who your enemy is, then you might as well throw them all in the bin for the good they will do you. You cannot beat Jihad with force, it is too powerful; don’t even bother thinking about it, the army will not save you from Jihad.
The only thing that will save us from Jihad is the truth and:
Truth cannot exist without courage.