Archive for the ‘Understanding It’ Category

Merry Christmas– Tolerance a 2-Way Street?

December 25, 2008

We hear a lot about larger and larger mosques being built in Europe, but nothing about churches in Arabia, controlled by Saud.  Finally an EU Parliamentarian questions this assymetry of tolerance:

excerpts:

  • EU Parliament Head: Allow Christian Churches to Be Built in Arab Countries Like Mosques Are Built in Europe
    EU Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering called on Arab governments on Tuesday to allow Christian churches to be built in their countries in the same way that mosques can be built in Europe. In Saudi Arabia, at the end of a tour of Gulf countries, Poettering said Arab governments need to be more tolerant of other religions. “It is vital that we get a better understanding of the Islamic culture,” he said. “But it’s a two-way road. We ask for tolerance for Christians…in the Arab world. It’s mutual.”
    Poettering noted that Saudi Arabia is host to millions of foreign workers, including more than one million Filipinos, most of whom are Christian. “There are hundreds of thousands of Catholics here. We have Christmas tomorrow and they cannot assemble in a church.”  (AFP)

Understanding It– Hudna and other terms

July 6, 2008

What follows is a link to a brilliant article describing terms that the Western media uses from Arabic to describe interactions between Islamo-fascist societies and non-Islamic societies.  These terms, like hudna, jihad, etc. are often poorly understood by those that use them (in the West) and have long historical and cultural meanings that color their real significance.
I recommend this article highly:by Denis MacEoin in the Middle East Quarterly.

Understanding It– War fighting Tactics

June 21, 2008

Excellent piece by Raymond Ibrahim on Victor Davis Hanson’s website, relayed by PowerLine Blog:

One must study and know the enemy and their tactics to defeat the Islamo-fascists

excerpts:


Raymond Ibrahim, writing on Victor Davis Hanson’s website, laments that our Defense Department does not teach, and along with the State Department appears not fully to appreciate, well-documented Islamist strategies of warfare. Ibrahim notes that the senior Service college of the Department of Defense has not incorporated into its curriculum a systematic study of Muhammad as a military or political leader.
As a consequence, he argues, “we still do not have an in-depth understanding of the war-fighting doctrine laid down by Muhammad, how it might be applied today by an increasing number of Islamic groups, or how it might be countered.” These doctrines include (a) the “war of deceit,” which permits Muslims to lie and dissemble whenever they are under the authority of the infidel and, in fact, places deceit on a par with physical courage as an attribute for waging war and (b) the “Abode of War versus the Abode of Islam” dichotomy, which maintains that Islam must always be in a state of animosity vis-à-vis the infidel world and, whenever possible, must wage wars until all infidel territory has been brought under Islamic rule.
Ibrahim sees our government’s deficiency in this regard as the product of Middle East/Islamic scholars who have made anathema anyone who dares imply that there may be some sort of connection between Islamic doctrine and modern-day Islamist terrorism. He notes that, “though there are today many Middle East studies departments, one will be sorely pressed to find any courses dealing with the most pivotal and relevant topics of today — such as Islamic jurisprudence and what it has to say about jihad or the concept of Abode of Islam versus the Abode of War.” Instead, according to Ibrahim, “the would-be student will be inundated with courses dealing with the evils of ‘Orientalism’ and colonialism. . . .”
There’s a competing explanation for why our government seems intent on ignoring, and maybe even ruling, out the connection between aspects of Islamic doctrine and the current jihad (the State Department has decided that the government should not call al Qaeda-type radicals “jihadis,” “mujahidin,” or iincorporate any other Arabic word of Islamic connotation such as “caliphate,” “Islamo-fascism,” “Salafi,” “Wahhabi,” and “Ummah”). That explanation relies on a combination of naivety and the desire not demonize a major religion or its millions of peaceful adherents.
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Understanding It– They Continue To Fight

April 24, 2008

The Telegraph UK reports that 15 terror plots have been foiled since 7/7 in London.  In other words, the Islamofascists continue to attack and we continue to defend, often successfully.  Are we sufficiently on the attack against them?

excerpts: British Police “Have Foiled 15 Terror Plots Since 7/7” – Richard Edwards (Telegraph-UK)
Fifteen terrorist plots have been foiled in the three years since the London bombings, Bob Quick, Scotland Yard’s new head of anti-terrorism, disclosed.
Britain was said to be the primary target for Muslim extremists, ahead of America and other European countries.

Wahhabism– Movie- The Kingdom

December 31, 2007

Just watched “The Kingdom” on DVD and remarkably it shows many of the key elements to clarify the struggle with Islamofascism:

1) the Islamo-fascists are willing and pleased to blow up Westerners at a picnic softball game

2) they perceive these attacks against civilians as glorious and obviously justified

3) they use techniques such as exploding a bomb after first responders arrive and people mill about, to maximize casualties

4) they gleefully add screws, bolts, and marbles to bomb belts to kill and maim more individuals

5) they use ambulances to hide their bombs

6) they hide among women and children at home

7) they are only defeated when they are killed

and the US, represented by the FBI team, will methodically and scientifically seek clues and relentless and courageously pursue those responsible until captured or killed

The only failure of ‘this movie is its ending where a writer or producer infected with the moral equivalent bug added a twist with protagonists on the FBI side and the terror leader both sharing a desire for revenge with subordinates or family. Cut this piece out and the movie is a great statement of the differences between the West and Islamo-fascists and hence highly educational as well as entertaining.

Understanding It– Teddy Bear Riots

December 3, 2007

So a people riots in response to a schoolteacher naming a teddy bear “Muhammad” in the Sudan. Clearly something is awry here. Sudan is a country involved in a the genocidal murder of Black African animists and Christians in Darfur and the people there are instead “animated” by the naming of a toy? I note that Muslims regularly name their crying, babbling babies “Muhammad” without penalty.

Robert Spencer of Jihad watch, author, and contibutor to Human Events has an interesting take on what we can learn from the seeming fragility of Islam to even minor criticism or affront. Contrast this to what Jews take daily from Arab media or Christians from modern artists.

excerpts:

 

The Brittle Culture of Islam

Mothers, cover your childrens’ eyes: Gillian Gibbons, a 54-year-old British schoolteacher working in Sudan, has allowed the children in her class to name a teddy bear…Muhammad. The Sudanese government’s reaction teaches us a lesson about the weapon we most neglect in the ideological war with the global jihad.

Gibbons’ blasphemy couldn’t go unpunished. She was sentenced to fifteen days in prison and deportation, but mobs in Khartoum wanted more: on Friday they burned photos of Gibbons and called for her blood while chanting, “Shame, shame on the UK”; “No tolerance — execution”; and “Kill her, kill her by firing squad.” (more…)

Naming It–Bernard Lewis comments

October 24, 2007

The world’s premier historian of Islam, Bernard Lewis, discussed the conflict with Islamo-fasicsm in an interview in the New York Sun.. He emphasized a clear understanding of the problem and a clear definition, leads to a plan of action:

excerpts:

…”It’s misleading to say we are engaged in a war against terrorism,” Mr. Lewis said. “If Churchill had told us that we were engaged in a war against submarines and war craft, we’d be in a different world today. Terrorism is a tactic, it is not the enemy.”

The enemy, he said, is Islamism, which he placed as the third in a sequence of ideological deformations that have taken place in his lifetime, the first two being Nazism and Bolshevism.

“There is only one way to deal with Islamism: to mobilize the Muslims themselves on our side,” Mr. Lewis said. “Nazism and Bolshevism were a curse to their own people before they became a threat to the world. We must strive for the same situation. … Perhaps it is our only solution. We must free them or they will destroy us.”

Mr. Lewis said his optimism in facing Islamism derives from his expectation of foolishness and error on the part of our adversaries, noting historical examples such as Hitler’s exile of his best scientists…

Understanding and Defeating the Islamofascist Ideology

September 1, 2007

Frederick Kagan has  a superb analysis of Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) in the weekly standard which covers the history of the movement, the ideology, and how to defeat it.  I strongly recommend this piece.

Brief excerpt:

…Qutb blended a radical interpretation of Muslim theology with the Marxism-Leninism and anticolonial fervor of the Egypt of his day to produce an Islamic revolutionary movement. He argued that the secularism and licentious (by his extreme standards) behavior of most Muslims was destroying the true faith and returning the Islamic world to the state of jahiliyyah, or ignorance of the word of God, which prevailed before Muhammad. The growing secularism of Muslim states particularly bothered him. According to his interpretation, God alone has the power to make laws and to judge. When men make laws and judge each other according to secular criteria, they are usurping God’s prerogatives. All who obey such leaders, according to Qutb, are treating their leaders as gods and therefore are guilty of the worst sin–polytheism. Thus they are–and this is the key point–not true Muslims, but unbelievers, regardless of whether they otherwise obey Muslim law and practice.

This is the defining characteristic of al Qaeda’s ideology, which is properly called “takfirism” (even though al Qaeda fighters do not use the term). The word “takfir” designates the process of declaring a person to be an unbeliever because of the way he practices his faith. Takfir violates the religious understanding of most of the world’s Muslims, for the Koran prescribes only five requirements for a Muslim (acknowledgment of the oneness of God, prayer, charitable giving, the fast, and the pilgrimage to Mecca) and specifies that anyone who observes them is a Muslim. The takfiris insist that anyone who obeys a human government is a polytheist and therefore violates the first premise of Islam, the shahada (the assertion that “There is no god but God”), even though Muslims have lived in states with temporal rulers for most of their history. The chief reason al Qaeda has limited support in the Muslim world is that the global Muslim community overwhelmingly rejects the premise that anyone obeying a temporal ruler is ipso facto an unbeliever…

Understanding It– The Cult of Death Spreads

July 9, 2007

Thomas Friedman of the NY Times has travelled extensively though the Islamic world. He writes in oneday.com about the ‘cult of death’ that is the core of Islamo-fascism and its spread around the world.

excerpts: Now playing at a theatre near you (too near)

I knew something was up when I couldn’t get a cab. Then there were sirens and helicopters whirring overhead. I stopped a passerby to ask what was going on. He said something about a car bomb outside a disco six blocks from my hotel. A few hours later, I finally found a taxi. The driver warned me that it was nearly impossible to get across town. Another bomb had been uncovered in a car park. Next day, more news: a suicide bomber had driven his Jeep into an airport and jumped out, his body on fire, screaming “Allah! Allah!”Where was I? Baghdad? Kabul? Tel Aviv? No, I was in England. But it could have been anywhere. The Middle East: Now playing at a theater near you.But this movie gets more confusing every time you watch it. When you watched it on 9/11 it was about America’s presence in the heart of Arabia. And when you watched it on 7/7 it was about unemployed and alienated Muslim youth in Britain. In Jordan not long ago it was about a wedding at a Western hotel. In Morocco recently it was about an Internet cafe. And two days ago in Yemen it was about seven Spanish tourists who were killed when a suicide bomber drove into them at a local tourist site. Wasn’t Spain the country that quit Iraq to get its people out of the line of fire?Because these incidents are scattered, we’re growing numb to just how crazy they are. In the past few years, hundreds of Muslims have committed suicide amid innocent civilians — without making any concrete political demands and without generating any vigorous, sustained condemnation in the Muslim world. (more…)

Understanding It– Doctors Do Evil

July 4, 2007

Great commentary by Melanie Phillips as she explains the root cause of the evil that Islamofascists continue to foist on an uncomprehending WEstern world:

excerpts:

The strategy of consensual dissimulation

by Melanie Phillips 

People in Britain are shocked — shocked! — that medical doctors are suspected of involvement in the al Qaeda terrorist attacks on Britain over the past few days. The shock reflects the deep unreality of public discourse up till now. People have persisted in believing that Islamic terrorism could be explained by poverty, deprivation, alienation and so forth, despite all the evidence to the contrary. Now they are horrified that doctors, whose calling is to save life, can be bent on mass murder.

The capacity of the human mind to delude itself never ceases to amaze. How can such educated individuals be killers? people exclaim. Have such people really leaned nothing from history? Have they forgotten the Nazis, forgotten Dr Mengele, forgotten that the genocide of the Jews was carried out by people who delighted in Goethe and Mozart? Ayman al Zawahiri, bin Laden’s number two until he died, is a paediatrician. Not just a doctor, but a children’s doctor. Yet he is responsible for the deliberate mass murder of thousands of people.Continue reading this article »

On BBC Radio Four’s Today programme this morning (0755 approx), the reformed Islamist extremist Hassan Butt patiently spelled out to presenter Jim Naughtie that Islamist terrorists carry out their acts of mass murder as an expression of religious faith and fervour. They do it, he said, ‘for the pleasure of God’. Far from being acts of despair, these terrible atrocities are acts of religious exultation.

If we don’t understand, even now, that what we are facing is a religious war, a jihad (more…)