THE STAKES INVOLVED IN THE WAR ON TERRORISM:
FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES
By Alan Caruba
Another thing most Americans don’t know is that we are in the midst of the Third Great Jihad. The first was the early spread of Islam after Muhammad invented it, the second was the rise of the Ottoman Turks, and this third one began with the toppling of the Shah of Iran in the late 1970s. We are in Iraq -- though the President fails to tell us this -- because the only way you kill a snake is to cut off its head. The Third Great Jihad intends to replace all the secular heads of government in the Middle East to insure that Islam remains as it was in the Seventh Century.
We are in Iraq and Afghanistan for a purpose greater than just U.S. national security. We are there because the Middle East is a region seeking to distance itself from a world in which most nations, their economies, their security, their future and ours, is dependent on globalization, our being connected to one another. The United States of America is the only nation that can end the domination of some two billion people worldwide by the petty despots that prosper by not joining their future to ours. That is the overarching reason we are fighting -- and winning -- in Iraq.
Having said this, it would be useful if the February 23, 1998, “World Islamic Front” statement issued by Osama bin Laden, along with Ayman al-Zawahiri, Amir of the Jihad Group in Egypt, and three others, were mandatory reading for every American -- indeed, for everyone who enjoys the benefits of a connected world, a modern world of export, import, prosperity, and freedom. Bin laden spelled out why his movement is the greatest threat we face and why it must be defeated.
The statement issues a “fatwa,” a ruling based in Islamic faith and teachings.
There is no clearer or more specific explanation of why we are involved in Afghanistan and Iraq, fighting a bloody war to protect our lives. Bin Laden made it abundantly clear that he believes it is --
To dismiss such a statement as the insane babbling of some self-deluded religious fanatic is to ignore, at our peril, the fact that it is widely believed among a large portion of the Middle East’s Arab population. It also ignores the enormous wealth that bin Laden and al-Qa'ida is able to bring to this holy war.
There is a struggle going on for the soul of Islam -- a struggle between the fanatics and the moderates of a faith that is estimated to include some 1.2 billion people stretched across the map of the world. They represent twenty percent of the world’s population. Not all, of course, support the declared holy war, but surely enough do to require that we must expend our wealth and the lives of our military servicemen and servicewomen to insure our victory.
The ignorance of Islam still leaves many Americans wondering why we have witnessed a long history of attack on our military and, on 9-11, our homeland. Few have wanted to publicity cast this war as one between religions, but Islam was and is at war with all other religions -- Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and any other non-Muslim religions. Muslims divide the world between "world of Islam" and "the world of war."
In an excellent essay on the subject, “Islam and Violence,” posted on an Internet website -- www. Answering-Islam.org.uk -- one can find a brief history of the role of violence in both the rise of Islam and in its philosophical/theological outlook, as found in the Qur'an and its other holy books.
Unlike Christianity, which teaches that one should love his enemy, Islam offers no quarter for any unbeliever, unless they convert. There are many verses of the Qur'an that invoke Muslims to fight against their enemies, the non-believers. The essay cites just twenty out of 149 easily found in reading of the Qur'an.
Despite the constant repetition of the view that Islam is a religion of peace, only the most naďve and foolish could possibly look at events around the world and conclude there is any truth to this. Time and again, the many biographies of Muhammad reveal that he employed murder and war repeatedly to advance Islam. He was particularly obsessed with killing Jews.
As to the terrible instances of beheadings, such as those of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and telecommunications work contractor Nicholas Berg, both American Jews, this practice has its roots in Islamic history.
Muhammad clashed with many tribes in Arabia, among which was a Jewish tribe from the city of Medina. When they were conquered, he ordered the execution of all of the adult males. Muslim sources put the number at 600, and all were beheaded.
The prophet left a trail of assassinations and other bloody acts behind him until his own death, all of which are recorded by Muslim historians. This would become a tradition among Muslims in the early centuries of its development. As the essay notes, these are not just isolated incidents or aberrations. “Such violence, in fact, goes to the very roots of Islam, as found in the Qur'an and in the actions and teachings of the prophet of Islam himself.”
The holy war that has been declared against us leaves us no choice but to fight for our lives.
Islamism & Jihadism -- The Threat of Radical Islam
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The Middle East & the Problem of Iraq
War & Peace in the Real World
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Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.
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