Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Putting a Lid on Islamic Jihad

The threat posed to the West (and the rest of the world) by Islam is assumed by some to be a simple misunderstanding, while others see it as a portent of imminent apocolypse.

But the truth lies in between. There is very little mystery to Islam, for what defines it is the behavor of its adherents, the words of its leaders, the example of its prophet, and the text of its holy scriptures. Any reasonable study of all of these things reveals that Islam is very consistent and very simply defined:

Islam is a religion dependant on oppression for its survival, and warfare for its expansion.

What we are witnessing today is merely a continuation of the 1,350-year-old Islamic tradition. The big question is, how do we minimize the damage to the West from this very large and aggressive religion?


Step 1: Recognition of the Situation

Most Westerners recoil at the idea of a 21st-century religious war. But that is exactly what we are in, for it is always the aggressor in any conflict that determines the causes and justifications of it. The target of these aggressions simply has no say in the matter. So the first step is to simply recognize that Islam is now actively engaged in holy war (jihad) against us. It is not mere coincidence that the last thing heard before every single jihadist explosion is Allah Akbar! That the jihadist say this is a religious war, makes it so.

Step 2: Know the Enemy

The West thinks of Islam as a religion like any other. In fact, it is unique in its aggressiveness and militancy. Islam understands submission (the English translation of the word "Islam"), blood, force, trauma, pain, oppression, destruction, power, and conquest. It does not accept freedom, pluralism, diversity, multiculturalism, individual rights, free press, or liberty. However, it does understand these Western concepts as much as it needs to in order to exploit them against the West.

In order to convince an aggressive enemy of anything, one must understand what he values and one must speak his language. Then one must make it completely clear to him - in his language - that his aggression will always result in the loss of what he values.

Step 3: Respect the Enemy

How many wars throughout history have been lost by "superior" forces, as a result of lack of respect for the enemy?

Middle Eastern Muslims coming out of their mudhuts and burning Danish flags over a bunch of cartoons seem like adolscent lunatics to us. The ease with which our military cuts through their armed forces (when found in the open) makes them seem amatuerish at best.

But beware: No one understands that war is deception better than Islamists, as Mohammed himself declared it so in the 7th century. Middle Eastern Muslims - Arabs in particular - are remarkable in being able to size up an opponent or enemy of any sort, whether in trade, socially, religiously, politically, or in warfare.

These skills have been developed by these people for literally thousands of years, and it is no accident that half of the Western political spectrum is completely and utterly fooled by them. They are experts at knowing exactly what you want and getting you to believe that they will give to you. But they never, ever will without a fight.

Step 4: Timing Is Everything

Islamic jihad may ultimately be "defeated" by liberal (in the classical sense) Western culture. But the idea that Islam - the religion of over a billion people on earth - can be "destroyed" militarily is simple genocide, and thus inconceivable to the Western mind (and only the Western mind, BTW).

Although we can never make Muslims, such as they are, give up their mandate of jihad against the infidel West, we can convince them to suspend it for periods of time. Such "truces" are actually discussed in the Koran, and gives Islam the ability to pick and choose the timing of its battles. Like any blueprint for war, the Koran recognizes that there will be periods where fighting is strategically or tactically unwise. Jihadists are aggressive, but they are far from stupid.

This is precisely why Muslims dared not attack the West on Western soil during the colonial or imperial periods of the 17th - mid-20th centuries. They understood very well that Western military capabilities were vastly superior to theirs. More importantly (and a lesson for today), they understood that the West was more than willing to use the full force of its militaries in the event of an attack. Can you imagine the response to an Islamic bomb plot against Napoleon's Louvre or Teddy Roosevelt's White House? The Muslims could too, so they didn't dare try.

What changed, and what Islamists picked up on instantly, was that the West became unwilling to respond to force with force. Having the keenest of keen senses to sniff out weakness, Islamists started attacking Westerners right about the time the West began losing wars because of home-grown "peace" sentiments. The news that, despite our vastly superior military capability, the West was unwilling to use it, was received as a divine sign for Muslims to re-ignite the ever present fuse of Islamic jihad.

Islam's assessment of Western weakness, as usual, was spot on. They were further emboldened by unanswered attacks on Westerners in Tehran 1979, Beirut 1982, Somalia 1992, and so on. And even today, in Iraq and Afghanistan, our attempts to "win the hearts and minds" of Muslims by fighting and dying on their behalf, bestowing material treasures upon them, and trying to impose very Western concepts of political freedom on them, are not received as we might wish to believe. In the Muslim mind, we are not teachers trying to show a "better way", nor are we oppressors trying to assault Islam: we are tenuous infidels, treading lightly on Muslim soil, out of fear and respect for Islam.

Step 5: Make Them Stop

In order to, like a cancer, put Islam in "remission", we must act, and act in the only manner that they understand and respect: violence. Our response to Islamic terrorism, successful or thwarted, small or massive, on home soil or internationally, must be swift, brutal, and decisive.

1. Relieve ourselves of vulnerabilty by ending our economic dependence on any Islamic goods, especially oil. Better to do this on our own terms, than to be at the mercy of Islamic countries for any perceived grievance that flares up due to world events. This can be started by drilling ANWR and building the best, safest energy sources known to man - nuclear power plants. I'm sorry, but the caribou will have to take a back seat for a while.

2. Every leader of an Islamic country must be made to realize that, if associated with a jihadist threat against the West, he will lose his power in his country; his armies will be destroyed; his secret programs will be discovered; and anything he has of value will be carried off. There will be no reconstruction plan; there will be no attempts at "democracy".

His country will be up for grabs, at which point, our victorious forces leave. We will no longer pursue individuals or groups of jihad terrorists, but only their state sponsors. It is far too difficult for our intelligence agencies to effectively locate or penetrate the most prolific terrorists, by it is easy for us to identify the sponsors - just follow the money, then look at a map.

Some will say that such treatment of Islamic countries will make them hate us, and they will stop providing us with valuable help in the "War on Terror". 1) They already hate us, and 2) they will be much more motivated to stop their own terrorists when they realize it is they, not the terrorists, who will suffer for attacks against the West. The Saudi King and the Pakistani Dictator could have put a lid on their sources of terrorism long ago, if they really wanted to. This will make them really want to.

Europe, which has absorbed far too many unassimilated Muslims into her populations, will have to get tough, and start actively deporting anyone even remotely suspected of causing trouble. I would even go so far as manditory conscription of all Muslims of age residing in the West. They would be assigned to Muslim-only units, and fight in the religious war against Islamic jihad. If they fail to fight on behalf of their countries, they can be left in the ruins of their religious domain. The Western Muslim population issue could get ugly in many ways, but the extent of its ugliness is entirely dependent on the side they choose: their country or their religion.

3. One or two examples of this, and jihad terrorism goes into remission - guaranteed. And it is during remission, and only during remission, that jihadist ideology may be defeated, by the mass communication of alternative ideas that we are so used to in the West. This could take decades, or it could take centuries, or it could never happen.

But one thing is for certain: The only way to stop Islamic violence against the West, is to respond with disproportionate violence in dar al Islam. Only when Muslims are convinced that violence is not effective against us, will they be willing to consider Western ideas of "tolerance" and "understanding", if they ever do. Over time, they may drop the violent aspects of their ideology completely, in which case they will likely cease to be Muslims.

If that happens, good riddance to bad rubbish.


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