Monday, October 03, 2005

Islamism is a Classic "Armed Doctrine"

Mark Steyn sums up nicely what I and many others (see JW, LGF, FR, etc.) agreed upon many moons ago. Why must our leaders keep misleading us and apparently misleading themselves? Are they all, everyone, stupid as a log? No. You gotta admit the Islamists have done a great job of infiltrating our institutions from the White House to the 'bighouse' and our education systems, Middle East policy institutes, you name it. Australia's administration gets it so I assume their government administration and institutes have nowhere near the infiltration and have been quite blunt about Australia being secular, staying secular, no place for Sharia and if you don't like it, you should leave.

Mark Steyn: Islamist way or no way The Australian

October 04, 2005
IT'S not just the environmentalists who think globally and act locally. The jihadi who murdered Newcastle woman Jennifer Williamson, Perth teenager Brendan Fitzgerald and a couple of dozen more Australians, Indonesians, Japanese and others had certain things in common with the July 7 London Tube killers. For example, Azahari bin Husin, who police believe may be the bomb-maker behind this weekend's atrocity, completed a doctorate at England's Reading University. The contribution of the British education system to the jihad is really quite remarkable.

But, on the other hand, despite Clive Williams's game attempt to connect the two on this page yesterday, nobody seriously thinks what happened in Bali has anything to do with Iraq. There are, in the end, no root causes, or anyway not ones that can be negotiated by troop withdrawals or a Palestinian state. There is only a metastasising cancer that preys on whatever local conditions are to hand. Five days before the slaughter in Bali, nine Islamists were arrested in Paris for reportedly plotting to attack the Metro. Must be all those French troops in Iraq, right? So much for the sterling efforts of President Jacques Chirac and his Prime Minister, Dominique de Villepin, as the two chief obstructionists of Bush-Blair-Howard neo-con-Zionist warmongering these past three years.

When the suicide bombers self-detonated on Saturday, the travel section of Britain's The Sunday Telegraph had already gone to press, its lead story a feature on how Bali's economy had bounced back from the carnage of 2002. We all want to believe that: one terrorist attack is like a tsunami or hurricane, just one of those things, blows in out of the blue, then the familiar contours of the landscape return. But two attacks are a permanent feature, the way things are and will be for some years, as one by one the bars and hotels and clubs and restaurants shut up shop. Many of the Australians injured this weekend had waited to return to Bali, just to make sure it was "safe". But it isn't, and it won't be for a long time, and by the time it is it won't be the Bali that Westerners flocked to before 2002.

I found myself behind a car in Vermont, in the US, the other day; it had a one-word bumper sticker with the injunction "COEXIST". It's one of those sentiments beloved of Western progressives, one designed principally to flatter their sense of moral superiority. The C was the Islamic crescent, the O was the hippie peace sign, the X was the Star of David and the T was the Christian cross. Very nice, hard to argue with. But the reality is, it's the first of those symbols that has a problem with coexistence. Take the crescent out of the equation and you wouldn't need a bumper sticker at all. Indeed, coexistence is what the Islamists are at war with; or, if you prefer, pluralism, the idea that different groups can rub along together within the same general neighbourhood. There are many trouble spots across the world but, as a general rule, even if one gives no more than a cursory glance at the foreign pages, it's easy to guess at least one of the sides: Muslims v Jews in Palestine, Muslims v Hindus in Kashmir, Muslims v Christians in Nigeria, Muslims v Buddhists in southern Thailand, Muslims v (your team here). Whatever one's views of the merits on a case by case basis, the ubiquitousness of one team is a fact.

"Men of intemperate mind never can be free; their passions forge their fetters," wrote Edmund Burke. And, in that sense, Bali is more symbolic of the Islamofascist strategy than London or Madrid, Beslan or Istanbul. The jihad has held out against some tough enemies: the Israelis in the West Bank, the Russians in Chechnya; these are primal conflicts. But what's the beef in Bali? Oh, to be sure, to the more fastidious Islamist some of those decadent hedonist fornicating Westerners whooping it up are a little offensive. But they'd be offensive whoever they were and whatever they did. It's the reality of a pluralist enclave within the world's largest Muslim nation that offends. It's the coexistence, stupid.


So even Muslims v (your team here) doesn't quite cover it. You don't have to have a team or even be aware that you belong to any side. You can be a hippie-dippy hey-man-I-love-everybody-whatever-your-bag-is-cool backpacking Dutch stoner, and they'll blow you up with as much enthusiasm as if you were Dick Cheney. As a spokesman for the Islamic Army of Aden put it in 2002, explaining why they bombed a French oil tanker: "We would have preferred to hit a US frigate, but no problem because they are all infidels."

No problem. In our time, even the most fascistic ideologies have been savvy enough to cover their darker impulses in sappy labels. The Soviet bloc was comprised of wall-to-wall "people's republics", which is the precise opposite of what they were: a stylistic audacity Orwell caught perfectly in 1984, with its Ministry of Truth (that is, official lies). But the Islamists don't even bother going through the traditional rhetorical feints. They say what they mean and they mean what they say. "We are here as on a darkling plain ..." wrote Matthew Arnold in the famous concluding lines to Dover Beach, "where ignorant armies clash by night".

But we choose in large part to stay in ignorance. Blow up the London Underground during a G8 summit and the world's leaders twitter about how tragic and ironic it is that this should have happened just as they're taking steps to deal with the issues, as though the terrorists are upset about poverty in Africa and global warming.

So, even in a great blinding flash of clarity, we can't wait to switch the lights off and go back to fumbling around on the darkling plain. Bali three years ago and Bali three days ago light up the sky: they make unavoidable the truth that Islamism is a classic "armed doctrine"; it exists to destroy. The reality of Bali's contribution to Indonesia's economic health is irrelevant. The jihadists would rather that the country be poorer and purer than prosperous and pluralist. For one thing, it's richer soil for them. If the Islamofascists gain formal control of Indonesia, it won't be a parochial, self-absorbed dictatorship such as Suharto's but a launching pad for an Islamic superstate across Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Can they pull it off? The reality is that there are more Muslim states than a half-century ago, many more Muslims within non-Muslim states, and many more of those Muslims are radicalised and fundamentalist. It's not hard to understand. All you have to do is take them at their word. As Bassam Tibi, a Muslim professor at Gottingen University in Germany, said in an interesting speech a few months after September 11, "Both sides should acknowledge candidly that although they might use identical terms, these mean different things to each of them. The word peace, for example, implies to a Muslim the extension of the Dar al-Islam -- or House of Islam -- to the entire world. This is completely different from the Enlightenment concept of eternal peace that dominates Western thought. Only when the entire world is a Dar al-Islam will it be a Dar a-Salam, or House of Peace."

That's why they blew up Bali in 2002, and last weekend, and why they'll keep blowing it up. It's not about Bush or Blair or Iraq or Palestine. It's about a world where everything other than Islamism lies inruins.


Mark Steyn, a columnist with the Telegraph Group, is a regular contributor to The Australian's Opinion page.

12 comments:

dag said...

"[T]he truth that Islamism is a classic "armed doctrine."

Shame on me: I forget who coined the term "poligion," but the first encounter I had with it was at www.jihadwatch.org. It fits. I've used the word since with growing enthusiasm. A political religion.

Hinduism is a fighting man's religion, as is Sihkism, thanks to Islamic attempts to wipe out the Sikhs till they turned from Guru Nanak's syncretic pacifism to armed self-defence. The Hindus still read the war sagas of Krshna as allegory, and do they suffer for it!

We in the West are also living in a phantasy world of allegorical interpretations of concrete reality. Islam is the religion of peace. Et cetera.

We have a sickness in the mind of the West, and that sickness is fascism in its broadest definition. One aspect of fascism is Irrationality as philosophy. It's a lengthy tale, but the short version is that by organizing our lives around how we feel rather than what we can know and prove to be true we privilege the irrational over the rational, mystic feelings over science, feelings over considered judgement, hysteria over dispassionate reasoning.

It's Bush, it's the rightwing Christians, it's the Jooos. It's global warming, the meat-eaters, colonialists, imperialists, science itself. It's capitalism, it's poverty, it's humiliation.

The bad guys are fascists, Bush is Hitler, the neo-cons are Brownshirts, The Israelis are Nazis.

Yes, Irrationality is philosophical, the dry legalistic argumentation by professional thinkers on speculative themes of reality, morals, and ethics, et.c. Irrationalism isn't the same as stupidity, not at the level of philosophical Irrationalism.

Edmund Burke, as quoted above, is an Irrationalist. He is a very disturbing thinker, one we shy away from at all costs. But far from being stupid, he is bright in extremely creepy ways and modes. So it is with our fascist professional philosophers today who have taken Irrationality to new and higher depths of evil.

Today Irrationality is verging on the edges of Nazi Irrationality in its hysterical responses to America-as-being.

It's not mud-slinging to suggest that anti-Americanism is fascism. It is provably fascistic in the woks of such writers and thinkers as Burke. Irrationalism is central to anti-Americanism, to the very concept of anti-Modernity, to the hatred of the triune revolutions of Modernity.

Styne knows full well the nature of our struggle against the fascism we face, and it's not Bush, not the neo-cons, not Walmart. The fascism that is the reactionary agenda in play since 1790 is still in play to this day, as it will be forever.

To know the root causes of Islamic fascism and Left dhimmi fascism is to know the roots of the Counter Enlightenment in Europe, and to know the facts of the larger history of Mankind since the Agricultural Revolution 5,000 years ago.

Our world is bifurcating, regardless of Huntington dismissing the idea as wrong. We are moving away from our primitive past into further Modernity, and the greater half of Humanity is left behind, suicidal and homicidal. We have to deal with it in practical terms on a daily basis. We have to understand not Irrationalism itself but that we are struggling for our existence against Irrationalism, not some multicultural utopian daydream of hippies and riled up nomads who just wish to be left in peace.

Ours is the struggle for the future of Human history. We are blessed in being allowed this time to fight for the Good. When one realizes the charge we hold one is filled with gratitude for this chance to live to be part of the project of furthering the Will of History. And that, dear reader, is the rational truth.

Always On Watch said...

Islamism is the classic my-way-or-the-highway ideology. Because of its religious base, we classify Islam in general as a relgion. And the West no longer fights a religious war. But the Islamists are fighting a religious way and playing the West for fools.

All my-way-or-the-highway ideologies are totalitarian and do not allow for any coexistence.

Anonymous said...

We should put these Islamics in seperate areas.

They should be marked with a crescent or something.

After all they all are a danger to society.

gandalf said...

this site

historyofjihad.com will give good insight into how Islam has behaved, and is still doing so, since 600AD.

the wesy seems unable to learn from history, the weapons of jihad have changed, the jihad has not

The Truth Teller said...

"The weapons of jihad have changed, the jihad has not." Exactly so!

And that is the truth which my web site tells.

dag said...

Islam is a thug's game. But that is the nature of the species generally. Humans are, as a rule, a vicious animal, and it's only those few of us in the modern West who've beggun to outgrow the tendency toward savagery. Our primitive Muslim cousins are still stuck in the mire, and they compound the savagery by fetishising it through their five times per day indoctrinations, thier self-willed brain-washing with filth.

"What is to be done?" I ask so often, refering to Lenin's work on organizing the Communist Party of Russia. He is an unpleasant man, to state it mildly, but he is also the best model to follow for those of us who wish to fight coherently and effectively against the threat we face.

How do we face an armed doctrine? How do we prevail? By studying our history, learning how others before us have fought and won, and by doing what they did better than they.

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american_infidel said...

Steyn is right on the money here. Does anyone inside the Beltway read stuff like this? It should be required reading for Hughes and all other dhimmis in the US Government.

After all this mayhem, death and destruction for the Glory of the Global Jihad, how can Bush still think that Islam is a religion of peace?

Bush himself is "stuck on stupid."

Ri said...

To say that all Muslims subscribe to the same extremist views that the terrorists doing our PR do is ignorant and offensive. The real cause of terrorism is the economic disparity that leaves those on the lower end of the spectrum poor and desperate, and thus vulnerable to manipulation. The concept of 'jihad' has been exploited by politics. Religion has been used to manipulate the people. This is not the first time for it to happen, in Islam or any other religion, and sadly this won't be the last. But to judge about 1 billion moderates on the actions of an outspoken extremist minority is unfair.

To many, Islam is not a poligion, but still a real religion that offers peace of mind as genuinely as Buddhism or Christianity do. It's true that there are a growing number of extremists, but they are still far outnumbered by peace-loving Muslims like myself who condemn these so-called acts of terrorism in the name of Allah, who believe in a moderate Islam, and who are deeply disturbed by this blemish on our religion. The squeaky wheel of the wagon gets the most attention and complaints when the other wheels are working along just fine and harmoniously. I think Allah would be most disappointed in His supposedly most ardent followers.

american_infidel said...

Ah, the old "small minority of extremists" argument. Islam is really quite peaceful, honest! Let's examine these curious notions, shall we?

May 2005--Alledged incidents of Quran abuse at Guantanamo Bay are publicized in the media, causing widespread outrage, protests, and anti-American demonstrations in the Muslim world.

Oct 2005, Feb 2005, etc.-- Muslim jihadists blow up mosques in Iraq and Afghanistan in multiple attacks, destroying hundreds of ancient Qurans, not to mention the dozens of innocents that are murdered in the process. The response from CAIR and other alleged 'moderate Muslims'? Not a peep, not even a press conference.

What about the leadership of the Islamic world? Certainly they are voices for moderation and reason. Like this man, the Sheikh Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sudayyi, Chief Imam of the Holy Mosque in Mecca, the epicenter of Worldwide Islam, approved by and appointed to the position by the Saudi Government. Here's what he had to say in a televised sermon in July 2005:

"Oh Allah, Liberate Our Al-Aqsa Mosque... Punish the Occupying Zionists and Their Supporters Among The Corrupt Infidels... Oh Allah, Scatter and Disperse Them"

Yep, those words sound very 'moderate' and 'peaceful' to me. I'm feeling much better now. Nice to know the man is setting an admirable 'moderate' example for Dar al-Islam.

With all the terrorists coming from Saudi Arabia nowadays, the KSA must be a very poor country, because everyone knows that poverty breeds terrorism. I havent heard of any terrorists coming from Honduras lately.

School kids murdered in Beslan, stockbrokers in lower Manhattan, tourists in Bali, restaurant goers in Israel. All murdered by Muslims waging violent Jihad, a doctrine no Muslim group has EVER disavowed or repudiated.

Courtesy of www.answering-islam.org, here are the top ten reasons why Islam is not the "Religion of Peace". These commandments and events are exhaustively documented in the Quran, Hadith and other authorative Islamic sources:

10. Mohammad nicknames his weapons.
9. Mohammad commands in his Quran that adulterers and adulteresses should receive a hundred lashes.
8. Mohammad in his Quran permits husbands to beat their wives.
7. Mohammad in his Quran commands that the hands of male or female thieves should be cut off.
6. Mohammad assassinated poets and poetesses.
5. Mohammad in his Quran commands death or the cutting off of hands and feet for fighting and corrupting the land.
4. Mohammad aggressively attacked Meccan caravans.
3. Mohammad in his Quran promises sensuous Gardens for martyrs dying in a military holy war.
2. Mohammad unjustly executes around 600 male Jews and enslaves the women and children.
1. Mohammad launches his own Crusades (centuries before the more well-known Christian Crusades took place).

Do these actions, events and commandments look like the actions and behavior of a peaceful religion? Anyone? Far from it, for Mohammed, his holy book, and his ideology are chock-full of violence, murder, and mayhem.

The Jihadists are just following Mr Mohammed's Holy example. It's you 'moderates' that are un-Islamic.

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