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Forbidden Truths
Strategy Page ^ | October 25, 2006 | James Dunnigan

Posted on 10/25/2006 7:50:53 AM PDT by VA Voter

The war on terror is all about defending innocent people from Islamic terrorists. Or is it? In much of the Islamic world, the war on terror is seen as a smokescreen for all-out war on Islam by infidels (non-Moslems.) How did that happen? It's all got to do with paranoia, lies and incompetence in the Moslem, and particularly, the Arab, world.

Let's start with the basics. Like economics and being able to feed yourself. The Moslem world contains some of the most economically backward and inept nations on the planet. Despite all the oil wealth, economic growth in the Arab world is at the bottom of the list (just above sub-Saharan Africa, which has much less oil.) This is no accident. Islam has, over the centuries, evolved into a religion that discourages education, critical thinking and technical progress. Islam also has large sects, like the Wahabi in Saudi Arabia, that are violently intolerant of other religions (no other religion can have a house of worship in Saudi Arabia, for example), and openly preaches hatred, intolerance, and the use of violence, against infidels. Moslems tend to downplay all this, and blame their lack of performance on the machinations of infidels.

Islamic media tends towards the sensationalistic, paranoid and dogmatic. It's taken as a given, for example, that the September 11, 2001 attacks were a Jewish plot (even though al Qaeda has proudly admitted to it) and that the West is bent on destroying Islamic culture? What's to destroy? The Islamic world doesn't produce any new medicines, agricultural concepts or technology that benefits all of humanity. Even educated Arabs admit that something is wrong here. But these critics are in a minority, and are persecuted for such clear thinking if they become too vocal about it.

The Arabs are the authors of their own misfortunes. Take their inability to govern themselves. While the vast majority of wealthy and technically advanced nations are democracies, the vast majority of poverty stricken and suffering Islamic states are dictatorships. While this inability to create responsible, efficient governments is often blamed on cultural factors, Islam is a major component of all those cultures. Remember, "Islam" means "submission," and it's not just a cliché that Moslems will respond to a challenge with, "if God wills it." This drives Western technical experts and teachers, brought in to Arab countries to train and educate, nuts. Students simply have a difficult time accepting the fact that things will not take care of themselves. Machines have to be maintained, difficult problems have to be solved, work must be done. If it isn't, you get the backwardness and poverty so frequently encountered in Moslem nations.

This "God wills it" lassitude is most apparent in Arab nations with lots of oil wealth. Rather than take all those billions in oil revenue and build an economy, most of it has just been spent on consumption, and avoiding any real attempts to deal with social and economic problems. And why not? Islam, strict Islam, forbids the use of basic economic tools like interest and risk management (which is often condemned as "gambling.") "God's will", indeed.

Diplomacy is more difficult as well. While haggling is considered good manners in the Arab market place, when it comes to larger matters, bargaining gives way to inflexibility. Consider the case of Israel. For about the fourteenth time since the Jews first took control of eastern coast of the Mediterranean over 3,000 years ago, there was a change of management in that area when the state of Israel was established in 1947. This led to a series of bad decisions, by Arab governments, that is setting records for failure. Although the UN tried to broker the creation of Israel, Arab nations misjudged their own power and told Arabs in Israel to flee their homes, so that the Arab armies could come in and kill all the Jews. When that didn't work, the Arabs refused to absorb the 600,000 Arab refugees, and continues to treat (actually, mistreat) them as refugees. At the same time, the Arabs expelled 600,000 Jews who had been living among them for centuries. Most of these Jews went to Israel and become Israelis, and prospered.

In 1967 and 1973, Arab nations again believed that they could gang up on Israel and destroy it. Same result as in 1947. After the 1973 war, Egypt and Jordan made peace with Israel, and have benefited greatly from it. But consider, if the Arabs had not fled Israel in 1947, Arabs would now be the majority in a democracy. If the Arabs had not attacked in 1967, the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza would be run by Arabs today. What a difference a little clear thinking can make.

Yet Arabs get away with calling themselves victims. They blame it all on "European colonialism." But a look at the record shows that to be absurd. Turks occupied the Arab lands for centuries before the Arabs were liberated by Europeans a century ago. A generation later, these Arabs were established as self-governing nations. And what did they do? They quickly evolved into dictatorships, where it was Arabs oppressing Arabs. The West bought their oil, and anything else of value they had (which wasn't much), and sold them things they could not (see above) build themselves. This gave rise to accusations that the West cheated the Arabs. Actually, it was Arabs cheating Arabs, as the Arab government officials often demanded bribes from Western salesmen. The West didn't just seize Arab oil as the price rose. The West paid its bills, and got accused of making everything go wrong.

Moslems proclaim they are the religion of peace, yet all over the world, wherever Moslems and infidels live close together, it is Moslems who do the attacking. This is no secret, but Moslems just ignore it, and insist they are victims. It's been this way for a long time. For example, the war on the Bosnians (Moslems), by their Christian neighbors in the 1990s was mainly about past Moslem oppression. As recently as World War II, the Nazis recruited Bosnians into SS units, to go kill Christian guerillas, and civilians. Several divisions of Bosnian SS troops were raised. That was nothing new. The Bosnians, who were Christians who converted to Islam over the centuries for tax breaks and jobs, did the same dirty work for the Turks (who controlled the Balkans into the late 19th century.) Or how about Chechnya. In the 1990s, the Russians pulled out, after getting beat up by independent minded Chechens. Rather than leave well enough alone, a faction of the Chechens, who were all Moslems, got into the Wahabi form of Islam, and began invading southern Russia, the better to found an Islamic republic in the area. That's what the Russians have been fighting for the last decade. Who's oppressing who?

In Darfur, (Arab) Moslems are killing (black African) Moslems, and the Arab world looks the other way and declares any Western attempt at intervention, to stop the killing, as "Western Imperialism." Or what about Iraq. Most of the deaths there, in the last three years, have been the result of the Sunni Arab minority attempting to take back control from the Shia Arab and Kurd majority. But it is never described that way in the Arab media (which is controlled by the mainline Sunni sect of Islam). It's infidels making war on Islam.

All this is complicated by a fundamental difference between the U.S. and Europe on how all this should be interpreted. Many Europeans believe that the Moslems are misunderstood innocents and that, if we just leave them alone, things will work themselves out. Many Americans were willing to go along with that, until September 11, 2001. Now many Americans understand that there is more than a simple misunderstanding going on here. But the truths of the situation have become too unpleasant to admit. History, and facts on the ground are being ignored. Moslems cannot control the religious fanatics among them. U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan see that first hand. Many people dismiss the testimony of troops coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. The troops know what they are seeing, and know that it is a war that must be, and can be, won. That's why the reenlistment rates are so much higher among troops who have been over there. The troops know that there are many Moslems who want to enter the 21st century. But those Moslems who are intolerant and bent on murder have to be dealt with first. You can't wish them away.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 10/25/2006 7:50:54 AM PDT by VA Voter
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To: VA Voter

I just noticed that since dogs can't do anything (make things, collect stamps, etc.) they take a great delight in gnawing, chewing and tearing things apart. That's their accomplishment. (The solution to protect your furniture and other things is to give them cheap stuffed toys to tear up - that way you just have a mess of stuffing to pick up)

But the Muslim terrorists seem to be like that - they can't create, so they take delight in destroying - it gives them a cheap sense of accomplishment.

Maybe we can build some cheap cities and fill them with stuffed people? Naw.

2 posted on 10/25/2006 8:00:57 AM PDT by RoadTest ( He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. -Rev. 3:6)
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To: VA Voter

To sum up: They screwed up their own countries and now they are here trying to screw up ours.

3 posted on 10/25/2006 8:01:11 AM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: VA Voter

Great article, that nails it!

4 posted on 10/25/2006 8:01:41 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: VA Voter

Good article.

Every time I hear some Mohammedan apologist, whether a Mohammedan or a Western 'liberal' blather on about Averroes and the brief period when, having absorbed all the benefits of both Greco-Roman and Indian antiquity the Mohammedans had a lead in technical disiplines, I get furious at the stupid lie implicit in the apologetics.

The Mohammedans adopted the epistemology of Averroes opponent, al Ghazali, that everything down to the smallest detail happens by the direct will of Allah, and of Ibn Hazn, that Allah is not bound by any human category, so that his will is completely arbitrary. The shrugged 'Inshallah' is the day-to-day embodiement of this epistemology, and the death of science, effort in commerce, and the reduction of warfare to suicidal tactics all its logical consequent.

5 posted on 10/25/2006 8:05:53 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: VA Voter
"While this inability to create responsible, efficient governments is often blamed on cultural factors, Islam is a major component of all those cultures. "
For greater clarity, the life of society could be divided in three more or less autonomous areas [albeit they influence and interpenetrate one another]:
1. Economics;
2. Culture [everything man-made, excepting 1) and 3) in the life of that society from national cuisine and architecture to song, dance and pottery shards - the stuff of ethnographists and archaeologists]
3. Sociological [i.e. civilization proper] aspects - how that society exists and self-perpetuates as sociologicalkly distinct entity, i.e. how its members relate to one another and to their groups in socially important situations. Sociological aspects of "national character", value systems [weltanschauung] and dominant religions come right here. This is merely an elaboration of Huntington's thesis - he used the whole religion [and not only its sociological side] as a convenient marker.
The point addressed is civilizational, pure and simple. And it is not resticted to religion, since, for example, tribalism plays quite a role, too.
6 posted on 10/25/2006 8:09:54 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: VA Voter

long, good one

7 posted on 10/25/2006 8:18:40 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: VA Voter

Facts do not cease to exist just because they are ignored: Aldous Huxley.

8 posted on 10/25/2006 8:28:22 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: VA Voter

The Arab world's problem is a complete lack of good sects..

9 posted on 10/25/2006 8:36:54 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Old Professer

That quote was in today's cryptoquote. Once I figured Aldous, it was easy. The soma has yet to affect my mind.

-Nancy "the grandmother" Pelosi will lead us into a brave new world.

10 posted on 10/25/2006 8:37:02 AM PDT by neocon1984 (end the idiocy of post-modernism)
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To: VA Voter

It is a war between Islam and and the English Speaking West. The non-English speaking West has opted out and is surrendering piecemeal. Terrorism is simply the name we have given this era's Saracens. Right now we are trying to neutralize the "terrorists" and it is like trying to catch all the bullets fired against us without going after the guy with the gun.

11 posted on 10/25/2006 9:01:36 AM PDT by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE)
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To: VA Voter
if we just leave them alone, things will work themselves out

This is a true insight. If we leave them alone things will truly work themselves out. What can be truer than that? Europe is leaving them alone and things are working themselves out. Europe is working out to being Islamized. Sharia will be the rule in another generation.

12 posted on 10/25/2006 9:05:30 AM PDT by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE)
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To: VA Voter

It's important to note that in any population, there are only a small, finite number of people who on their own have the initiative to get trained and go to another country to fight.

If you can lure those people out of their home country, to go to a battlefield of your choosing, to fight and be killed by your well-trained soldiers, you will soon drain their home country of this type of person.

Those that remain might be able to fight, but they cannot get up the steam to leave their own country to do so, which means that while they might hate your guts, they will do nothing about it.

Certainly nothing like going to your country and attacking your civilians.

And this is the bottom line of the WoT. The WoT will end when the Moslem nations of the world run out of such people, who are willing to put in the effort to travel and be terrorists.

In the WoT, the Islamist casualties have been brutal. And have brutally culled the best of their best, the biggest threats to our homeland. And while many in the second tier, those who would terrorize their own country, have also been killed, in the long run, they threaten us far less than they threaten their own people.

13 posted on 10/25/2006 9:51:14 AM PDT by Popocatapetl
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To: VA Voter; All
I have psuedoblogged this menace to the West, and all it holds dear and good and right, for years:

Islam, The Alleged Religion of Peace®? Click this picture:

It is my opinion that we are already in WWIV ( WWIII being the Cold War )...and the barbarians are already inside our gates...Better look up your local mosque ...and at our neighbour's gates, as well:

Terror Strike Toronto ( Aborted! )-- Click the picture:

Click the picture ( but be warned, it's brutal ):


14 posted on 10/25/2006 11:33:04 AM PDT by backhoe (A Nuke for every Kook- what a Clinton "legacy...")
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To: sheik yerbouty

“The Arab world's problem is a complete lack of good sects..”
Should read:
” The Arab world's problem is a complete lack of good sex…”

15 posted on 10/25/2006 4:33:20 PM PDT by VA Voter
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To: VA Voter

Though they have no lack of goat sex..

16 posted on 10/25/2006 5:41:29 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: 3AngelaD
To sum up: They screwed up their own countries and now they are here trying to screw up ours.

It's In The Koran!
Click the Pic

17 posted on 10/25/2006 5:54:32 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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