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Jihad, Suicide, Murder & Lies
CNSNews.com ^ | May 21, 2003 | Alan Caruba

Posted on 05/22/2003 11:41:22 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen

Can the United States trust the leaders of Saudi Arabia? This is comparable to asking if the Israelis can trust the Palestinians.

I was not surprised when Islamic suicide bombers struck in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In the capital of a nation that considers itself the most Islamic of all nations, those who have preached and underwritten it for decades put Jihad on full display. This was followed by announcements that more bombings could be coming - either there or in the U.S.

In what I regard as a disingenuous and possibly duplicitous "spin" on the event, the spokesman for the Saudi royal family, the only "government" in Saudi Arabia, told Americans that our two nations are now clearly the common enemies of al Qaeda. Simply stated, Americans have nothing in common with Saudi Arabia other than the oil pumped from beneath its sands.

It is essential to keep in mind that the attack was on a compound where Americans and other westerners lived. Its intent was to drive these "infidels" out of Saudi Arabia. The Saudis believe contact with the West is a form of spiritual contamination.

The situation in Saudi Arabia is very murky. Osama bin Ladin did issue a call for the overthrow of the Saudi royal family. Fundamentalist Muslims have challenged the Saudi royal family in the past, but the royal family are themselves fundamentalists. The Saudis have spent billions to spread Wahhabism, the most fundamentalist form of Islam, via mosques and madrasses in nations around the world, including the US. They have given millions to the Palestinians to sustain the war against Israel.

What and who are we to believe? On 9-11, we were the target of an attack in which fifteen of the nineteen perpetrators were Saudis. American soldiers were killed in a bombing in Dhahran in 1996. They thwarted the efforts of US investigators to determine who perpetrated the bombing. There is some confusion as to whether the Saudis are providing full cooperation to US investigators of the Riyadh bombing. Recently, the US announced it was withdrawing its troops from Saudi Arabia. The question in my mind is this; did the Riyadh bombing serve what the Saudis believe to be their real interest, the advancement of Islam?

To understand the fanaticism and insanity driving the Jihad, one must examine the phenomenon at the very heart of the violence being visited on "infidel" and Muslim alike, the suicide-murderer. It is the ultimate expression of Islam, whether the bomber is a Palestinian, a Saudi, a Moroccan, a Chechen, an Egyptian or any other nationality.

Because suicide and, in particular, suicide for the purpose of murdering people, is so utterly foreign to the minds of Americans, the depth of the Islamic Jihad loose in the world is only beginning to be understood. Apologists for Islam continue to claim it is a peaceful religion, but the evidence that it is not is written in the blood of its victims.

Both Christianity and Judaism prohibit suicide. Both prohibit murder. Indeed, the Hebrew translation of "Thou shall not kill" is actually "Thou shall not commit murder ." Islam prohibits suicide, too, but it not only authorizes suicide for the purpose of committing murder, i.e., martyrdom, it encourages it. Anyone who is seen to be an enemy of Islam may be killed. This is utterly devoid of any connection to modern civilization, but until 9-11, suicide-murders, called "martyrdom operations", enjoyed wide support in the Arab world. Only after did they become the subject of debate.

The Jihad, so far, has resulted in the US suppression of the Taliban, al Qaeda's surrogates in Afghanistan, and the extension of US power into the heart of the Middle East, Iraq. We are there to stay for a long time. Until the Islamic Jihad is eliminated, it will remain a threat to every civilized nation, including Islamic nations struggling to be a part of the modern world.

My own reading of history suggests Jihad may, in fact, signal the death knell of this seventh century barbarous personality cult. Many enlightened, former Muslims have rejected Islam even in the face of the Koran's death penalty for apostasy. Jihad is the desperation of fundamentalist Muslims trying to save Islam from what they perceive as its decline. In this respect, Jihad, with its emphasis on terror, reflects the rise and fall of Communism in Soviet Russia.

There are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world and I am guessing most are genuinely peaceful, decent people. This "holy war" threatens them no less than the rest of us "infidels."

(Alan Caruba writes "Warning Signs," a weekly column posted at the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center.)


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1 posted on 05/22/2003 11:41:23 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Ya know . . . I might be more convinced if you would list some links backing your take on the issue.

LOL. Actually, I'm bookmarking this page to check each one of your links. This is one subject I need to learn a lot more about.

2 posted on 05/22/2003 11:44:55 AM PDT by geedee (Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside)
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Satan's greatest triumph was convincing the world he doesnt exist
Islam's greatest is convincing that same world that it is both benevolent and non threatening
3 posted on 05/22/2003 12:57:58 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Stand Watch Listen
LINKS OF INTEREST:
YAHOO! News - Photo Gallery: "Suicide Bomber" (NOTE: Click on any of the numerous thumbnail photos to get THE BIG PICTURE.)

GOOGLE - Search Term: "HOMICIDE BOMBERS"

IDF.il: News

ISLAM ONLINE.net - Fatwa Application - "ASK THE SCHOLAR" - Topic: "MARTYR OPERATIONS CARRIED OUT BY THE PALESTINIANS" (May 22, 2003)

ISLAM ONLINE.net - Fatwa Application - "ASK THE SCHOLAR" - Topic: "PALESTINIAN WOMEN CARRYING OUT MARTYR OPERATIONS" (May 22, 2003)

YAHOO! - News Articles - Search Term: "BOMB"

YAHOO! News Articles - Key Word Topic: "MISSILE"

GOOGLE Search Term: "AL QAEDA"

GOOGLE Search Term: "AL QAIDA"

GOOGLE Search Term: "AL-QA`IDAH"

GOOGLE Search Term: "AL QAEDA AL JIHAD"

GOOGLE Search Term: "AL QAIDA AL JIHAD"

GOOGLE Search Term: "AL-QAEDA MUJAHIDEEN"

"www.1UMMAH.org: "A CALL TO JIHAD"

JIHAD.ONEUMMAH.net: "A CALL FOR JIHAD"

GOOGLE Search Term: "JIHAAD"

JIHAD ONLINE.net

AS-SAHWAH.com (ISLAMICAWAKENING.com): "JIHAD"

AS-SAHWAH.com (ISLAMICAWAKENING.com): "JIHAAD" (The Discussion Board)

CYBCITY.com/AZZAMJIHAD

Members.Lycos.co.uk/AZZAMJIHAD2

AZZAMJIHAD.8m.net

AZZAMJIHAD.8m.com

AQSA7.8m.net

AQSA7.8m.com

ISLAAM.org/Al-Mahdi: "Translation of Malik Muwatta, Book 21: "JIHAAD"
TALIYAH.org: (TALIYAH AL-MAHDI)

TALIBAN-ONLINE.com

CALIPHATE.net (includes the topics of JIHAD and the TALIBAN)

"Geocities.com/PRINCESSTALIBAN/JIHADWOMEN.html"

"PRINCESSTALIBAN.shorturl.com"

GOOGLE Search Term: "JIHAD WOMEN"

GOOGLE Search Term: "JIHADSPUN"

"JIHADUNSPUN.net"

ISLAMONLINE.net - Ask About Islam: Topic: "JIHAD AND INNER PEACE"

"JIHAD IN ISLAM: JIHAD: 'THE HIGHEST PEAK OF ISLAM'"

ALMINBAR.com: "(1478) - THE VIRTUES OF MARTYRDOM"

GOOGLE Search Term: "TALIBAN"

GOOGLE Search Term: "TALEBAN"

WorldNetDaily.com: "CANADIAN IMAN SUPPORTS JIHAD AGAINST U.S." by Art Moore (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A North American Muslim leader says he supports Saddam Hussein's call for jihad and believes Middle East Muslims should take up arms to expel U.S. troops from Iraq. "If I were there, I would fight with them," said Gamal Solaiman, imam of the mosque in Canada's capital, Ottawa. "I would fight the Americans with my nails and teeth," he declared Sunday in an interview with the CanWest News Service.") (April 8, 2003)
FREEREPUBLIC.com - Discussion Forum - Topic: "JIHAD IN AMERICA"

GOOGLE Search Term: "JIHAD IN AMERICA"

TERRORISMVICTIMS.org: "JIHAD IN AMERICA"

ISLAM ONLINE.net - Fatwa Application - Ask The Scholar: "JIHAD: NOT ONLY FIGHTING" (April 12, 2003)

ISLAM ONLINE.net - Arts and Entertainment: "SONIC JIHAD, TAKE TWO" by Ali Asadullah (February 25, 2003)

ISLAM ONLINE.net - Arts and Entertainment: "RAPPER, PARIS, UNLEASHES A 'SONIC JIHAD" by Ali Asadullah (January 8, 2003)

GUERRILLAFUNK.com (Includes "Sonic Jihad")

FREEREPUBLIC.com - Discussion Forum - Topic: "JIHAD"

GOOGLE Search Term: "JIHAD"

GOOGLE Search Term: "GIHAD"

ALHAQQ.JEERAN.COM: "JIHAD"

ALHAQQ.JEERAN.COM: "IN PRAISE OF JIHAD"

ALHAQQ.JEERAN.COM: "JIHAD SONG"

ALHAQQ.JEERAN.COM: "ISLAM THE WAY OF JIHAD"

ALHAQQ.JEERAN.COM: "THE ISLAMIC RULING ON THE PERMISSIBILITY OF MARTYR OPERATIONS"

ALHAQQ.JEERAN.COM: "VIRTUES OF SHAHADA IN THE PATH OF ALLAH"

ALHAQQ.JEERAN.COM: "EID MESSAGE FROM MULLAH UMAR"

QUDSWAY.com: "NEDA - ALQUDS: JIHAD MOVEMENT"

RELIGIOSCOPE (Translated into English by Google): "JIHAD AND JIHADISME" (includes the "Declaration of War" by Sheikh Abu Abdullah aka Ousama Ben Laden)

GOOGLE Search Term: "THE INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC FRONT FOR THE JIHAD AGAINST JEWS AND CRUSADERS"

GOOGLE Search Term: "HIRABAH"

GOOGLE Search Term: "QA `IDAT AL-JIHAD"

GOOGLE Search Term: "QAEDA AL-JIHAD"

GOOGLE Search Term: "QAIDA AL-JIHAD"

SHAREEAH.com - Contributions: "AL-JIHAAD"

E-JIHAD.net

ISLAMIC DEBATE.net

E-JIHAD.com

ISLAMIC DEBATE.com

GOOGLE Search Term: "E-JEHAD"

GOOGLE Search Term: "EL JIHAD"

GOOGLE Search Term: "EL JEHAD"

GOOGLE Search Term: "ISLAMIC JEHAD"

GOOGLE Search Term: "ISLAMIC JIHAD"

FREEREPUBLIC.com - News Discussion Threads - Search Term: "ISLAMIC JIHAD"

GOOGLE Search Term: "EGYPTIAN ISLAMIC JIHAD"

GOOGLE Search Term: "AHL AL-JIHAD"

GOOGLE Search Term: "LASKAR JIHAD"

GOOGLE Search Term: "HARKAT JIHAD"

GOOGLE Search Term: "HARKAT UL-JEHAD"

GOOGLE Search Term: "HARKAT JIHAD-I-ISLAMI"

GOOGLE Search Term: "HARKAT JIHAD-E ISLAMI"

GOOGLE Search Term: "HARAKAT JIHAD E-ISLAMI"

AlJihad.tk: "AL JIHAD-I-ISLAMI"

GOOGLE Search Term: "AL JIHADI"

JAMA'AT-UD DAWA Pakistan: "JIHAD"

"JIHAD-E-KASHMIR.org.pk"

GOOGLE Search Term: "PALESTINIAN ISLAMIC JIHAD"

ISLAMIC-PATHS.org: "Jihad and Terrorism - Fatwa: Martyr Operations Carried Out by Palestinians" by Sheikh Faysal Mawlawi (April 28, 2001)

GOOGLE Search Term: "JIHADE"

GOOGLE Search Term: "JEHADE"

GOOGLE Search Term: "JIHAD WARRIORS"

GOOGLE Search Term: "JIHAD WARRIOR"

GOOGLE Search Term: "JIHAD AL-" (NOTE: Generic search for new and/or old Jihads not on this list.)

GOOGLE Search Term: "JEHAD AL-" (NOTE: Generic search for new and/or old Jehads not on this list.)

TALIBAN.com: "JEEEEHAAAD"

4 posted on 05/23/2003 2:12:31 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy; geedee
Thanks for all the additional links...appreciate it.

5 posted on 05/23/2003 5:50:05 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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