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The Dark Side of the Muslim Mind
National Anxiety Center ^ | February 05, 2003 | Alan Caruba

Posted on 02/05/2003 6:04:27 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen

In the first "Star Wars" film, Ben Kenobi, the old Jedi knight, tells young Luke Skywalker that Darth Vader had given himself over to the dark side of the Force, putting himself in service to the evil Galactic Empire. When seven other "sky walkers," our astronauts, died there were news dispatches about the immediate reaction in Baghdad. The responses reported tell us a lot about the Muslim mind.

"God wants to show that his might is greater than the Americans. God is avenging us," said a government employee Abdul Jabbar al-Quraishi. Noting that Israeli air force Col. Ilan Ramon was among the dead, a car mechanic, Mohammed Jaber al-Tamini, said, "Israel launched an aggression on us when it raided our nuclear reactor without any reason, now time has come and God has retaliated to their aggression."

In London, Abu Hamza al-Masri, a Muslim cleric wanted in Yemen on terror charges related to the bombing of the USS Cole, said that the shuttle's loss was "a sign from God", adding that it represented "a trinity of evil because it carried Americans, an Israeli and a Hindu." It is unwise to dismiss such rabid nonsense too quickly because it reflects a broad base of comparable thought among Muslims determined to harm the United States and other nations.

Let it be said that, among Muslims, there are those who are calling for reform and a re-examination of the old ways of thinking that have kept Muslims from instituting changes in education, in the way they treat women, and in the way they perceive the world. Nor is Islam the same everywhere in the world. In this analysis, the many shades of gray will fade against the necessary judgement of good and evil.

There are surely many good Muslims, but their voices are a tiny minority, vastly overwhelmed by the so-called "Arab street," a name applied to those Muslims for whom the strict interpretation of Wahhabism poses the threat to the Western world.

We know there is cause for fear and cause to destroy this form of Islam. IWahhabism is fostered and paid for by the Saudis. Their fixed goal is to impose this puritanical form of Islam on the world.)

Thus, standing against the voices of modernity is a huge psychological wall of resistance. It is to be found in the hundreds of thousands of mosques and madrasses that teach nothing more than the word of the Koran, a book held to be holy and immutable by Muslims. In Middle Eastern nations in particular, their most formative years are determined by the mastery of the Koran.

For the true believer, the Muslim's world is bounded by strict laws requiring their submission to the dictates of the Koran and the Hadith, the traditions based on interpretations of Mohammed's life and its meaning for the way life must be lived.
When there is any doubt of interpretation, a Muslim asks a local Koranic cleric.

Life is not lived outside of the Koran and, for those outside of Islam who have read it, the Koran in effect authorizes almost any act of barbarity done in the name of Allah. It draws its dictates from the seventh century world of desert tribes, constantly at war with one another, a world of slaves, concubines, and booty.

This is why educated Saudis and others could commandeer four commercial airplanes and crash them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and attempt to do the same with either the Capitol Building or the White House. Nothing in their knowledge and experience of the modern world kept them from their "sacred" mission. Nothing short of extreme vigilance will deter others who share their beliefs.

Over and over again, Muslims are reassured that their pathetic position in the world will be reversed by the will of Allah. "Don't be sad, Allah is with us." When Europe is conquered, India will be next, and so on. A Sudanese Sheik, preaching in Khartoum, told his followers, "The Prophet said that the Muslims would take India, saying 'Allah saved two groups of my nation from the fire of Hell: one group that attack India and a second group that would be with Jesus the son of Mary (in the battle of Judgement Day)." To this day, India remains divided between its Hindu and Muslim populations and threatened by Muslim Pakistan, a nation carved out to be a homeland for the Muslims who fled India when it gained independence.

As Daniel Pipes, one of the leading authorities on Islam, has written, "While most Muslims are not Islamists, all Islamist terrorists are Muslims. Islamic terrorists do not appear spontaneously, but emerge from a milieu of religious sanction, intellectual justification, financial support and organizational planning."

That is why, despite official denials, we are engaged in a religious war and it frankly does not matter whether we wage it in Afghanistan or Iraq, Iran or Indonesia or here in America.

Everything about the American character and creed opposes the kind of scrutiny and actions that must be taken to protect our nation against the handful of Islamic fanatics capable of wholesale mass murder in the name of Allah. Everything about our culture resists having to make war far from our home to bring about an end to a Muslim mindset that justifies killing Americans because we are Americans.

It is this Muslim mindset that has made it impossible to achieve any kind of peace in Israel, a nation that rose from the ashes of the European Holocaust that deliberately killed six million Jews in the last century, gathering them in from the conquered nations of that continent for slaughter. For fifty-four years, the Israelis have striven to find a measure of peace with the Arabs within and beyond their borders. Now they wage their own war to secure their lives against an implacable enemy. Their enemy is our enemy.

This is the new Crusade. It is a war against the Dark Side of Islam, Wahhabism - a religion based on conquest by the sword or any other means.

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

Alan Caruba

TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: caruba; islam
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1 posted on 02/05/2003 6:04:27 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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Noting that Israeli air force Col. Ilan Ramon was among the dead, a car mechanic, Mohammed Jaber al-Tamini, said, "Israel launched an aggression on us when it raided our nuclear reactor without any reason, now time has come and God has retaliated to their aggression."

"On 7 June 1981, Israel aircraft destroyed the Iraqi Osiraq nuclear reactor near Baghdad (Osiraq is the name given by the French supplier; the Iraqi government refers to it as the Tammuz 1 nuclear reactor). The attack represents the first and only time a nuclear power has attacked an adversary in the hope of destroying or delaying the adversary’s nuclear program. Israel argued that Iraq nuclear weapon development program represented a direct threat to Israeli security. Therefore, Israel justified the attack under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, which permits force in self-defense."


These people have serious "cause-and-effect" issues.

2 posted on 02/05/2003 6:25:26 AM PST by an amused spectator
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To: Stand Watch Listen
What God (The God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob) showed us
was precisley this... the root of Islam ..its true face...not the slick Madison Ave. camo job....
The tragedy has reveled who and what CAIR's & Saudi oil money have greased....our politicians and propagandists ......
3 posted on 02/05/2003 6:29:53 AM PST by joesnuffy
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4 posted on 02/05/2003 6:59:37 AM PST by happygrl
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5 posted on 02/05/2003 7:15:24 AM PST by Paul Ross (From the State Looking Forward to Global Warming!)
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Nothing short of extreme vigilance violence will deter others who share their beliefs.
6 posted on 02/05/2003 7:44:12 AM PST by kanawa
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7 posted on 02/05/2003 7:56:04 AM PST by DoctorMichael (Liberals SuK; Liberalism SuX)
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Islamists are the latest and most visible, at the moment, form of tyranny. There are two primary ways to get things done. One is through moral persuasion and common sense, inspiring hope, the other is through force and intimidation, inspiring fear. The U.S. was formed on the basis of moral persuasion and common sense reasoning. Communism and now Islamism are formed on the basis of force and intimidation.

The use of force and intimidation is by far the easiest way to accomplish a goal, up to a point. At some point the use of fear ceases to produce the desired effect. Control is maintained but, due to human nature, the desired results start to disappear.

Inspiring hope through moral persuasion and common sense has lasting effects because they harnesses the natural self-interest of all mankind, not just the few physically strong ones.

(This principle operates in the way we raise our kids, how we relate to each other daily, how we buy and sell, run our businesses, etc. It is also easily seen in such organizations as the mafia, labor unions, and school yard bullies. The church is the antidote. Which side wins determines the nature of our society.)

Human nature will prevail eventually but it sometimes takes years and the loss of millions of lives to emerge victorious. Are we going to allow a few bullies and moral idiots to cast us into years of darkness? Not as long as we have a strong leader like Bush and not as long as we stand behind him. The opposition is turning up the volume and getting frenetic. Now is the time to summon resolve and stand firm.
8 posted on 02/05/2003 9:06:45 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot
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9 posted on 02/05/2003 10:19:13 AM PST by swarthyguy (Target: Riyadh)
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10 posted on 02/05/2003 10:36:56 AM PST by Enemy Of The State (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line)
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I didn't know that Islam had a bright side.
11 posted on 02/05/2003 10:50:38 AM PST by jeremiah (Sunshine scares all of them, for they all are cockaroaches)
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12 posted on 02/05/2003 10:52:40 AM PST by nutmeg
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Most excellent. I shall put it to good use. :-)
13 posted on 02/05/2003 11:14:25 AM PST by an amused spectator
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14 posted on 02/05/2003 5:46:31 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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