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Daily Linz 5 - Ignoble Islam
It is a travesty that Abu Bakar Bashir is alive to spew such vileness. For his complicity in the mass-murders of 2002 he should have been put to death, preferably in a manner appropriate to his stinking religion, such as stoning. But his stinking religion is the world’s fastest-growing. Over one-and-a-half billion Muslims infest some fifty countries. That means one-and-a-half billion deeply stupid people, believing utter nonsense, more and more of whom are ready to surrender their own lives in the course of destroying others’. In the words of their mentor-maggot, bin Laden, they love death just as Westerners love life.
There is both reassurance and folly in George W. Bush’s speech on terrorist-maggotry today at the National Endowment for Democracy. It is reassuring that he appears to be unmoved by the tide of treacherous Saddamy lapping at his doorstep:
“Recently our country observed the fourth anniversary of a great evil, and looked back on a great turning point in our history. We still remember a proud city covered in smoke and ashes, a fire across the Potomac, and passengers who spent their final moments on Earth fighting the enemy. We still remember the men who rejoiced in every death, and Americans in uniform rising to duty. And we remember the calling that came to us on that day, and continues to this hour: We will confront this mortal danger to all humanity. We will not tire, or rest, until the war on terror is won.”
Reassuring also that the President does not buy into the view that what Western civilisation faces can be dismissed as mere random madness:
“The images and experience of September the 11th are unique for Americans. Yet the evil of that morning has reappeared on other days, in other places—in Mombasa, and Casablanca, and Riyadh, and Jakarta, and Istanbul, and Madrid, and Beslan, and Taba, and Netanya, and Baghdad, and elsewhere. In the past few months, we've seen a new terror offensive with attacks on London, and Sharm el-Sheikh, and a deadly bombing in Bali once again. All these separate images of destruction and suffering that we see on the news can seem like random and isolated acts of madness; innocent men and women and children have died simply because they boarded the wrong train, or worked in the wrong building, or checked into the wrong hotel. Yet while the killers choose their victims indiscriminately, their attacks serve a clear and focused ideology, a set of beliefs and goals that are evil, but not insane [italics mine].”
But it’s disturbing that he repeats the error of separating the species from the genus:
“Some call this evil Islamic radicalism; others, militant Jihadism; still others, Islamo-fascism [!!!!—has the President been reading SOLOHQ?!]. Whatever it's called, this ideology is very different from the religion of Islam. This form of radicalism exploits Islam to serve a violent, political vision: the establishment, by terrorism and subversion and insurgency, of a totalitarian empire that denies all political and religious freedom. These extremists distort the idea of jihad into a call for terrorist murder against Christians and Jews and Hindus—and also against Muslims from other traditions, who[m] they regard as heretics."
That’s where Mr. Bush is wrong. Jihad, the slaying of idolators “wherever ye find them” is at the heart of Islam and permeates the Koran. The fact that most Muslims are not currently engaged in it doesn’t mean it’s not a requirement of their religion. It is. As Jihad Watch Board Vice-President Hugh Fitzgerald puts it:
“... analysts falter who think that Jihad was invented by—oh, name your year, it could be 1954, with Sayyid Qutb, or 1928, with Hassan al-Banna, or 1924, with the fury over Ataturk's ending the Caliphate, or 1798, with the entry of Napoleon into Egypt. In reality, Jihad is as old as, as continuous as, Islam itself, which is why those who write books with titles such as ‘After Jihad’ must be looked at in wonder and suspicion at their bland and self-assured ignorance. That's why all books that remind us that terrorism is only a part of the problem, not the most important part, and that Islam itself is a threat to artistic expression, to science, to all free and skeptical inquiry, and to the emphasis on the individual that is, in Western societies, at the heart of our political and social understandings, are so valuable.”
Islam itself is a malignancy on the body of humanity. The actions of its consistent, true practitioner-maggots demonstrate that. But Bush can’t afford to say it. He himself is in thrall to a vicious religion that seems benign only because it has lost its political power—and under his Administration threatens to reclaim it. The President is undone by his own contradictions. Objectivists must point this out, loudly and relentlessly.
Still, he is correct in this respect:
“Our enemy is utterly committed. As Zarqawi has vowed, ‘We will either achieve victory over the human race or we will pass to the eternal life.’ And the civilized world knows very well that other fanatics in history, from Hitler to Stalin to Pol Pot, consumed whole nations in war and genocide before leaving the stage of history. Evil men, obsessed with ambition and unburdened by conscience, must be taken very seriously—and we must stop them before their crimes can multiply.”
We must. The President’s own philosophical confusion does not change that imperative. He is confused, not vicious. He is still beholden to, and has explicitly endorsed, the constitutional separation of church and state. The War on Terror is a battle for an essentially noble, free civilisation with warts against an agenda that is wholly, conscientiously cancerous. The West, contrary to the Bashir-maggot, must never agree to be consumed by it. Western civilisation represents the triumph of reason. More reason, and only reason, can remove its warts. We must, in the meantime, support all efforts to preserve its body—and applaud the President’s optimism:
“We do know the love of freedom is the mightiest force of history. And we do know the cause of freedom will once again prevail.”
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