Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Why We Can Lose to the Islamists

I’ve written quite a bit on the non-violent tactics of the Islamists. That’s the major theme of my blog. And these non-violent tactics have yet to be addressed in this conflict between the Islamists and the free non-Muslim world.

Though the war on terror as a name for this conflict is slowly being discredited, there is little to replace it. Though politicians, MSM analysts and media have agreed that we now face a fascist ideology held and promoted by what we call terrorists, they seem unable to say what the actual tactics are of those who hold that ideology beyond calling them terrorists. Thus, with their circular logic, they arrive back to square one. We must do something to end terrorism. When that happens, out marches the right and left solutions to the problem, all of which have done little to reduce that actual advance of the ideology throughout world.

From the Sudan to Somalia to Iran to Palestine to Afghanistan to Pakistan to Malaysia and Indonesia, the Islamists are advancing their objectives throughout the Muslim world through violent jihad and non-violent infiltration and intimidation. In the non-Muslim world, under the secular beliefs of multiculturalism and political correctness, Islamists have advanced their ideological agenda forcing the governments and institutions of the non-Muslim World to submit to Islamist demands under the promise of peaceful co-existence.

The result is that the non-Muslim world finds itself impotent or even unaware of the threat to its civilization, morals, values and beliefs.

Daniel Pipes writing recently in The Sun describes how the non-Muslim world can lose this clash of civilizations.

On the face of it, the West's military predominance makes victory seem inevitable. Even if Tehran acquires a nuclear weapon, Islamists have nothing like the military machine the Axis deployed in World War II, nor the Soviet Union during the Cold War. What do the Islamists have to compare with the Wehrmacht or the Red Army? The SS or Spetznaz? The Gestapo or the KGB? Or, for that matter, to Auschwitz or the gulag? Yet more than a few analysts, including myself, worry that it's not so simple. Islamists (defined as those who demand to live by the sacred law of Islam) might do better than the earlier totalitarians. They could even win. That's because, however strong the Western hardware, its software contains some potentially fatal bugs.

Pipes exposes what those three fatal bugs are - pacifism, self-hatred, and complacency.

  • Pacifism: Among the educated, the conviction has taken hold that "there is no military solution"to current problems, a mantra applied to Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, the Kurds, terrorism, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. But this pragmatic pacifism overlooks the fact that modern history abounds with military solutions. What were the defeats of the Axis, America in Vietnam, or the Soviet Union in Afghanistan if not military solutions?

  • Self-hatred: Significant elements in several Western countries — especially America, Britain, and Israel — believe their own governments to be repositories of evil and see terrorism as just punishment for past sins. This "we have met the enemy and he is us" attitude replaces an effective response with appeasement, including a readiness to give up traditions and achievements. Osama bin Laden celebrates by name such leftists as Robert Fisk and William Blum. Self-hating Westerners have an outsize importance due to their prominent role as shapers of opinion in universities, the press, religious institutions, and the arts. They serve as the Islamists' auxiliary mujahedeen.
  • Complacency: The absence of an impressive Islamist military machine gives many Westerners, especially on the left, a feeling of disdain. Whereas conventional war — men in uniform; ships, tanks, and planes; and battles for land and resources — is simple to comprehend, the asymmetric war with radical Islam is elusive. Box cutters and suicide belts make it difficult to perceive this enemy as a worthy opponent. Senator Kerry and too many others dismiss terrorism as a mere "nuisance."

These three ‘bugs’ as Pipes call them are fertile ground for the gathering storm of intimidation, infiltration and disinformation that is the softening–up process as prelude to the coming war.


  • I particularly believe Complacency is our killer at the moment. Under it ignorance has swollen and impotence persists.

    Under Complacency we are afraid to speak out. Under Complaceny people are told to remove pig ornaments from windows for fear of offending others. We fund arabic news services from forced-tax licenses. We accept the right of people to march and riot on our streets waving banners calling for the blood of jews and non-jews alike.

    The media is perhaps the worst aspect of this. The government gets up peoples noses, but millions still trust and believe the BBC reports impartially. Bollocks of course, but every aspect of its existance is driven to treat Islam as a peaceful religion. I don't need to preach to you about this as I can see from what you are writing you certainly know your stuff. Putting it simply though, Islam is without question the most intolerant and blood-thirsty religion on earth. Oh, and in my eyes it's actually a cult.

    By Blogger J, at 7:49 AM  

  • Just one thing? Where is the nation Palestine you mentioned? I can't find it on any maps, ancient or modern. Has there ever been a nation called Palestine? Where did the name come from? And why before 1948 were the Jews in Israel called Palestinians and not Israelis as they are now called?

    Don't use the name Palestine. There is nor has there ever been a nation by that name.

    By Blogger Findalis, at 7:35 PM  

  • Quite right, there is no nation of Palestinian nor has there ever been. There was an area of land called Palestine thousands of years ago, an area inhabited mostly by Jews.

    Palestine was never a state or kingdom or self-governed area.

    The Jewish kingdom of Solomon at around 1000BC cover all the land that is now Israel including the so-called "west bank", but stretched further west into what became Transjordan (including Amman the modern capital of Jordan) all coasts of the Dead Sea, the Golan Heights and south Lebanon.

    Even after the Jews had been conquered by Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks and Egyptians there remained a Hasmonean Jewish Kingdom up until 63BC with borders that still covered both banks of the west bank and all land west to the Med. It included all of what is Gaza, Rafah and El Arish and remained the predominant people of the land.

    Only after the Roman conquest did the Jews leave their homelands.

    The area continued to be called Palestine. The problem is that at this early age there were no real nations in the Arab world (after the Jewish kingdoms were destroyed), just vast stretches of land with tribes dotted throughout.

    Part of all the modern days problems come from 1915 when the British in a bid to win favour from Turkey promised independence for the Arabs. In so doing it set a course of events that would lead to the creation of arab countries.

    The problem here is that by now most of the Jews had been persecuted out of their homelands and so the majority population that remained were Arab. When the arab-solution began to be discussed there was no word on the Jews.

    Finally in 1917 a pledge came for a national home for Jewish people. During this process a large chunk of what was once the area of Palestine was given to Emir Abdullah and named Transjordan.

    Anyway I could go and on about this. The simply fact is, Palestine never existed as a state. It is simply an area of land.

    I live in Worcestershire. It's an area sometimes called the Marches. It's a historical reference to area embracing several counties. It simply means borders. People still refer to this area as the Marches. There is no political significance to it, but I dare say had history been slightly different there would be a Marches Liberation Front operating and I, as a Worcestershire citizen would be targetted daily by MLF rockets and mortars.

    By Blogger J, at 1:14 AM  

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