Endless war *UPDATED*

(It will give you a sense of just how busy my weekend was that it took me two days to do this one post!)

A very popular bumper sticker in Marin since 2003 is one that has the phrase “Endless War” in blue type, with the “less” then crossed out with a red line, and the word “this” interlineated above it.  To anti-war liberals, it is both a descriptive and an imperative, in one neat little bumpersticker.  How clever.  (Although I do wonder if they these same liberals are going to scrape these tidy little messages off their bumpers now that Obama has inherited Afghanistan and Iraq and begins to figure out that disengagement isn’t that easy — but that’s a thought for another post.)

What I want to blow about here is the true endless war in which we’re engaged.  That war is the defensive war against Islam.  I should probably define “we” before I begin.  “We” is not America or, as we were reminded in India, the “West.”  “We” is anyone and any thing and any place that is not Islamic.

We need to remember that, although we keep laying down our arms, Islam never does.  From the moment of its inception, it’s been in a state of perpetual warfare against the “other” — and that’s because its founder, Mohammad, mandated that same perpetual warfare as an intrinsic part of each Muslim’s obligation.  It’s not a byproduct of the religion; it is the religion.

This religious imperative means that Islam did not spread rapidly at the time of its inception because it carried such a wonderful doctrinal message that everyone in surrounding territories instantly jumped on the Muslim bandwagon.  Instead, it spread rapidly because the Islamists, fired by fervor and greed (since it’s not theft to take and rape from non-Muslims), put North Africa and today’s Middle East to the sword.

“Convert or die” may not be a phrase rich with religious conviction, but it’s going to carry a lot of weight with a lot of people.  When you then back-up that forced conversion with a promise that any lapse will also be punishable by death — well, I can guarantee you that, in a single generation, you’re going to see a lot of new Muslims.

History shows us that, whenever Islam obtains critical mass, it goes on the offensive.  Although PC-ers love to point to the Crusades as an early example of evil Western imperialism, their historic ignorance allows them to forget that, in fact, it was a defensive war aimed at recovering formerly Christian territories from Muslim encroachment.

Likewise, although I am loath to celebrate Ferdinand and Isabella, given both that they fought with exceptional cruelty and that they swept the Jews up into their net (a bad Crusader habit too), the fact is that their internal Crusades were also aimed at recovering land that the North African Muslims had earlier conquered.  We can romanticize those Muslims as much as we like — they did indeed have a rich, beautiful, intellectual culture — but the historic reality remains that they were still part of a continuum of conquest that originated with Mohammad.

The same century that saw Spain recover formerly Christian territories from Muslim invaders also saw the savage Ottoman attack against the ancient Byzantine kingdom in Constantinople.  When that kingdom city fell, so fell the last true outpost of the Christian Roman Empire.

In 1453, Constantinople became Istanbul, beginning the long and powerful reign of the Ottoman Turks — a reign that only began to weaken more than 300 years later at the Gates of Vienna at the end of 1683.  That date’s not a typo, by the way.  Few people remember, if they ever knew (and that includes Europeans too) that Islam was relentlessly pressing on Europe as little as 400 years ago.  That’s a length of time that, although far away in terms of years, is relatively close in terms of the modern European culture we enjoy.  The world then was trembling on the brink of the Englightenment that still underpins our perception of man’s relationship to man, God and government.

The defeat of the Ottoman Empire marked the beginning of a dormant period in Muslim expansionism.  I use the word dormant deliberately because of it’s connotation with volcanoes.  Before the modern scientific era, people were unable to distinguish a dormant volcano, one merely resting but with the potential to blow, from an extinct one that has truly ended its functional life.

In the same way, many in the West assumed that, after 1683, Islam was a regional religion, with little potential impact on the West.  If not extinct, it was as near as made no difference.  History, however, should have warned us that Islam does not go extinct; it goes dormant, awaiting the critical mass of human lava, which is a sufficiently numerical and powerful jihadist element.  And then, as does the dormant volcano, Islam explodes, pressing violently against anything in its path.

What’s different this time in the endless Islamic war against the “other” is that the flat earth such liberals as Thomas Friedman love to tout means that geographic proximity is no longer a limiting factor in Muslim conquest.  From the Muslim point of view, the entire world is pressing against its borders and, with Iran’s potential nuclear weapons, and its own human bombs in search of virginized martyrdom, that world is ready to blow.

In other words, the endless war isn’t in Iraq.  It’s in each of our backyards.  We’re all living on the volcano’s edge.

UPDATEHere is scholarly back-up supporting my unscholarly contention that a core element of Islam is to wage perpetual war against unbelievers.

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  1. USMaleSF says

    Nicely done, Bookworm. Nicely done. As usual.

    An errant pre-morning-coffee thought. A lot of folks in Bluest San Francisco get enamored of images which purport to show how We Are All InterDependent. I get the story of the butterfly fluttering its wings, which one day turns into a hurricane on the other side of the world. But, funny thing, the fluttering wings of the Islamic butterfly seem not only to entirely escape their notice, but they become irate and highminded when I try to point it out. I must be paranoid, I guess, huh?

  2. Mike Devx says

    Book says,
    >> History, however, should have warned us that Islam does not go extinct; it goes dormant, awaiting the critical mass of human lava, which is a sufficiently numerical and powerful jihadist element. And then, as does the dormant volcano, Islam explodes, pressing violently against anything in its path. >>

    I think it is justifiable to accuse the Saudis of deliberately attempting to shock Islam out of this dormancy via their intense propaganda effort of spreading Wahhabi Islam, which encourages the “powerful jihadist element”. I’m not sure the Saudis are happy about the rise of jihadism – since jihadist elements are attacking them too – but they at a minimum accept it as a side effect of their deliberate reintroduction of ascendant and triumphal Islam. I personally believe that the Saudis find jihadism to be perfectly appropriate and that they are in fact encouraging it.

  3. Charles Martel says

    I read a suggestion on another board, maybe a year ago, that the civilized world may have to quarantine Islam until it can interact with other cultures peacefully and rationally. The quarantine would be literal — Muslim countries would not be permitted in the air or on the seas without permission from the rest of the world. Their airlines and merchant fleets would be subject to inspection or interdiction at will by quarantine enforcers.

    Muslims would be forbidden to emigrate to any countries in the civilized world, and their militaries would be forbidden to possess nuclear or advanced weapons. However, they would be free to fight and kill each other all they want, which seems to be a favorite Muslim pastime, without fear of intervention from outside powers.

    What would probably precipitate the quarantine would be the nuking of a South Asian or European city, by either Pakistan or Iran. After the world’s great powers buh-bied either or both countries with a nuclear bombardment, the quarantine would go into effect to prevent a second occurrence.

    But before all this happens, the United States is going to face an internal crisis over Islam. Our constitution clearly establishes religious freedom, so Muslims are free to worship as they please. But they practice the only major religion (aside from some very minor white supremacist sects) in the country that is openly and explicitly dedicated to the establishment of a form of law and social organization that is antithetical to and despises democratic institutions and freedoms.

    It would be foolish to think that a U.S. Muslim superminority or majority would waste any time remaking its city, state, region or the whole country into yet another one of their religion’s shar’ia hellholes.

    I don’t have an answer for it. I think, as Book does, that we should be open, loud and persistent in pointing out Islam’s inherent viciousness. If our own fundamental law insists that we accommodate this tribal horror, at least we can exercise our freedom by pointing out to everybody the folly of allowing any of its adherents to gain power or purchase within our institutions.

  4. Ymarsakar says

    As Britain has showed, muilticulturalism and tolerance can only sustain itself so far without the need for killers that will defend the nation and its traditions.

    Only the strong have the right to be merciful and compassionate. The weak do not have such rights.

    If you offer religious groups and minorities the compassion of letting them do what they want, and you don’t have the power to back that up, you are being cruel to the innocent.

    You do not have the right to make promises you won’t be able to keep because you refuse to become the most fearsome and powerful force around.

  5. Ymarsakar says

    Btw, the Islamics are proud of the Hagia Sophia. They will never admit that Christians built it to be a cathedral, not a mosque.

    Do you know that Arabic numeras came out of the Pakistan and Indian territories when they were under Islam?

    Islam’s culture wasn’t so much beautiful as they had a talent for taking other people’s beautiful cultures and absorbing them. The quintessential definition for an expansionist empire.

  6. Mike Devx says

    Charles Martel (#3)
    >> I read a suggestion on another board, maybe a year ago, that the civilized world may have to quarantine Islam until it can interact with other cultures peacefully and rationally. The quarantine would be literal — Muslim countries would not be permitted in the air or on the seas without permission from the rest of the world. Their airlines and merchant fleets would be subject to inspection or interdiction at will by quarantine enforcers. >>

    That would make a great premise for a book or series set in the near future! But I can’t see it realistically happening… a world conflict that, if Islam loses, would set it far, far back, would be more likely to me. The seizure of all oil resources within Islamic territories would follow, along with any other punitive actions required to ensure they remain as non-threatening as possible, would also occur.

    >> What would probably precipitate the quarantine would be the nuking of a South Asian or European city, by either Pakistan or Iran. >>

    Either way, I agree with you that the nuking of a city by Islamic jihadist forces would be the precipitating crisis. They are hell-bent (to use a phrase) on nuking a city. Preferably within America, but failing that, any non-Muslim city would serve for their purposes. Their strange combination of inferiority, overweening pride, and certainty of destiny, along with their usual and therefore utterly banal hatred of all non-Muslims, guarantees that they wish to do this, and will never stop trying.

    The refusal within the West to treat their goals seriously assists in ensuring that the mushroom cloud will bloom sometime soon. Ten years on the outside, I think. Five years or less, depending on the actions of the Obama administration and other European leaders.

  7. Charles Martel says

    Mike:

    The most terrible thing about this is the hundreds of millions of (thankfully) indifferent and relatively moderate Muslims who are going to suffer from the actions of their sociopathic co-religionists.

    There doesn’t seem to be any way around it. Those Muslims who do protest the slaughters are immediately branded apostates by whatever firebrand imams are in the vicinity and are soon harrassed into hiding or are killed outright.

    I agree with you that we will have to see whether Obama and the Europeans get it. Even if the Europeans do, it’s possibly too late for them. Being Europeans, they will reflexively resort to concentration camps and mass deportations, but will have to use very old men to corral very young Muslims into cooperating. Good luck with that.

    Obama, being a man who lacks any sort of true moral center, will probably dither until some decisive event, such as a war between Iran and Israel, forces him to take a side. I think our hope there is that Obama will have a conversion experience, the same way people like Roger Simon, Dennis Miller and David Mamet had after 9-11.

    So, here we are, Mike, hoping the West will do what the West always does — wake up in just the nick of time and somehow survive through a combination of luck, good fortune, luck, happy coincidence, luck and Muslim ineptitude.

    Oh, and some luck.

  8. Mike Devx says

    >> So, here we are, Mike, hoping the West will do what the West always does — wake up in just the nick of time and somehow survive through a combination of luck, good fortune, luck, happy coincidence, luck and Muslim ineptitude. >>

    We’d certainly survive the nuking of any city, even New York City. The resulting war would still be as you’ve described above, but let me add: As usual, we’d get it ridiculously wrong at first, just as with Iraq, and we’d stumble and bumble, and suffer setbacks, only eventually to get it right. (And the Democrats would go along for the ride, only later to offer extreme and vicious criticism, pretending they never went along with it at all.)

  9. Mike Devx says

    A Mumbai-specific excerpt concerning the torture of the victims.

    But the bodies of the victims in this attack bore such signs about the kind of violence of urban warfare that I am still unable to put my thoughts to words,” he said.

    Asked specifically if he was talking of torture marks, he said: “It was apparent that most of the dead were tortured. What shocked me were the telltale signs showing clearly how the hostages were executed in cold blood,” one doctor said.

    The other doctor, who had also conducted the post-mortem of the victims, said: “Of all the bodies, the Israeli victims bore the maximum torture marks. It was clear that they were killed on the 26th itself. It was obvious that they were tied up and tortured before they were killed. It was so bad that I do not want to go over the details even in my head again,” he said.

    from:
    http://www.rediff.com/news/2008/nov/30mumterror-doctors-shocked-at-hostagess-torture.htm

  10. Charles Martel says

    I used to ask myself how Allah is served by the grostesque torture of non-Muslims. How is the supreme deity gratified or honored by the sadistic disfigurement and dismantling of his creations?

    Then I came to my senses and thumbed through my copy of the Qu’ran, where I came across description after description, all in loving detail, of how Allah intends to torture for eternity those who have dared to not submit to him. Who cares if his most devoted followers jump the gun a bit and start the torture before death?

    Then I read further and came to understand that Allah has predestined all men for either Heaven or Hell. Even the good man who never lies, prays devoutly and treats all others with justice and compassion will go to Hell if Allah has predestined him to do so.

    The violent, murderous, lying man who has left ruin and sorrow in his wake will go to Heaven, which apparently is a bordello, if Allah has preordained it so.

    Mohammed could not have done a better job of creating a religion designed to make men both violent and despairing.

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