Yes, it's a war against Islam

More proof that the conflict is between Colonial Capitalism and Islam.
The demands of the so called "extremist" Muslims (and I am not even referring
to Muslims invloved with Al Qaida and groups like it) is what? For the
modern day colonialists (USA, Britain etc.) to leave the lands of the Muslims
and their resources to the rightful owners; the Muslims.
Perhaps the Islamic Caliphate will be established in our life time and then
peace, justice and progress will follow for all just peoples of the world,
non-Muslim and Muslim.

Defining the enemy: The real enemy is not terror, it's an ideology
David Brooks

WASHINGTON When foreign policy wonks go to bed, they dream of being X. They dream of writing the all-encompassing, epoch-defining essay, the way George Kennan did during the cold war under the pseudonym X.

Careers have been spent racing to be X. But in our own time, the 9/ 11commission has come closer than anybody else. After spending360 pages describing a widespread intelligence failure, the commissioners step back in their report and redefine the nature of America's predicament.

We Americans are not in the middle of a war on terror, they note. We're not facing an axis of evil. Instead, we are in the midst of an ideological conflict.

We are facing, the report notes, a loose confederation of people who believe in a perverted stream of Islam that stretches from Ibn Taimaya to Sayyid Qutb. Terrorism is just the means they use to win converts to their cause.

It seems like a small distinction - emphasizing ideology instead of terror - but it makes all the difference, because if you don't define your problem correctly, you can't contemplate a strategy for victory.

When you see that our enemies are primarily an intellectual movement, not a terrorist army, you see why they are in no hurry.

With their extensive indoctrination infrastructure of madrasas and mosques, they're still building strength, laying the groundwork for decades of struggle. Their time horizon can be totally different from our own.

As an ideological movement rather than a national or military one, they can play by different rules. There is no territory they must protect. They never have to win a battle but can instead profit in the realm of public opinion from the glorious martyrdom entailed in their defeats. We think the struggle is fought on the ground, but they know the struggle is really fought on satellite TV, and they are far more sophisticated than we are in using it.

The9 / 11commission report argues that we have to fight this war on two fronts. We have to use intelligence, military, financial and diplomatic capacities to fight Al Qaeda. That's where most of the media attention is focused. But the bigger fight is with a hostile belief system that can't be reasoned with but can only be "destroyed or utterly isolated."

The commissioners don't say it, but the implication is clear. We've had an investigation into our intelligence failures; we now need a commission to analyze our intellectual failures. Simply put, the unapologetic defenders of America often lack the expertise they need.

And scholars who really know the Islamic world are often blind to its pathologies. They are so obsessed with the sins of the West, they are incapable of grappling with threats to the West.

We also need to mount our own ideological counteroffensive. The commissioners recommend that the United States should be much more critical of autocratic regimes, even friendly ones, simply to demonstrate our principles. They suggest we set up a fund to build secondary schools across Muslim states, and admit many more students into our own. If you are a philanthropist, here is how you can contribute: We need to set up the sort of intellectual mobilization we had during the cold war, with modern equivalents of the Congress for Cultural Freedom, to give an international platform to modernist Muslims and to introduce them to Western intellectuals.

Most of all, we need to see that the landscape of reality is altered. In the past, we've fought ideological movements that took control of states. Our foreign policy apparatus is geared toward relations with states: negotiating with states, confronting states.

Now we are faced with a belief system that is inimical to the state system, and aims at theological rule and the restoration of the caliphate. We'll need a new set of institutions to grapple with this reality, and a new training method to understand people who are uninterested in national self-interest, traditionally defined.

Last week, I met with a leading military officer stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq, whose observations dovetailed remarkably with the 9/ 11commissioners. He said the experience of the last few years is misleading; only 10 percent of our efforts from now on will be military. The rest will be ideological. He observed that we are in the fight against Islamic extremism now where we were in the fight against communism in1880 .

We've got a long struggle ahead, but at least we're beginning to understand it.

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Any war against Islam is a war against decency

walrus 01.Aug.2004 02:37

There is not a particle of difference between extreme Islam, and extreme Christianity, extreme Judism, or extreme Hinduism.

All religious fundamentalism, which seeks to extinguish those of other religions, is a crime against humanity and a crime against God.

Anyone who willfully participates in a so-called holy war against the Jews, against the Christians, or against the Muslims, is exercising his right to be terminally stupid.

Strickly speaking....

KIng Amdo 01.Aug.2004 11:55

...its a battle between a order consctucted from ritual racist child abuse (how the freemason christian build their temple), and real religions/auspicious realities.

Allah Akbar

King Amdo.

Where are Christianity and Judaism?

observations 01.Aug.2004 19:12

I have been observing for the past 50+ decades, Christianity and Judaism, especially in the west
(mostly USA, Britian) have split up into a segment that supports and advocates Zionism.
It is this segment of Zionist Christians and Jews who have forged tight bonds with Capitalist
Colonialism. Perhaps this happened in reality long long before 50 or so decades ago.

In the meantime, the Christians and Jews who follow other than Zionist ideology have little or
no clout in reality. This is where Islam has filled the void since about a century of stagnation
in the Muslim lands. Now Islam's Muslims have split up (interestingly) into 3 segments:
1) General Muslims who appose capitalistic-colonialism imposed on them.
2) The activists who oppose capitalistic-colonialism imposed on them.
3) The "uncle-Tom" Muslims who __support__ the colonialism imposed on ___their fellow___ Muslims.

The 2nd segment of activist Muslims are further divided into those who participate in physical
opposition and those who participate in intellectual opposition.

IMPORTANT POINT: Of all the segements of Muslims, the ones who oppose capitalistic-colonialism
actively, offensively, physically are the minority and number a few relative to the population
of the Muslims world-wide.
NOTE: This does not include the Muslims who oppose capitalistic-colonialism physically in
__self-defense___ such are Iraq.

The Zionist Christians and Zionist Jewish scholars have always understood and realized that their
main Islamic opposition is the Muslim segment that opposes capitalistic-colonialism
___actively and intellectually___. These are the groups that are most feared by the
capitalistic-colonialist scholars. These are the groups that the scholars are preventing from
presenting their case in a public forum. These are the groups that the scholars wish to slander
by any means possible, be truth or lies. These are the groups that are working toward the
establishment of an Islamic Caliphate so that all the Muslims will be united under one Supreme
Islamic State, and all it's populations, non-Muslim and Muslim populations will be secure from
foreign colonial invasion and plunder.

I have read many articles and heard about public dialogues between __sincere__scholars who advocate
capitalism and the Muslims who advocate the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate, but where?
Mostly in countries in Europe, particularly Britain, but never in the USA.
The scholars in the US (atleast the ones who support Zionism) are extremely afraid to have a
sincere intellectual debate with Muslims who advocate the Islamic Caliphate, so the Zionist
scholars resort to monopolizing the media and falsely slandering the Muslims who advocate
the Islamic Caliphate as "extremists".

If people (the general public) truly believes in capitalism as benevolent to humanity then let's
have a sincere dialogue between capitalist supporters and an alternate _competing_ system, ie.
Islam; not political Islam, not extremist Islam; simply Islam!