Monday, September 22, 2008

Martyrs and Murderers

In the latest issue of Israel My Glory magazine, Elwood McQuaid writes a must-read column. The issue has not yet been posted on their website, but I am sure you would enjoy the magazine if you subscribe to it. (I recommend it heartily).

In his article, Elwood discusses the murderousness of radical Islam, and the fundamental disconnect Western minds seem to have in dealing with it. Here are some excerpts, beginning with the goal of the Islamists . . .

It has been well documented that there is an identifiable clash of civilizations between the democracies and militant forces in Islam. The radical Islamist obsession is to create a global caliphate (Islamic empire) that will subjugate the Western democracies while obliterating the Jewish state.

Next, the culture of death versus the culture of life . . .

"As much as you love life, we love death," Muslim clerics teach; the same formula is found in a Palestinian textbook for second graders . . . Arabs did not invent suicide attacks, but they have produced a population pool willing to die in order to inflict damage greater than any in history. One cannot help but conclude that Muslim clerics do not exaggerate when they express contempt for life.

Justice Reid Wiener and Michael Sussman extensively analyzed the problem of inculcated shahid indoctrination of Palestinian children: "The idea of the shahid (martyr) has become so ingrained in Palestinian culture that it is a major theme in formal education, family values, religious practices, television broadcasting, posters, pre-suicide eulogies, trading cards, family celebrations, movies, music, games and summer camps."

How wide is the gulf? Here's more . . .

Muslim clerics consistently extol the rationale for suicide attacks and the glories of becoming a shahid. They in fact are at the basis of the appeal to kill oneself and the unsuspecting, in the name of religion, to win the spoils of martyrdom in paradise. Unlike what we are led to believe (by the Western media and governments) the root causes for jihadist militancy are not fostered by poverty and exasperation with deprivation or by the feeling of being kept down by "occupiers" and "aggressors." These symptoms could be alleviated by giving leaders an infusion of desire to improve the lot of their people. The primary aggravating factor is a religious premise that demands conquest and the liquidation or subjugation of all who are regarded as infidels -- thus the drive to establish a global Islamic caliphate ruled by a messiah-like potentate. Unfortunately, most Western politicians and diplomats fail to consider the depth of commitment to radical Islam that drives terrorists to kill and conquer. Such a gross lack of understanding encourages superficial attempts and solutions or appeasement that cannot possibly extract the hostility instilled through carefully cultivated hatred. Such incitement-breeding hatred confuses murder with martyrdom in the name of religion.

Elwood also makes the great point that a true martyr is a victim, not a perpetrator. If you want a true picture of martyrs, remember the Christians being fed to the lions in the Roman Coliseum. To picture someone like the 9-11 hijackers as martyrs is obscene.

I think Western culture had better wake up and realize what we're dealing with. It should start with our leaders, unless they've all become too brain dead to respond.

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