system cannot possibly function in the modern world without
destroying it, but for the radicals, the destruction of the modern world
is the point
Stateless now, these Islamic ideologues are waging a war of
annihilation against Americans in the same way Hitler waged war against
Bolshevism. Islamic radicals
view the very existence of
as a threat to Islam. Both
National Socialism and radical Islam interpret the modern world in terms
of a global “Jewish conspiracy.”
Hitler viewed communism as part of that conspiracy, just as
radical Muslims now view the
as being controlled by a Jewish cabal.
This has been reinforced by the fact that many prominent members
of the current administration happen to be Jewish, the so-called “neocons.”
For Hitler, “jewishness” was a genetic plague that must be
destroyed by mass murder. For
Islamic radicals, “jewishness” and “christianness” both are
conditions of the soul. God
created these “enemies” for the express purpose of populating hell.
The souls of Jews and Christians are seen as irredeemable and
these corrupt souls are viewed as the fount of all the evil on earth.
The wildest accusations against Israelis are routinely accepted
in the Arab world without question.
Put simply, Muslims worldwide believe Jews are evil sub-human
creatures who are actively collaborating with the devil to destroy
God’s plan. Islamists have
eagerly adopted and revived the vilest anti-Semitism from the
“Protocols of the Elders of Zion” (a Medieval forgery), to Holocaust
denial. Reading the modern
Arab press is like being transported back in time to the Third Reich,
where Hitler is still considered a hero.
In contrast, the western press, long influenced by the liberal
penchant for interpreting all conflict in terms of material determinism,
has persisted far too long in portraying this struggle as having “root
causes” in poverty, oppression, nationalist aspirations or tribal
conflicts. Islamists are not
above playing into these false notions, especially in the case of the
supposed Palestinian “nationalist” cause.
As we begin to fathom the laws of jihad and their imperatives for
Islam’s followers, conflicts involving Muslims from
to Kosovo must now be re-interpreted.
Sayyid Qutb put it succinctly:
“The enemies of the believers may wish to change this struggle into
an economic or political or racial struggle, so that the believers
become confused concerning its true nature and the flame of belief in
their hearts goes out. This
is not a political or economic or racial struggle.
Had it been any of these, its settlement would have been easy,
and the solution of its difficulties would have been simple.
But essentially it [is] a struggle between beliefs, either
unbelief or faith, either jahiliyyah or the eternal and universal
din of Islam.”
We cannot afford to continue to buy into the notion that the
Arab-Israeli conflict is the heart of this problem.
The Arab-Israeli conflict is simply one aspect of the much
broader ideological conflict between Islam and democracy.
Nasir Ahmad al Bahri, aka Abu
Jandal, a former Osama Bin Laden bodyguard, interviewed by Al Quds Al
Arabi, August 4, 2004 said, "Al-Qaida
is no longer an entity but an ideology against
. ... The plan is now to draw the
into a confrontation with all the Islamic peoples. ... Bin Laden and al-Qaida
have succeeded in drawing the
into an unequal confrontation, not from a military technology
standpoint, but from the ideological aspect. Muslims have now reached
the point where they are fed up with the
, which lives in prosperity off our nation's resources. I believe the
is heading for its demise. Now that it has found what it wanted, al-Qaida
can melt into a new caldron, and a new giant would be reborn, of which
al-Qaida would be part. Many of the Islamic world leaders would join it,
and the confrontation with the
would be inevitable. Al-Qaida would then not be the leader, but a
The “number of Islamist
extremists in the world, as estimated by moderate Muslim leaders, [is]
about 12 million. Number of fundamentalist sympathizers: 120 million.
That's one and 10 percent of the world's Muslim population of 1.2
billion. Then there's the number who trust Osama Bin Laden more than
President Bush: a majority in Muslim countries whose populations total
This conflict is clearly
shaping up as the great ideological struggle of our generation and
perhaps for generations to come as well.
are viewed by radical Muslims as one evil entity, bent of destroying
Islam, God’s plan. Islamists
are seeking to isolate
by force and possibly by future acts of blackmail.
They have already succeeded in isolating
by propaganda alone. It is
extremely disturbing to witness liberal
such as the
American Presbyterian Church,
as the new
and making her a target of divestiture by equating Zionism with racism.
Americans and Israelis are
targeted for annihilation for what they believe as Jews and Christians.
This is not a problem that can be solved by changing
policies alone. We should
never entertain the notion that any change in American foreign policy,
such as withdrawal of our support for
, could possibly appease these ideologues.
We must always remember that
radical Islamists, to paraphrase bin Laden, “seek political goals for
It is now imperative we understand both.