Fighting Terrorism Ideologically
By: Ali Sina
The war we are
waging against Islamic terrorism is the war of ideologies. Anyone who
listened to Al Qaida's demand knows that they are waging this war to
topple our democratic governments and replace them with Khilafat. All they
want is to convert us to Islam or make us subservient to it. (Quran 9:29)
Therefore the Islamic terrorism
must be fought not just militarily but also ideologically.
terrorists are growing like Mushroom. Each one of them can take tens or
hundreds of us and no matter how many of them we kill more will just grow
from beneath the rocks.
Firstly finding them
and destroying them before they destroy us is close to impossible and
secondly they are manufactured much faster than we can eliminate them.
It does not take a
rocket scientist to realize we are losing and they are winning.
It is not because of
lack of education; Al Zawahiri is a doctor. It is not because of poverty;
Bin Laden is filthy rich. It is not about land; Israel has not grabbed any
land from Malaysia, Pakistan, Britain or America and yet the good Muslims
in these countries and all over the world want the destruction of Israel. So the hypothesis that if we educate the
Muslims and make their lives better they will not become attracted to
terrorism is false. Quite the contrary, the Islamic terrorism started when
Most of the terrorists come from middle class and they
are well educated.
Also the Islamic
terrorism is not about
occupying Palestine. This is just an excuse. Even if we allow
the Muslims to massacre all the Jews,
the Islamic terrorism will not end. It will be invigorated and will come
for the rest of us.
terrorists is insanity. Winston Churchill said, “Appeaser is one who
feeds the crocodile hoping it will eat him last”.
The problem is that
fighting them also is impossible. As someone said, they have to be lucky
just once but we have to be lucky every time.
And the fact is that
they are winning. Just count how many innocent people they killed only in
this new century across the world and how many of them we captured or
killed during this same time. Mr. Bush’s claim that we are making them
retreat is wishful thinking. For every man they lose, we lose hundreds.
next it could be you or your loved ones. And
they do not come by hundreds or thousands but by millions. You do the math
to see who will be left standing when the dust settles.
I am not trying to be
a fear monger but let us be real. We can’t win this war just by our
military might. Our funds will run out and the terrorists will only grow
Fighting an enemy that you can't see is costly. It costs us billions
while it cost them nothing. Soon we will be reduced to poverty. The funds
that had to be used for our health, education, infrastructure and old age
pension will be
spent for self defense. This will slow down our growth and our economy
will enter into a big depression. This war cannot be won just militarily.
And this is a reality that we would neglect at our own peril. Our
resources are not unlimited, but their hatred for us is.
A few of us have been
fighting this battle on ideological grounds. But what just a few people can
do? This is not even like the fight of David against Goliath but rather
the fight of a few ants against an army of elephants. Make it hyenas
because they are ready to shed our blood at sight if they could catch
The truth is that the
ideology of the terrorists is the same ideology of the “moderate
Muslims”. We are just fooling ourselves if we believe that there is a
peaceful Islam and a warring Islam. Islam is Islam and when a Muslim goes
to practice it he becomes a terrorist.
If we want to end the
Islamic terrorism, we have to end Islam. The more we hide our heads
in the sand and pretend we do not see what is going on, the more lives
will be lost.
Even though I believe
since Islam is not just a religion but a political movement bent to
conquer the world, topple the democracies and establish the Khalifat, it
is the duty of the governments to combat it, I understand their reluctance
to fight Islam head on. But this does not mean they should not fight
this ideology of terror, camouflaged as religion that has declared war on them and their people covertly.
We need to reach the
Muslim youth and tell them the truth about Islam. They must see Islam is
not a religion and all Muhammad's promises of virgins are lies. It is
better to help them out of Islam than killing them as terrorists.
Yes this is very doable. Just look at Iran today and compare it to the
Iran of 25 years ago. We need to have Internet sites in all the languages for those Muslims who can access the
Internet. But the majority can't and sites
such as this are banned in many Islamic countries. We need to have radios
broadcasting in all the languages spoken by the Muslims.
This is the cheapest
way to fight Islamic terrorism and it is the most effective one. This tree
must be withered from the root or it will continue yielding terrorists.
is time someone do something before we lose this war.