United We Shall Stand,
Divided We Fall.
By Ali Sina
I am often reminded
that in our fight against terrorism we should not just single out Islam
and that other religions and especially Judaism and Christianity are
also guilty of tremendous crimes especially in the past.
A secular friend of
mine wrote: “Through Imperialistic colonial wars the good, civilized,
loving Judeo-Christians killed and robbed millions upon millions of
Asian people, African people and Native American people. Even
today, in the twenty-first (21st) century, the Judeo-Christians are
still engaged in regional wars and actively killing and stealing from
the very same victims.”
genocides and wars have formed a very strong ideology of revenge, which
is fueling the fire of terrorism.
It was not Muslim
Nations but rather European nations, the good civilized loving
Judeo-Christians who used biological weapons, (germ warfare) on the
Native Americans, killing millions of them.”
He went on to enumerate
the list of all the atrocities perpetrated by the Judeo-Christian
nations, such as the use of chemical weapons in World War I, and the
killing of tens of millions of people in World War II, and the atomic
, etc. etc. My friend then concluded: "My point is that the three
(3) Adam & Eve based religions are equally corrupt and destructive.
We cannot keep the one religion which started this and try to get rid of
the third one. The exclusion of Islam and the inclusion of Judaism and
Christianity will cause horrifying religious wars.”
I do not argue that all
the nations of the world have blood on their hands. (Although I would
argue that in most cases that he mentions religion has not been the
motive). But why stop at the Judeo-Christians? Didn’t the Japanese
massacre millions of the Chinese? Didn’t the Chinese massacre millions
of their own and subdue the Tibetans? Didn’t the Mongols wreak havoc
in the entire Asian continent and most of
? Didn’t the Persians raid and loot India? Didn’t the Turks murder a million and a half Armenians? Are the
Africans not guilty of genocide among themselves? Didn’t the Incas and
the Aztecs practice genocide? Show me one nation that can claim her
ancestors never committed atrocities! The sad truth is that we are a
murderous species. After all we are apes. There is an animal beneath our
skin. But unlike our furry cousins, we are endowed with a superior
intellect. Intellect is only a tool. It is an extremely powerful tool.
Empowered with that tool the human animal becomes lethal, the most
dangerous animal in the world.
If the intellect is a
tool, the ideologies are the pretexts. We use ideologies and beliefs to
create imaginary barriers between ourselves and once convinced of the
illusion of division, we fall on each other, and spill each other’s
My friend is absolutely
right. We are all guilty. But let us not be confused. History is
important. We must learn our lessons from the history, but we must not
live in the history. Each age has its own problems. The past is past.
The nations that were in war with each other during the WWII are now
allies. Those who fought those wars are now dead. We have our own lives
to live and our own problems to solve.
Today there is a great
danger threatening the world. It is not colonialism, communism,
capitalism, Christianity, Judaism or materialism. You may disagree with
some or all of them, even so none of them poses any threat to mankind and the peace of the world today. The world is far from perfect. There
is much to be done and we’ll have centuries to deal with our problems
and solve them.
We may also never agree with each other on everything. And who knows,
may be this is good.
But first things first!
Before you try to right all the wrongs of the world and convince
everyone that your way is the best way remember that we are in danger of
extinction. Today the Word is threatened by Islam. Watch the news. Every day the
proponents of this so called religion are killing innocent people
everywhere in the world. They are not going to stop until they kill us
all or subdue us. This is the real present-day danger that mankind is
facing. It does not come from Christianity, Judaism or any other
ideology, it comes from Islam. We must put aside all the things that we
perceive as problem and solve the problem of Islam now. If a patient is
affected by a myriad of diseases, the doctor would not try to cure her
from all her ailments at once, but rather he would focus on the one that
is more life threatening first.
There is much to be
done in the world but first you have to make sure you stay alive. Now we
are under attack. We are in a state of emergency. This enemy does not ask you whether you are Christian, Jew,
Hindu or Atheist. The enemy is killing all of us indiscriminately. They
even kill our children cold-bloodedly and cheerfully while praising
their demon god.
Our enemy sees all of
us as one, faceless, worthless entity. They kill all of us equally. It
would be foolish if we continued fighting among each other over our
petty differences. Our world is under siege from Islam, and that
involves all nations, cultures and religions.
Those who insist that
the war against terrorism must incorporate others are playing in the
hands of the enemy. I said we should not live in the history. But we
shall be doomed if we do not study history and learn from it.
The reason Muhammad
beat the mighty Arab tribes and subdued them one after the other, is
because these tribes were not united. Muhammad played them against each
other. Some he bribed, some he promised booty, some he offered
protection and others were given false assurances of immunity for
signing peace treaties. The big tribe of Banu Tamim for example, were not Muslims.
But many of them accompanied Muhammad in his expedition against the Quraish and the Hawazin for the lust of the booty alone. Muhammad
duped them. In Mecca there was no looting. This was after all his own
city and these were his own people and he was most magnanimous towards
them. But a fortnight later he attacked the Hawazin, and captured an
immense wealth of booty, in livestock and property. However he gave all
the proceeds of that loot to the dignitaries of Mecca to “soften their hearts” and win their support.
Those who fought for him in these wars received nothing. One man from B.
Tamim complained, Muhammad became outraged and Omar drew his sword to
behead the uppity protester. Soon after that
Muhammad demanded the B. Tamim to pay tithes or face destruction. By then, the B. Tamim
could no more resist the emerging despot, because thanks to their
stupidity, he had become too strong for them to beat and could crush them without mercy.
When Muhammad besieged
the Jews of Bani Qainuqa, there were other Jewish tribes living in or
Medina. But they did not come to the help of the B. Qainuqa because they had a
long standing dislike of each other. Muhammad banished the B. Qainuqa,
then he went after the Bani Nadir, banished them and confiscated their
possessions then he went after the Bani Quraiza, massacred them
all and enslaved their wives and children.
While the tribes of
were holding themselves aloof from each other and prided themselves over their
linage and nobility, the barbarian Muslims took all of them by surprise.
While some of them were being raided, looted and their women raped, the
others stood by watching or signed treaties with Muhammad just to save
their own skin and did not intervene. This allowed Muhammad to subdue
his weaker opponents first and then he broke all his treaties and
declared war on everyone.
Islam owes its success
to the division among its enemies. The Persian and Roman Empires both
were defeated by a bunch of desert-dwelling barbarians, only because
they weakened each other with continuous and senseless wars.
Today, it would be
foolish to become complacent because of our superior technology and
power. The Roman Empire and the Persian Empire were far more superior to
the barbarians of
Arabia. They were both defeated because they became complacent of their
The danger of Islam
taking over the world through terrorism is very real. People succumb
under duress. As the Muslims say, ‘They [the infidels] will grow tired
of fighting us and will give in, and then we shall become their
Good examples are the
who gave in to the demands of the terrorists and withdrew their troops
after the terrorists threatened to behead a few of their citizens.
Ask any psychologist;
there is only a limit to the hardship that we humans can endure. The
more civilized we are, the more vulnerable we are, and that is because
we are excessively pampered. Remember that it took only four or five
terrorists, armed with nothing but box cutters, to highjack a plane with
hundreds of passengers. They could easily have been subdued, but they
weren’t. The civilized civilians are not combat-ready and hence there
lies their vulnerability. We eventually succumb under pressure. And with
each retreat, the enemy becomes emboldened and will increase the
I urge you to
understand the gravity of the situation. Do not look at your fellow
human as your enemy, unless they are Islamists and Islamic supporters.
Now we are all under attack. Now is the time to put aside all the finger
pointing and join hands to confront our common enemy. Do not become an
unwitting tool in the hands of the terrorists.
My friend is concerned
that the exclusion of Islam and the inclusion of Judaism and
Christianity will cause horrifying religious wars. Why should it? This
war is not about religion. This war is about survival. We are fighting
for our own lives. We don’t give a damn that Islam is false and the
stupidest belief. We are fighting Islam because it is dangerous.
United we shall stand,
divide we fall.