YOU are wrong Mr. Taheri.
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By Ali Sina
Dear Mr. Taheri,
I am one of your fans, have quoted you often and
admire your scholarship. Nonetheless I believe in your open letter to Ms.
Oriana Fallaci, entitled “You are wrong, Ms Fallaci”, YOU are wrong
You start your letter by asking “What are the two worst things that
could happen to a civilization?” and say: “The first is to have an
adversary stronger than itself. The second is to become like that
adversary. Could this double whammy be happening to Western
Islamic world is in no way stronger than the Western
civilization. It would be ludicrous even to compare the two together.
Islamic word is not even a civilization - it is barbarity. Nonetheless it does not mean that it is not a threat to
the Western civilization. History proves that great civilizations succumbed
to barbarians. Mongols were barbarians, yet they subdued great
civilizations such as China, India, Persia and much of Europe.
If you look at the history of Islam’s expansion you will see that
Muslims conquered people and civilizations much bigger than themselves.
Muhammad credited his deity for that. However, you and I
know that the success of Islam is owed to Muhammad's cunningness and his
dogged ruthlessness. He said, “War is a game of deception” and he used deception to
subdue his victims.
The prophet of Islam ambushed villages and towns with no warning.
He perfected raiding unarmed people to an art. Even though they
were much bigger, once caught off-guard, they were no match to the fully armed horse riding,
scimitar wielding Mujahids.
Muhammad used to sign treaties that would give false
assurances to his opponents only to break them once he had garnered enough
He would make his victims believe they were not the
target and once they were lulled into a false sense of security, he would
fall on them
and destroy their cities one by one. He would make alliances with
promising them a share of the booty to join his wars only to
turn against them once he had gained enough strength. He would prepare his army telling then nothing about his target until
they were already on march and then would haste to his
destination before anyone could reach there to warn the victims. He would
then raid the city, in the early morning when it was still dark, after
people had come out for their jobs, were unarmed and most vulnerable. His
riding men slaughtered the men taking the women and children as
Islam did not win because Muslims were stronger, but
because Muhammad was more cunning, more single minded, and more violent than
his opponents. Islam won because its opponents were tolerant and
complacent of their superiority and because they did not take the threat of Islam
seriously. This is why
fell and why big tribes of Arabia and the empires of Persia
and Byzantine fell. In this, there is a lesson for us. The
western civilization is not immune to Islam. If the Westerners do not read
the signs of danger soon enough, their civilization, like ours, will
fall to Islam and their countries will be ruined the way our beloved
country is ruined.
As for the other “whammy” of becoming like our
adversary, I am afraid, you are wrong again. Unless you don’t become
like your adversary, you won’t be able to defeat him. If an assassin breaks into
your house wielding a machete, trying to kill you, the only way you can
subdue him is to pull out your gun and threaten to shoot him. Muslim
warriors have launched a new wave of Jihad on Mankind and especially on
the West. It would be foolish if we thought by appeasing them they will put down their arms and will join us to sing Kumbaya together.
We must kill them before they kill us. Does this make us like our
adversary? Who cares! We must defend ourselves, our loved ones and our
countries even if it means killing those who want to
kill us. This is no time for philosophy. We are talking about survival.
People who understand only the language of force must be stopped by
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