Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Should Islam rule the world?

Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa Lappen mislead the Washington Times readers by selectively pinpointing recent historical realities that they believe lead up to the increasingly lethal “global jihadist movement.” (Egyptian Roots of Hatred, 7-6-07)

They accurately identified the “mentality deranged Australian Christian fundamentalist” who “tried to set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem” as the spark leading to the “Saudi” establishment of the Organization of the Islamic Conference “in 1969 in Jeddah”. They go on to accurately identify ”petrodollars” as the predominant source of money “spawning every Islamic terrorist group operating today”. Ehrenfeld and Lappen also usefully quote the Muslim Brotherhood’s “motto” of “God is our purpose, the Profit our Leader, the Qur’an our constitution, jihad our way and dying for God our supreme objective,”

But then Ehrenfeld and Lappen try to blend these facts together and suggest that the creation of Israel and Israeli policy over the last 50 years had nothing to do with the “reason for the decades-long regional violence”. Ignoring the multitude of western errors that resulted in the repression, death and suffering of hundreds of millions of Muslims virtually ignores the real “roots” behind the “genesis of the Muslim Brotherhood”.

I’m sure there are members of the MB who want to become suicide bombers and smash “Western Civilization” to replace it “with Islam which will dominate the world” but similar sweeping statements are also made by select fundamentalist Christian leaders and faithful free market capitalist authorities.

Believing these two columnists statement that the “goal” of the Muslim Brotherhood is to “kill as many infidels” as possible and that negotiating with the MB is futile… the only logical solution appears to be an accelerated ‘war’ against them. Thus, killing them first with pre-emptive strikes that will also, go without saying, unfortunately kill other innocent Muslim bystanders.

This current and failed strategy against the real and growing threat of terrorism only feeds the jihadist marketing scheme that Bin Ladin and other radicals use to recruit their mass murdering minions. Since the unwarranted lethal US invasion and military occupation of the Muslim state of Iraq terrorist attacks around the world have soared nearly a hundred fold, and that doesn’t include attacks against US solders in Iraq.

Waging war against all radical Muslims only validates their self proclaimed “warrior” status while increasing their lethal ranks. Accelerating our kinetic war against ‘them’ in general will also bring the various competing radical Muslim groups closer together. More devastating acts of terrorism against the “lawless” infidels will be justified as they maintain their Qur’anic “constitution” while we abandon our US Constitution to root them out.

Ehrenfeld and Lappen correctly understand the magnitude of the terrorism threat but they don’t seem to understand that war is the abandonment of the only thing that can defeat them – the global “rule of Law”. It appears Ehrenfeld and Lappen want to wage a war against all radical Muslims. With no real means of sorting out the radical Muslims from the potentially radical Muslims it will appear from the Muslim perspective as an act of genocide. And, that the predominantly Judeo-Christian “western civilization” is against them and is…perhaps the more “mentality deranged” actor in this increasingly violent world…And, thus Islamic domination becomes the most reasonable path to peace. And, we all know that Islam is the religion of peace.

There are radical Muslims who believe that war is NOT the answer. We will need them to defeat the lethally minded radical Muslims. Creating and enforcing a global rule of law where Muslims have the same rights and protections as Christians and Jews is the only sane path to peace. War is the path to Armageddon. Some believe that’s what the Christian Bible says.

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At Thu Aug 16, 03:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just out of curiosity, how do you propose we defeat what even you term as the increasing threat of radical Islamic jihadists? If pre-emptive war is not the answer, what is? I agree completely with you that the Muslim community needs to clean up their own house, but they have been almost completely silent in condemning jihadists' attacks, and on the rare occasions they do speak out, their actions don't back up the words. What, then, are we left to do? I would also respectfully dissent with your opinion that Islam is the 'religion of peace' - I hardly think that Koran-sanctioned beheading, torturing, baking of young boys, convert-or-die policies could be considered 'peaceful'. Have Jews and Christians had their failings? Yes. But, those failings were with the people involved, not sanctioned by the Jewish/Christian scriptures. There's a big difference.


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