Tuesday, October 11, 2005

View Number Two: Flame

"He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare,
And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere."
--Ali ibn-Abi-Talib (602 AD - 661 AD), A Hundred Sayings

Islamofascism Our Misunderstood Friend

It is ironic that we as Americans seem to have so many problems with perception. We live in a magnificent society, filled with a grand mixture of peoples. The illustrative motto of our nation is "E Pluribus Unim," "From Many, One," a phrase suggesting that despite our differences we exercise unity. In a unified populous such as ours certain truisms are overtly evident, specifically the fact that radical individuals and factions should not be used to represent the larger whole.

Concerning the war on terror, there is a camp of thought that is insistent upon soft terminology and sesitivity given to those who would otherwise be known as our enemies. The argument for this action generally revolves around the exclaimation that the religion of Islam cannot be blamed for the actions of radical individuals and factions, and that the people should not be generalized as terrorists. As I stated above, this argument is self-evident and deeply ingrained within the common understanding of our own society. Many statements made concerning our enemies are constructed around this common understanding, and such statements are not assumed to be aimed at the whole of Islam, but rather the radicals and factions that stand against us. It is a wasteful exercise to spend our time tip-toeing around the terminology.

Additionally it must be stated that we do have enemies, and we have had enemies for a long time. We cannot refuse to confront our enemies on the grounds that by identifying them as our enemies, we are insulting the whole of Islam. Our enemies chose for themselves to attack us. Our enemies continue to choose to threaten us. Barring anecdotal incidents it is well understood that the majority of the Muslim people sustain a peaceful religion.

Having said this, it is also important to note that amongst our enemies there is a significant ideological component based upon Islam. Historically the religion of Islam has supported a strong intolerance of outside religions and it would seem to me that Islamic regimes appear to use the religion as a method of controlling the populous, allowing the radical few to have expanded power. Our enemies have called their efforts a Jihad - a holy war. It is impossible to excise the religious component of this conflict.

I fully support the individual in all religious pursuits. I do not see the religion of Islam as "evil" or as a propegator of evil. I posted this simply to emphasize that to identify our enemies as they are.


At 9:34 PM, Blogger Maine Man said...

Well said and thank you for saying it.

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Tyler said...

Hear, hear.

The use of the term "Islamofacism" is probably the most effective term to describe our enemies.

Its adherents seek to subjugate the masses to the total control of a one or few, in the truest sense of the term facism.

From Dictionary.com:
Fascism:A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism; or a political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.

They then try to annoint it with the seal of Islam, as if to justify their crimes.

In short - they seek to deny individuals their agency. Rather than encourage people to live Islam, they instead intend to force them to live righteously.

Such plans should chafe at the soul as well as the mind.


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