We in the West have long been led to believe that Islam by its very definition is “the religion of peace.” Precisely because of that misconception we are continually baffled at what appear to be willful acts by people bent on destroying any semblance of peace between Muslims and infidels… or even between Muslims themselves. I found a rather interesting and very informative article on the University of Southern California’s site. Read it carefully, read between the lines, and you’ll come to a very different understanding of Islam than you’ve had heretofore:
Islam is `the religion of peace’ because:
- the Arabic word Islam is derived from the Arabic word “Al-Salaam” which means peace.
It might seem strange to think of this as a misconception, but in fact it is. The root word of Islam is “al-silm” which means “submission” or “surrender.” It is understood to mean “submission to Allah.” In spite of whatever noble intention has caused many a Muslim to claim that Islam is derived primarily from peace, this is not true. Allah says in the Qur’an (translated):
[2:136] Say (O Muslims): We believe in Allah and that which is revealed to us and that which was revealed to Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the tribes, and that which Moses and Jesus received, and that which the prophets received from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we have surrendered. [Arabic “Muslimoon”]
A secondary root of Islam may be “Al-Salaam” (peace), however the text of the Qur’an makes it clear that Allah has clearly intended the focus of this way of life to be submission to Him. This entails submission to Him at all times, in times of peace, war, ease, or difficulty.
The moment we understand that Islam is the religion of submission, instead of the religion of peace, we finally start to see the logic behind many of its seemingly illogical (to our Western way of thinking) and violent ways. Personally, I believe that transcending one’s self, rising above one’s narrow shell and natural inclinations while submitting to a deity’s will is the very purpose of any religion worthy of being called religion. I have no doubt that on its way to becoming civilized any society would have eventually figured basic ethics such as the prohibition against murder, the prohibition against stealing and so on. It stands to reason that if I want to live without constantly being in fear and looking over my shoulder every second and/or having to carry all my possessions with me (which might make me an even more appealing candidate for murder), certain rules must exist. So, eventually even without a deity to tell us such, mankind would have figured out the basic laws of coexistence. A deity, however, teaches us much more, much deeper things than mere coexistence.
For example, and there are myriad such examples, the Jewish Sages of the Talmud tell us that if one sees the donkey of his enemy has fallen under a heavy burden he must help it stand up. They base themselves on biblical passages to derive rules of conduct that are not immediately apparent. Frankly, a human being’s natural inclination would be say to say “Hey, why should I help him? he deserves it!” and so on. By submitting oneself to the Almighty’s will, the individual refines him/herself as a person and contributes to bring a little bit of peace between people. Any religion that preaches that kind of submission is actually contributing in a major way to the the spiritual wellbeing of that individual and those around him.
When a religion, however, derives its name from the word “submission” then suddenly it opens itself to much misrepresentation. IslamoFascists are not interested in peace, merely in submission. They believe that the whole planet has to submit to their idea of Allah and those not willing to submit must perish… now you are begin to understand some of the seeming irrationality of terror acts committed by creatures claiming to be Muslims.
In order to cower the world into submission, they have no compunctions about committing spectacular terror acts such as those of 9/11, such as the Madrid train bombings, and the list goes on, and on, and on. But the terror is not only directed at us infidels. The terror is even against their own when those who preach violence and the glory of death feel threatened by too much learning, too much thinking, too many things that might bring about a counter movement against those very thugs who use religion as an excuse for amassing power and wealth while working hard at creating a world caliphate according to their own warped ideas.
Let’s look, for example, at something that happened in the Gaza Strip this weekend, something that might seem irrational to us Westerners, something that hurts primarily the very people Hamas was supposed to bring a better life to:
Bomb attack damages school near Gaza City
JERUSALEM: About a dozen masked Palestinians bombed and set fire to the American International School in Beit Lahiya, north of Gaza City, before dawn on Saturday, causing extensive damage but no injuries.
The attackers, believed to be Islamic extremists, laid several explosive devices at the school. They destroyed the principle’s office and the cafeteria on the first floor of the two-story building.
The attack happened at around 5 in the morning, several hours before the teachers and students were due to arrive. Two night guards at the school said the militants tied their hands, then told them to leave the premises in order to save themselves. According to one of the guards, Atef al-Beheisi, the masked men told him: “We are the organization of Al Qaeda in Palestine and our swords will be directed at the throats of the infidels.” The second guard, who was at another entrance of the school, said the intruders identified themselves to him as the “Army of Islam.”
In recent months, a wave of bombings by suspected Islamic radicals has targeted Internet cafés, pharmacies, music stores and other recreational centers in the Gaza Strip. Last weekend, an explosion damaged a Christian bookstore in Gaza city; on Wednesday, a bomb was placed under the car of the manageress of an elegant, Western-style restaurant there, damaging the vehicle and the restaurant’s façade.
The “militants” (they are always militants, never terrorists. Political correctness is so incorrect!) were intent in destroying any school, any “internet cafés, pharmacies, music stores,” anything that might afford even the slightest glimpse of enlightenment, the slightest glimpse of the world outside. But… pharmacies?!? By destroying pharmacies, anyone sick or wounded then becomes dependent on the
militants terrorists own medical services, where available, thereby making its victims also its dependents.
The American International School in Gaza was established as a local private enterprise and opened its doors shortly before the outbreak of the second intifada in September 2000. It has no formal connection with the American government but promotes American-style education and received $160,000 this year from the U.S. State Department to fund scholarships for needy students, according to Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm, a spokeswoman at the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem.
Schweitzer-Bluhm noted that other private Palestinian schools in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have received American funding through Usaid, but she said that the State Department had maintained a direct relationship with the American School in Gaza because the education it provides “is something we want to support.”
The school, which charges $2,000 to $4,000 in annual fees, is well beyond the means of most Gazans, and has not been profitable as a result. Board members have recently been discussing the possibility of handing over the school to an international organization, like the Quaker Religious Society of Friends, school officials said.
There are 150 students currently enrolled at the school, and a teaching staff of 30, all local Palestinians. The last foreign members of staff left about a year ago because of the deteriorating security situation in Gaza. The school’s former Dutch principal and his Australian deputy were briefly kidnapped by Palestinian gunmen in December 2005, and in March 2006, two Australian teachers were abducted, before being released unharmed.
Such acts seem to baffle even the Palestinians in their quest for a better life, in their quest for education, in their quest for a better future, as Voice of America reports
Palestinian officials condemned the bombing. Fawzi Barhoum is a spokesman for the Islamic militant group Hamas, the senior partner in a coalition government.
“This is a type of violence and terrorism against the Palestinian people and against our foundation[s],” he said.
The attack underscores the growing lawlessness in Gaza since Israel pulled out of the territory in August 2005. Palestinian analyst Wadia Abu Nasser says things took a turn for the worse after Hamas took power a year ago."We are witnessing a kind of unrest, a lack of security in Gaza, and I believe Hamas doesn’t really bring any security, neither stability, to the population,” he said.
“We are witnessing a kind of unrest, a lack of security in Gaza, and I believe Hamas doesn’t really bring any security, neither stability, to the population,” he said.
Another sign of the deteriorating security situation is the kidnapping of BBC TV journalist Alan Johnston. To mark the 40th day of his captivity, the group Reporters Without Borders demanded that Palestinian leaders step up their efforts to win his release.
It is precisely this lawlessness that IslamoFascists want to create, so that they can step in as they once did in Somalia, so that they can provide a strong armed security while destroying any semblance of freedom and its institutions.
Once we understand the utter rejection of anything remotely connected to the West, we can easily understand last murderous week’s attack on a Bible printing company in Turkey, we can explain the intimidation and murder of those teaching girls in Afghanistan or Malaysia, or the murder of Christian schoolgirls in Thailand.
IslamoFascists only have one goal in mind, that goal is simply total submission to what they claim as Allah’s will. Unless we in the West are ready to be “submitted,” our choice is clear. We must vigorously fight the attempts at forced submission with decisive force so that the would be submitters promptly meet their 72 houries, each, before we in the West become the prey these vultures joyfully feast on.
The West is better armed, better financed and it operates with a modern mindset, it would seem such a recipe will grant us victory without trying too hard… that, however, is a very grave misconception. Though we may be numerically and technologically superior to the enemy, we lack the one element they show a tremendous abundance of… cohesiveness. We also seem to lack the will to defend our values, our history, our lifestyle, our civilization. Why? Because we long ago lost most of our spiritual values. Today, the West pursues artificialness and self gratification. The choices are clear… We can continue to ignore IslamoFascism’s advance and be “submitted” or murdered by it. Or we wake up, stand together and save the world by crashing this growing scourge of mankind.
The New York Times, in its inimitable style, in an article entitled, Israel and Palestinians trade fire in Gaza and West Bank adds:
Several hours after Saturday’s attack, the current principal, Ribhi Salem, said: “I am still in a state of shock. How could any Palestinian think it is in the Palestinian interest to carry out such a barbaric act?”
Dr. Eyad Sarraj, a well-known psychiatrist in Gaza and the chairman of the board of the school, said: “This is a clear attack against our country. It is designed to make everybody afraid. This school offers a distinguished education, but they want the students to be illiterate. This is against Islam.”
Though privately run, the school falls under the supervision of the Palestinian Authority Education Ministry, which is controlled by Hamas. The United States defines Hamas as a terrorist organization and refuses to deal with the Hamas ministers in the Palestinian government.
But the Palestinian deputy minister of education, Muhammad Abu Shkeir, said in a telephone interview from Gaza that his ministry “cooperates fully with the American School, as with all international institutions.”
The article’s title refers only to the top three lines of the article only. The rest of this article (and it’s not a short one) talks about the destroyed school. I suppose that the NYT is trying to blame this senseless act on Israel or at least create a perception that the Zionist Entity is really to blame for the lawlessness rampant in Gaza… This in spite of the quote on VOA by a Palestinian analyst: “Palestinian analyst Wadia Abu Nasser says things took a turn for the worse after Hamas took power a year ago.‘We are witnessing a kind of unrest, a lack of security in Gaza, and I believe Hamas doesn’t really bring any security, neither stability, to the population,” he said. We are witnessing a kind of unrest, a lack of security in Gaza, and I believe Hamas doesn’t really bring any security, neither stability, to the population,’ he said.”
But folks, innuendo and half truth are only part of the NYT’s insidiousness, notice the subtle and underhanded way they give credit to Hamas, while just as subtly blaming the US:”Though privately run, the school falls under the supervision of the Palestinian Authority Education Ministry, which is controlled by Hamas. The United States defines Hamas as a terrorist organization and refuses to deal with the Hamas ministers in the Palestinian government.
But the Palestinian deputy minister of education, Muhammad Abu Shkeir, said in a telephone interview from Gaza that his ministry ‘cooperates fully with the American School, as with all international institutions.’”
None of the great empires of history, none of the civilizations of yore, fell to the sword of an enemy until its core, until its will to survive had rotted away because of the enemy within. In the case of the NYT, it is quite obvious their sympathies do not lie on America’s side. They’ve amply demonstrated it over the last few years. It is also just as obvious who is buttering their bread…
Cross posted at Freedom's Cost
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