Monday, March 23, 2009

The Value of Understanding

Now that appeasement is back in vogue, the post-9/11 notion that we must "understand" the terrorists - their unique motivations, their sad backgrounds - has re-emerged among the talking heads and diplomatic elites. The presumption is that such understanding will grant us insight and empathy, confirming our inherent similarities and bringing us reconciliation, compromise and resolution. The terrorists are merely aggrieved - not evil. Therefore, they are eminently capable of negotiation.

Is it not strange that the victims are pleading for reconciliation, thereby donating their victimization to the perpetrators? 1

Is not every citizen of the world - six billion plus people - in some way aggrieved, at some stage denied justice? What then separates these six billion aggrieved from the tens of thousands of active Jihadists, suicide bombers and terrorists? 2

Those who support negotiation won't consider this remarkable statistic - that of six billion citizens versus only tens of thousands terrorists. If they did they would have to conclude that an overwhelming proportion of the world's inhabitants choose non-violent methods of redress. I dare say that the victims of the Holocaust, those raped in Darfur, those with limbs chopped off in the Congo, those women stoned in Iran, those imprisoned in dictatorships, are all infinitely more deserving of aggressive redress, of violent redemption, than those who bridle at America's presence (or its Jewish proxy) in the Middle East.

Surely, then, the methods of redress chosen ultimately define the difference between human and inhuman, between, civilized and uncivilized, between fallibility and irrevocable evil.

Indeed, it is in those methods that the chasm between us and the terrorists is evinced - a chasm that cannot be spanned by negotiation. When one chooses very specifically to bomb a children's school, a hospital, a pizzeria, a wedding - despite plenty of military targets, governmental installations, and police stations - then methods reveal madness, and there is no similarity between them and us. It is then that those apologizing for terrorists, those advocating unremitting negotiations, are providing support for terrorism itself. Wittingly or unwittingly, they are undermining the defenses civilized societies must build to secure their survival. 3

For all their emphasis on the terrorists' motivations, by ignoring their methods the appeasers' self-proclaimed 'understanding' is in fact far from it.
After all,
"We are not fighting so that you will offer us something," said Hussein Massawi, a former leader of Hezbollah.

"We are fighting to eliminate you."


Bruce said...

That Massawi quote is excellent!

Ben said...

Terrorism can only be fully understood by reading Islam's canon of scripture, tradition & jurisprudence.

Islam is doctrine driven, not grievance driven. Surah Al-Anfal & At-Taubah contain explicit commands to make perpetual war.

"Fight them until...": fight until loops with compound terminal conditions. Moe said that he was commanded to fight.

Undat as-Salik says "The Caliph makes war upon..."; The Caliph fights all other people..."

Exactly what part of that do the LibTards not comprehend?

When a man set up as the ultimate role model for Muslims to emulate said "I have been made victorious by terror", the world should get a clue.

Here is a clue for you: Victory is extermination. Anything less is defeat. We are not dealing with a defeatable army. We are assailed by a murder cult convinced that salvation is a function of being killed in attempted conquest.

Read the Qur'an. Read Bukhari's hadith of Jihad, Khumus & Expedition. Read Umdat as-Salik O9.0...11.

Those with insufficient time and patience can settle for following the links in my blog post: ROPMA.

Links to the most essential evidentiary material can be found in my blog post: What You Need to Know about Islam.