Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:57 pm
I have heard the arguments raised in this thread many times before and while I don't condone the actions of Western powers in the Middle East at all, to lay the current wave of terrorism that has swept across Europe at the feet of aggressive foreign policy is only part of the problem. I have come under fire for my views on Islam many times and seems to be very much a trend with the media to defend the religion, in this country we are quick to dump on the Catholic Church for its failings but for some reason, Islam gets a free pass. Political correctness, of course, has a lot to do with it, to criticise Islam it is automatically assumed that you are criticising all Muslims. 'Islamophobia', a ridiculous term which gets thrown around anytime someone dares question the 'Religion of Peace', a tool to shut down debate on the subject, to be honest. From the militant atheists, we usually get 'All religions are bad' argument, which is a stupid statement. I am not religious so this is not coming from someone claiming my religion is better than theirs argument, I hold Christianity up to the flame but in its current form it is vastly different to Islam.
Islam does not have the central Judeo-Christian core value that each and every human being is intrinsically valuable because every person is made in the image of God. The Imago Dei, at its core, the foundation of Western Civilization, along with the notion of free will, which is also absent in Islam, with the exception of the Sufi.
In Islam, there is one will - Allah's- and his will is arbitrary. Those who do not follow Islam are outside the will of Allah and are of no use unless they convert. If they will not, they are the infidel. Polytheists, pantheists and atheists fall into the category of the infidel or refuse to be purified from the Earth.
There are two exceptions - the people of the Book, Christians and Jews. Since the Qur'an says that the Torah and Injeel (Gospels) are also the word of Allah, those people are permitted to choose dhimmitude instead while they will hopefully be convinced to convert. Living in dhimmitude is horrific. It includes the jizya which is a head tax for every male and every female in the household is subject to the sexual desires of any and every Muslim male.These ideas are central to Islam. This is what separates the Western World from the Middle Eastern world philosophically.
Another important thing to remember in the West and East divide is three important historical events. The Renaissance, The Reformation and The Englightment. Fortunately for us in The West, important philosophical questions took place which led to our more secular societies. That conversation is much harder to achieve with Islam, as their holy books protect itself from reforms, in fact, warning of the day when the reformers would come. Reform has been tried many times in its history and has largely failed because of this. In fact, one of the most recent reforms came in the form of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, which brought the religion back to its brutal 6th-century form and helped form The House of Saud and the nation of Saudi Arabia. Their theocracy is largely responsible for promoting Wahhabism by heavily funding Mosques across the Western World. Many of the Mosques in UK are heavily funded by Saudi theocrats, who promote utter contempt for our values in the Western World.
I also don't buy the 'misguided disadvantaged youth' argument. Many professionals, doctors etc have left the UK to fight for ISIS. They know their religion, make no mistake about that.
Now, we can circle back to Western warmongering if we want and play the blame game repeatedly forever after each and every attack or we could be brutely honest about what's going on. This is an ideological war waged in the name of Allah. This is jhaid. Rakhmat Akilov, a 39 year-old from the central Asian republic of Uzbekistain killed 4 people with a truck, in Sweden. Sweden? I could be wrong but I am unaware of any war waged by Sweden against the republic of Uzbekistain. It must be noted that Rakhamt was known to their intelligence services and was sympathetic to ISIS. Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a Tunisian resident of France killed 85 people with a truck in June last year. Perhaps it was revenge for the French invasion of his homeland in the 19th century? Or he was just crazy, that one is unclear.
I would just like to end with one last attack, that we may have forgotten. On 7 January 2015 two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris they killed 12 people and injured 11 others. The gunmen identified themselves as belonging to the Islamist terrorist group Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen, which took responsibility for the attack. Their crime? Drawing cartoons.