Islamist concept of war vs. West concept of war
"We will kill you! I don't care how many of us it takes - you will die!"
'Yes, westerners care for their lives because they don't know Allah; they think only this world exists, and they don't care about Allah"
The point: Muslims are fond of the concept of annihilation; annihilation is the extinction of any contingent state; the contingent state becomes
"annihilated" and reabsorbed into the homogenous unity of the Godhead. Islam worships God as He in Himself; and so their perception of things is
non-dualistic; all things which appear to exist on their own are illusions; only Allah in truth exists. It's very close to pantheism; but as Sayyed
Hussein Nasr says:
The world appears to us as multiplicity, and the goal of the spiritual life is to ascend from this multiplicity to unity, to see the One in the
many and the many integrated into the One. Now, the doctrine of the Oneness of being does not negate the reality of multiplicity. Nor does it claim
that God is the world and the world in its totality is God, a position held by polytheists. How could a metaphysics that speaks so categorically of
the transcendence of God be accused of polytheism? What the Sufi asserts is not that God is the world, but that the world is mysteriously plunged in
God. – Seyyed Hossein Nasr, The Garden of Truth, pg.40, HarperOne
Now, Mr. Nasr is more of a moderate than the mainstream of Sunni Islam. The Sunnis believe that Gods world DOES negate the reality of multiplicity.
The Shi'ites are more moderate in this regard, hence, Iran's scientists have accomplished far more than any other Arab-Sunni government in the
sciences. The Sunni's think everything is actually illusion. Only God exists. Therefore, my own existence isn't really mine, but Gods; this means I
have no right to my life - but to do what is good and necessary for the faith. If the good of the faith i.e. the pursuit of Allahs will demands it,
then one must lay down ones life without regard to the imminent dangers involved.
No people will sacrifice their lives like Iranians will.
The Westerners conversely, even if they do believe in a life after this one, still treat this life as precious; instead of myself being conflated with
the Godhead, I am allowed to exist as my own person; yes, ultimately a gift from God, but the fact of the matter is: the aim, the teleology; Judaism
and Christianity see mans sense of selfness as the intention of God's creating us this way; so, yes, the religion demands living in a moral way, but
the living itself is seen not as a self-abnegation in performance of commands, but the performance of a command because I feel it is the right thing
to do; it is in me, this feeling, this command from God, who responds. This free will decision is whats emphasized. But in Islam, it's the exact
opposite. We are not given the option of choice because free will actually doesn't exist. Only God exists, all must recognize the transcendent truth
of our own non-existence relative to Allah: thus, morality is not conscience, but adherence to the sharia; sharia is not based on basic reason, but on
investigation and implementation of Quranic commands; if a command is unclear, it is interpreted in the terms set forth in Al Ashari, Ibn Hanbal, and
Al Ghazali i.e. in the metaphysical context of God as Pure Will.
The western concept of war is rooted in "war, as a last resort", whereas the Islamist concept is rooted in "War, at the first opportunity";
Westerners care far more about maintaining the peace than the Islamists do. And this is only stating bluntly what their entire religious viewpoint
makes impossible: Islam, in it's Ash'arite form, is an imperialistic religion. Islam, at its heart, is a threat to all others; all differences,
secularists, atheists, Christians, Jews, Hindus, etc All are threatened by this ideology.
Robert Reilly, the author of "Closing of the Muslim Mind: How intellectual suicide created the modern Islamist crisis", suggests that given the
situation of mainstream Sunni Islam (in particular), the west must take a determined stance against this civilization. His conclusion is based upon
the occasionalist metaphysics and identification of Allah as will in Al Ghazali as the major obstacles to an acceptance of democracy in Islamic
Many wonder why democracy did not develop indigenously in the Muslim world and ask whether it can still develop today. The answer is that, so long
as the Ash’arite (or Hanbalite) worldview is regnant, democratic development cannot succeed for the simple reason that this view posits the primacy
of power over the primacy of reason. – Robert R. Reilly, The Closing of the Muslim Mind, pg. 128, ISI books
The only plausible solution to this problem is to get moderate Muslims to emphasize the influence of early Mu'tazalite philosophers like Avicenna and
Averroes, in particular in their conception of Allah in terms compatible with Neo-Platonian and Aristotelian doctrine, which sees God as reason; the
created world, the world we see, is invested by God with an intrinsic rationality - a logos - which man can recognize because of his own intrinsic
reason; thus, man connects with God through the function of reason.
However, moderate Muslims who do try to emphasize these "forbidden" views of the heretic Mu'tazalites, and who in turn support complete
democratization and secularization of Islamic society, are having their lives threatened; the irony is, as we support Muslims, Egypt, the "Arab
revolution", were actually supporting the very people who threaten the lives of moderates, forcing those moderates to advocate "reform" in
Anyways, back to my concept of war itself. The west is in trouble. There's going to be major casualties. Iran will throw at them literally
everything. They have 73 million people; they have a massive military and millions of reserves. The west can only fight them if they too are willing
to sacrifice lives the way the Islamists will. If Iran loses a million men, lets say, how many American, Canadian, European or Israeli lives will that
mean? At the very least, given the nature of the territory in which they're fighting, as high as 250,000 dead. At the very worst, as much or more
than the Iranians.
I'm not saying this to frighten people or even to support Iran's right to nuclear weapons. Those of you who follow my posts know I am vociferously
opposed to Iran's fanatical Shi'ite government. I'm only saying this to give those of you who don't think about it, an idea of how horrific a war
with Iran would become. And this ignores the economic interests of Russia and China in defending Iran. If that were ever to happen, the world would
spiral into a world war that has the potential to be far far worse than WWII.
The blame is undoubtedly on Iran. Iran doesn't have to pursue nuclear weapons, but they are; as a Shi'ite religious government that denies human
rights and fails in every category of the World Freedom Indices
and preaches an
inflammatory anti-semitism by threatening the Jewish states existence and denying or questioning the holocaust, they have lost all rational
credibility; those who accord them credibility, only show others their own lack or rationality.