I wanna address, again, the motivations for terrorists in fighting us.
First and foremost, and I think this is the biggest difference between left and right points of view on terrorism, I don't care what their gripes
are. We've done nothing to provoke the unrestrained slaughter of civilian innocents. Nothing. And neither has Israel. There is nothing that I can
think of that could possibly be done by anyone to justify the slaughter and targetting
Especially in the case of Israel, there is a process involved, an outlet by which the Palestinians can achieve peace through non-violent means. We all
know how that turned out. Israel offered Arafat 95% of what the Palestinians were asking for in Camp David, and not only did Arafat turn it down, not
only did he not even offer a counter-proposal, he walked out of the summit and started the 2nd intifada. To the PA, the peace process is a facade; the
true goal is the destruction of Israel and no Jews from river to sea.
Israel is often heavy-handed, but no more heavy-handed--not even close--than the Palestinian terror groups, which included Arafat's own Fatah al-Aqsa
Martyrs Brigade, blowing up pizzarias and buses and Passover ceder feasts. There is no moral relativity here. And it should be noted that Israel's
heavy-handedness has all but halted the suicide bombers. The Palestinians have a uniformed Israeli army they can target. They target unarmed civilians
in Israel proper almost exclusively. The IDF has no such uniformed army. The terrorists are not soldiers. In fact they should convene a conference at
Geneva and invent a new classification for terrorists, if they haven't already. Because they're not really soldiers, not really civilians, though
they fight amongst the civilian population, often purposefully facilitating the deaths of civilians as a propaganda technique.
I see no reason to take the gripes of such barbarians seriously. There are others in the world who are under similar circumstances--the Tibetans for
one, the Lebanese Christians for another, and many others--who do not resort to such tactics. It should be noted as a reminder what the Chinese have
been prone to do to dissidents in their government and occupied territories over the past several decades. If the Tibetans rose up against their
occupiers they would be crushed cruelly, brutally, and utterly. Israel is more than capable of doing this to the Palestinians, yet amazingly even in
the face of astounding Israeli restraint many accuse them of genocide and ethnic cleansing.
Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden do not care that the Arab/Muslim Syrians occupy Lebanon. They do not care about the Chinese occupation of Tibet. They
don't care about the treatment of the North Korean civilian population by their Stalinist police state. This is not about justice. This is about
religion. Israel is a Jewish state sitting right on one of the holiest lands in Islam. Read the writings and rantings of bin Laden
, for starters). There's a lot of rantings of injustice towards Muslims (they
never mention Kosovo, where we fabricated a Muslim genocide at the hands of "Christians" in order to curry Muslim favor), but there's always those
slips where they tell us their true motivations. Take bin Laden's letter to America (first link above). Lots of crap about Crusader and Zionist
injustice in the world, but two points stick out. First, he claims that Israel was never a Jewish state, that the Jews have no historical claim to it.
That's because the same god that gave Israel to the Jews forever is also the same god who promised the whole world to Muhammad:
It brings us
both laughter and tears to see that you have not yet tired of repeating your fabricated lies that the Jews have a historical right to Palestine, as it
was promised to them in the Torah. Anyone who disputes with them on this alleged fact is accused of anti-semitism. This is one of the most fallacious,
widely-circulated fabrications in history. The people of Palestine are pure Arabs and original Semites. It is the Muslims who are the inheritors of
Moses (peace be upon him) and the inheritors of the real Torah that has not been changed (he's talking about the Qur'an). Muslims believe
in all of the Prophets, including Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon them all. If the followers of Moses have
been promised a right to Palestine in the Torah, then the Muslims are the most worthy nation of this.
When the Muslims conquered Palestine and drove out the Romans, Palestine and Jerusalem returned to Islam, the religion of all the Prophets
peace be upon them. Therefore, the call to a historical right to Palestine cannot be raised against the Islamic Ummah that believes in all the
Prophets of Allah (peace and blessings be upon them) - and we make no distinction between them.
As you can plainly see, Bin Laden, correctly as
per Islamic doctrine, states that there was never any such thing as Judaism. Moses was a Muslim, not a Jew. So was Jesus. The scriptures the Jews and
Christians revered is nothing more than the Qur'an corrupted. Therefore the existance in-and-of-itself of Israel, a Jewish state, is the real
injustice to Muslims. The IDF doesn't have to kill a single Palestinian; the fact that they exist at all is a grievous crime.
Next, Bin Laden tells us his ultimate plan for us all, which shows us that no amount of appeasement, withdrawal or disengagement will be enough to
What are we calling you to, and what do we want from you?
(1) The first thing that we are calling you to is Islam...The religion of the Unification of God; of freedom from associating partners with Him, and
rejection of this; of complete love of Him, the Exalted; of complete submission to His Laws; and of the discarding of all the opinions,
orders, theories and religions which contradict with the religion He sent down to His Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Islam is the religion
of all the prophets, and makes no distinction between them - peace be upon them all.
It is to this religion that we call you; the seal of all the previous religions. It is the religion of Unification of God, sincerity, the best of
manners, righteousness, mercy, honour, purity, and piety. It is the religion of showing kindness to others, establishing justice between them,
granting them their rights, and defending the oppressed and the persecuted. It is the religion of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil with the
hand, tongue and heart. It is the religion of Jihad in the way of Allah so that Allah's Word and religion reign Supreme. And it is the
religion of unity and agreement on the obedience to Allah, and total equality between all people, without regarding their colour, sex, or
As you can see, Bin Laden and all truly devout Muslims call for equality of all people in every aspect of life, save one: religion.
The fact that we do not worship Allah is not only a crime, but an act of war against Allah. These are not the mere words of a religios fanatic
twisting scripture to suit his fancies; his words are totally in line with Islamic scripture, both the Qur'an and the hadith.
It is dangerous and futile to dismiss the Islamic component of terrorism, and focus only on our own actions as possible provocations for their
attacks. It is not only Western meddling in Islamic affairs, and unfortunately I cannot prove conclusively that they'd fight us no matter what we did
because we are not about to withdraw from the world stage. You cannot filter their remarks and take seriously only the non-religious aspects of their
grievances and discard the religious. We are criminals in their eyes first and foremost because we reject Allah and his messenger.
You may not like the way our government conducts itself on the global stage, but do not pretend the terrorists are acting on principle, and do not
presume that they are correct in their gripes about only our non-religious crimes. We are infidels, and the Qur'an and the hadith command them to
fight us, subdue us, and kill us.
Sun Tzu said: One who knows his enemy and knows himself will not be in danger in a hundred battles.