Wednesday, April 29, 2015
A Clausewitzian twist on Jihad
In a recent notice on French lawyer Thibault De Montbrial's recent essay on the metastasizing problem of Islam in France, Hugh Fitzgerald parenthetically implies a distinction between qitaal (Arabic for "combat") and terrorism.
I would argue that terrorism is, in fact, "combat by other means" -- viz., in situations where Muslims find themselves too weak to engage in full, formal, frank military maneuvers in the supremacist-expansionist quest of their Islamic Lebensraum. Indeed, any and everything Muslims do that is not actually killing someone is "combat by other means" -- whether it is violent jihad or the myriad modes of stealth jihad: the long struggle, spanning the epochs, to make Islam supreme.