Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Clausewitzian twist on Jihad

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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.

4 comments:

Egghead said...

Mohammed: "Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers...."

Islam is ALL terror - in various forms - with each Muslim using his or her own strengths to Islamic advantage....

Hesperado said...

Well, I wouldn't say it's all terror. The point of my essay is that there are times and contexts where Muslims are for one reason or another too weak to inflict the terror they need to inflict in order to conquer. That's when the "terror by other means" -- stealth jihad (including taqiyya) -- is deployed.

Egghead said...

It all goes back to your brilliant good cop/bad cop analogy regarding 'moderate' versus 'radical' Muslims.

It is you who explained to me that, without the actual terror, the non-terror demands would be toothless. Non-terror demands mainly achieve traction due to terror.

Mohammed knew it too and made terror the centerpiece of Islam for Muslims and infidels.

Egghead said...

Phrased differently, tell me what part of Islam is not about terror? What part is about its opposite which is peace - better yet, love?

Polygamy - terror of one wife pitted against other wives.

Child marriage - terror of the child pitted against the entire husband's family and abused - and terror of pedophiliac rape.

Sex slavery - terror of rape.

Etc.

Islam is all about terrorizing everyone....