Articulating The Unspeakable: The Strategy Of Genocide:
The USA must begin dealing with Muslims as a people with a unique culture and religion, worthy of the respect and humanity which the USA says it has for all peoples. The Islam of the Qur’an is a righteous religion, supporting a unique form of culture and civilization. Let’s make peace with its people.
By Casey Butler
06/27/05 “ICH” - - The real tragedy of the “War on Terror” is the religious ignorance of the secular Western nations who are waging it.
Or is it ignorance? Could the most experienced and, one assumes, most efficient intelligence agencies in the world have really failed to read the Holy Book used by the ‘enemies’ they are ‘rooting out’ today?
Please consider the following Islamic truism from the Qur’an:
“Tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter”
Over the last two years the American administration’s successive justifications for pre-emptive war have been peeled away like the outer garments of Gypsy Rose Lee. We are finally getting down to the brass tacks of the neo-conservative vision for resolving the thorny issue of Fundamentalist “Islamic Terrorism.”
Why is George Bush so dedicated to the idea that perpetual war is the only solution to extreme Fundamentalist Islamic Terrorism?
Conservatives credit Bush with the altruistic motive of “spreading democracy” by force into lands that have traditionally been tyrannized, tyrannized by tyrants which the USA has traditionally supported. Into lands being ruled by tyranny in order to maintain ‘stability’ in the region for economic exploitation by the USA. By spreading democracy, it is said, ‘primitive’ Middle Eastern culture will be brought quickly into the present, and self-sustainable stability will result at some unidentifiable point in the future.
Liberals, on the other hand, accuse Bush of ruthlessly and opportunistically attempting to establish an economic world empire through American hegemony disguised as the liberation of Middle Eastern nations. Liberals point out Bush’s backing by the commercial and corporate interests whose ventures and holdings are at risk because they conflict with the culture and religion of the Middle East.
To put all views into perspective, one only has to imagine another terrorist attack in America on the scale of September 11th, 2001. It might be a nuclear attack, a biological weapons attack, or even a suicide bomber detonating him or herself in a busy shopping mall.
Should such an attack happen, Americans will again unite in a non-partisanship of shared terror as we are once again forced to evaluate the real truth of our policies towards others. Another attack will make the views currently propagated by both sides suddenly extinct - moot, in fact, as, in reality, they are now.
The true strategy of the war on terror is simply stated: The Armed Forces of the United States are battling terror by attempting to liquidate, terminate, eliminate, waste, take out, whack, button - whatever terminology you prefer - Fundamentalist Muslims ‘of color’ who obey the words of the Prophet Mohammed recorded in the Holy Qur’an.
The correct word for it is ‘genocide’.
An unbelievable assertion? Please allow me to expound a bit.
Following the events of September 11th, during the weeks and months that led to the decisions for pre-emptive war by the United States, great pains were taken to assure the American people that “Islam is a peaceful religion”. Islamic religious leaders and mullahs were paraded before the cameras, invited to the White House, and praised by the President in an effort to head off any kind of general feeling of revenge against Muslims that might arise in the American hinterland.
The problem is that the opinions expressed by moderate Islamic religious leaders and mullahs, and many Islamic scholars, do not accurately reflect the message that Muslim Fundamentalists believe the Prophet Mohammed received from God and recorded in the Qur’an.
Internationally, Americans are perceived as an arrogant people, and I am no exception. I’m not one to point fingers at others because I didn’t get around to reading the Qur’an until fairly recently. I’ve now read it through twice and I am surprised at what I found.
If the Old Testament is considered inspired, the Qur’an is certainly inspired. It describes itself as the Word of God for Arabic-speaking peoples, and would not exist without the Jewish Torah and Gospels of Jesus, of which it is a continuance - ie. further ‘revelation’ in Arabic.
Today it is crucial that all of us know what the Qur’an says, especially those in our ‘secular’ government who are responsible for implementing policy supposedly representing the will of “we, the people”.
When people are desperate and oppressed they tend to turn to their religion more earnestly than they do when when they’re happy and comfortable.
When people become victims of poverty or war, natural disasters or oppression, etc… they will turn to their religion for relief.
In the case of Muslims, the Qur’an defines a religion based on the worship of the same God shared by Christians and Jews. So when Muslims experience poverty or oppression, invasion and occupation, as Christians and Jews might turn to the Gospels or the Torah in the same situation, many Muslims turn to the Qur’an.
Why would Islamic leaders say unequivocally that Islam is peaceful when the Qur’an says it is not? Well, why do many Christian leaders say that war against Islam is justified when Jesus Christ said killing is never justified?
Those who propagate religion make it compatible with their own opinions and circumstances, treating original religious truths as non-expedient for their own modern existence, modifying many and even completely annulling some.
Islam, within the borders of its mandate, is peaceful. Muslims are commanded to treat with respect other belief systems under their regional control, during conditions of peace.
When a region under Islam is challenged, when it is invaded, occupied, or oppressed, Islam is not a peaceful religion. In fact, in those cases, Muslims are admonished, nay, obligated, by the Qur’an to fight in self-defense, using “every stratagem of war”, until they are no longer oppressed and occupied.
Below, I am presenting verses from the Qur’an you may be familiar with. They are regularly used by people who try to present Islam as a dangerous religion, a religion out to conquer the world by whatever means necessary, violence included.
I am presenting these same verses, but I’m asking you to reasonably think through what they really mean to Muslims and the rest of the world today.
To begin with, please consider the ramifications of the following verses from the Qur’an for the American troops now stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq, and those who oppose them:
“Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors.
“And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have Turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.
“But if they cease, Allah is Oftforgiving, Most Merciful. And fight them on until there is no more Tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah; but if they cease, Let there be no hostility except to those who practise oppression.” [Surah 2.190-193]
These verses are presented “out of context”. However, they are also substantiated throughout the Qur’an as Islam’s legitimate and divine right to self-defense when the structure of Islamic law, especially the institution of care and support of the poor and needy, are threatened from the ‘outside’.
These verses are divine instructions. Unlike the recruiting problems the USA faces today, these words guarantee there will never be a shortage of Muslim fighters as long the Qur’an exists.
Further, note that it is every Muslim’s duty to harbor fighters for the faith:
“Those who believed, and adopted exile, and fought for the Faith, with their property and their persons, in the cause of Allah, as well as those who gave (them) asylum and aid, these are (all) friends and protectors, one of another. As to those who believed but came not into exile, ye owe no duty of protection to them until they come into exile; but if they seek your aid in religion, it is your duty to help them, except against a people with whom ye have a treaty of mutual alliance. And (remember) Allah seeth all that ye do.
“The Unbelievers are protectors, one of another: Unless ye do this, (protect each other), there would be tumult and oppression on earth, and great mischief.
“Those who believe, and adopt exile, and fight for the Faith, in the cause of Allah as well as those who give (them) asylum and aid, these are (all) in very truth the Believers: for them is the forgiveness of sins and a provision most generous.” [Surah 8.72-8.74]
Who can be designated a fighter for the Islamic faith? Any Muslim wishing to fight:
“Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not. They ask thee concerning fighting in the Prohibited Month. Say: “Fighting therein is a grave (offence); but graver is it in the sight of Allah to prevent access to the path of Allah, to deny Him, to prevent access to the Sacred Mosque, and drive out its members.”
“Tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter.
“Nor will they cease fighting you until they turn you back from your faith if they can. And if any of you Turn back from their faith and die in unbelief, their works will bear no fruit in this life and in the Hereafter; they will be companions of the Fire and will abide therein.” [Surah 2.216-217]
Whether you are religious or not, please consider the information in these verses.
These words are, and always will be, in the Qur’an. Nothing will eliminate them except the elimination of the people whose faith is based on them… The genocide of the people whose faith is in these words.
The words cannot be changed. The Prophet Mohammed was the last Prophet of Islam. According to the Qur’an, only the coming of the Judgment Day will fulfill the words of God recorded in the Qur’an, or the return of Jesus Christ. Hearing these words of the Qur’an ought to put into context the words of our President, George W. Bush, when he said: “Bring ‘em on!”.
The Bush administration’s decision to invade and occupy Muslim nations in perpetuity, while intentionally keeping knowledge of the Qur’anic doctrine of self-defense from the American people, is the USA’s politically correct, long-term, ‘final solution’ for “Islamic terrorism.”
American and British troops are being used as the flypaper to attract terrorist flies to the slaughter - but there’s a ‘slight’ problem.
As outlined recently, the Bush administration is looking to fight the “terrorists” on their own turf, and fight them outside of the USA. The big flaw in this thinking is that, while Muslim extremists like Osama bin Laden and his group have defined the world itself as the battlefield in which Islam must be defended by any means, the great majority of mainstream Muslims have always interpreted the doctrine of self-defense as nationalistic or regional.
By invading across international borders, Bush has put his stamp of approval on the Al-Queda view that Islamic fighters were justified to strike across international borders in defense of Islam.
Thus the USA’s pre-emptive invasions, meant to attract ‘international terrorists’ to fight it in Islamic nations instead of on American soil, are in fact legitimizing the extremist Fundamentalist doctrine of its supposed enemy.
The result is that the majority of mainstream Muslims who would formerly have resisted violently defending themselves across international borders, are now religiously beholden to fighting the United States according to the Qur’an. They are obligated to fight with the full backing of God as they know Him. They also the backing of the real international terrorist networks the USA initially set out to eradicate.
Intentionally or not, perpetual war - genocide by war - is an American strategy borne of religious ignorance.
Despite all the military might being brought to bear on Muslim nations, the real international terrorist networks are still capable of attacks on American soil.
War is war. Causing death and destruction to force your opponent to submit is the object of war.
The object of the War on Terror is the eradication of Muslim Fundamentalists who obey the Qur’an’s admonitions to defend Islam. Ironically, the more Fundamentalist Muslims the USA eradicates, the more fundamentalists it also creates… The more people from the ranks of Moderate Muslims who will turn to the Qur’an instead of their compromising leaders in order to make sense of the evil happening to their brothers and sisters around them.
This is the foreseeable future that our administration is promoting today: perpetual war - perpetual terror.
What can we do? Whether liberals or conservatives are in power, Democrats or Republicans, using the overwhelming force of the U.S. Military against Muslim innocents in their own land is executing the same cyclic strategy of genocide.
The USA is like a giant locomotive switched onto the wrong track. In its decision for war following 9/11, it blasted through the warning barrier reading: “Danger! Track Ends, Mountain Ahead!”. Continuing to expedite this war, the locomotive’s engineers are stoking the fire furiously, building up steam… planning to tunnel through a mountain using the forward motion of a derailed locomotive.
The only way to end this war, is to withdraw all Western troops from all Muslim nations, alter U.S. policy to oppose tyranny in those countries, and peacefully support home-grown movements for democracy. The USA must begin dealing with Muslims as a people with a unique culture and religion, worthy of the respect and humanity which the USA says it has for all peoples. The Islam of the Qur’an is a righteous religion, supporting a unique form of culture and civilization. Let’s make peace with its people.
Until that day, our policy in this war is a policy of genocide, not only against the Muslim freedom fighters fighting for the cause of God, but also against the brave Coalition troops we’ve sent to die in our place, who are also fighting for the cause of God.
If any cause is going to unite America, it will be the cause of no war at all from now on.
“Casey Butler is the author of the award-winning, anti-war geography game series World Empire. Today he spends most of his time working towards understanding religious scriptures.”
Copyright: Casey Butler
Originally published on the Information Clearing House website at http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9294.htm and reprinted in TAM with permission of the author.