Saturday, March 25, 2006

Critical Response to P.M. Tony Blair's Foreign Policy Address

This is my response to selected excerpts from a foreign policy speech which British Prime Minister Tony Blair
delivered March 21 of 2006. I have inserted the excerpts as block quotes. My comments are interspersed, along with evidentiary material also in blocks. Bold font & color emphasis is mine. Click this link to read the official transcript of the speech. Quotations from Islamic sources are also hyperlinked so that the reader can verify them and explore the texts.

"There is an interesting debate going on inside government today about how to counter extremism in British communities. Ministers have been advised never to use the term "Islamist extremist".
It will give offense. It is true. It will. There are those - perfectly decent-minded people - who
say the extremists who commit these acts of terrorism are not true Muslims. And, of course, they are right. They are no more proper Muslims than the Protestant bigot who murders a Catholic in Northern Ireland is a proper Christian.
But, unfortunately, he is still a "Protestant" bigot. To say his religion is irrelevant is both completely to misunderstand his motive
and to refuse to face up to the strain of extremism within his religion that has given rise to it."

What is the scriptural Christian doctrine concerning murder? In what Book, Chapter & verse did
Jesus Christ sanctify or exemplify conquest, genocide and terrorism? What! You can't find any? Was Muhammad, the founder of Islam, a true Muslim? Does not the Qur'an, which he recited, mandate and
sanctify conquest, genocide and terrorism? What! You haven't read it? Better late than never!

You seem to view terrorism as an innovation. In 623, Muhammad dispatched his companions to make ghazwat on camel caravans. Later, he turned to Jewish & Christian settlements. He sent extortion
and followed up with his army. Click that link, then click the link in the quote. Read all of Sahih Bukhari Vol. 4, Book 52. Then you will understand that Muhammad set the standard for the conduct of
mujahideen. Jihad, genocide & terrorism are intrinsic functions of Islam!

"This terrorism will not be defeated until its ideas, the poison that warps the minds of its adherents, are confronted, head-on, in their essence, at their core. By this I don't mean telling them terrorism is wrong. I mean telling them their attitude to America is absurd; their concept of governance pre-feudal; their positions on women and other faiths, reactionary and
regressive; and then since only by Muslims can this be done: standing up for and supporting those within Islam who will tell them all of this but more, namely that the extremist view of Islam is not just theologically backward but completely contrary to the spirit and teaching of the Koran."

What are the "ideas" of terrorism? What 'poison' 'warps the minds' of Muslims? Who wrote this speech? Was he going to Hell or coming out? Perhaps he should quit listening to President Bush and start reading the canonical books of Islam, where he would learn that the evils of which he complains are sanctified &
mandated by Allah and exemplified by Muhammad. 'At their core'? They are at the
very core of Islam!
Jihâd (holy fighting in Allâh's Cause) is ordained for you ; fight them until
there is no more
Fitnah and the religion (worship) will all be for Allâh Alone ;
I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes. It is not
for a Prophet
that he should have prisoners of war
until he had made a great slaughter (among his enemies) in the land.

How in Hell can a reform minded Muslim overcome the clear mandate of the Qur'an for global conquest, genocide & terrorism? How does one Muslim convince another that the perfect, complete & final revelation of Allah's will does not mean exactly what at says and that Muhammad's life & conduct ain't the perfect role model for all Muslims in all generations? Does any ignorant fool believe in the mythical 'moderate' majority of Muslims? How then did HAMAS win a majority of seats in the P.A. legislature? Why is Usama bin Laden the most popular man on the Arab street? Why are there, at present (after more than a month on the web and links on several moderate Muslim blogs) only 61 signatures on the Moderate Muslim Majority Rejects Terrorism petition? Hundreds of thousands signed petitions condemning the cartoons, fewer than one hundred have signed a petition renouncing terrorism. That is not an optimistic sign.

"The roots of global terrorism and extremism are indeed deep. They reach right down through decades of alienation, victimhood and political oppression in the Arab and Muslim
world. Yet this is not and never has been inevitable. The most remarkable thing about reading the Koran - in so far as it can be truly translated from the original Arabic - is to understand how progressive it is. I speak with great diffidence and humility as a member of another faith. I am not qualified to make any judgements. But as an outsider, the Koran strikes me as a reforming book, trying to return Judaism and Christianity to their origins, rather as reformers attempted with the Christian Church centuries later. It is inclusive It extols science and knowledge and abhors superstition. It is practical and way ahead of its time in attitudes to marriage, women and governance."

"The roots of global terrorism and extremism are indeed deep." Blessed right they are: deep in the Qur'an, as cited above; and thouroghly embedded in Surahs 8, 9, 47 & 48 thereof, not in alienation, or social conditions!

" The most remarkable thing about reading the Koran - in so far as it can be truly translated from the original Arabic - is to understand how progressive it is."... "It extols science and knowledge
and abhors superstition.
It is practical and way ahead of its time in attitudes to marriage, women
and governance.
" What in the eternal fire is progressive about sanctifying and mandating conquest, genocide and terror as cited above?!' Science'?! 'Knowledge'?! What is practical about marriage to four wives plus all the slaves you can handle? Women are to inherit only half as much as their brothers, and two female witnessesare required to equal the testimony of one man.
"Today, in well over 30 or 40 countries terrorists are plotting action loosely linked with this ideology. Its roots are not superficial, therefore, they are deep, embedded now in
the culture of many nations and capable of an eruption at any time." The ideology is Islam, and it is rooted in theQur'an, which defines it, and the Hadith, which exemplify it.

"The different aspects of this terrorism are linked. The struggle against terrorism in Madrid or London or Paris is the same as the struggle against the terrorist acts of Hezbollah in Lebanon or the PIJ in Palestine or rejectionist groups in Iraq. The murder of the innocent in Beslan is part of the
same ideology that takes innocent lives in Saudi Arabia, the Yemen or Libya. And when Iran gives support to such terrorism, it becomes part of the same battle with the same ideology at its heart."

Have you figured out what the link is yet?!

"This is not a clash between civilisations It is a clash about civilisation. It is the age-old battle
between progress and reaction, between those who embrace and see opportunity in the modern world and those who reject its existence; between optimism and hope on the one hand; and pessimism and fear on the other. And in the era of globalisation where nations depend on each other and where our security is held in common or not at all, the outcome of this clash between extremism and progress is utterly determinative of our future here in Britain. We can no more opt out of this struggle than we can opt out of the climate changing around us. Inaction, pushing the responsibility on to America, deluding ourselves that this terrorism is an isolated series of individual incidents rather than a global movement and would go away if only we were more sensitive to its pretensions; this too is a policy. It is just that; it is a policy that is profoundly,fundamentally wrong.

And this is why the position of so much opinion on how to defeat this terrorism and on the continuing struggle in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Middle East is, in my judgement, so mistaken."
The clash is between predator and prey: between Muslims Hell-bent on conquest, pillage & rapine and innocent prey being tortured, murdered, dispossessed and raped as in Darfur. The contest is Islam vs. civilisation!!!

"What happens in Iraq or Afghanistan today is not just crucial for the people in those countries or even in those regions; but for our security here and round the world. It is a cause that has
none of the debatable nature of the decisions to go for regime change; it is an entirely noble one - to help people in need of our help in pursuit of liberty; and a self-interested one, since in their salvation lies our own security."

"To do this, we must fight the ideas of the extremists, not just their actions; and stand up for and
not walk away from those engaged in a life or death battle for freedom. "

How do we fight those ideas without identifying them; without listing, enumerating and evaluating such concepts as predestiny, fatalism, supremacism, intolerance, exclusivism and demonic mandate to conquer
and subjugate on a global scale?
"Two years later the same ideology killed people on the streets of London, and for the same reason. To stop cultures, faiths and races living in harmony; to deter those who see
greater openness to others as a mark of humanity's progress; to disrupt the very thing that makes London special would in time, if allowed to, set Iraq on a course of progress too."

Terrorism is a tactic, not an objective, not an enemy. The objective is conquest!! The enemy is Islam!!

"The extremism is not the true voice of Islam. Neither is that voice necessarily to be found in those who are from one part only of Islamic thought, however assertively that voice makes itself heard. It is, as ever, to be found in the calm, but too often unheard beliefs of the many Muslims, millions of them the world over, including in Europe, who want what we all want: to be ourselves free and for others to be free also; who regard tolerance as a virtue and respect for the faith of others as part of our own faith. That is what this battle is about, within Islam and outside of it; it is a battle of values and progress; and therefore itis one we must win."

The true voice of Islam is that of Allah, transmitted to Muhammad through Gabriel, and recited by
Muhammad as preserved by the traditions of his companions and recorded in the Qur'an. The ayat which mandate and sanctify Jihad; which sanctify genocide and terrorism are the true voice of Islam!!
Those vices are what Islam is; what Islam does.

We can have peace or we can have Islam. I choose peace, without reservation and without remorse.
What do you choose?

2:216. Jihâd (holy fighting in Allâh's Cause) is ordained for you
(Muslims) though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike a thing
which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you.
Allâh knows but you do not know.

8:39. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allâh) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allâh Alone [in the whole of the world ]. But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allâh), then certainly, Allâh is All-Seer of what they do.

9:29. Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allâh, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allâh and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islâm) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

8:67. It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war (and free them with ransom) until he had made a great slaughter (among his enemies) in the land. You desire the good of this world (i.e. the money of ransom for freeing the captives), but Allâh desires (for you) the Hereafter. AndAllâh is All-Mighty, All-Wise.

Read about Muhammad's practice of genocide in Sahih Bukhari 5.59.512 and Abu Dawud 38.4390.

3:151. We shall cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they joined others in worship with Allâh, for which He had sent no authority; their abode will be the Fire and how evil is the abode of the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong­doers).

8:12. (Remember) when your Lord inspired the angels, "Verily, I am with you, so keep firm those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes."

See also: 33:26-27 and 59:2 for further confirmation of terrorism. See Sahih Bukhari 4.52.220
wherein Muhammad braggs about his practice of terrorism.


In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful From Muhammad, the Prophet of Allah who is like Moosa (Moses A.S.) a prophet and messenger and he testifies to what Moosa (A.S.) had brought. 0 people of Torah, has Allah not stated in the Torah that "Muhammad (Sal Allaho Alehe Wasallam) is a Prophet of Allah. The people who will be with him, shall be harsh towards the enemies of Allah. And amongst themselves, they shall be kind and loving. They shall bow and prostrate before Allah. And they shall seek His bounty and goodwill".

I ask you to swear by Allah, who sent Torah for you and who made your forefathers eat 'mann, and 'Salva' and dried sea for them and rid them of the tyranny of pharaoh. It is not written in Torah that you should believe in me?

After the explanation about me in the Torah, do guidance and transgression become apparent?
Therefore I invite you towards Allah and His Prophet.'

Seal: Allah's Prophet Muhammad

Sahih Bukhari

Volume 5, Book 59, Number 512:

Narrated Anas:

The Prophet offered the Fajr Prayer near Khaibar when it was still dark and then said, "Allahu-Akbar! Khaibar is destroyed, for whenever we approach a (hostile) nation (to fight), then evil will be the morning for those who have been warned." Then the inhabitants of Khaibar came out running on the roads. The Prophet had their warriors killed, their offspring and woman taken as captives. Safiya was amongst the captives, She first came in the shareof Dahya Alkali but later on she belonged to the Prophet . The Prophet made her manumission as her 'Mahr'.

18:86. Until, when he reached the setting place of the sun, he found it setting in a spring of black muddy (or hot) water. And he found near it a people. We (Allâh) said (by inspiration): "O Dhul-Qarnain! Either you
punish them, or treat them with kindness."

4:24. Also (forbidden are) women already married, except those (captives and slaves) whom your right hands possess. Thus has Allâh ordained for you. All others are lawful, provided you seek (them in marriage) with Mahr (bridal money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage) from
your property, desiring chastity, not committing illegal sexual intercourse, so with those of whom you have enjoyed sexual relations, give them their Mahr as prescribed; but if after a Mahr is prescribed, you agree mutually (to give more), there is no sin on you. Surely, Allâh is Ever All­Knowing, All­Wise.

4:11. Allâh commands you as regards your children's (inheritance); to the male, a portion equal to that of two females; if (there are) only daughters, two or more, their share is two thirds of the inheritance; if only one, her share is half....

2:282. O you who believe! When you contract a debt for a fixed period, write it down. Let a scribe write it down in justice between you. Let not the scribe refuse to write as Allâh has taught him, so let him write. Let him (the debtor) who incurs the liability dictate, and he must fear Allâh, his Lord, and diminish not anything of what he owes. But if the debtor is of poor understanding, or weak, or is unable himself to dictate, then let his guardian dictate in justice. And get two witnesses out of your own men. And if there are not two men (available), then a man and two women, such as you agree for witnesses, so that if one of them (two women) errs, the other canremind her....

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

"War on Terror 03-22-06: A Critical Response

I present excerpts from President Bush's remarks on the War on Terror 03/22/06 in block quotes, interspersed with my comments and quotations from Islam's cannonical texts and other sources. I have added bold font and color for emphasis. To read the complete transcript of President Bush's remarks, click here.

"The enemy, a group of killers, struck us on September the 11th, 2001. They declared war on the United States of America."

Who is this enemy? Weren't they at war with us when they

  • destroyed our embassies in Kenya & Tanzania

  • bombed the World Trade Center in 1993

  • bombed the U.S.S. Cole?
Those were acts of war, not declarations. Who declared the war; in whose name? [Usama bin Laden,
"Praise be to Allah, we seek His help and ask for his pardon. We take refuge in Allah
from our wrongs and bad deeds. Who ever is guided by Allah will not be misled, and who ever has been misled, he will never be guided. I bear witness that there is no God except Allah,
no associates with Him and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger."

What is Usama bin Laden's main issue?

"Hence it is essential to hit the main enemy who divided the Ummah into small and little countries and pushed it, for the last few decades, into a state of confusion. The Zionist Crusader
alliance moves quickly to contain and abort any "corrective movement" appearing in the Islamic countries. Different means and methods are used to achieve their target; on occasion the "movement" is dragged into an armed struggle at a predetermined unfavorable time and place.
Sometimes officials from the Ministry of Interior, who are also graduates of the colleges of the Shari'ah, are leashed out to mislead and confuse the nation and the Ummah (by wrong Fatwas) and to circulate false information about the movement. At other occasions some righteous
people were tricked into a war of words against the Ulama and the leaders of the movement,
wasting the energy of the nation in discussing minor issues and ignoring the main
one that is the unification of the people under the divine law of Allah
." ... "carry out Jihad in
the cause of Allah
raising His word and to defend the faith of Islam and the land of the two Holy Places against the invaders and the occupying forces."

Al-Qaeda is not the enemy; it is a subset of the enemy, one of many mujahideen groups. The war
was declared in the name of Allah, it is declared as "Jihad in the cause of Allah raising His word and to defend the faith of Islam". Clearly, the enemy is Islam. Muhammad quotes Allah in that book which claims to be the final and perfect expression of Allah's will:

9:29. Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allâh, (2)
nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by
Allâh and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the
religion of truth (i.e. Islâm) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and
feel themselves subdued

Consider that ayeh in the light of these hadith:

Abu Dawud Book 14, Number 2635:
Narrated Anas ibn Malik:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: I am commanded to fight with men till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His servant and His Apostle, face our qiblah (direction of prayer), eat what we slaughter, and pray like us. When they do that, their life and property are unlawful for us except what is due to them. They will have the same rights as the Muslims have, and have the same responsibilities as the Muslims have.

Sahih Bukhari Ch. 63 No. 2989 [...] "Our Prophet, the Messenger of our Lord, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has commanded us to fight you until you worship Allah alone or pay the jizya. Out Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has informed us from the message of our Lord: whoever of us is killed will go to the Garden in bliss whose like he has never seen. Whoever of us remains will be your masters ."[...]

Is the demonic commandment limited by geography or chronology, or is it a generally applicable
commandment remaining in force?

Sahih BukhariVolume 1, Book 7, Number 331:
Narrated Jabir bin Abdullah:

The Prophet said, "I have been given five things which were not given to any one else before me.

1. Allah made me victorious by awe, (by His frightening my enemies) for a distance of one month's journey.

2. The earth has been made for me (and for my followers) a place for praying and a thing to perform Tayammum, therefore anyone of my followers can praywherever the time of a prayer is due.

3. The booty has been made Halal (lawful) for me yet it was not lawful for anyone else before me.

4. I have been given the right of intercession (on the Day of Resurrection).

5. Every Prophet used to be sent to his nation only but I
have been sent to all mankind.

Abu Dawud Book 14, Number 2526:

Narrated Anas ibn Malik:

[...] and jihad will be performed continuously since the day Allah sent me as a prophet until the day the last member of my community will fight with the
Dajjal (Antichrist)
. [...]

The earth is purified for Muhammad, he is sent to all mankind, and Jihad continues until Judgement Day. Our criterium question is answered! Jihad is declared against all disbelievers wheresoever dispersed over the face of the earth up to and including Judgement Day.

[...]"cold-blooded killers hijacked airplanes, flew them into buildings and the Pentagon, and killed 3,000 of our citizens. In other words, they declared war, and we have got to take their
declaration of war seriously."

No, Mr. President, Allah & Muhammad declared war in 623, Usama bin Laden confirmed that declaration in 1996, and his companions executed a series of attacks, culminating in the second attack on the
WTC. We have to take Allah's declaration of war seriously!!!

[...]"you can't negotiate with these folks, there is
no compromise, there is no middle ground."

We can't negotiate with Islam, but Israel can? Mr. President, your "Road Map" to Mid East peace demands that Israel negotiate with and make concessions to Islam. Your cognitive dissonance is showing!

"Al Qaeda, after all, was the enemy that launched the attacks. "

Al-Qaeda is a name, which means "the base". The Ummah is the base of Islam: the set of all slaves of Allah. HAMAS is also a name, which means "Islamic Resistance Movement". Islam is the enemy! Al-Qaeda and HAMAS are subsets of the enemy.

"The second part of a lesson that we must never forget is the enemy, in that they're not a nation state -- in other words, they don't represent a nation state like armies and navies used
to do -- need safe haven. They need places to hide so they can plan and plot. And they found safe haven, as you all know, in Afghanistan. And they were supported by a government that supports their point of view, which is a government that absolutely can't stand freedom. That was the
Taliban. If you were a young girl growing up under the auspices of the Taliban, you didn't have a chance to succeed. You couldn't go to school. If you dissented in the public square, you'd be in trouble. If you didn't agree with their dark vision, whether it be religion or politics, you were in trouble. In other words, they can't -- they couldn't stand this concept of a free society -- and neither can al Qaeda. See, we're dealing with ideologues. They have an ideology."

Mr. President, where is that ideology recorded? What is it called? Usama quotes the Koran 18 times in the declaration of war cited above . Taliban means "students of the Koran". Could there be a connection? Lets inspect the HAMAS Charter.

Article One:

The Islamic Resistance Movement: The Movement's programme is Islam. From it, it draws its
ideas, ways of thinking and understanding of the universe, life and man. It resorts to it for judgment in all its conduct, and it is inspired by it for guidance of its steps.[...]

Article Eight:

Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.

The HAMAS Charter quotes the Koran 25 times and declares that book to be its constitution!

"Now, I understand some say, well, maybe they're just isolated kind of people that are angry and took out their anger with an attack. That's not how I view them. I view them as people that believe
in something; they have an ideological base. They subverted a great religion to meet their needs, and they need places to hide. "

Al-Qaeda's ideological base is the Koran. Islam's foundation is the Koran. How then can you claim that "They subverted a great religion"? Who is better qualified to interpret Allah's commandments than Muhammad? Lets take a look at some of those commandments and how Muhammad interpreted them.

8:12. (Remember) when your Lord inspired the angels, "Verily, I
am with you, so keep firm those who have believed. I will cast terror
into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes."

9:29: Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allâh...

8:39. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allâh) and the religion (worship) will
all be for Allâh Alone
[in the whole of the world...

8:67. It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war (and free them with ransom) until he had made a great slaughter (among his enemies) in the land....

Allah commanded conquest, terrorism and genocide. Muhammad initiated more than 80 battles between 623 and 632. Muhammad bragged about being made victorious with terror cast into the hearts of his enemies. See Sahih Bukhari 4.52.220 for confirmation. He also committed genocide:

Abu Dawud Book 38, Number 4390:
Narrated Atiyyah al-Qurazi:

I was among the captives of Banu Qurayzah. They (the Companions) examined us, and those who had begun to grow hair (pubes) were killed, and those who
had not were not killed. I was among those who had not grown hair.

[...]"we're not going to retreat in the face of thugs and assassins."

Thuggee (or tuggee) (from the Sanskrit root sthag (Pali, thak), to conceal, mainly applied to fraudulent concealment) was an Indian cult, operating from the 13th to the 19th centuries, worshipping Kali whose members were known as Thugs. It was allegedly a hereditary cult with
both Muslim and Hindu members that practiced large-scale robbery and murder of
travelers by strangulation. ... -

Main Entry: as·sas·sin Pronunciation: &-'sa-s&n

Function: noun

Etymology: Medieval Latin assassinus, from Arabic hashshAshIn, plural
of hashshAsh one who smokes or chews hashish, from hashIsh hashish

1 capitalized : one of a secret order of Muslims that at the time of the Crusades terrorized
Christians and other enemies by secret murder committed under the influence of hashish

2 : a person who commits murder; especially : one who murders a politically important person either for hire or from fanatical motives

Interesting, is it not, that Wikipedia and Webster use Muslim in the definition of those two terms you correctly applied to the perpetrators of the second WTC attack?

"I believe freedom and liberty can change enemies into allies. I believe freedom has the power to transform societies. It's not easy work, it's difficult work. But we've seen history before.
I know you've got relatives who were in World War II. On that continent, hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their lives in two world wars during the 1900s. And yet today, Europe is whole, free and at peace. What happened? Democracies don't war. "

Ancient Greece & Rome had elected Senates. Did that keep them from practicing Imperialism? How about Turkey's invasion of Cyprus? The "Palestinian" Authority had "free elections". Who did they elect? Have the newly elected terrorists renounced their genocidal & policical objectives? Have they renounced Jihad?

Here is the bottom line: Islam claims a divine mandate to subjugate the entire world. They
have been engaged in repeated attempts to fulfill that mandate for 1395 years. They will desist when they are all apostatized or dead, not before. Which will it be, and how do you propose to bring it off? Allah's word does not change. Allah forbids editing & re-interpreting the Koran. Muhammad cursed anyone who changes Islam after his death. Islam can not be reformed, it must be eliminated. Repeated denials of objective factual reality do not advance your cause!

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