Saturday, September 02, 2006

Kill and be killed

Wherever there’s religious bloodshed anywhere in the world, it’s invariably Muslims versus someone else. Could this be a coincidence?
It is the teachings of Islam that demand constant fighting and killing. All the killing and all the war is explained to the people as the “will of Allah.”
The Believers fight in Allah’s Cause, they slay and are slain, kill and are killed.--- Allah's commandment in Koran 9:112
Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.--- Allah's commandment in Koran 9:5
Fight disbelievers until all opposition ends and all submit to Allah.--- Allah's commandment in Koran 8:39

Jew-hatred is a staple of Muslim rhetoric. The Koran says “The last hour will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them, so Jews will hide behind stones and trees and the Stone and the tree will say ‘O Muslim, ‘O servant of God! There is a Jew behind me; come and kill him.’” Muhammed called Jews “the descendants of apes and pigs.”

For over 50 years, tiny Israel has been fighting for survival in a sea of Muslims. Israel has been attacked nonstop since the the United Nations gave the Jews a small plot of desert to call their own. But even that tiny piece of land is too much for Islam to tolerate. The “Middle East” is a land mass of approximately 2,061,000 square miles. Israel is a tiny country of about 8,000 square miles. Yet, in all of that space, Islam cannot bear the thought of Jews living on “their land.”

Islamic leaders put forth the belief that Israeli land is Muslim land. Islamic teachers believe that Muslims were there first. This is incorrect, since Judaism has been in the Middle East for at least 4,000 years and Islam only about 1,300 years. Even if one looks only at the Arab/Jew combination, leaving religion out of the equation, the Jewish people were in power in the Middle East several times throughout history. It is apparent that Jews have been in the Middle East just as Arabs were throughout history. Later, many of these Arab Jews became Arab Christians after the death of Jesus and the birth of Christianity, which was also in the Middle East prior to Islam. In fact, there were and still are Arab Jews and Christians.
Christianity, for the most part, has been purged from the Middle East by Muslims. While some countries have a small minority of Christians, they are persecuted and tormented and in many cases, they are not even allowed to be full citizens of the country of their birth because they are not Muslim. In most Islamic countries, non-Muslims cannot own land and their children are not allowed to attend the better schools.
Islamic leaders don’t care about the plight of the Palestinian people and have never cared about them. Aid money has poured in for the Palestinians to build schools and hospitals and the life of the average Palestinian never improves. The Islamic leaders and the Palestinian Liberation Organization have taken that aid money and lined their own pockets with it and used it to wage war against Israel while telling Palestinian women to have more babies to sacrifice for Islam. All the while, Islamic leaders tell the Palestinians their hellish lives are solely because of the evil Jew.
Palestinian refugees, who have been forced to live in camps in neighboring Arab/Islamic countries for decades, are treated very badly. They have no rights and cannot find jobs, and the camps are a breeding ground for the hatred that Islamic leaders need to keep the war alive.
There is not a day that passes that someone, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, does not die at the hands of a follower of Islam.
Whether it is the attack on 9/11, London, Madrid, Russia, Bali, India, Sudan, Nigeria, Thailand and so many countries aound the world, the common denominator in all these attacks is Islam. Attacks have been thwarted in Australia, Canada, England, France, and the United States.
Islam, the self proclaimed “religion” of peace and love cannot stop killing even its own people in the name of Islam and Allah. The split within Islam began the day Mohammed died and it has grown more violent ever since. Muslims blow up mosques and kill fellow Muslims who are praying to Allah. As Muslims commit mass murder within Islam, the Islamic leaders around the world turn a blind eye.


  1. Anonymous9:13 PM

    First, I don’t wish to appear that I can comment on your quoted translations of the verses of the Koran. But, on a general note, it is a matter of widely held belief among Muslims that Koran does not call for to start wars except under still acceptable standards of causes. Such standards as accepted under UN charter: self-defence of Muslim lands. Also an important point to note is that an overwhelming majority Muslims, like an overwhelming majority of people of other confessions and atheists and agnostics and so on, do not believe in
    US-UK-Israeli type of preventive wars.

    Whether or not there are verses which according to certain interpretations of the Koran by some people call for unjustifiable violence, still according to others there is room for interpretation of the whole Qur’an such that it is in total agreement with such standards as Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other such instruments such as the Geneva conventions. So given this contention of certain Muslim scholars (to name one Abdullahi Ahmed An’Naim), and given that there are a number of Muslims who are as said above peace-loving and human rights-loving, such ‘semantic’ comments as yours not only do not help to solve any alleged religious conflict between Palestinian Muslims and Jewish Israelis, but also do not tell us the whole picture of the matter.

    You said,

    ‘For over 50 years, tiny Israel has been fighting for survival in a sea of Muslims.’

    I wish to disagree totally about this. In fact the other way around is true: for more than 70 years the Palestinians have been fighting for their survival and legitimate rights. Despite its smallness compared to the surrounding Arab lands, Isreal’s military might is unmatched by any combined Middle Eastern Muslim forces. They have won in varying degrees every single war they fought with Arabs in relation to Arab-Israeli issue: from the 1948 war after the creation of Israel to the 1973 Yom Kippur War (although it was not as decisive as it could have been because of the surprise attack by Egypt-Syria on the Jewish holiday). There is no doubt about the strength and power of Israel especially when one considers the extreme close ties the United States has with it. In fact, it was the US military assistance in 1973 which ultimately defeated the Arab forces. (If the US had not helped militarily to defeat Arabs, ironically, the Arab countries possibly would have all vaporised by the nuclear bombs, which Israel was ready to deploy!). So the point is that any stone a 15-year kid of Palestine throw (of the 11,500 Palestinians wounded in the first Intifada no less than 70% were children under 15!), or a suicide bomb attack (in Israel between 1967 and 1978, (when PLO was much alive) the total number of deaths due to terrorist attacks were less than 3%, 272 deaths), or a crude missile, would only be like a pin-prick on a giant elephant. Of course, there are many terrorist attacks on innocent civilians of Israel, which I deplore. But Israel as a state has felt such attack as pin-pricks. So, it is not accurate to say Israel has been fighting for its survival. But, a state created by sword should be defended by sword, someone said, and what I say is this sword is unmatched by any enemy sword or swords combined.

    On the contrast, there is a lot to say that Palestinians have been struggling to survive. It would take pages to write the harsh, cruel, inhuman, and degrading conditions Palestinians have been living under ever since 1948 War. They were murdered and expelled from their own lands, even from lands which under UN-partition did not belong to Israel. Theirs is one of the oldest refugee problems in the world. They have been struggling to survive in the harshest and illegal military occupation.

    ‘Yet, in all of that space, Islam cannot bear the thought of Jews living on “their land.”’

    We know full well that before the first Jewish settlers came to Palestine, there already was a Jewish population living side-by-side with their Muslim majority generally amicably. In fact, the Palestinian Muslims did not first denounce Jews (if they do even now!) per se, but Zionists (many and some most influential of them are secular Jews). It is a mistake to think that Jews and Zionists are synonymous. There are non-Jewish Zionists while there are non-Zionist Jews who even dislike the Zionist ideas. It was only later on that Palestinian Muslims disliked Jews and Zionists alike because virtually both were committed to the creation of Israeli state. Even then it was not hatred like anti-Semitism. And in relation to what you say about Islam's calling for Jewish persecution, it is relevant to note, history has shown that Muslims have been more tolerant of Jews than Christians and others. Anti-Semitism in Islamic countries was generally more sporadic. In many cases the rise of Islam was positively welcomed by Jews who saw Islam as a force that liberated them from Christian oppression. This was particularly so in Palestine, where Christian rule during the Crusaders was accompanied by intense persecution, while the Mumluks (Muslim) who ousted Christians in Palestine in 1291 even encouraged Jewish migration, who came to escape European persecution. The same was true under Ottoman rule after 1517. (Ottomons were ousted in after World War 1 by both Muslim forces deluded under British lies [Husayn MacMahon correspondence]). This is not to deny there was much Muslim persecution of Jews, on the contrary there were a number of cases. But this shows that Muslim behaviour towards Jews have been very inconsistent with Koran if there is such a clear cut obligation to persecute peace-loving Jews in Koran.

    It is not that ‘Islam cannot bear the thought of Jews living on “their land”’ but rather Palestinian Muslims not being legitimately able to bear the truth that Zionists’, especially revisionist Zionists’ long term goal is the dispossessing of all Palestinians from their land. This dispossession of Palestinian Muslims was always a Zionist agenda, because they knew early on that an Israeli state cannot be created without that. A cable from the Jewish fact-finding mission sent to Palestine after the Basel Congress, said ‘The bride [Palestine] is beautiful, but she [Palestine] is married to another man [Arab population]’. This shows the Zionist acknowledgement of the existence of the Arab population and shows that their goal could only be achieved by a forceful separation of this marriage.

    ‘Islamic leaders put forth the belief that Israeli land is Muslim land.’

    Israeli land after the UN partition cannot legally be Palestinian land now. But, the UN was a joke even then. The UN endorsed the arbitrary partitions of Arab lands according to the whims of Britain and France. While Jews had suffered much in Europe and under Nazi Germany and thousands were killed, and thousands left refugees, this situation does not morally warrant creation of a state for them from another land which was already populated under accepted norms. In that sense, it would be true to say that Israel was created in Muslim land, as Muslims ruled the land before the creation of Israel and Muslims were the majority, too.

    Besides, Arab League and Iran and PLO all accept the UN two-state 'solution'. So whether or not Islamic teachers put forth this belief is not very relevant to the issue here.

    ‘Islamic teachers believe that Muslims were there first.’

    I have never heard any of my Muslim teachers say that. In fact Koran says Jews lived there before Muslims lived. I know many Muslim teachers who teach that Koran says the land was inhabited by Jews before Muslims. So as a general claim it is false!

    I contend that it is a difficult question to argue about land-ownership, about the legitimate way in which we could have possessed our lands in the first place. (That difficulty was one criticism of Nozick’s libertarianism, and he did not resolve the problem in his Anarchy, State and Utopia). But, under accepted norms (however bad they maybe; consider the creation of US) Palestine back then was an Arab land.

    I agree the ‘hellish problem’ (to use your! phrase) of Palestinians now is not solely due to Israel. I agree Muslim leaders have not done enough about the Palestinian problem. Nor has the international community at large. Still less has done the self-declared protector and promoter of human rights (the hegemonic US).

    Those who are complicit in this issue might be varied and numerous. But the creation of Israel and the Zionist inhumane goals are largely, if not totally, to blame for as the root cause of the Palestinian issue.

    PS. There are points in your article I agree. I wished to highlight mainly where your writing has been misleading and inaccurate. I believe the overall ‘argument’ of your article is inaccurate. Also, I had posted a comment along these lines earlier, which unfortunately had not appeared on your blog, so this one again. But now your blog allows comments without administrative scrutiny, which is good!

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