From The Gathering Storm Blog

What makes a terrorist?

Hatred of our freedoms? Gripes about colonialism? Poverty? Religion? All of the above?

No. What makes a terrorist is the same thing that makes a Nazi, a Communist, a fascist, or a Maoist. What makes them all the same is an adherence to a tyrannical ideology.

In his new book ‘What makes a Terrorist’, economist Alan Krueger debunks the theory that poverty spawns terrorism. He’s correct on that point and makes good case for it. People like to grab on to that rationale because social injustice is both understandable and preventable – the basis for all liberal solutions. If you can ‘understand’ the problem, you can work towards or talk through to a solution.

Not so with Sudden Jihad Syndrome as we have seen in numerous cases whereby normal-appearing Muslims abruptly become violent.

So what, according to Krueger, makes a terrorist?

Well, he doesn’t say. He talks a lot about what doesn’t make a terrorist but not what does. The reason for this is that he does not see or refuses to admit that the free world is dealing with virulent ideology that can be easily defined and the adherents to it easily identified. It’s an ideology that can not share with the free world common hearts and minds.

How about freedom of expression? Nope. Nada. Simple example – and I mean really simple – the Mohammed cartoon Intifada. One of the fundamental notions of a secular society is the moral importance of freedom, of individual choice. But in Islam, choice is not allowable: there cannot be free choice about whether to choose or reject any of the fundamental aspects of the religion, because they are all divinely ordained. God has laid down the law, and man must obey.

Then how about Western art and culture? Negatory. According to a Pew survey, in predominantly Muslim countries, it’s not just that they don’t approve of American culture; most plain don’t like it. More than two-thirds of Bangladeshis (81%), Pakistanis (80%), Turks (68%), Palestinians (68%) and Indians (68%) said they do not like American music, movies and television.”

Or modern entertainment? Nope.

Women’s rights? Yeah, right. Honor killings, forced marriages, clitoris mutilation.

How about Religious freedom? Paleeze.

Democracy? Fugetaboutit.

It’s the ideology.

At its core, Islam is deeply sceptical of the idea of a secular state. There is no rendering unto Caesar because state and religion are believed to be inseparable. This idea then interacts with centuries-old edicts of Islamic jurists about how the land of Islam should interact with the world of unbelievers, known as dar ul-kufr. The modern radicals then take it further, declaring that since, with the exception perhaps of Pakistan and Iran, there are no Islamic states, the whole world is effectively the land of the unbelievers. As a result, some radicals believe waging war on the whole world is justified to re-create it as an Islamic state.

They go as far as reclassifying the globe as dar ul-harb, “land of war”, apparently allowing Muslims to destroy the sanctity of the five rights that every human is granted under Islam: life, wealth, land, mind and belief. In dar ul-harb, anything goes, including the killing of civilians.

It’s historical antipathy to the very possibility that reason can exist as separate from God.

The appeasers and apologists for Islam just don’t get it. They are going through philosophical contortions trying to separate Islam from terror and the Islamist are laughing up their sleeves. If democratic freedoms are to survive this century, then the objective is not to win the hearts and minds of Islamists – but fight their hearts and minds.

We have to start thinking in terms of ideology. Plain and simple, our democracy is a threat to their theocracy – a theocratic ideology. For that is what we are at war with.

This is not a battle over peoples’ territory but over peoples’ minds. This war will either be defined by our enemies, or by us. So far, they are defining this conflict, and are more clearly defining the underlying causes of it. We need to face that fact and act accordingly.

The only way we can re-align our thinking to fight this war effectively is to recognize what they are fighting for and what they say this war is about. Let’s start with one of their spiritual mouthpieces, or propagandists, straight from the belly of the beast and get it right from the horse’s mouth. From the Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdel Aziz Al Sheikh, himself in Saudi Arabia.

“Saudi Arabia’s leading religious figure, the grand mufti, Sunday defended the spirit of jihad, or holy war, as a God-given right.”

Then he lets the cat out of the bag.

“The spread of Islam has gone through several phases, secret and then public, in Mecca and Medina,” the holiest places in Islam.”

Secret? Could he be referring to the Muslim Brotherhood “Project”? From the Assyrian International News Agency.

“In October of ‘05 President Bush denounced the Islamic ideological movement that called for a “violent and political vision: the establishment, by terrorism, subversion and insurgency, of a totalitarian empire that denies all political and religious freedom.” The Muslim Brotherhood, also known as the Ikhwan, is a good example of what the President described and what he must protect us against. The Muslim Brotherhood organization, an expansive and secretive society with followers in more than 70 countries, describes itself as a political and social revolutionary movement. It was founded in March 1928 in Egypt by Hassan al-Banna, who objected to Western influence and called for return to an original Islam.”

And we know what that ‘original Islam’ was. The Taliban ands Al Qaeda are perfect manifestations of that ideology.

“The Muslim Brotherhood is dedicated to creating a global Islamic order that would isolate women and punish nonbelievers. Its members and supporters founded al Qaeda. The Muslim Brotherhood has historically and continues to actively pursue the establishment of a Muslim regime that will serve as the basis to re-establish the Caliphate.But the free democracies, and especially the MSM, just don’t get it. How about this dumb headline from ABC news?

“’Day of Rage’: Anger Not Jihad. Muslim Leaders world wide call for a ‘Day of Rage’. Do they mean violence?”

Naaah! And what about that ‘secret’ phase? Perhaps this is one version of it. Clerics ‘teaching secret jihad’

“Islamic clerics in Sydney and Melbourne are using covert tactics to preach martyrdom and jihad to young followers, recruiting them under the guise of classes teaching the Koran…… Singapore-based terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratna told The Australian that despite their denials and stronger terror laws, religious leaders in the two cities continued to preach violence to impressionable followers. Clive Williams, who runs a terrorism and counter-terrorism program at the Australian Defence Force Academy, said young Muslims were being recruited for jihad through “Koran classes”. “They are doing it differently now,” he said. “They are advertising for Koran classes and then selecting a few people for an inner circle.”Mr Williams said the clerics were profiling the followers in the Koran classes and selecting impressionable ones to target separately and privately for indoctrination.”
And finally, from the Asian Tribune that brings a new ripple to global struggle against theocracy. “War on Terror Equals War on Minorities”. That should warm the cockles of every liberal heart.

It’s neither terrorism nor nation states nor neo-cons who are the prime enemy; it’s the ideology, stupid – the ideology of Islamism and those that follow and quietly support it.

So what makes a terrorist? The same thing that makes a Nazi, a Communist, a fascists, or a Maoist.

It’s the ideology, stupid!

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