Atanu Dey On India's Development

The Jihad’s Come Home to Roost

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Pakistan is back in the news for what it is best known in the world — Islamic terrorism. It has been the epicenter of global terror for a while, and also a front line ally of the US in its so-called “war against terror.” Talk about making an alliance with the fox to guard the hen house. Pakistan and terrorism is old hat. Anything written about that is apparently eternally relevant. This is what I had written in October 2009 — but it would be relevant in any month of any year.

The recent spate of Islamic terrorist attacks in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan provides additional weight to the words of that great American political scientist Samuel Huntington, “Islam’s borders are bloody and so are its innards. The fundamental problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civilisation whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power.”

The news channels have been clogged with reports of scores of dead at the hands of Islamic terrorists in Pakistan. It is hard not to recall that Pakistan has not only been talking the language of jihad against infidel India but has been following up its rhetoric of jihad with vigorously promoting dozens of acts of naked terrorism in India, the most famous of which was less than a year ago in Mumbai.

The latest in this unending series of Islamic terrorism happens to be in the home country of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism. Around 90 have been killed and over 200 injured in a car bomb terrorist attack in Peshawar in Pakistan. It is unlikely that there were any infidels there — all the killed and wounded must have been people of the faith.

These bombs should wake up the civilized world. But then observing the denial that people find so comforting, it is my guess that it still isn’t time for the world to wake up. Many observers have been warning of the dangers of Islam but without any perceptible effect. The usual response is the incredible “Islam is a religion of peace.” Which makes one wonder if there are indeed religions that are not “of peace.”

The fake excuse that Islamic terrorism is not due to Islam but due to poverty and ignorance should have been laid to rest long ago. But it somehow persists. As Sam Harris, author of “The End of Faith,” and “A Letter to a Christian Nation” puts it:

Anyone who imagines that terrestrial concerns account for Muslim terrorism must answer questions of the following sort: Why are there no Tibetan Buddhist suicide bombers? The Tibetans have suffered an occupation far more brutal, and far more cynical, than any that Britain, the United States, or Israel have ever imposed upon the Muslim world. Where are the throngs of Tibetans ready to perpetrate suicidal atrocities against Chinese noncombatants? They do not exist. What is the difference that makes the difference? The difference lies in the specific tenets of Islam. This is not to say that Buddhism could not help inspire suicidal violence. It can, and it has (Japan, World War II). But this concedes absolutely nothing to the apologists for Islam. As a Buddhist, one has to work extremely hard to justify such barbarism. One need not work nearly so hard as a Muslim. The truth that we must finally confront is that Islam contains specific notions of martyrdom and jihad that fully explain the character of Muslim violence.

Sam Harris wants the West to acknowledge that it “is at war with Islam, which preaches a doctrine of religious and political subjugation, not a message of peace.” I say not just the West but the rest as well. It is time that Indians woke up to that fact also. For India, it’s been a civilizational struggle. India has been continually losing ground to the onslaught of Islam for over a millennium and it is high time that Indians woke up.

But here’s the problem. Indians take their cue from what the Americans do. If an American does moonwalk dancing, Indian movies will suddenly be full of moonwalks and synchronized dancing. If Americans have a show about people wanting to be millionaires, Indian TV will ape it with ‘Who wants to be a crorepati’. If Americans have Big Brother (which itself is an imitation of the British show), then Indians would dutifully ape the Americans with Bigg Boss.

Unfortunately, the Americans and the British are asleep. It is widely reported that Pakistan is jihad central. Americans don’t acknowledge it — because if they did, they would have to own up to their own complicity in funding the jihad. They have the means to catch those Pakistan-trained terrorists, but they cannot afford to for fear that it would bring the conflict to an end. So they continue to pretend that it is not a civilizational struggle. And India has to ape the Americans and pretend it is not the biggest victim of Islamic terrorism.

Anyway, c’est la vie. I think the Americans will wake up one day when the Islamic terrorists actually explode a nuclear device on American soil. Then they will go ape-s**t. But by then it may be too late for India.

C’est la guerre.

  • AG

    I think it is already too late for India.

    We’ve been colonised and dhimmified for centuries, but now the kshatriya spirit has also been vanquished by ahimsa and “peace processes”.

    The clock is ticking and time is finite, according to me…

  • Niranjan C S

    Islam’s central tenets are based in violence and butchery. The very foundation of that religion is set in a barbaric age, and that thread runs through every religious work they follow. That is a religion that will never know or allow peace.

    The most self-contradictory phrase of all time is “Islam, the religion of peace”.

    • Respectfully_yours

      Shut your pie hole up when you dont know anything about it.

  • AS

    Anyone who still wants to give Islam a benefit of doubt should read the Koran / Quran. For example, read Verse [9.5] So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

    This should lay to rest any arguments that Islam is not for killing Hindus.

    • Respectfully_yours

      Idiot, this verse was for idolators griup who persecuted muslims and waged war against muslims in and around Mecca. This verse was not a commandment to kill Hindus.

  • Chanakya P

    For a better understanding of how peaceful Islam is please go to faithfreedomorg. All your doubts will be laid to rest. In fact it will help you to debate about Islam.

  • http://inthearmchair.wordpress.com Armchair Guy

    “Americans don’t acknowledge it — because if they did, they would have to own up to their own complicity in funding the jihad.”

    While the CIA is directly responsible for most of the terrorists’ tactics training and ideology, I think there’s a far more practical reason. Close association with an Islamic nation shields America from allegations of anti-Islamic-ness and enable it to plunder the natural resources of Middle-Eastern Islamic countries with greater ease.

    It also allows America’s military to continue to remain active and in training while all of the costs of war are borne by Pakistan. It’s an unbelievably good situation for America’s military: I can think of no other nation that willingly allows another to use its citizens for practice the way Pakistan does. I believe there are sections in America that realize full well that paying a few paltry billions a year to Pakistan is more than worth it.

    From America’s point of view, terror, especially Pakistani terror, is very profitable.

  • Oldtimer

    The only people in vehement denial about a clash of civilizations are commie lunatics.

  • Chanakya P

    Damn right. Blame it all on the commies.
    Surprisingly you won’t be far from the truth. :)

  • http://www.redpencil.in Rituraj

    Hi Atanu,

    America played an important role in initiation of terrorism. The weapon supply or funding or technology were sold by America only. But US never had a dream that it would backfire them like this.

    Us diplomacy is responsible for spreading terrorism. Strange that US even decline to agree that PAKISTAN is comb for terrorism though they know it very well.

  • Surya

    Chanakya P said:
    For a better understanding of how peaceful Islam is please go to faithfreedomorg. All your doubts will be laid to rest. In fact it will help you to debate about Islam
    -agree. It is run by a former muslim from Iran.
    Another site is run by a Bangladeshi muslim- islam-facts.com
    explore get educated, get matured and only then talk