Published on April 7th, 2015 | by John Locke0
THE ISIS BUCKET LIST
“Death to America! Let the entire world hear me. Our hostility to the Great Satan is absolute…so that no one will think that we have weakened. Regardless of how the world has changed after September 11th, Death to America will remain our reverberating and powerful slogan: Death to America!”
– Nasrallah, Hezbollah Leader,
aired on Beirut al-Manar Television,
September 27, 2002
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
– Thomas Paine, American Founding Father
RADICAL ISLAM: WHERE THE CHURCH IS THE STATE
Islam has always been the classic political and religious movement in one. The divinely promised Caliphate is Allah’s government on earth, designed to absorb all nations and peoples.
Muslims would never say of their religion “My kingdom is not of this world” as Jesus told the Roman Governor, Pilate. Muslim leaders rarely, if ever, acknowledge the separation of church and state within Islam. There’s nothing in the Quran, their Holy Book—the “Book of Books”—that would allow such nonsense. After all, if Islam is God’s one true faith, only corrupt men would want to make the separation. Stands to reason the righteous would want Divine governance and control. At least, that’s how these Jihadis have explained it to me in years past.
The terrorism we face today comes directly from the radical Muslims’ passion for eliminating opposition to their tyrannical political goals, to establish a powerful entity in which the Jihadis (holy warriors) and Imams (religious experts) hold absolute sway.
This is the Modern Caliphate. The Caliphate is, by any modern definition, a harsh dictatorship.
Jihad (to struggle, to fight in Allah’s Path) is built upon the medieval premise of endless holy war, the perpetual call, to defeat the non-believers until all submit or are destroyed. Since this is Allah’s perpetual call, there must be perpetual enemies. Dar al-Islam (the House of Islam) is at war eternally with Dar al-Kharb (the House of War, or non-Muslim nations, led today by the United States). Until when? Until Dar al-Islam has completely subdued, shamed, and crushed Dar al-Kharb.
THE KEY FACT EVERYONE IS MISSING
Though using the American and European “enemy” to rally their minions, the Jihadis have been much more interested in terrorizing fellow Muslims, using “holy war” as a weapon of political intimidation within Islam itself. Why terrorize their own people you ask? Again, these are the tried and true methods of the tyrant. The revolutionaries’ essential goal is to force the global Umma (Islamic Community) to support them in attacking the “Great Satan” (America). Every evil movement requires an enemy. If one is not readily available, then one is created.
But remember, from the beginning this has been a war first and foremost to win the loyalty of the large, silent majority within the worldwide Islamic community, or at least a growing army of young Muslim males. Essentially, either the Jihadis win them over (through bribery, threats, promises of women captives, honor before God and man, and eventual paradise, etc.), or we win them through our leadership skills, knowledge and respect of their important beliefs, and the promise of prosperity, freedom, and security.
If the Radicals win, we lose…everything.
THE QURAN SPEAKS FOR ITSELF
To win Muslim loyalty, the terrorists continue to cite Islamic scripture (al-Quran and al-Hadith, the sacred words of Allah and Muhammad, respectively) to justify acts of intimidation, murder, and mayhem. Yet the Quran also contains words of peace and mercy. Of course the revolutionaries and radicals, like radicals everywhere, pick and choose the “truths” which promote their own murderous agenda.
“Fight against those who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e.-Islam) among the People of the Book (Christians and Jews), until they pay the Jizya (head tax) with willing submission (to Islam), and feel themselves subdued.”
– The Holy Quran, Sura (Chap.) 9:29
“…kill the unbelievers wherever you find them, and capture them (for ransom) and besiege them, and prepare for them each and every ambush.”
– The Holy Quran, Sura 9:5
We must continually remind Muslims that the radicals are in reality fashioning Islam in their own image, and by killing and tormenting innocent people, bringing shame and injury to Muslims everywhere.
Here are some Quranic verses of peace and mercy (too often ignored):
“And had your lord (Allah) willed, those on earth would have believed, all of them together. So will you then compel mankind until they become believers?”
– The Holy Quran, Sura 10:99
“There is (to be) no compulsion in religion.”
– The Holy Quran, Sura 2:256
While such contradictory statements are confusing, such diametrically opposed verses can be found in any religion. Such is the nature of these ancient sects and their sacred texts. Besides, verses taken out of context are usually meaningless. Even in context, the above verses can be explained several ways. In the end, if religious faiths are fortunate, reformations occur. For a religion to survive the ravages of time it must be a living religion, one that embraces requisite change and necessary remodeling. If it doesn’t, well…the trash heap of history contains the bones of too many to count. A religion must embrace the wisdom of continual, ongoing revelation, or it will die a deserved death.
Thus far, Islam has struggled with such wisdom. The Islamists and radicals believe that anything beyond their interpretation of Muhammad the Prophet’s medieval pronouncements is heresy and punishable by death. Obviously, their rigidity is a problem.
LISTEN TO YOUR ENEMY
My Commanding Officer always told me: “If you want to know what your enemy has in mind for you, listen to him.”
“We—with God’s help—call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God’s order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it.”
– Osama bin Laden
– Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri
In the horrible wake of 9/11, where so many innocent Americans died, how does anyone justify not laser-focusing on the published threats and promises of our oath-swearing, martyrdom-seeking enemy?
“We say that the end of the United States is imminent…for the awakening of the Muslim Umma (Islamic Nation) has occurred. (The U.S.) deserves punishment. I tell the American people: …we will continue to fight you. We will continue the martyrdom operations inside and outside the United States…we predict a black day for America.”
– Osama bin Laden
“Belief in a cruel god makes a cruel man.”
– Thomas Paine, American Founding Father
AMERICA’S PATHETIC TRACK RECORD
Since the late 1980s, and the collapse of the only other superpower in the world, the Soviet Union, radical Islamists have smelled American blood. The end of the Cold War gave these budding radical Islamist movements a new hope, that perhaps the mighty Americans, like the Soviets, could be destroyed.
Later, the events occurring in the 1990s, gave these Jihadi terrorists even greater hope. America, it seemed, was not, in fact, a formidable enemy.
During the 1990s, the American government woefully underestimated the Islamist threat (much as the Obama Administration is doing today). Distractions came at regular intervals during the prosperous and easy ‘90s, as President Clinton, it seemed, went from one distracting peccadillo and sex scandal to another. Life was good and easy, driven by expanding economic globalism at break-neck speed, rising productivity, low inflation and (and not coincidentally) low oil prices, and especially the so-called “dot-com bubble.”
Believing all was well, our leaders foolishly gutted our military and intelligence establishments. Our terrorist enemies, hardened by war with the Soviets in Afghanistan, did not suffer such distractions. Seeing America’s growing weakness as “Allah’s blessed gift,” they accelerated their preparations for war, probing our defenses and, more importantly, our responses, or lack thereof.
During this time, Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network trained approximately 30,000 jihadi warriors, graduating men from training camps in Afghanistan and elsewhere, sending them back to their home countries as “sleepers” waiting anxiously for the call to war. In the ‘90s, attack after al-Qaeda attack came against American targets, attacks that went unanswered, emboldening the terrorist enemy.
All this happened long before America invaded either Iraq or Afghanistan. (My Leftist friends, you seem to forget this one minor detail in your criticism of any military resistance against ISIS today, stating that our military response will just “recruit more Jihadis.” Nothing make blood shoot from my eyes more than such erroneous, even idiotic, thinking. Such thinking is getting people killed.)
THE KEY EVENT LEADING TO 9/11
However, the single event having the primary impact on Osama bin Laden’s belief that America could be beaten was the rapid withdrawal of U.S. forces from Somalia shortly after the “Black Hawk Down” incident in 1993. Bin Laden commented publicly many times that with “one or two good punches” America would flee the Middle East, leaving its lands, peoples, and most importantly, its resources, to the Jihadis. Then, the American economy could be collapsed, sending America into a new Dark Age, allowing the Caliphate to expand in the world. More than any other single incident, the U.S. retreat in Somalia appears to have spurred al-Qaeda forward, encouraging bin Laden to formally declare war on America, and prepare for the September 11, 2001 attacks.
So, my friend, you didn’t remember that al-Qaeda formally declared war on us? I remember clipping that declaration from the newspaper, The Guardian (London, England) back in the late 1990s. Yes, that’s right, America’s crack media ignored it completely.
Okay, big surprise. Here’s how it went (remember, “If you want to know what your enemy has in mind for you, listen to him”):
DECLARING WAR ON AMERICA
In August 1996, bin Laden issued a “fatwa,” an official decree, titled: “Declaration of War Against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places (Arabia).” This, bin Laden’s first declaration of war, came five years prior to al-Qaeda’s September 11, 2001 attacks, and seven years before America invaded Iraq. The following are excerpts (note those in italics):
“…your (America’s) most disgraceful case was in Somalia, where after vigorous propaganda about the power of the USA… However, when…your soldiers were killed in minor battles and one American pilot was dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, you left…carrying disappointment, humiliation, defeat, and your dead with you. (President) Clinton appeared in front of the whole world threatening and promising revenge, but those threats were merely a preparation for withdrawal. …disgraced by Allah, you withdrew; the extent of your impotence and weakness become very clear. It was a pleasure for the heart of every Muslim…to see you defeated….
“…the Sons of the Two Holy Places (Islamic heartland, Arabia)…strongly believe that fighting against the Kuffar (unbelievers, infidels) in every part of the world is absolutely essential… They know the Muslims of the world will assist and help them to victory… It is the duty of every Muslim in this world.
“I say to you William (then US Defense Secretary William Perry) that these youths (Jihadis) love death as you love life… They are most delivering and steadfast at war. …these youths will not ask you for explanations, they will tell you shouting that there is nothing that needs to be explained between us, there is only killing and neck smiting (beheading). …our answer to you is what you see (our actions), not what you hear (talk in the media).
“…It is a duty now…to fight, (to execute) Jihad, in the cause of Allah and to cleanse the land (Arabia) of those Occupiers (Americans). Allah knows their blood is permitted to be spilled and their wealth is booty…to those who kill them. (Allah) said in al-Sayf (The Sword, from the Quran): ‘So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters (i.e., the Christians, who “worship” symbols, meaning the Cross) wherever you find them, and take them captives (to ransom) and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush’ (Sura 9:5)” (emphasis added).
Osama bin Laden’s published and broadcasted words reveal a treasure-trove of key insights, if we had been paying attention. The passages in italics are essential to understanding what our enemy truly wants, and why they view Americans as worthy of death and plunder. Essentially, this is because of America’s past “cowardice” and retreat, which equals “shame before God.” The 1993 defeat in Somalia alone, in Osama’s mind, should be reason enough for the world’s Muslims to abandon America and join the holy war against the “infidels.” And because America is a “weak, cowardly nation,” must eventually be “plundered” by the “honored Jihadis of Islam.” Remember these al-Qaeda statements regarding plunder, booty, and shame. They are key to our survival, and fit a well-defined pattern.
WITH EVIL INTENT
What the militants are saying is not new. Radicals today are merely spreading the message taught so passionately by the Muslim revolutionaries of a generation past, including Sayid al-Qutb, Hassan al-Banna, Shukri Mustafa, and others:
“Domination should be reverted to Allah, namely to Islam… An all-out offensive, a jihad…waged against modernity so that this moral rearmament (can) take place. The ultimate objective is to re-establish the Kingdom of Allah upon earth.”
– Sayid al-Qutb (1906-1966)
The Muslim Brotherhood
In 2004, Osama bin Laden sought and received an official fatwa to kill ten million Americans, including two million children, using nuclear weapons the jihadis have been seeking now for two decades. They plan to use these horrible weapons on America’s cities. (See: “A Treatise on the Legal Status of Using Weapons of Mass Destruction against Infidels” Risalah fi hukm istikhdam aslihat al-damar al-shamel didh al-kuffar, published May 21, 2003 and discussed in detail on CBS News 60 Minutes by Michael Scheuer, former head of CIA’s Bin Laden Unit.)
“America and its evil culture, its multinational corporations, its entire structure, must be destroyed…replaced with a system that does not threaten the (Islamic) Caliphate, nor limit Islam’s spread in the world. America is too strong, too rich, too seductive.”
– Naveed Butt (2004)
The (Islamic) Liberation Party
(world’s largest official Islamic group)
“It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf.”
– Thomas Paine
“JIHAD, INC.”: MUTATING TO SURVIVE
Hundreds of other such statements could be cited. The threats are expanding exponentially as recruitment and training blog sites on the Web pop up by the thousands. Global terror has become, in many ways, “Jihad, Inc.,” internationally, yet individually franchised, linked through a powerful religious identity, using the latest communications and computer technology to recruit, train, arm, and task operatives.
Leapfrogging continents, the militants have mastered the use of Social Media, their leaders and organizers increasingly educated in America and Europe. It’s easy to see why this new generation will be more capable and far more deadly, maximizing their use of Western technology, systems, and weaponry, and enhancing their global reach in ways we have not yet envisioned.
That is why we must win this war, and soon. That is why Americans must commit to total unity in victory now.
The hourglass is sifting its final grains of sand.