A Muslim woman shows her affection for a fighter.
Jihad is the worst thing about Islam. Jihad is the best thing about Islam. This article will offend Westerners across the board from left to right.
As early as I can remember I had Muslim friends. As a child there was no time to reflect what makes Muslims Muslims, what characteristics I liked and which ones I didn’t like. Naturally, it took me a while to even notice that some of my childhood friends were Muslims.
The media does not openly discuss cultural differences. Many people in the Western World don’t have much exposure to Islam. So I can only reflect my own very subjective, personal experience. It taught me some of the things that Muslims do better than Westerners: generosity, friendliness, charm, humor, (some of their) family values, loyalty, cheekiness, religiosity, traditionalism, and unflinching support for whatever help you need.
Better known are their handicaps: You have to talk them out of weird conspiracy theories all the time; you are likely to be one of the first to normalize homosexuality in conversations with them; there is no understanding for democratic ideas and you see a myriad of yucky social problems more prevalent in the Muslim community than in others (pedophilia, rape, criminality ….).
Since the Salman Rushdie fatwa and more so since 9/11 the West is in conflict with Islam, but we are too dishonest to acknowledge it. Bush spoke about ‘war on terror’ and even that was too honest for the left that subsequently called everything terror to dilute the notion. Soon the word Islamism was popularised and never defined. What ideas are the bad ideas? The demarcation is lost in the taboo. Anti-Islam activists try to separate ‘ideas’ and ‘people’ to eschew the confrontation. Ultimately, when pressed by the left they all throw the towel and claim that the idea, the ideology, the thing they fight against is really the jihad.
This white-lie dishonesty is again met with more dishonesty. The left will go on to ignore all Islamist wars and pretend that the only problems are terror attacks in the West. As we are all forced to accommodate left-wing madness, I use the word Islamism whenever Islam sucks. My white lie is that I claim to have separate concepts for Islam and Islamism. Many people tell that lie. As if this was not enough, Islam is in an honesty crisis itself.
Let’s shed some light on this!
For about a year or so, I actually had distilled a concept for Islamism or the crisis of Islam. In the light of day it is the conceptualization of the flaws, the things that went wrong. I will come to this later. For now, I want to start with the long-standing traditional Islam.
Traditional Islam is anything but a dishonest culture, rather the opposite. The often quoted concept of taqiyya does not mean deception. It is the realistic idea that under a foreign rule one may have to hide one’s religion, practice in secret and, yes, resort to white lies. It is fairly innocent. The fact that the holy book does even talk about it and its only acceptable application speaks for the honesty of Islam.
Traditional Islam does not only rule when white lies can be told, it also goes into great detail when violence is acceptable. For this discussion, I want to leave the civil and family law aspects of sharia aside and talk about war, about jihad.
The world is split in two lands: dar al-Islam and dar al-harb, the land under submission and the land of war. You may have an epiphany right now about my taqiyya explanation. Muslims in the land of the (yet to be had) war can tell white lies if, and only if, they face danger.
Islam is also very clear about when jihad is called. Either is a proper caliphate established, led by a descendent of the Prophet to engage dar al-harb on the battlefield, or the ummah faces an actual attack. After the fall of the Ottoman Caliphate, its resurrection can be expected at the end of times when the final battle is called upon in all Abrahamic religions.
If you can accept that Islam is a warrior culture, it gets easier to deal with: Don’t attack Muslims! Yet both the right and the left don’t understand this. The right goes on and on about violent passages in the scripture. They don’t understand that a warrior culture that dishes out brutal, merciless responses to enemy attacks and that shows ultimate graciousness, generosity and loyalty to allies is exactly the kind of culture you want to live in and to be friends with. It is easy to be an ally of Muslims.
The (benevolent) left on the other hand denies the sheer fact that Islam is anything but a religion of peace. Given their Marxist background, which they often fail to understand, they don’t have any intellectual tools to explain the world other than their materialist, economic reasoning. It is often comical how they must ignore blatantly stated motivations of other people in a variety of social settings.
If you talk to Pakistanis or look at their social media accounts, you will find that it is not even much of a matter of piety or national pride that makes them enjoy the killing of enemies, it is the joy of the joy. They love it!
Pakistan TV channels unapologetically relish in the death of Indian soldiers
But what is wrong, what went wrong, what do I conceptualize as Islamism? Islam is in moral decline and fails to identify her enemies correctly. Islam declines from a lower place than our culture. There were always the pitfalls of antisemitism, sharia oppression and lack of democratic principles, and yet, although starting from a lower place, it is a decline.
The root of evil was laid in Egypt during the second World War when the country was in alliance with another then already corrupted warrior culture, the Germans. An anti-imperialist movement emerged that distributed Hitler’s Mein Kampf. It’s name: the Muslim Brotherhood. Inspired by the Nazis, they took on the emasculated victimhood culture laid out in Mein Kampf, which declared Germans a victim of parasitic Jews. Soon other socialist sources of inspiration were found. They all had in common that they riled people up for a revolution and declared the smallest dislikes attacks against their people, attacks which legitimise jihad.
Notoriously pragmatic and hands-down, the Brotherhood left the path of traditional Islam to gain power and influence across the world. They were intellectual. They did not only take ideas from the West, they were also psychologically savvy enough to find its weaknesses. The goal was never to engage in traditional war, not even in terrorism, but to infiltrate the West and make use of its weaknesses, which became more and more obvious. So they departed from traditional Islam a second time and tried to present themselves as Westerners.
To keep the jihad legitimization alive they had to find a niche to fit in, the anti-imperialism rhetoric of the Nazis to rally allies against the French and the British was no longer enough. They had to pose as a ‘minority’ like blacks, women and gays.
Either consciously or subconsciously, the strategy adapted to the West and most suitable to infiltrate that effeminate culture, has become to adopt female fighting strategies. As a result of evolution women battle for status in their hierarchies by attacking other people’s reputation, ostracize foes and get higher authorities (usually from the parallel male hierarchy) enraged enough to do the physical attacks for them.
So instead of taking up arms this once proud warriors, run their mouthes, spin conspiracy theories, found one media outlet after the other, buy entire university departments to rewrite history, form whiny pressure groups, and produce an endless string of hoax crime claims. Their coy representatives don’t admit their alliances and constantly put women out into the public that claim to be hyper-modern while their demands are aimed at improving the image of Islam and further the jihad fueling victimhood cult. Because emasculation does not go down well with all warriors, there is an effort to psychologically appeal to childhood memories. Rallies are held over disliked cartoons and the sissy anti-islamophobia hotline in Great Britain is even given the name ‘Tell Mama’ (no joke).
Many Westerners don’t even realise that we have an entirely effeminate public discourse now, which replaces arguments with ad hominem attacks on reputation and appeals first and foremost to women and emasculated beta-males. The Muslim mass immigration is called a refugee crisis of thirty-year old ‘children’, focus of the US political debate is put on the DACA ‘minors’, every intellectual dissent may hurt feelings and violence is always bad.
The original pacifism of the early Muslim Brotherhood in the 1940s was purely organisational. They did not believe to have the weaponry to battle dar al-harb directly. Given their inferior military position they are now appealing to the Western feminine discourse and claim to be peace absolutists – whenever Western troops advance and only then.
This entire degradation through emasculation in order to fit into the Western political discourse and to pose as jihad-worthy attack victims was paralleled by military defeats against Israel. Most significant was the loss of the Six-Day War in 1967 that shamed them so much that Syria experienced a coup d’etat in 1970 and Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser’s health deteriorated rapidly leading to his demise (also in 1970).
Tides changed in 1973 with the Yom-Kippur War. The Arabs punched way above their weight class and won. Being Jewish myself I apologize for the following ice-cold analysis at this point, which is on purpose free of moral considerations. Israel and the West claim that Israel won, but by their own goals and really all standards the Arabs won. 2,656 Israeli soldiers could be killed (about 2 in every thousand Jewish males in Israel at the time) which is terrific for a religion whose founder demanded the extermination of all Jews shortly before his death. Prime Minister Golda Meir was forced to resign in shame. Egypt’s president Sadat was not removed and soon a bold wish list would emerge as the ultimate trophy, the ‘peace process’.
Israel lost the war by accepting Egypt’s submission and not dictating hard terms. If Sadat had been removed, some democratic institution enforced and a visible change had been brought about to mark a victory, the world would have believed it. Instead Israel left with minor demands, asking for girly protections and a base-line recognition. This is all very sensible and was the raison d’être for Israel’s military engagement, but it is not the language a warrior culture understands. It commands no respect.
It is not even the language men in the rest of the world understand. There are not as many antisemites as there are UN pseudo-antisemites. These phony on-camera pussies, who talk love and peace to feminine or effeminate ears, are all impressed by the Arab’s military prowess and demand that the trophy, the ‘peace process’, ‘Camp David Accords’, and what not, to be handed over. 'You work down the wish list or you are against the precious "peace"’, they whine to the public, but when they meet an Arab colleague in the men’s room, they will tap on his shoulder and utter, ‘badass war’, ‘good fight’, ‘yeah, tough, considering your weapons’.
How do we solve this? I personally believe that the Western left is far too deep down in their ideology to change. The nefarious thought leaders will continue to whip up ‘the revolution’ by encouraging the Muslim Brotherhood victimhood-induced jihad. The naive followers cannot cope with the very idea of a warrior culture. It is not even in the repertoire of their intellectual tools, tools that only allow them to understand the world in economic terms.
The sensible must engage warriors as warriors. We must communicate like them, not like the Brotherhood. The Obama apology tour translated to a display of weakness. The unapologetic embassy movement by Trump is understood as taking away a part of their trophy. Foreign aid is seen as appreciation for firing rockets because the payments come in bigger numbers whenever Israel is forced to respond. The response to the lie ‘You deliberately kill x many children every week’ should not be ‘They were less’, ‘It wasn’t deliberate’ , ‘We are sorry.’ and so on. Warriors rather understand, ‘We have down different numbers, but if you send more stone and molotov cocktail throwers, we are more than happy to kill them, too!’
I believe we have to enlighten the warriors. Muslims have been handed a raw deal by the Brotherhood. They must understand that their masterminds abuses their cultural sentiments to stage the overdue Marxist revolution through jihad. Islam stands on the crossroads: Do they want to be an honest, manly and proud warrior culture that can face the challenges of its time, the establishment of democracies and the resolve of their plenty social problems? Or will they descend into dishonest victimhood wussies that must call ‘Tell Mama’ when the wrong gender pronouns become a dramatized attack to the ummah in need of a jihadi reprisal?
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