So What?

Given all the coverage the last few days about the whys and wherefores of what makes, what on the surface is a normal human being into a fanatical Jihadist with as much empathy for his fellow man/woman  as a piece of dirt. I have to admit to feeling in sympathy with this email I received:

Rattlesnake Logic in dealing with terrorists

After the Boston bombing the news media spent days and weeks trying to determine why these men did what they did.  They want to know what America did to make these brothers so angry with us.  They want to know why these men were not arrested before they did something so terrible.  The media is in a tizzy about this new era of homegrown radicals and about why and how they can live among us and still hate us.

A Texan explained it: Here in west Texas, I have rattlesnakes on my place, living among us.  I have killed a rattlesnake on the front porch.  I have killed a rattlesnake on the back porch.  I have killed rattlesnakes in the barn, in the shop and on the driveway.  In fact, I kill every rattlesnake I encounter.

I kill rattlesnakes because I know a rattlesnake will bite me and inject me with poison.  I don’t stop to wonder WHY a rattlesnake will bite me; I know it WILL bite me because it’s a rattlesnake and that’s what rattlesnakes do.  I don’t try to reason with a rattlesnake or have a “meaningful dialogue” with it.  I just kill it.  I don’t try to get to know the rattlesnake better so I can find a way to live with the rattlesnakes and convince them not to bite me.  I just kill them.

I don’t quiz a rattlesnake to see if I can find out where the other snakes are, because (a) it won’t tell me and (b) I already know they live on my place.  So, I just kill the rattlesnake and move on to the next one.

I don’t look for ways I might be able to change the rattlesnake to a non-poisonous rat snake… I just kill it.  Also, I know for every rattlesnake I kill, two more are lurking out there in the brush.  In my lifetime I will never be able to rid my place of rattlesnakes.

Do I fear them?  Not really.  Do I respect what they can do to me and my family?  Yes!  And because of that respect, I give them the fair justice they deserve… I kill them.  As a country, we should start giving more thought to the fact that these jihadists’ are telling the world their goal is to kill Americans and destroy our way of life. They have posted graphic videos on the internet showing them beheading Americans.  They are serious.  They are exactly like rattlesnakes.  It is high time for us to start acting accordingly!

You could easily substitute Western Europe for America, its not much of a stretch.

At the end of the day the avowed intention of these supposedly Islamic Fanatics is the overthrow of Western democracy as we know it and the imposition of a Global Caliphate, they have already partially succeeded in the Middle East in a relatively short time. I think the words of a German writer who spent time with ‘Islamic State’ make the situation very clear:

The most arresting aspect of the fight between civilization and the Caliphate, as the extraordinary Jürgen Todenhöfer has pointed out, is that the former fight because they want to live, want to survive, and want to build a new world on the ruins of the war. The latter – the soldiers of the Caliphate – fight because they want to die, because they want to destroy this world, and depart for the next one.

Osama Bin Laden once said that the biggest difference between the jihadis and the west is that the former love death more than the latter love life. If you think poverty, psychosis, or political oppression alone can generate and then sustain to its current levels an idea like that, then – I’m sorry – you don’t understand the power of faith to move people.

This isn’t your grandmother’s pinched-faced faith, nor is it your local church’s watered-down ecumenicism. This is neither the faith of love, nor of mercy. It is the faith of death, pure and simple. What animates it is not to be found in this world. The fuel of the Caliphate is the next world.

After a year, I’ve concluded that it is the sheer simplicity of this idea that most confuses people.

So it seems that the basis of the whole Caliphate idea is the total and absolute belief and faith in the rightness of Islam, all be it in what appears to us to be a perverted form it is the only religion as far as the Jihadists are concerned. It is the beginning and end of everything, there is no other legitimate belief system in their eyes and if imposing it on the world requires death, then so be it.

 

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