A Jihad Watch reader recently exclaimed: “So it is perpetual conflict? Of infinite hate ? Of forever manning the barricades… waiting for the miracle … waiting for the oil to run out? I cannot accept that!”
You “cannot accept that!” In other words, you simply refuse to “accept” the reality of what is contained in Qur’an, Hadith, and Sira. You refuse to “accept” the idea that Muslims are taught that they have a central duty to participate in the “struggle” or Jihad to spread Islam, to tear down all barriers to that spread, and then to the dominance, of Islam. You “cannot accept” the idea that Muslims might be inculcated with the notion that the main, the only real division that counts in the world is that between Believer and Infidel. You simply won’t “accept” the Muslim view of Dar al-Islam as necessarily expanding at the expense of Dar al-Harb.
You won’t “accept” the notion that the Muslim Arabs will never, can never, agree to permit an Infidel nation-state to exist indefinitely in the middle of Dar al-islam, on land that the Muslims once controlled. You won’t “accept” that in this they are aided, for reasons that should be obvious, by those local Arabs who can be considered islamochristians — that is, those who while nominally “Christians” are also keenly aware of the need to try to win Muslim favor, or at least avoid Muslim disfavor, and have internalized the Muslim view, and promote, especially among credulous Christians in the West, the Muslim agenda, the Muslim goals.
You won’t allow yourself to think that just possibly this is not the end of the world, requiring one to engage in avoidance of this unpleasant reality. You won’t allow yourself to begin to think of ways that Israel, without surrendering what it has a legal, moral, and historic right to possess, can still survive — not by further dangerous surrenders of land and control of invasion routes and aquifers and refusing to make its own claims known to the world, and refusing to publicly raise the matter of Islam and the goals of Islam, but by intelligently refusing any more farcical “peace processing” and instead relying on the only thing that has ever kept the peace between Israel and the Arabs. And that is the Arab perception that Israel was overwhelmingly more powerful. That power must not be whittled away by succumbing to salami-like tactics, pushed by the Slow Jihadists. It must not be whittled away by an Israeli political elite that consists, so often, of people who have over time been corrupted (often by rich American “supporters of Israel” who know nothing about Islam, but presume to know what concessions Israel should make, and presume further to know all about the “legitimate rights” of the “Palestinian people”). It must not be whittled away by those who are mentally and emotionally exhausted, and who cannot see clearly what the real situation of Israel is, and always will be, and lack the intelligence and mental stamina to figure out what must be done, and can be done.
The Cold War lasted 70 years. It looked as if it would go on forever. Finally, the Soviet Union collapsed. It is now an unpleasant place, the former Soviet Union. But it is not the threat that it once was. The Russians do not control eastern and central Europe. “World Communism” is no longer a menace. Communists exist, as do Nazis, but they do not possess the power to do damage. If Israel holds on, there are reasons to think that the Money Weapon will diminish, and many of those insisting on it may have not the slightest interest in Israel’s survival, or in the menace of Islam, but will be prompted by alarm over anthropogenic climate change. There is reason to think that the entire Infidel world will have to come to its senses about Islam, and help to work to demoralize and divide the Camp of Islam, and even pick some off by appealing to the sense of grievance of non-Arab Muslims, attempting to woo them away from Islam.
That appeal can be based on two things. It can be based on a view of Islam as a vehicle for Arab imperialism, linguistic, cultural, and political and economic as well. It can be based on the fact that Infidels may grasp first, and then in showing that they grasp it, force Muslims to recognize it too, that the failures, political, economic, social, intellectual, and moral, of Muslim states and societies, in or out of Dar al-Islam, are directly connected to Islam itself, with its discouragement of independent thought, its collectivism, its inculcating a habit of mental submission.
This can be done. But you can’t think in those terms. It’s just too upsetting to think about the reality, and then too difficult to think. Good god, I’ve done the thinking for you, in a thousand postings on this very subject — about how the principle of “Darura” or “necessity” may be invoked by the rulers in the circumjacent Arab Muslim states to excuse their failure to attack Israel.
No. You just are going to stomp your foot and say, about the doctrine of permanent Jihad, that “I cannot accept that.”
You put me in mind of Margaret Fuller, the tragic Transcendentalist of Concord, who was reported to have said, “I accept the universe!” Hearing this, Carlyle said (perhaps to Emerson, whom he met), “By gad, she’d better.”
By gad, you’d better accept the reality of Islam, and the doctrine of Jihad. And so should those who presume to instruct and protect the people of Israel.