“The enemy is in a state of confusion and doesn’t know what to do” — from this article, quoting Hamas
If the “enemy” is Israel, the statement is true. And it is just as true if the “enemy” is not Israel alone, but all the Infidel states, and their conventional, ill-informed, whistling-in-the-dark political and media elites. Those elites still have not been able to sit and study Islam, and they promote and support policies designed to deal with Muslim countries and causes (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or “Palestine,” Kashmir, Bosnia), all without anyone thinking that just possibly all of these policies should be based on a simple idea: weakening the Camp of Islam, weakening the unity of the Umma by exploiting the pre-existing fissures, sectarian, ethnic, and economic, among Muslims, or at the very least doing nothing to heal those fissures (which is the mad American strategy in Iraq and, to a lesser extent, Afghanistan) — and thereby turning back the Jihad.
The texts and tenets of Islam are immutable. They were fixed long ago. They have been acted on, in ways unremarkably similar, by Muslims over the past 1350 years. They have been acted on in the way those Muslims conquered vast non-Muslim lands and peoples, and stopped only where they were confronted by superior military force and defeat. But they never gave up, never, on the idea of Jihad. And then these texts and tenets were acted on not only in the conquest, but in the subsequent subjugation of all the non-Muslim peoples so conquered. Those peoples were then subject in some cases to mass-murder (the Hindus of India), and in others, as with the Christians and Jews, to the permanent status of humiliation, degradation, and physical insecurity that led so many, over time, to convert to Islam — so, though not at the immediate point of a sword, this was certainly a forcible conversion, a conversion to escape a situation that was too painful for many to continue to endure.
The people who are now in charge of making policies to protect us against the Money Weapon, campaigns of Da’wa, and demographic conquest, in Western Europe and in North America, lack a grasp of what they need to know. They do not know how to articulate the problem. They do not know how to educate, intelligently, their own populations. They do not know how to deal with Saudi Arabia, for they continue to believe, because they won’t sit still for any thinking, that somehow they have to worry about offending the Saudi government, or those of other oil producers, when in fact it is the Saudis who should be made terrified of offending us, for all the things that we can do, and some of which we should do in any case, which is to start taxing gasoline and oil at a much higher rate, a rate that inexorably rises and inexorably suppresses demand. And Saudi assets can be seized, if they continue to fund mosques, madrasas, and propaganda within the West. Saudis can be denied visas, and access to Western medical care and Western education (or, in the case of most Saudis, who learn nothing, Western degrees). The Saudi ruling family can be denied the assurance of American protection, even as the Shi’a threat grows. And in the end, if one needed to, the oilfields of Saudi Arabia, so convenient to the Gulf, could be seized, and the proceeds used to pay back the Western world for all the hundreds of billions that are now spent on security and monitoring of Muslim populations, partly as a direct result of Saudi money being spent to spread Islam and shore up those populations.
But back to Israel, and to the failure of Israel’s elite to come to grips with Islam, and to fashion policies based on an awareness that the war against Israel is a Jihad, a Lesser Jihad (that is, one of the small Jihads, whose sum is simply the worldwide Jihad). That means that Israel should forget about further surrenders of territory, or surrenders of legal, historic, and moral claims. It should recognize that it has one enemy, with one goal, though that enemy, in its most obvious embodiment, the local Arabs carefully renamed, since the Six-Day War, for obvious Arab and Muslim propaganda purposes, the “Palestinians,” is divided into the Slow Jihadists of Fatah and the Fast Jihadists of Hamas.
The former are pragmatic and very corrupt, and want to make sure that the tap of Western aid never turns off; the latter are less pragmatic, more obviously fanatical. They have the virtue of not bothering to offer the West or Israel the figleaf of an occasional mention of the word “peace” (as Abbas likes to carefully say, “we choose peace as a strategic option”) or offering that no-one-here-but-us-accountants facade that Fatah, with Mr. Fayyad, is so good at offering the Israelis and, especially, those ever-impressionable Americans. Whether civilian Special Envoys or supposedly tough military men who are there to “help the ‘Palestinians’ ensure security in the ‘West Bank,'” none of these Americans are well versed in Islam. None of them deeply learned in the history of the conflict or, more importantly, in the history of Islam and All the Rest, without which the war against Israel is ripped out of its context and cannot be understood. And each also seems to think, as he sinks into the geopolitical and moral quicksand, as a good American, that “peace” is always possible and that most people, most of the time, mean what they say, and “everyone the whole world over want the same thing.” They are all so naively eager to get involved in the “peace process,” and to believe deeply, despite every disappointment, that somehow a “peace” in the real sense is achievable. For they do not know, and do not wish to know, that the Arab and Muslim war against Israel is not for a sliver of land won by the Israelis in the Six-Day War. It is a war without end (though a war, if handled correctly, that is manageable), because the existence of an Infidel nation-state on territory once possessed by Muslims, and even smack dab in the middle of Dar al-Islam, is simply intolerable. It spoils, for so many Arabs and Muslims crazed by Islam, so much.
So the farce continues. And in Israel, the failure to recognize things, with the survival of the country so obviously and so immediately at stake, maddens much more. The timidity, the stupidity, the rigidity of its leaders includes those who may be physically intrepid on the battlefield or in deeds of derring-do but are insufficiently schooled in Islam. They have had insufficient time to think things through. They and cannot face up to what must now be told not only to the people of Israel, but to others, including those who are ever pressuring Israel because they are even more unwilling to recognize the nature of the conflict or to take any Israeli nos for an answer. (Arab nos they are used to, and they modify their plans again and again for those Arabs.) Those non-Muslims who want “peace” in the Middle East fail to realize that the only conceivable peace is the hugely imperfect one that we have now, a peace guaranteed not by any deceitful hudaibiyyas, but by the might of the I.D.F., and the minimum of strategic depth, that is allowed for by the continued possession of the last part of the great territorial gains made in the Six-Day War that Israel has managed not yet to give away. That possession is essential, for it offers the slimmest strategic depth to a country that without it is eight miles wide. It allows it control of the invasion routes from the east, and room to grow. And if Israel were to be forced back, as many of its own leaders apparently, in their maddened state, are willing to consider, to the “lines of Auschwitz” (as even Abba Eban called the 1949 Armistice lines, which is to say the lines of June 1967), the damage to the morale of the people of Israel would be immense. And that includes its semi-demented left-wing that would suddenly discover, too late, and from the “new ‘Palestinian’ entity,” as the “West Bank” became just like Gaza today, what a colossal and fatal error they had made. But they’d then be “sorry.” They’d wish they could have a do-over. But there will be no do-over.