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How to Understand Islamism: Read What Its Leaders Actually Say

June 13th, 2013 - 1:39 pm

The West has not dealt with such a situation of a sincerely held radical ideology that motivates people for a long time. Our contemporary memory of Communism is as a decayed, cynical movement. The favorite media story about Western religious figures is the expose of their sexual or financial deeds that betray their public beliefs. Even in regard to the Nazis, there were many Germans who didn’t back the movement even if they never resisted it, and fascism, while rooted in Germany’s political culture, was also so shallowly hegemonic that it disappeared after 1945. Islamism doesn’t disappear after defeat, though perhaps it will do so after decades of Muslims experiencing Islamism in power.

Perhaps the last such true confrontation was with Japan in World War Two, a culture where almost everyone deeply believed in the ideology and was willing to give his life for it. I am not saying here that all Muslims support Islamism or that Islamism is the “proper” interpretation of Islam; one can see how, in Iran, the fact of life under a Sharia regime for three decades-plus has eroded the base of support there for that doctrine. Rather, my point is that Islamism must be taken seriously as a sincere movement and not just some rhetoric that nobody believes, and that Islamism is not led by people just looking for a bribe or a prostitute.

The suicide bomber has become the symbol of that characteristic which used to be called “fanaticism,” and can now merely be summarized as people who really believe what they say and intend to do what they declare even unto death. Al-Qaradawi recognizes this point:

If discourse is but verbal and the characters of such persons are free from those principles which he is propagating, then such invitations [to support these ideas] dash against the ears and become empty echoes.

In other words, people will not follow leaders who prove to be corrupt hypocrites. And part of being a corrupt hypocrite is to compromise on such goals as creating a Sharia state, driving Western influence out of the region, and wiping Israel off the map. Of course, a leader is still free to set his course, pulling back at times when conditions are unfavorable, avoiding battles that would obviously be lost (though the Islamist might be too confident of winning despite the objective balance of forces), not antagonizing the masses unnecessarily, and forming alliances with others when necessary.

As with Lenin, the question is how well Islamist politicians carry out this strategy. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood has pushed too hard, too fast, though still it has come a long way. What is remarkable is that, unlike the opponents of Communism, the opponents of Islamism have barely begun their attempt to understand and educate others on this ideology.

It should be stressed that the key challenge is not to cite passages from original Muslim theology to “prove” that Islam is always unchanging and inflexible — though understanding the roots of the radicals’ ideological appeal is important — or to ignore Islam as a factor completely, but to look at the movement’s modern strategy and tactics. Almost thirty years after al-Qaradawi clearly explained the movement’s ideas, the opponents of Islamism have barely begun their attempt to understand and to educate others on this ideology.

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Appeasement of fanatics always, ALWAYS, results in disaster. Instead of half-assed spying on the Obama regime's domestic political opponents, we should be hunting down radical Islamists like the violent animals they really are.
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No, No, No! This "totalitarian convulsion" is not a deviation from a norm, it is a return to normalcy after "corruption" by the West. That's the entire point of the article: that Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s and the other Islamist leaders are conservative Muslims, seeking to return Islam to its basic theology. To see them as an aberration is to miss the whole point!
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Some of us have studied what Islam is about, and it's frightening. The key thing to remember is that Islam means SUBMISSION, not peace. It is a theology that tells its adherents how to conduct themselves in every facet of their lives. It is hardly consistent with a society that practices self-determination.
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Until I see the "peaceful, tolerant and moderate" Muslims stand up against this war (at least in the United States) I have no reason to believe there is any good at all in the Islam/Muslim religion/faith. I believe it's a political/cultural stance, not a religious belief.
Their very own Bible teaches to mislead the infidel, gain his confidence and then convert him or kill him.
I haven't seen anything to tell me that the good Muslims are doing anything other than what they've been taught. so to me, they're not very good.
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http://oogenhand.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/yes-islam-can-change/

Islam didn't become more vicious, it became more vicious to us, to the West. Yes, Qaradawi does ascribe Al-Banna Prophethood, even if he doesn't realize it. Thus...
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Thomas Jefferson had it right. He formed the Marines and sent them to Tripoli to answer the then leader there who's comment that it was his/their due to capture and hold for ransom our sailors and our merchant ships. He quoted the Koran and precedent, in effect, blackmailing the infant US of A government just as other countries governments were being blackmailed. Dhimmies must pay the jizya(sp) because they are inferior and must also abide by Allah's Laws. Jefferson didn't think so and the 'Leathernecks' were born, named for the leather they wore around their necks to protect against sword slashes meant to behead them. The current government of the US of A obviously does not meet the standards of Jefferson and has not for the last 50 years or so. If we don't wake up soon and insist that our government faces the real and imminent threat of Islam, which has been at war with the rest of the world going on 1700 years now, we will ultimately also become a Muslim nation. God help us, but he only helps those that help themselves and the first step to our selfhelp is to educate ourselves.

Coeurmaeghan in Tentynine Palms, CA
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And then he turned right around and caved in the Treaty of Tripoli with the ridiculous "we are not a Christian nation" belly grovel.
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Not quite Coeurmaeghan...
The United States Marine Corps traces its institutional roots to the Continental Marines of the American Revolutionary War, formed by Captain Samuel Nicholas by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress on 10 November 1775, to raise 2 battalions of Marines. That date is regarded and celebrated as the date of the Marine Corps' "birthday". At the end of the American Revolution, both the Continental Navy and Continental Marines were disbanded in April 1783. The institution itself would not be resurrected until 11 July 1798. At that time, in preparation for the Quasi-War with France, Congress created the United States Marine Corps.[30] Marines had been enlisted by the War Department as early as August 1797[31] for service in the new-build frigates authorized by the Congressional "Act to provide a Naval Armament" of 18 March 1794,[32] which specified the numbers of Marines to be recruited for each frigate.

The Marines' most famous action of this period occurred during the First Barbary War (1801–1805) against the Barbary pirates,[33] when William Eaton and First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon led eight Marines and 500 mercenaries in an effort to capture Tripoli. Though they only reached Derna, the action at Tripoli has been immortalized in the Marines' hymn and the Mameluke Sword carried by Marine officers.[34]

The term "Leathernecks" is derived from the article of uniform issue that the Marines wore during (and for a period time after) the War of Independence.

Other than that, not bad.
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They're not on a mission from G-d. They are on a mission from Allah, or my god of the Kaaba, also known as Sin, or Tammuz.

Now, let's continue letting millions of them inside these United States, so we can hurry up, and die.
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An irrelevant point. THEY believe they are on a mission from the one true God. The sooner we comprehend that, the better off we'll be. People motivated by religious fervor do not respond the same way as people motivated by economic factors.
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Just like the NAZIS you could find out all about Hitlers plans by reading Meine Kampf so with Islam you can find out all you need to know about its world domination aims by reading the Koran and all about Mohammad by reading the Sahih aHadith. Read and learn what they are trying to stop you knowing and what the Left Wing moonbats are so ignorant of.
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A few years ago Raymond Ibrahim published " The Al Qaeda Reader ". He transcribed many essays of Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. It stuck me as some of the most calm, pious, almost angelic analysis of why people like me should be killed.

Those people are on a mission from God.

They are not Jake and Elwood, they are true believers. The obvious key is energy. If it wasn't for oil they'd make a great amusement park showcasing a very primitive human culture - their prophet was an illiterate pedophile, what the hell do you expect ?

After going on 40 years of " petro dollars " flowing through the world's financial system - who the hell do you think is calling the shots ?

2 logical alternatives as I see it. 1, a lot of dead people. When Iran goes nuclear, the countdown starts. It's the likely scenario. 2, We completely put these people under with new energy sources. Highly unlikely.

So, who are the ones who die. People like me ? Or them ?

In the mean time the little Dutch Boy and his friends are doing their level best to push the inevitable time line further to the right. Amazing work they do when you think about it. Enjoy living, I do. Success is the best revenge.

And besides, they have no idea idea who they're f...... with.

Beware the fury of a free people.
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Barry, I submit one way to take on those deformed souls, reprobates, scoundrels, scalawags, and similar ilk who clothe themselves in the cloak of Islam is to pay more than lip service to the Jewish Scholar written about here:

http://life.nationalpost.com/2013/06/08/how-a-jewish-lawyer-came-to-devote-his-career-to-protecting-christians-in-the-palestinian-territories/

The question is, how many in the US, indeed the Western world, is willing to do so.
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You're so wrong when you said Islam has nothing to do with religion. The religion of Muslim world is tied closely to the politics of Islam - of the Muslim - world. They have a worldview, a religious point of view, a political point of view. politics and religion is one in the same
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Precisely. The religion of Islam demands the formation of a theocracy. Islam, by its very nature is a welding of the religious and political.
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NOT ISLAMISM, THAT'S ISLAM.

Al Qaradawi is the greatest Muslim authority recognized in the whole Sunni Muslim world.

Saying "Islamism" is just political correctness at its best and confuses the issues.
1 year ago
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Appeasement of fanatics always, ALWAYS, results in disaster. Instead of half-assed spying on the Obama regime's domestic political opponents, we should be hunting down radical Islamists like the violent animals they really are.
1 year ago
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