Montana’s mountains, Wyoming’s Kortes Dam, and the North Shore of Lake
Superior provided the backdrops of a childhood that instilled a belief that I could be anything I wanted to be if I just worked hard enough and paid my dues. Running wild and free through these landscapes I believed the truisms of my parents, a pair of hardworking WWII vets.
I loved being the good guys, making a difference, and saving the planet. And except for the ‘saving the planet thing’ it all worked as they promised it would but not for the reasons I thought. My ability to succeed as an average Joe was rooted in me. Rather, the freedom to be me was embedded in the founding principles of United States and its culture. Once I made that earth-shaking discovery, I became a
roving troubadour starving around the campfires of several socio-political-economic regimes. Later I became an itinerant engineer supporting the military industrial complex. Now I write for the freedom of others to run wild and free, be the good guys, make a difference, save the planet, and be anything they want to be.
Before I could spell ‘Constitution’, the cultural teaching began. My upbringing was traditional Judeo-Christian, but it is not exclusive. Take a set of values—the Ten Commandments of Christians and Jews, the Five Precepts of Buddhists, the Core Values of Hindus, the Five Pillars of Islam, et cetera-and each of us are implored to use it to become an honorable, ethical person who grows spiritually through practicing our individual belief system. Within the myriad philosophical underpinnings of belief systems run common threads that evolve as we move through the centuries. Don’t lie, keeps your hands off other people’s stuff, and don’t murder are examples that spring to mind. No matter how imperfect we human beings are in the practice of our various beliefs and value systems, we are admonished to strive for improvement and build on our character. Behold the gulf between Muslim extremists and the Western World.
While most of us were ingrained with a concept of honor and integrity based on a value or belief system that saw people as mostly good and encouraged trust, Muslim extremists are taught that only Muslims of their specific sect or tribe are okay. Everyone else is expendable; their lives and property forfeit. To that end are two very foreign concepts to most in Western culture (except for politicians, of course): 1. Taqiyya, which
is religious dissimulation-lying; and 2. War is forever.
Perfecting Taqiyya means that if you are not a Muslim, and sometimes if you are simply a different Muslim sect or tribe, or a Muslim kid watching soccer you can never believe your ears, eyes or instincts while listening to a Muslim extremist. It’s their job to lie for the sovereignty of their religion. When I was studying at the university, I had friends who fell in love, married and returned to Saudi Arabia and the Sudan only to become prisoners and worse. Those dashing, good-looking young men returned home, donned their robes, family obligations, added their naïve American wives to the other wives and appeared to have no remorse for their deceit. Of course, if these grooms expressed any remorse or acted to counter Sharia their lives would also have been forfeit.
The practice of Taqiyya makes it difficult to know who to believe. Recently, I listened to
M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., a Phoenix based specialist in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Cariology. Dr. Jasser is also the Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD). He states that he is a devout Muslim. Brilliant and affable, he trafficked terrific ideas and sought to open much needed dialogs. He certainly seems legitimate. According to the AIFD website, “…Dr. Jasser is a first generation American Muslim whose parents fled the oppressive Baath regime of Syria in the mid-1960’s for American freedom.
Jasser is leading the fight to shake the hold that the Muslim Brotherhood and their network of American Islamist organizations and mosques seek to exert on organized Islam in America.—Dr. Jasser earned his medical degree on a U.S. Navy scholarship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1992. He served 11 years as a medical officer in the U. S. Navy. His tours of duty included Medical Department Head aboard the U.S.S. El Paso which deployed to Somalia during Operation Restore Hope; Chief Resident at Bethesda Naval Hospital; and Staff Internist for the Office of the Attending Physician to the U. S. Congress. He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal and a respected physician currently in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona specializing in internal medicine and nuclear cardiology. He is a Past-President of the Arizona Medical Association….”
Remembering that Nidal Malik Hasan who killed thirteen people at Fort Hood was also
in military service and a medical doctor and before I let my hope lead my mind, I did some research. What I found more than muddied the water. It isn’t at all clear that this person is the leader he appears to be. It could be that CAIR and others are being far more open and honest than Dr. Jasser is OR Dr. Jasser could be exactly what he says he is. And therein lies the problem. Lying is not confined to Muslims, but Taqiyya, the formal cultural and religious sanction of lying, is. In October 2008, Raymond Ibrahim, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst wrote:
The primary Quranic verse sanctioning deception with respect to non-Muslims states: “Let believers not take for friends and allies infidels instead of believers. Whoever does this shall have no relationship left with Allah – unless you but guard yourselves against them, taking precautions.” (Quran 3:28; see also 2:173; 2:185; 4:29; 22:78; 40:28.)
Al-Tabari’s (838-923 AD) Tafsir, or Quranic exegeses, is essentially a standard reference in the entire Muslim world. Regarding 3:28, he wrote: “If you [Muslims] are under their [infidels’] authority, fearing for yourselves, behave loyally to them, with your tongue, while harbouring inner animosity for them… Allah has forbidden believers from being friendly or on intimate terms with the infidels in place of believers – except when infidels are above them [in authority]. In such a scenario, let them act friendly towards them.”
Regarding 3:28, the Islamic scholar Ibn Kathir (1301-1373) wrote: “Whoever at any time or place fears their [infidels’] evil, may protect himself through outward show.”
Couple Taqiyya with a preponderance for endless war and the outlook is grim. In the same post, Ibrahim goes on to say:
The fact that Islam legitimises deceit during war cannot be all that surprising; strategist Sun Tzu (c. 722-221 BC), Italian political philosopher Machiavelli (1469-1527) and English philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) all justified deceit in war.
However, according to all four recognised schools of Sunni jurisprudence, war against the infidel goes on in perpetuity, until “all chaos ceases, and all religion belongs to Allah” (Quran 8:39). According to the definitive Encyclopaedia of Islam (Brill Online edition): “The duty of the jihad exists as long as the universal domination of Islam has not been attained. Peace with non-Muslim nations is, therefore, a provisional state of affairs only; the chance of circumstances alone can justify it temporarily. Furthermore there can be no question of genuine peace treaties with these nations; only truces, whose duration ought not, in principle, to exceed ten years, are authorised. But even such truces are precarious, inasmuch as they can, before they expire, be repudiated unilaterally should it appear more profitable for Islam to resume the conflict.”
The United States resembles an addict in denial. Al Jazeera’s leaked email banning certain words like terrorist, Islamist and extremism simply puts into black and white, or on the net, what is a widespread effort to control people through speech; yet another iteration of Political Correctness. The mainstream news media does it, the President and his administration do it. In fact, the entire federal bureaucracy does it. PC is the Grim Reaper and it can kill people. Changing words discourages open, honest dialog and will do nothing except, perhaps, escalate conflict.
Christianity and other religions and philosophies have committed atrocities. Recognition and acceptance of responsibility of those horrors has driven reformation after reformation as people attempt to learn, grow and mature. Many Muslim congregations have as well. Unfortunately, Islamic extremists number in the hundreds of thousands and terrorize millions. From all of the objective evidence-the horrible deaths of Christians, Jews, and Muslim sects and tribes that may be attempting to live and let live-it appears Islamic terrorists in their extremism intend to continue until ‘all religion belongs to their personal interpretation of Allah.’
It would be wonderful if tomorrow we awoke to find Islamic extremists willing to acknowledge that each individual is responsible and accountable for his or her own relationship with God or no-God as the case may be. You and I can hope for miracles, but must live with the reality we are dealt and when dealing with the soldiers of extreme Islam remember Taqiyya.