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Jihad: what every unbeliever needs to know

Andrew Bostom:

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General McChrystal, Read Arun Shourie…Immediately!

Creeping Sharia: The Higher You Go, The Less They Know

General McChrystal’s “policy” is based on a delusional, factually challenged misunderstanding of Islam, ignores all of Afghanistan’s lengthy history of indigenous jihadism (dating back to at least Mahmud of Ghazni in the early 11th century), and ignores over three decades of US nation building efforts (costing millions of $) in Helmand Province itself (now a Taliban hotbed!) from 1946-1979 on a scale of the Tennessee Valley Authority (it was called the Helmand Valley Authority) similarly based on idiotic misconceptions of Islam and its “use” as a bulwark against Communism, which utterly ignored Islam’s own anti-Western totalitarianism. This ahistorical, doctrinally ignorant idiocy is melded to an even sicker policy which literally sacrifices the lives of our fighting men to McChrystal’s insane notion of winning Afghan “hearts and minds,” while utterly ignoring the only three important strategic objectives in the region: delaying/destroying Iran’s nuclear program; removing/destroying Pakistan’s nukes; and destroying Afghanistan’s opium production. If those three objectives were accomplished, there would be no strategic need to have “boots on the ground” in the region at all.

As the duty (to wage Jihad) is an overriding one all means are permissible. “War is stratagem, “ the Prophet says, “War is deceit.” (Sahih Muslim, Volume III, pp. 945, 990-991; Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, pp. 166-67; Sunan Abu Dawud, Volume II, p. 728) Thus one may lie, one may kill the enemy while he is asleep, one may kill him by tricking him. (for example, see Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, pp. 164-5, 167-68)

A “highlight” from Arun Shourie’s The World of Fatwas,” pp. 567 ff.

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Krauthammer: The Torture Never Stops

The Torture Debate, Continued…

By Charles Krauthammer/WaPo

This month, I wrote a column outlining two exceptions to the no-torture rule: the ticking time bomb scenario and its less extreme variant in which a high-value terrorist refuses to divulge crucial information that could save innocent lives. The column elicited protest and opposition that were, shall we say, spirited.

And occasionally stupid. Dan Froomkin, writing for washingtonpost.com and echoing a common meme among my critics, asserted that “the ticking time bomb scenario only exists in two places: On TV and in the dark fantasies of power-crazed and morally deficient authoritarians.” (He later helpfully suggested that my moral deficiencies derived from “watching TV and fantasizing about being Jack Bauer.”)  

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Why Islam’s Jew-Hating Hadith Matter

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By Andrew G. Bostom

Saudi cleric Muhammad Al-Arifi made the following “observations” which recently aired on Palestinian Arab Al-Aqsa TV, September 12, 2008:

Studies conducted in Tel Aviv and in the Palestinian lands occupied by the Jews showed that they plant  trees around their homes, because the Prophet Muhammad said that when the Muslims fight the Jews, each and every stone and tree will say: “Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” The only exception is the gharqad tree, which is one of the trees of the Jews, and if they hide behind it, it will not reveal their presence. According to reports of people who went there and saw it with their own eyes, many Jews plant gharqad trees around their homes, so that when the fighting begins, they can hide behind them. They are not man enough to stand and fight you.

 * So the gharqad tree will not give me away. But will it protect me from the Soldiers of Allah who are obliged to kill the Jews? Continue reading Why Islam’s Jew-Hating Hadith Matter