Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Notice how closely Islam's inception is associated with war. From 623 to 777, a span of 154 years, there are 83 military conflicts involving the Muslims...and that is just what I have recorded here. Is Islam a religion of peace? Muslims tell me it is. But....

So begins a page titled The Chronology of Early Islam. The dates and battles are listed. The Prophet Muhammad himself led the Muslim army in more than 20 of the battles. Most encyclopedias note that he was a general as well as a religious leader. Many describe him as a ‘brilliant general’ or words to that effect.

Has there ever been another founder of a religion referred to thusly? Has there ever been another religious founder even involved in warfare?

I am no expert, (and I eschew research) but I doubt it. (There is only a handful to choose from after all.)

Do not the two (teaching morality and warfare) seem mutually exclusive?

Somehow I cannot picture Christ or Buddha going around saying, “Believe in my god or I will kill you.”

But that’s pretty much what Muhammad did. He made them an offer they could not refuse. Put me back there and I would have converted in a heartbeat.

“Let’s see. What are my choices? Oh yeah. Love Allah or die. Hey man, I’ve always loved Allah. Allah’s my guy. I’ve just been fakin’ it with them Zoroastrians.”

Some choice.

(I must insert here that far more people have been killed in the name of the Christian religion than have been killed by Muslims. But the Christians have been around longer.)

So Islam, in the beginning was a religion dependent on warfare, based on warfare. Had it not been taken over by navel contemplators, Islam might have ruled the world long ago.

The same thing, (being taken over by navel contemplators) happened to the Christian religion. That period is called The Dark Ages. It came about when most Christian religious leaders decided that all the knowledge necessary for life was contained in the bible. Other knowledge was superfluous. Books were burned and independent thought was shut down.

Islam is now in its dark age. Many, if not most, of its leaders believe that only knowledge the Koran is necessary to live life. Many of their schools teach only that. Much independent thought has been shut down.

Trouble is, they start to look around and see where that has got them. They are so far behind the western world it will take them decades to catch up.

What to Do?

There are only two choices for them:

1. Modernize Islam.

2. Bring the rest of the world down to their level.

Being a religion founded on warfare, the second was their natural choice. A majority of Muslims would favor that, even though many will not own up to it.

Too bad for them and for us. It is a choice they cannot win but it will be a long time before they learn that. Always remember, ignorance is on their side. Hate is on their side. Ignorance and hate are powerful weapons in war.

Also on their side is a lack of understanding in the west. Much of Europe and a large element in The United States do not recognize the problem. We have been doing much less than fighting them with one arm tied behind our back. So far we have been fighting them with two fingers of our left hand.

But even if we were totally mobilized, I don’t think we could defeat them. Their organizations will come and go, springing up here and there. It will be like that game, Whack-a-Mole. But sooner or later, one of them will have that suitcase nuke. Iran will see to that. So it won’t be a fun game.

In the end this is a Muslim problem. Only the Muslims will be able to solve it. They can only solve it by going for choice one above. Still it will take decades.


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