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What needs to change within us if we are to defeat Islamic Terrorism

Victory in any sport comes when you outreach your competitor in all aspects of the game. War is also a game, the only difference is that instead of a trophy, it is your sovereignty (or your way of life, or your life itself) that is at stake. So it is all the more important that you outreach your enemy in all aspects of war - your weaponry, your strategy, your killer instinct, your tactics and above all your desire to decimate the enemy. The one common element is that you need to surpass your enemy in all aspects of this game of war.

The feeling of hate for the enemy, makes Muslims rejoice when any of the enemy falls. That this rejoicing expresses itself in repugnant forms like dancing over the corpses of the fallen enemy, ripping out body parts like the heart and liver and displaying them as trophies of victory, is morbidity at its worst! But then this is a common sight today in the West Bank as it has been all through Islamic history. We can never do likewise and mark a return to savagery! But then what do we do with the savages that we face today and are attacking us?

We can at least develop a defense mechanism within us that will insulate us from any fellow-feeling for those who want to destroy us and our way of life, if not more?

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Today we have a war between the Western outlook and the Islamic outlook. The West has better weaponry, but the Islamists have a far more lethal killer instinct (literally). Whether the West has better strategy and tactics or the Islamists have it, could be a matter of personal opinion and endless debate. But today we see that the tactics employed by the Islamists are far more ruthless than those employed by anybody else. This gives the Islamists the advantage of surprise and shock and awe - again literally!

While "Shock and Awe" was supposed to be an American technique used in the Iraq campaign in 2003, it is the Islamists who first used it on 9/11 and after that on 3/11 at Madrid and 7/7 in London, apart from Bali, Beslan, Jerusalem, etc.

Where is it that the Islamists score over the West in spite of the overwhelming advantage that the West has in terms of superior weaponry?

The answer lies in the superiority that the Islamists have in their killer instinct. The extent of hate that is drilled into their minds for everything that is not a part of Islamic society is unparalleled. Not that they don't have internecine hatreds. They have the most bloodied ones within Muslim societies - between Shiites and Sunnis and along tribal and clan lines. But the lion's share of their mentality of hate is reserved for the non-Muslims. Here the Muslims can win hands down with any adversary. The only exceptions in history are the Mongols led by Hulagu Khan and the early Crusaders - both of whom could inflict defeats on the Muslims as they outreached the Muslims in their hatred and cruelty.

Now it would be a morbid thing to advocate that we educated cultured refined folks who live in democratic societies, pursue respectable professions, should of all things inculcate hatred within ourselves! Many would turn away in disgust with a terse comment - here is another of those fanatics and we already have many like Laden and Zarqawi!

But there is one fundamental difference in advocating a hardened attitude towards the Islamist terror. The difference is similar to that between a man-eater tiger (Islamist terror) and a hunter (the West) who hunts him down in self defense! But even there the tiger attacks as it is hungry, while the Islamists attack as it their hatred drives them to do so.

The hunter does not hate the tiger, but his instinct of self- preservation drives (or rather should drive) his determination to hunt down the tiger. His determination has to outmatch the man-eater's instinct to attack. Here is one secret that we in the West need to imbibe if we are to hut down our enemies - the Islamists. Unless we do that, we shall continue to be the dinner of the Islamists lust to murder us.

The Unitary hate that the Islamist terrorists have needs to be outmatched by our Unitary determination to destroy them

For this determination to become unitary, it has to be subsumed by everything else. Till the goal of destroying the Islamists is realized, we should pursue no other goal. Our determination should not be dissipated towards other goals till this goal is met. We cannot pursue our oil interests, or keeping trade barriers down, or protecting domestic industry, or the Kyoto pact on environmental issues, or inclucating democracy in the Mid-east et al. All these and other issues should be kept on hold till the first goal is achieved. Only then could we match the unitary hatred of the Islamists to destroy us, by our unitary and single-minded determination to destroy them.

Hate of the Islamists for us is matched by their fellow feeling for all those who are Muslims

For a Muslim, any other Muslim is a "brother Muslim", the fellow feeling that they all belong to one Community "Ummah" is overriding. This feeling overrides national, racial, ethnic, cultural, culinary, sartorial and all other differences. It is this fellow feeling that breeds on its flip side, a solid feeling of hatred for all those outside the Muslim Ummah. This is one of the fountainheads of Muslim hatred for the rest of humanity.

Again on this count, it would be naive to ask all Western nations who define themselves with pluralism and tolerance for a multi-cultural identity to become unitary to defeat a unitary enemy. We Yanks and Brits cannot see eye to eye on 1776, nor do the French and the Brits on 1815 and their colonial rivalry, nor could all Germans concur with other Europeans on 1914-1919 and 1939-1945, nor could all Russians and Americans on the Cold War! But then we need to sink these differences for the time being and unite in a fellow-feeling for one another to outmatch the psychology of the Islamic Ummah. This feeling can at least be limited to military operations against the Islamist enemy. But even for this limited alliance to materialize, the cross-currents of rivalry have to be subsumed beneath the common interests of destroying the Islamic menace to our way of life.

This kind of a unity existed during the crusades, and then in 1699 when Vienna was threatened, but has not happened since then, although today the Islamic threat to our civilization is again peaking up. The alternative is slow bleeding of the West - one nation at a time.

For us to unite we need to make our foreign policies subservient to one single interest of beating our enemy, be it in the form of unanimously backing John Bolton's proposals in the UN, or putting our economic interests or political ties and treaties with the Muslim nations into the back burner while major decisions like action against Iran (or Syria, or even Pakistan and Saudi Arabia) are to be taken at the UN or the NATO, or in any future military council that may come about.

Absence of remorse when an enemy is destroyed is an important factor in defeating Islam

The feeling of hate for the enemy, makes a Muslim rejoice when any of the enemy falls. That this rejoicing expresses itself in repugnant forms like dancing over the corpses of the fallen enemy, ripping out body parts like the heart and liver and displaying them as trophies of victory is the most morbid part. But then this is a common sight in the West Bank as it has been all through Islamic history. We can never do likewise and mark a return to savagery! But then what do we do with the savages that we face today and are attacking us?

We can at least develop a defense mechanism within us that will insulate us from any fellow-feeling for those who want to destroy us and our way of life. There are many leftists amongst us who want to belittle our efforts in fighting the Islamists so as to have their vengeance for the fall of Communism for which they blame the West, although Communism fell mainly due to its own inherent internal "Contradictions". We need to look upon these as a fifth column and deal with them likewise - with ruthless military discipline. These apart there are liberals and plain loonies too amongst us who suffer from a "Stockholm Syndrome" on a global scale and weep for those who want to shed our blood. We need to shake such types wide awake with a awareness campaign as well as the possibility of criminal action if they do not mend their ways.

Only when we do this can we reach a state of mind where we have no sneaking sympathy for the enemy and go about the war on terror with military precision where our emotions are measured and used for the objective of destroying our enemy, making ourselves safe and saving civilization for posterity.

Story Credits :WaronJihad Team

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