Friday, December 16, 2005

There Might
Be A Little
With Islam

Maybe, just maybe (hat tip to Papa Ray):

Washington's policy-makers have been careful in the war on terror to distinguish between Islam and the terrorists. The distinction has rankled conservatives who see scarce difference.

A little-noticed speech by President Bush in October gave them some hope. In a major rhetorical shift, he described the enemy as "Islamic radicals" and not just "terrorists," although he still denies that radicalism has anything to do with their religion.

Now for the first time, a key Pentagon intelligence agency involved in homeland security is delving into Islam's holy texts to answer whether Islam is being radicalized by the terrorists or is already radical. Military brass want a better understanding of what's motivating the insurgents in Iraq and the terrorists around the globe, including those inside America who may be preparing to strike domestic military bases. The enemy appears indefatigable, even more active now than before 9/11.

Are the terrorists really driven by self-serving politics and personal demons? Or are they driven by religion? And if it's religion, are they following a manual of war contained in their scripture?

Answers are hard to come by. Four years into the war on terror, U.S. intelligence officials tell me there are no baseline studies of the Muslim prophet Muhammad or his ideological or military doctrine found at either the CIA or Defense Intelligence Agency, or even the war colleges.

But that is slowly starting to change ...

Dealing with the threat on a tactical and operational level through counterstrikes and capture has proven only marginally successful. Now military leaders want to combat it from a strategic standpoint, using informational warfare, among other things. A critical part of that strategy involves studying Islam, including the Quran and the hadiths, or traditions of Muhammad.

"Today we are confronted with a stateless threat that does not have at the strategic level targetable entities: no capitals, no economic base, no military formations or installations," states a new Pentagon briefing paper I've obtained. "Yet political Islam wages an ideological battle against the non-Islamic world at the tactical, operational and strategic level. The West's response is focused at the tactical and operation level, leaving the strategic level -- Islam -- unaddressed."

So far the conclusions of intelligence analysts assigned to the project, who include both private contractors and career military officials, contradict the commonly held notion that Islam is a peaceful religion hijacked or distorted by terrorists. They've found that the terrorists for the most part are following a war-fighting doctrine articulated through Muhammad in the Quran, elaborated on in the hadiths, codified in Islamic or sharia law, and reinforced by recent interpretations or fatwahs.

"Islam is an ideological engine of war (Jihad)," concludes the sensitive Pentagon briefing paper.

Wow, that's good news. Click here to read the rest.

Since I knew this three year ago, I feel I am more than qualified to tell the Pentagon what needs to be done.


Here's what we've got to do. We need to beat them, and beat them, and beat them some. And then, when they ask us to please stop, we need to beat them even harder. We need to beat them until they are thoroughly humiliated, until everything they thought they knew about the world, is turned upside down. They need to think black is white, and up is down.

And then, we need to tell them that there will be no more preaching of Jihad against the infidels. There will be no more burqas or subjugation of women. There will be no more Sharia law, or stoning of gays, or adulterers.

Do I sound crazy?

Consider this, that's how we beat the Nazis and the Japanese in World War II. After we were finished beating them, we enforced ideological change in their countries. We didn't allow the preaching of Nazism, or of emperor-worship, and we made sure they changed all their school curriculum, and religious literature.

Why are we not dealing with the Islamic Jihadi ideology the same way?