September 1, 2010

The Peace Process to Hell
Bad Foreign Policy is Precursor to Disaster
Hollis Armstrong

Since the idea of a 'Middle East peace process' was first raised in the international community, its ostensible purpose was based on the concept of achieving peace between Israel and her neighbors in exchange for a two state solution—one for Israel and one for the 'Palestinians'.

This concept was officially established in 1977 when then-President Jimmy Carter took up the banner for Yassir Arafat and publicly called for the creation of a “Palestinian homeland”. Two intifadas, two wars, and countless lives lost in terrorist attacks on civilian populations later, the quest for successful 'peace talks' is still going on. This has been a political priority for every successive American president since Carter. Each president has given Middle East peace a high position on his list of presidential goals. Each president appears to have wanted to go down in history as the one who achieved peace in the region.

While the aim may be laudable in principle, it is flawed from beginning to end. In what is perceived as a possible peace framework, every president since Jimmy Carter has overlooked or ignored the realities of the region, and the true character of the people most critically affected by the outcome. By accepting the 'Palestinian' leadership as a viable and honest partner in the process, American administrations have not only entered a no win situation, but endangered the lives of millions of civilians in the region.

Ironically, our government's total lack of understanding of the dynamics of Middle Eastern culture and their impact on the potential for successful peace talks has led not to peace, but to war. Each time a new administration opens a new round of peace talks, the stakes get higher and the cost of peace - in human terms - gets higher and increasingly bloody.

Last night, on the eve of the newest 'peace talks' in Washington, the blood has already begun to flow. Two Israeli couples, including a pregnant woman, traveling in a private car near the town of Kiryat Arba, were shot to death, and their bullet-ridden bodies were thrown onto the street by Palestinian terrorists. Abu Obeida, spokesman for Hamas' military wing, told The Associated Press late Tuesday that Hamas carried out the attack.

Since Israel has been largely free of terrorist attacks in recent years, due in large measure to the controversial security fence and heightened security, the brutality of the attack came as a shock. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Israelis for restraint, while Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned, "Israel will not allow terrorists to lift their heads, and will exact a price from the murderers and those who sent them." The 'peace talks' have not yet begun, but the drums of war, born of deep hatred of the Jews by 'Palestinian' terrorists, have already been heard.

One simple fact, clearly stated by the Palestinian leadership since long before this process began, and totally ignored by every president who has entered the peace game, is that these leaders do not want peace - they want the land called Israel - all of it. They have made that abundantly clear. Yet Washington refuses to listen and charges ahead with policies that are doomed to failure, and put both Israel and the civilians in the surrounding countries in great danger.

The primary 'Palestinian partner' for Israel in the quest for peace is the Palestinian Authority (PA). This is the same organization which continues its verbal attacks against Israel in its schools, on the Internet, in the press and media, in its mosques, and in the statements made frequently by public officials that Israel is an illegitimate state, usurping 'Palestinian' land. Official maps identify all of Israel as “Palestine” and Israel is nowhere to be seen. Palestinians are continually encouraged to attack and kill Israelis. They teach their children, through government sanctioned (and produced!) cartoons and television puppet shows (dark equivalents of Sesame Street), and interview shows, that Israel and the Jews are their enemy. On these shows, they encourage their children to become suicide bombers for Allah (shahadah), teaching them that the way to paradise is to kill Jews whenever and wherever they have the opportunity.

Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority and other members of Fatah, a powerful political party which endorsed Abbas' Presidency (one of its founders), has openly questioned Israel's right to exist, has called for its destruction. According to one Fatah official, "peace is a means, the goal is Palestine."

While making occasional conciliatory remarks to the press about his desire for peace for his people, Abbas openly supports a broad spectrum of activities that reveal his true inclinations. He recently demanded, as a condition to any direct peace talks with Israel, a total Jewish construction freeze in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, and written guarantees on the final borders for a Palestinian state.

How can we be so incredibly stupid as to believe that this is an act of good faith? Negotiations are all about defining the conditions. Preconditions may include the shape of the table, or the people who are to participate, but to make such far reaching demands relating to the outcome of the talks as precondition for negotiations is patently absurd.

Israel will find no honest partner for peace in Mahmoud Abbas. There is no moral equivalent between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Israel will continue to seek peace, but will fight fiercely to save itself from extinction. Mahmoud Abbas, on the other hand, like his predecessor Yassir Arafat, is not a 'partner for peace' but rather an obstacle to peace who will continue in his quest to obliterate Israel, even as he speaks words of moderation.

When the peace talks begin today, the rhetoric will resonate with empty words glorifying a 'peaceful solution'. But Obama's bid for greatness as the peacemaker will surely meet the same fate as his predecessors - utter failure. As long as the US government ignores the true character of the Palestinian leadership, and the fact that it reflects a culture that uses taqiyah (lying to further Islamic causes) as national policy, the 'peace' talks are doomed to failure. The greatest tragedy of this is that the war that will follow them will introduce to the battlefield the most vile and destructive weapons known to man. The hell of war will follow the misguided policies of arrogant leaders. Many thousands will die, even more will suffer terribly. That it could have all been prevented will be remembered as one of the great tragedies of history.

Hollis Armstrong is a veteran intelligence analyst with over twenty years in the field, including over fifteen years in the Middle East. Comments and questions can be addressed to hollisarmstrong2@gmail.com.

Radical Islam and the Western World

Over the past few years, INTELANALYSIS has been providing a variety of articles intended to introduce our readers to a view of world events, based on an analysis of current intelligence. Our intelligence comes from two sources: the open media, which is available to all, and our own proprietary sources, which is provided to us by domain experts around the world who lend special insight to the subjects at hand.

One of the most consuming topics of our articles has been the Islamic revolution in th Western world and the challenges that this trend presents to us all. From the wars in the Middle East to the proposed mosque in lower Manhattan, from the great cities of Europe to the jungles of South America, the battle between fanatical Islam and Western culture has continued to grow in significance as a war between civilizations and world views.

In this issue of INTELANALYSIS we begin a series of articles by scholars of this conflict. The first of these articles is published below: “The Role of Da'wah in the Islamic Onslaught against Dar al-Harb” by Professor David Bukay.

In Islamic religious tradition, the word “Da'wah” in Arabic simply means to invite to something. When it is used in conjunction with Islam it is understood to mean “Inviting to the Way of submission and surrender to Allah”.

According to Islam, the world has been divided between two places: Dar al-Islam (“house of Islam”) which refers to places where Islam is dominant, and where aspects of Islamic religious law are presumed to be in effect; and Dar al-Harb (“house of war”) which refers to places where Muslims are not in control and Islamic law is not in effect.

Dr. Bukay's article discusses the impact of Da'wah on radical Islam's war against the West. The following is a summary of a more complete discussion that you can find here.

As always, your comments are most welcome and can be sent to comments@gerardgroup.com

The Role of Da'wah in the Islamic Onslaught against Civilization
David Bukay
School of Political Science - The University of Haifa


Islamic Da`wah is a threat to the Free World, because it does not accept the basic principles of freedoms and civil rights and because the Muslims really and deeply believe in the message of Islam to rule the world. This formidable enemy hidden in a Trojan horse constitutes an imminent danger to the Free World's basic freedoms and its existence.

Da`wah is the other operational arms of Jihad to conquer and to submit. It is the secretive lethal enemy of which we are not even aware. It is a stealth strategy of coercion, a concept of missionary activity to proselytize; and above all the religious legitimization basis to invite all human beings to believe in Islam as the only supreme religion. It is intended to change our minds and our behavior and to subvert our mode of thinking. It is a cultural coercive strategy aimed at toppling democratic liberal regimes and eliminating freedoms and civil rights; and by infiltrating Western technology and society's fabrics with the aim of destroying them from within.

What are the religious sources of the Da`wah?

a) Deception. If Allah deceives the infidels (8:30; 4:142; 86:15-6; 10:21), being the best plotter, believers have all legitimacy and justification to do so.

b) Taqiyah. Literally it means concealing or disguising one's beliefs, yet, in contemporary Islamic politics it is a diplomacy, a propaganda strategy of how to deceive and mislead the Kuffar.

c) Kitman - telling only part of the truth. Muslims are allowed to freely deny any part of the Islamic faith if it influences the Kuffar and help to promote the Islamic cause. This means that Muslims can swear allegiance to the US constitution without binding to it, since the inner belief of Islam is uppermost.

How does the Da`wah operate in reality?

a) The educational system. This is the most important objective, with the aim to transform the educational system into venues for spreading Islam and by changing the Christian and Jewish attitudes and perceptions.

b) The political and public life. The aim is to take advantage of Western ignorance about Islam, and to use deceit in order to keep the Kuffar confused and in disarray, by actively engaging in dialogues, discussions and debates in the academia, in the media, and in public.

c) The Communication Media. The media has become an important tool how to instill Islam and Islamic life in the American public, and to serve as an attacking weapon to mold and to change reality by mere lying and distorting the facts about Islam. Internet is a crucial arena in the fight for the souls and minds of the infidels.

What is the Da`wah operational strategy?

a) Demography. It goes with two arms: immigration and high birth-rate. The problem is assimilation. Muslims do not immigrate to assimilate, but to establish a global Islamic caliphate.

b) Conversion. Muslims highly succeed in poor neighborhoods, among the blacks and Hispanics, the angry and the alienated, to turn them into militant messianic activists.

c) Using the Western Judicial system. One of the vicious, atrocious and very effective tools - 'legal Jihad,' with the aim to demoralize and to intimidate. Racism, Fascism and Islamophobia are the frightening words, against publishers, the media and governmental branches. There is also the "libel tourism" which results in foreign judgments against Americans and Israelis.

d) Imposing the Shari`ah. This is the most important strategy of occupation.

Da`wah - what is the reality?

a) Religious Aspect. In Medina, the prophetic commandments were to engage in Jihad war against all non-Muslims (9:5, 29, 73; 47:4). Islam cannot exist together with idolatry, and Muslims are ordered to fight polytheists; to slay the idolaters and behead them (8:12; 47:4); to terrorize Islamic enemies (3:151; 8:12, 60; 59: 2). Allah commands acts of terror against unbelievers as the means of creating the Islamic Ummah (2:193; 2:216; 3:167-8; 4:88-9; 8:39; 9:67-8, 93; 66:9).

b) No Recant from Islam. Islam is ever-compelling, ever-coercing totalitarian religion, and he who wishes to leave Islam - a death penalty is imposed upon him.

c) Slavery and Slave Trade. Islam has institutionalized slavery. Slaves as booty are an Allah-given right (25:6; 29:30; 33:50), and Muslims are allowed to enslave girls, as concubines (23:5-6; 70:29-30). Hadeeth al-Bukhari deals extensively with slavery - trade, taxation and jurisprudence. Ibn Malik'sbook of Islamic jurisprudence, al-Muwatta', is full of regulations on dealing with slaves, like merchandise.

d) Relations between Men and Women. Women are compared to a field, “so seed them as you intend” (2:223). Men may marry four women (4:3); men have more rights regarding divorce (2:226-8); man's inheritance is a portion of two females (4:11); men are in charge of women, and are permitted to beat their wives, admonish and banish them. Women must be obedient to their husbands (4:34), being natural object of sex (7:81; 27:55; 29:29). Other issues are "Honor killing" and genital mutilation.

David Bukay is a Professor of Middle East Studies at the School of Political Science at University of Haifa. He is the author of Islamic Fundamentalism and the Arab Political Culture. He specializes in the Arab-Israeli conflict; inter-Arab relations and the Palestinian question; international terrorism and fundamental Islam; theoretical issues and political applications in the Middle-East; Asad's foreign policy towards Israel and Lebanon; the culture approach to understanding the Middle-East.

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