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June 21, 2003
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Certain Muslims adore death and war

The National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com) has a good article on how certain Muslims adore death and war:

How can we account for this almost two years of suicide terrorism which has taken four Israeli lives for every Arab bomber? Assuming that each of these terrorists has been a willing accessory, this kind of suicide must come out of a cultural pattern centered on a cult of death worship. And it may be interpretation by Muslim clerics of the Koran that is responsible for this wave of Arab suicides and other acts of terrorism. For example, the Imam Abdel-Samie Mahmoud Ibrahim Moussa, in his Friday, June 6, sermon at the Grand Mosque of Rome, asked for "Allah's help in the destruction of the homes and destruction of the enemies of Islam, for their annihilation, and the victory everywhere of the Nation of Islam." According to the Deutsche Press news agency, the Grand Mosque of Rome is Europe's largest Islamic culture center and gets financial backing, naturally, from Saudi Arabia. The 32-year-old Imam was removed June 13 from his post, not by Egypt's al Azhar University that appointed him in the first place, but by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government. [...]

The suicide bombers recruited in the Middle East live by a death cult philosophy which legitimates the destruction of innocent bystanders as a way of achieving paradise. What is particularly noticeable in the Middle East after 9/11 was the openness with which leading spokesmen praised the megadeaths and suicide in the name of Allah.

Found this on the excellent LGF. I copy the full article below - read it, there are many examples of this love for death and war against the "infidels".

Death Cults of War, Unlike any other
June 20, 2003, By Arnold Beichman
http://www.nationalreview.com/
comment/comment-beichman062003.asp

So how will the next suicide bomber disguise him or herself to execute an Israeli-killing mission? Now that every orthodox Jew with black hat and side curls or every Israeli soldier getting on a bus could be a suicide bomber in disguise, what new stratagem will Islam's death cultists adopt? I advise the Israeli secret police that the next suicide bomber will actually be two: a seeming or actual mother and a child; after all what could be more innocent than such a pair mounting a bus or pushing a baby carriage through a Tel Aviv shopping mall?

How can we account for this almost two years of suicide terrorism which has taken four Israeli lives for every Arab bomber? Assuming that each of these terrorists has been a willing accessory, this kind of suicide must come out of a cultural pattern centered on a cult of death worship. And it may be interpretation by Muslim clerics of the Koran that is responsible for this wave of Arab suicides and other acts of terrorism. For example, the Imam Abdel-Samie Mahmoud Ibrahim Moussa, in his Friday, June 6, sermon at the Grand Mosque of Rome, asked for "Allah's help in the destruction of the homes and destruction of the enemies of Islam, for their annihilation, and the victory everywhere of the Nation of Islam." According to the Deutsche Press news agency, the Grand Mosque of Rome is Europe's largest Islamic culture center and gets financial backing, naturally, from Saudi Arabia. The 32-year-old Imam was removed June 13 from his post, not by Egypt's al Azhar University that appointed him in the first place, but by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government.

Cults which prefer death to life in the name of salvation are to be found in other cultures. Some cultists take their own lives without endangering the innocent, others believe in taking everybody with them. The mass suicide poisoning in November 1978 in Jonesville took 913 lives. Some 900 men, women and children were burnt alive in Uganda in March 2000 by cult leaders who called themselves the "Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments." In these tragedies, however, the cultists did not take the lives of innocent bystanders as Osama bin Laden's Islamic followers did on September 11, 2001 or the Aun Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth) cult whose followers in 1995 placed eleven bags of sarin, a nerve gas invented by the Nazis, at a busy subway station in Tokyo. Twelve people were killed and more than 5,500 injured by one of the most toxic substances known to science. Sarin, as Saddam Hussein knew, has been described as a perfect terrorist weapon odorless, colorless and relatively cheap to manufacture.

History has other examples of cults and religions whose followers prefer death to life in the name of salvation, who seek suicide in the name of some eschatological hope, the arrival of Judgment Day or a Messiah (or in Islam, the Mahdi). In 18th century Czarist Russia there was a religious sect known as the "Old Believers," the Raskolniki, whom the Russian Orthodox church regarded as dangerous heretics. In his biography of Catherine the Great, Henri Troyat wrote that the Raskolniki "decided to sacrifice themselves upon a funeral pyre in order to escape from a world ruled by the Evil One." Horrified at their pronouncement, the Empress decreed that the Raskolniki would come under her personal protection.

Writes Troyat:

But they had taken a liking to collective suicide. They continued to give themselves up to the flames, no longer in order to escape justice but in order to enter the Kingdom of God as quickly as possible...A ukase was promulgated authorizing the Raskolniki to live according to their beliefs. They felt no gratitude to the Empress. Making it easier for them to exercise their faith would only diminish their mystic zeal, they thought....The paths that led to Heaven must be paths of suffering. Tolerance, which softened souls, was a snare of the Devil.

The suicide bombers recruited in the Middle East live by a death cult philosophy which legitimates the destruction of innocent bystanders as a way of achieving paradise. What is particularly noticeable in the Middle East after 9/11 was the openness with which leading spokesmen praised the megadeaths and suicide in the name of Allah.

Abdallah Al-Naggar, a religious columnist for the Egyptian government daily Al-Gumhuriya, described the differences between a "Muslim believer's" approach to death and that of his enemies. His article, as translated by The Middle East Media Research Institute a few weeks after 9/11, can be read as an endorsement of the World Trade Center and Pentagon bombings.

In the Egyptian newspaper Al wafd, (April 27, 1996), Sheikh Muhammad Sayed al-Tantawi defended suicide bombings: "One who blows himself up among enemies, in order to defend his land, is considered a martyr." On April 4, 1996, according to the Egyptian paper Al Shaab, Sheik Tantawi said, "the youth of the Islamic resistance who blow themselves up in order to cause casualties, are considered the greatest of those who die, because they die as martyrs." Asked specifically to state the position of the sharia on someone who kills himself in an explosion, Sheik Tantawi said: "Those who say such action is haram [forbidden] must first ask themselves: what is the reason behind it? Why do youths feel compelled to sacrifice themselves?"

As for Muslim moderates, said to be ensconced in Cairo's Al-Azhar University, its president, Ahmed Omar Hashem declared a few years ago: "There will be no stability and no end to terrorism, so long as the Palestinian people are under occupation."

In all modern history, there has been nothing like this organized cult of death designed to achieve political aims via religious faith and reward. No roadmap, however rationally created and however sincerely presented and adopted, will bring a solution any nearer. Israel's enemies believe they have Israel on the run and there will be no letup in this war.

Arnold Beichman, a Hoover Institution research fellow, is a columnist for the Washington Times

Posted by David Melle at June 21, 2003 09:15 AM
Comments

"One who blows himself up among enemies, in order to defend his religious fundamentalism, is considered a total moron."

This statement of Tantawi is a typical example for bending religious believes to one's own interest: "Those who say such action is haram [forbidden] must first ask themselves: what is the reason behind it? Why do youths feel compelled to sacrifice themselves?"
They are made being compelled by fundamentalist clerics and their hatethriving surroundings. Fundamentalism oppresses the cultivation of individual opinions and thoughts. Those mentally deranged youths are not filled by religious idealism. They are rather manipulated and steered automatons of mind crimes commited by those hateful clerics. And this does not makes such youths a "martyr" for sure, rather soulless murderers.

Posted by: Ephialtes on July 7, 2003 10:15 AM

"One who blows himself up among enemies, in order to defend his religious fundamentalism, is considered a total moron."

This statement of Tantawi is a typical example for bending religious believes to one's own interest: "Those who say such action is haram [forbidden] must first ask themselves: what is the reason behind it? Why do youths feel compelled to sacrifice themselves?"
They are made being compelled by fundamentalist clerics and their hatethriving surroundings. Fundamentalism oppresses the cultivation of individual opinions and thoughts. Those mentally deranged youths are not filled by religious idealism. They are rather manipulated and steered automatons of mind crimes commited by those hateful clerics. And this does not makes such youths a "martyr" for sure, rather soulless murderers.

Posted by: Ephialtes on July 7, 2003 10:15 AM

cause they are stupid and brainwashed....and in my opinion lots of religions(though) not violent are just as stupid and brainwashed.it seems like if you put the word faith behind something it justifies it to a religious person. sorry friendly jewish people on this site....but believing in one religion is closed minded and egotistical...assuming your culture or even species is right compared to another...the only real force at work here is nature ....that is the only god that exists...im sure mosus,jesus...sidhartha,whoever it may be...were just realy good people...but nooooo..people have to catagorize everything...oh thats jesus....he is a christian...lets be christian...bs...i think people saw the power of these spiritual people ,and how their kindness inspired others....then thought how can we sum this up...put some rules on it ...and cotrol large groups of people. not saying your principles are wrong but just look at some religions you dont agree with and then look at you religion and tell me who is right and why...cause you dad said so??? or cause its you and the universe revovles around you? and what makes these religions different....just levels of fanaticism...dont you think that once you stop wondering what the purpose of life is and start assuming "you" have the answer cause your family or culture told you so. and nowyou have become ignorant with all your wisdom?...what if something happened to discredit your religion and prove all its theories wrong...not its values ...but theories you grip so tightly..like a buddah falling to the earth and proving that there is reincarnation and several gods instead of one..a stupid example...but you get my point.are we not all humans?..just like the mormons they think you jews will burn in hell ...and im sure us free thinking athiest/naturalists arent invited to your spiritual after party...if all you liers are so religious then why dont you invite the sickand needy into your homes...are you not yourself greedy.i think only a few people in each religion...truely live according to there beleifs ....if im wrong why do i see jews and christians and muslims etc. living comfortably while others suffer ...im sure all those religions are against people suffering even if it means you only get to own 1 car instead of 2 or 3. i thinlk people are scared to go against the grain of their cvulture or are so brainwashed they never even attempt to think for themselves

Posted by: emoves on March 26, 2004 04:40 PM
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