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A Rationale for Ideological Passivity?

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Submitted by Ron Thompson (United States), Aug 24, 2014 at 20:54

While I agree with the title that this declaration of a Caliphate will bring more trauma, I don't agree with the implication that, because this and any successor Caliphates, with their shining hope of a world ruled by one Perfect Faith and one man who is a Muslim in the image of Mohammed (the Perfect Man) are doomed to failure, that Therefore the West has no positive necessity to act - that this bloody and traumatic drama will play itself out while we sit on the ideological sidelines.

Because of the peculiar appeal of millennial hopes and dreams - after all Christianity easily survived over a thousand years of the Dark Ages it helped to bring on, including the incredible trauma of the Black Death which killed over a third of its adherents - I believe there is no reason to expect we can just stand aside ideologically, without confronting the belief system of Islam that has produced this hunger for a Caliphate.

We're not going to get off that easily. Sooner or later I believe we're going to be forced to face that we have a huge ideological and philosophical struggle against a totalitarian belief system that we cannot evade. However, the remarkable thing may be that this belief system, including the raising of the stakes by the declaration of a Caliphate, is rapidly producing so much evidence in so many places of the horrors that follow Islam-on-the-march, that accepting the challenge and Fighting Back with our minds as well as our weapons may well be a far easier task than so many seem to fear and cringe from.


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1first nation-state to recognize caliphate will be ... [169 words]Patrick ConstantineSep 4, 2014 18:44217605
Turkey is the only potential caliphate I am concerned about. [291 words]Michael S.Sep 4, 2014 13:24217598
ISIS and the Changing Nature of Warfare [90 words]AlexAug 31, 2014 14:12217520
1Convinced by the Sword [69 words]Eliezer EisenbergAug 29, 2014 11:51217492
3ISIS as a proxy army of Turkey? [69 words]
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stevenAug 29, 2014 08:02217488
Ironically Islamic world is too disorganized to have proxies. [131 words]PrashantSep 2, 2014 12:35217488
It will last about as long as the Khmer Rouge [17 words]Empress TrudyAug 26, 2014 09:26217428
2What does "Caliphate" Mean for ISIS? [267 words]AlexAug 25, 2014 20:19217414
4Prophet Daniel Pipes' prediction comes true: Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, declares Gwoza, in Brono State, a part of an Islamic caliphate [34 words]LudvikusAug 25, 2014 07:57217402
4Mahdi not Caliph [66 words]
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PJAug 25, 2014 05:07217398
Khalifatu Allah or Khalifat Rasul Allah [188 words]dhimmi no moreAug 26, 2014 07:12217398
3Wake up [not so] free world [48 words]NuritGAug 25, 2014 01:07217394
2The Caliphate Brings Trauma - internal trauma. [137 words]
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rodney allsworthAug 24, 2014 23:06217392
2A Rationale for Ideological Passivity? [270 words]Ron ThompsonAug 24, 2014 20:54217384
The old /new Caliphate [35 words]JanaAug 24, 2014 18:36217378
2Why the Caliphate Fate is Fatal [137 words]DaveAug 24, 2014 18:24217376
2Lessons learned [52 words]David W. LincolnAug 24, 2014 16:55217372
Anagram [5 words]Luke WarmAug 24, 2014 16:13217371
4Caliphates will trigger the Crusades which in turn become WW3 [100 words]Michael Hanni MorcosAug 24, 2014 15:36217368
2Excellent [30 words]cmtljnpkisvji1683Aug 24, 2014 15:00217367

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