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Mr. Islamism and Miss Civilization

Reader comment on item: What Do Terrorists Want? [A Caliphate and Shari'a]

Submitted by Allen Weingarten (United States), Aug 1, 2005 at 12:39

When a bully encounters a patsy, he seeks her bounty, but most essentially, her submission. In addition to immediate gratification, he reaps expectations of greater reward, for the fear engendered is proof of further gain. So it is when Mr. Islamism encounters Miss Civilization. He knows he cannot overpower her, but can gain submission through her fear of confrontation. She expects that by her sacrifice, he will be satisfied, for that is how she would respond. Yet, he expects that her sacrifice renders her prey for greater sacrifice, for that is how he would respond.

When the G8 grants Islam billions, and Britain plans the withdrawal of her troops from Iraq, the bounty matters little in comparison with the signal of submission it sends. It furthers Mr. Islamism's assurance that he can engender Miss Civilization's acquiescence. He knows that he need only gain her submission for her to become a participant in her own demise. Mr. Islamism does not wish to rid the world of all Miss Civilizations, but rather to subordinate them to his will. Her acquiescence, then, is the genesis, sustenance, and apotheosis of terrorism.

The apt response to an act of terror, whether or not we find the perpetrators, is to set back their agenda. Instead of rewards to further "democracy" or "win over their hearts and minds" -- we should react with meaningful disincentives: cancel negotiations; withhold funds; stop Israel from freeing terrorists & withdrawing from land won in fighting aggression; restrict Arab immigration; close Wahhabi training centers; etc. Our criteria for gauging the success of our response to terror is determined by our answer to a simple question, "Have we furthered, or set back the agenda to establish Dar al Islam?"
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