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Submitted by Rakshas 10 Anan (India), Nov 22, 2005 at 02:49

Dr. Daniel Pipes, thank you for sharing with us the results of your extensive research to help us develop an intelligent perspective on vexing issues that threaten our collective survival in the face of Islamic Jihad. We have probably reached the point of no return, despite news speculating about the death of Zarqawi in Mosul, N. Iraq, which, if true, is the result of tribal revenge for the Amman blasts. The intense on-going debates on your articles do much to highlight unknown facets of the subjects from so many different angles.

I am surprised that you have not factored in vested interests of the Western defence industry in keeping the pot on boil around the world, and especially in the Middle East. Obviously, it is not only about Oil. The Economy of War in modern times must make an appearance on the Daniel Pipes' Weblog at some stage. To speak of PEACE is premature in the face of naked terrorist aggression and its shadow side, the weapons industry along with its spawn, the vast weapons blackmarket in the post-Cold War scenario. It was fine, it seems, to have Jews and Arabs blow each others' heads off, so long as there was a killing to be made from the hostilities, providing employment on a vast scale back home. This also explains why the Arabs were the blue eyed boys with all their petrodollars keeping the Western Defence machinery well-oiled.

That Islam was thoroughly familiar with the gains of Jihad, flourishing through barbaric aggression on peaceful societies to appropriate the fruits of their creativity, technologies and prosperity is well-known. Thus uneducated bloodthirsty killers, thieves and lechers on camels and horseback, belonging to desert tribes living in tents with zero development, also with opium-addled brains, could set themselves up in Islamist chronicles as patrons of Arts, Sciences (including astronomy, mathematics and medicine) and Architecture.

The history of Islam is largely a testament of untimely deaths through excess in abuse and violence, as father killed son or son killed father and brother killed brother for the bigger stake in all the loot and self aggrandisement. Yet we have passed without proper assessment Islamic claims to high culture in medieval times. The burners of libraries and temples -- repositories of art and culture -- went to great lengths to generate chronicles to the glory of their conquests. That Victorian scholars could lend credence to their claims, is a great travesty of modern scholarly enterprise. Following the elementary principles set out in Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions would be sufficient to give the BIG LIE to these claims. But Western scholars have put their weight behind many such spurious associations to distort the history of human civilisation. No doubt this is proof of the adage that 'he who pays the piper calls the tune'; and the Arab chieftains must have paid in gold looted from their hapless victims!

Returning to the main point, European nations and the US have cynically preached peace prescriptions to Israel, the greatest victim of three decades of violent terrorism -- the sole legacy of the Arabs to the long-suffering world. It was all so fine until terrorism began to upset the puppet players in their own homelands! The drug and crime cartels, the international Mafia, the little dictators and their genocides here and there, the tides of asylum seekers, were all playthings of the rich and powerful in the West. They hardly understood how things began to get out-of-hand. Playing with the dynamite of Pan-Islamism on distant shores was at last the key to releasing the jihadi devil, suppressed to some extent since the time of the Crusades.

Dr. Pipes has mentioned elsewhere the conundrum of Prince Charles' backing Islam. But the British high society has 'flirted' with Arabs of dubious reputation for a long time now, not to have 'submitted' to possibilities of being seriously compromised. The list includes the likes of black market arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi (uncle of Dody Al Fayed) and fronts in London of the Pakistani ISI.

Afghanistan in the end proved to be the final straw in unsuspected ways for all the Cold War strategists, east and west -- to mix many metaphors -- the forest fire that blazed out of control and now threatens homelands in the West. The prolferating missiles, rocket launchers, suitcase nukes and wmds that were to promise a chicken in every pot for countries like Sweden, Russia, France, UK and the US, are now unerringly aimed at those who armed the terrorislamists in the first place, with Israel and India serving as major shock absorbers for the rest of the world! In these two countries, there is stamina and toughness that comes from long term development of immunity. That is not the case with self-righteous Europe and America. Right now, we are enjoying PEACE in the eye of the storm; for how long, who knows?

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Title Commenter Date Thread
Is sympathy misplaced? [48 words]Godfrey deBouillonJan 27, 2010 13:07167995
WHY? [309 words]N.S.Dec 6, 2005 01:4029500
tell me more [16 words]not sureSep 30, 2006 23:0529500
Palestines Taste a Dose of Their Own Medicine [29 words]S.C.PandaDec 1, 2005 03:3229213
What is Terrorism ? A guide for the misguided [268 words]Yamin ZakariaNov 29, 2005 10:2828987
Response to Yamin Zakaria [381 words]Spec OPs on leaveJan 6, 2006 18:4328987
To Yamin Zakaria [24 words]premJan 2, 2009 07:3728987
1What is Terrorism ? [116 words]Yamin ZakariaNov 29, 2005 09:3128982
Re the widow of the Jordanian bomber [52 words]Jo EshkeriNov 27, 2005 14:1128888
The Palestinian Dose [426 words]SameerNov 25, 2005 01:3328824
A completely different perspective here [157 words]Asher JacobsonNov 23, 2005 23:5528784
WESTERN CYNICISM [812 words]Rakshas 10 AnanNov 22, 2005 02:4928674
1Islam and inter-faith dialogue [1201 words]Hari IyerNov 22, 2005 00:3728673
Islam & Dialogue [396 words]FJ SiddiquiAug 10, 2006 01:2128673
responce to the above [790 words]nasDec 15, 2008 05:2628673
First, I feel for the Jordanians who lost their families [498 words]MaggieNov 21, 2005 23:2428672
Argument with a blind faither is a waste of time [61 words]A. KhalafNov 21, 2005 17:2228664
Israel and Palestinians [90 words]asafNov 21, 2005 14:5628656
I have enormous respect. [30 words]ZahedNov 21, 2005 12:3828648
new idea of military tactics [40 words]farooqNov 20, 2005 03:4428628
farooq [191 words]DaisyNov 21, 2005 16:5428628
Muslim mind [390 words]Hari IyerNov 19, 2005 19:3028621
hypocrisy, pure and simple [27 words]Yamin ZakariaNov 19, 2005 11:1728616
Response to Yamin Zakariya [54 words]faqi hussainNov 19, 2005 19:4728616
To Hari Iyer, Yamin Zakaria, Shahin S., Rodni E. Chalet [229 words]Vishnu GuptaNov 20, 2005 02:0228616
Yamin Zakaria [197 words]DaisyNov 21, 2005 02:2528616
To Yamin Zakaria: Terrorism in Islam [360 words]N.K.Nov 21, 2005 16:5528616
Re: Hypocrisy, pure and simple [62 words]Atim BasseyNov 23, 2005 06:4228616
Iran and propaganda [125 words]Shahin S.Nov 18, 2005 23:5528607
Reply to Shahin S. [168 words]jerryNov 26, 2005 00:1228607
Another Japan & Germany is needed! [279 words]Rodni E. ChaletNov 18, 2005 20:4828604
Rectification [33 words]YovenNov 18, 2005 09:0028585
The Real Palestinian Response [414 words]AlexNov 17, 2005 22:4328565
Security of Israel. [291 words]Friends of Israel in PakistanNov 17, 2005 21:5428561
The Hindu Mind [918 words]YovenNov 17, 2005 16:3828546
Killing of Muslims is also part of Jihad [290 words]Amitabh tripathiNov 17, 2005 12:3728538
Its a very long way to go [118 words]David W. LincolnNov 17, 2005 11:4728534
Thank you for a great article [78 words]ilona matulevicNov 17, 2005 07:2328519
We're not in Kansas anymore...... [51 words]DotNov 17, 2005 02:1928511
View of a 20 year old arab on the matter [577 words]JeanmarcNov 16, 2005 17:5528504
Answer to Jeanmarc [166 words]Carl SametNov 17, 2005 13:2428504
Reply to Mr. Samet: Change! [154 words]charles fortnerNov 17, 2005 18:0928504
Wishful Thinking Jeanmarc [284 words]AbrahamNov 17, 2005 18:2428504
Reply to charles fortner [266 words]Carl SametNov 18, 2005 12:5228504
Black September [224 words]yuval Brandstetter MDNov 16, 2005 17:1128501
Thanks for ease of reading [27 words]eNov 16, 2005 14:5528491
to khofa [31 words]MusNov 16, 2005 14:3728490
Islam and terrorism [443 words]KazmiferNov 16, 2005 13:0528487
KAZMIFER [118 words]Ahmed Youssif, MDNov 16, 2005 23:2328487
To Youssif MD, Dont call me lucifer [117 words]KazmiferNov 17, 2005 13:1628487
Response to Youssif [64 words]Ayesha AhmedNov 17, 2005 18:5028487
To Kazmifer: You are absolutely right [87 words]JaladhiNov 18, 2005 09:1328487
tactical error [250 words]DanNov 16, 2005 12:3428486
To Dan, Is Islam religion of peace for muslims? [246 words]EdNov 16, 2005 16:5828486
response to Ed [55 words]DanNov 17, 2005 11:3028486
Its a Hydra-headed Monster [550 words]Rakshas 10 AnanNov 16, 2005 12:2528484
Re: Rakshas, Jordanian Demonstrations - Meaningless, won't change any Muslim Minds [282 words]JaladhiNov 16, 2005 22:1028484
"Rakshas" [89 words]hohovahNov 17, 2005 08:5928484
The Lesson of Iraq [221 words]Kenneth S. BesigNov 16, 2005 10:5928479
IMAGINE [177 words]DONVANNov 16, 2005 10:1828477
Palestinians Taste a Dose of Their Own Medicine [88 words]Menahem DunskyNov 16, 2005 09:3228474
Excellent description Dr Pipes [79 words]Neila Charchour HachichaNov 16, 2005 08:4128471
Palestinians receive a taste of their own medicine [338 words]Ed GordonNov 16, 2005 05:4528463
Your entire perspective is wrong [344 words]A Filipino liberalNov 16, 2005 04:1128458
response to Filipino Liberal [156 words]sullyNov 22, 2005 11:0928458
Reply to Filipino Liberal [203 words]SiddaNov 22, 2005 11:1228458
Jordanian protests [65 words]DavidkaNov 16, 2005 03:4428457
Call the horse by its name [161 words]Elpi NipniNov 15, 2005 22:3028452
Full Circle [86 words]Arlinda DeAngelisNov 15, 2005 22:2328451
Their own medicine [140 words]steven lNov 15, 2005 22:0728450
It was only a matter of time... [153 words]JordanNov 15, 2005 20:3828446
Arab mindset will never ever change [143 words]SamiNov 15, 2005 20:2028445
Lets be bigger than those criminals [112 words]JordanianNov 15, 2005 20:1028444
Reply to Jordanian. [386 words]Rodni E. ChaletNov 21, 2005 20:5528444
Palestinians Taste a Dose of Their Own Medicine [28 words]Mary-Ann BarnesNov 15, 2005 19:1128441
Palestinians get a taste of their own bombing trend [123 words]Survivor of JihadNov 15, 2005 19:1128440
HOMICIDE BOMBER is the proper description [88 words]Vicki MorganNov 15, 2005 18:2428437
They still don't get it. [201 words]PatNov 15, 2005 18:0428434
This MUST Be A Wake-Up Call To The Arab/Muslim World [59 words]AnneMNov 15, 2005 17:4728432
Response to Anne M. [129 words]Bruce JosloffNov 16, 2005 10:5528432
Cynical formulation but sadly right [73 words]Stefaan MertensNov 15, 2005 17:4128431
arab murderers [37 words]alan wintersNov 15, 2005 17:2828430
Looking In the Mirror Doesn't Always Show Me? [359 words]Yehoshua ZellerNov 15, 2005 17:0628429
I don't get it [16 words]EliotNov 15, 2005 16:4928428
It won't make a difference in Arab/Muslim minds [55 words]Tzvi TamariNov 15, 2005 15:5928427
1Palestinians ARE Jordanians [113 words]ClintNov 15, 2005 15:3428426
Muslim Bombers [39 words]LanceNov 15, 2005 15:1528423
Taste a Dose of Their own Medicine.. [756 words]kim segarNov 15, 2005 14:4128418
Why Are Muslim Arabs surprised by attacks? [68 words]JSNov 15, 2005 14:1928417
When you release a disease.... [79 words]KenNov 15, 2005 13:5628416
Iranian indoctrination is bad, too. [75 words]Henrik R ClausenNov 15, 2005 13:5228415
Speaking of hypocrisy... [310 words]J.S.Nov 15, 2005 13:4828414
Re: J.S. Msn In USA No Better [92 words]AnneMNov 15, 2005 21:0228414
Focusing on Hamas [67 words]Gilbert SimonsNov 15, 2005 13:3928413
Reply to Mr. Gilbert Simons [338 words]Rodni E. ChaletNov 21, 2005 20:1028413
Suicide bombings will continue [101 words]AhmedNov 15, 2005 13:3228412
Palestinians [107 words]YovenNov 15, 2005 13:3028411
Surprising? [65 words]DaisyNov 15, 2005 13:2928410

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