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Mohammad's treaties were to buy time and, then, launch even more brutal attacks

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Aug 4, 2021 at 00:17

Dear Dr Pipes: One reason that Muslims do not lose wars is that they use defeats to make frivolous treaties with the winners. These treaties can be broken at times more convenient for Muslims. And, once the treaties are broken, more brutal attacks can be launched. Muhamamd's war against the Jewish Banu Qurayza tribe (ref 1) is a prime example of this modus operendi. I will let the readers make their own opinions about Muhammad's actions described in the citation below.

After leaving Mecca Muhammad settled in Medina. There he signed tens of treaties with tribes all around Medina but no where in his behavior it appears that he as a man looking for long term peace. Through out this period he was invlved in one battle or the other and was using each battle to consolidate his power and to render most brutal punishment to his opponents whenever the opportunity arose. In the case of Banu Qurayza hundreds of Jewish men and boys were massacred by Muslim forces. Their crime was that they did not actively help Muhammad in yet another prior war that he had picked.

Throughout Islam's history, Muslims have followed Muhammad's example and have used defeats as opportunities to consolidate and reattack. You see, Islam does not live in one nation where it can be defeated. Islam lives in every nation that its exists in and Islamic wars are world wars by definition. Islam, also, does not have only one enemy. Everyone who is not a Muslim yet, is a target. How can Islamic wars ever end?

Ref1 : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_Banu_Qurayza

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