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War of Wills

Reader comment on item: My Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

Submitted by Oliver (United States), Feb 25, 2007 at 17:47

"War is an act of violence to compel the enemy to fulfill our will." That's what the Prussian strategist Carl von Clausewitz wrote in 1832. War is an act of violence to compel the enemy to fulfill our will. And however much technological advancement there's been in the nearly two centuries since he wrote that, the basic insight remains valid. Victory consists of imposing one's will on the enemy by compelling him to give up his war goals. Wars usually end when one side gives up its hope of winning; when its will to fight has been crushed.

Thank you, Dr. Pipes, for bringing to our attention the true and only purpose of ‘warfare'. It is this end result that must be kept at the forefront of our thoughts as we consider how we are to conclude our greater effort in the present worldwide ‘war on terrorism'. The circumstances in Israel are but the tip of the iceberg; they form a microcosm of the greater conflict between true Islam and the rest of the non-muslim World. When the Ayatollah Khomeini, after declaring war on the ‘Great Satan' and kidnapping our embassy personnel, received such a flatulent response from then President Carter that he (and the entire Islamist culture) were encouraged and emboldened to proceed with their ultimate purpose of unifying the Islamic world, reinstituting the pan-Islamic Caliphate and imposing Islamism throughout the entire world. At this moment in time, true Islam is winning the war of wills.

It is the West's unwillingness to come to grips with the fact that we are at war – and that war is against the very ideas – concepts – teachings – the foundational beliefs of true Islam. It is from the core teachings of the Koran that true (not radical) Muslims derive their willingness to fight and die in Allah's cause – how are we to crush their hopes of victory without dealing with this matter of misplaced trust in a faith that compels the true believer to lay down his (her) life, in every stratagem of war (terrorism included), for the advancement of true Islam?

Islam does not mean ‘Peace' – Islam means ‘Submission'. It will not be until the entire world is submitted under the domination of true Islam that true Muslims will be able to rest from the warfare that Allah has allotted to them. And so it is that we will find no peace until true Islam is totally crushed. In order to crush their will to fight we will first have to crush that which provides them with the encouragement to enter the fight.

True Islam must be confronted, defeated and eliminated from the equation before any time of peace will be found.

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