Thursday, September 25, 2008
The Islamic Way of War
"At the inaugural conference for the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) back in April, presenter LTC Joseph Myers made an interesting point that deserves further elaboration. Though military studies have traditonally valued and absorbed the texts of classical war doctrine--such as Clausewitz's On War, Sun Tzu's The Art of War, even the exploits of Alexander the Great as recorded in Arrian and Plutarch--Islamic war doctrine, which is just as if not more textually grounded, is totally ignored. ... As a consequence, we still do not have an in-depth understanding of the war-fighting doctrine laid down by Muhammad, how it might be applied today by an increasing number of Islamic groups, or now it might be countered. Today, seven full years after September 11, our understanding of the Islamic way of war is little better. ... While one can argue that learning how Alexander maneuvered his cavalry at the Battle of Guagamela in 331 BC is both academic and anachronistic, the exploits and strategems of the prophet Muhammad--his 'war sunna'-- still serve as an example to modern-day jihadists. For instance, based on the words and deeds of Muhammad, most schools of Islamic jurisprudence agree that the following are all legitimate during war against the infidel: the indiscriminate use of missile weaponry, even if women and children are present ... ; the need to always deceive the enemy and even break formal treaties whenever possible ... ; and that the only function of the peace treaty or 'hudna,' is to give the Islamic armies time to regroup for a renewed offensive, and should, in theory, last no more than ten years. ... 'Taquiyya' ... permits Muslims to lie and dissemble whenever they are under the authority of the infidel. Deception has such a prominent role that the renowned Muslim scholar Ibn al-Arabi declares: 'In the Hadith, practising deceit in war is well demonstrated. Indeed, its need is more stressed than [the need for] courage.' ... Because the 'Whisperers'--Walid Phares's apt epithet for the majority of Middle East/Islamic scholars and their willing apologists in the press--have made anathema anyone who dares to point out a connection between Islamic doctrine and modern-day Islamic terrorism. ... Alas, far from taking the most basic and simple advice regarding warfare--Sun Tzu's ancient dictum, 'Know they enemy' the U.S. government is having difficulties even acknowledging its enemy", Raymond Ibrahim (RI) at nationalreview.com, 11 September 2008.
One issue with RI: Islamic war doctrine prohibits making peace treaties with infidels. The hudna he refers to is not a treaty but a cease fire. No contract can be made with an infidel. RI's taquiyya point, also spelled takiwa, can be enlarged: no Moslem's oath with regard to infidels' disputes should be believed. Why? Takiwa encourages the Moslem to lie to non-Moslems to advance the cause of Islam. Hence, no no infidel court should permit Moslems to testify in any matter involving Moslems. The Defense Department should not hire Moslem translators. Really. As for using missiles against non-combatant infidels, permitted. My conclusion made years ago, when at war with Moslems, adopt Islamic methods: wanton killing of non-combatants, no prisoners, etc., etc. The more killing, the better. This is not the "Western" way of war. So? The US should never had a detention center like Abu Gharib. We should have followed Islamic treatment of prisoners: behead them. We should close Gitmo. What should we do with the Gitmo inmates? Read them the story of the Banu Quarayza tribe in 626 AD. Then behead them chanting "allah akbar". They will understand and respect us for it. Israel recently exchanged about 400 terrorists for two Israeli soldiers' corpses. Are the Israelis crazy? Israel should execute all prisoners it holds for terrorism lest it be tempted to exchange them for anything.