Monday, July 11, 2005

Why they bomb us 

Amir Taheri on why they bomb us:
Sorry, old chaps, you are dealing with an enemy that does not want anything specific, and cannot be talked back into reason through anger management or round-table discussions. Or, rather, this enemy does want something specific: to take full control of your lives, dictate every single move you make round the clock and, if you dare resist, he will feel it his divine duty to kill you...

It is, of course, possible, as many in the West love to do, to ignore the strategic goal of the Islamists [conversion of the whole world to Islam] altogether and focus only on their tactical goals. These goals are well known and include driving the "Cross-worshippers" (Christian powers) out of the Muslim world, wiping Israel off the map of the Middle East, and replacing the governments of all Muslim countries with truly Islamic regimes like the one created by Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran and by the Taleban in Afghanistan.
Speaking of ignoring the strategic goal – and whitewashing the tactical ones - here's Robert Fisk:
It's no use Mr Blair telling us yesterday that "they will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear". "They" are not trying to destroy "what we hold dear". They are trying to get public opinion to force Blair to withdraw from Iraq, from his alliance with the United States, and from his adherence to Bush's policies in the Middle East.
Which translates into trying to convince the British public to stand back while the jihadis exterminate the Jews and convert the whole of the Middle East into the Caliphate. But to put it in those terms would be too blunt and the public could actually have second thoughts. Better to talk about "adherence to Bush's policies in the Middle East."

No wonder Osama considers Fisk to be "neutral".


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