Thursday, September 16, 2004

The War That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Just saw this story:
MOSCOW - Russian police investigating the deadly Beslan school siege are looking inside their own squad house: One of the attack organizers was allegedly a former cop who disappeared six years ago.
And of course the first thing that popped into my head is, "and let me guess, he's a religiously-motivated Muslim?"

The article goes on to list some possible motivations:
Police have been implicated in kidnappings for ransom and accused of allowing Chechen rebels free passage through checkpoints — motivated by either money, sympathy for the fighters' cause or family ties, or a combination of all three.
Well, ok. Then about 5 paragraphs later, we find
Taziyev, a Muslim, is accused of becoming an adherent of the extreme Wahhabi sect of Islam — the same as al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden
What a surprise.

The bland phrase "sympathy for the fighters' cause" (notice the neutral "fighter", for which your mind is supposed to supply the understood modifier "freedom") masks the fact that Orthodox Christians were singled out as victims, and simply for inflicting punishment on them rather than for any political demands.

We may abhor the idea -- indeed, even run from it -- but the unpleasant fact is, Islam is waging a religious war on non-Muslims.

The Koran is as much analagous to Machiavelli's Art of War as a manual for conquest and subjugation as it is to the Bible, if not more so.


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