***“No Substitute for Victory” The Defeat of Islamic Totalitarianism – John David Lewis

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The Defeat of Islamic Totalitarianism

In summary, Political Islam, Militant Islam, rule by Islamic Law—and all the economic and intellectual support associated with it—must go. This means that Iran must go.

The removal of Islamic political states will not be the end of the task; many intellectual battles will have to be waged. Most importantly, Western intellectuals must present not only a negative—a repudiation of the Totalitarian Universe—but also a positive—a clear explanation to the world that the moral purpose of a government is to protect its citizens’ rights to think and act on the judgment of their own minds, free from coercion by church, mosque, or state. But such battles cannot be fought by pretending that those who make death threats instead of arguments are offering anything but clubs in place of syllogisms.

This is not a clash between civilizations; it is a clash between civilization and barbarism. Until civilized people assert themselves with a depth of moral confidence exceeding that projected by those who submit to the “will of Allah,” America will remain permanently on the defensive, in a state of moral dhimmitude, and the war will continue to its logical conclusion: a mushroom cloud over America.

The above is an extract from an article by John David Lewis, is excellent and without political correctness it should be read in full. Since it is covered by copyrights I will therefore provide the link for the article. [1]

http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/issues/2006-winter/no-substitute-for-victory.asp

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This is an exellent article to tackle the Threat of Islamic Totalitarianism.

The Killer Answer to Defeating islam itself

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Submitted by Domenic Pepe (United States), May 13, 2013 at 14:11

Dr. Pipes has stated …

“Our killer question is “How do you propose to defeat Islamism?” Those who make all Islam their enemy not only succumb to a simplistic and essentialist illusion but they lack any mechanism to defeat it. We who focus on Islamism see World War II and the Cold War as models for subduing the third totalitarianism. We understand that radical Islam is the problem and moderate Islam is the solution….”

This article provides an outstanding review and explanation of the difference between islam and islamism as Dr. Pipes sees it. However, in my opinion, the historical facts demonstrate that the ideology of islam the religion itself and its sharia law is the source of the ugliness, the depravity, the murderous barbarism, the totalitarianism, the intolerance, the oppression, the hatred, the psychopathology, and the delusions perpetrated by islam and its followers for 1400 years up to the present day. Islam, the koran, sharia law, and the lunatic islamic clergy/imams actually propagate an ideology that induces and approves of murderous hatred, intolerance, absence of freedom, oppression, and in general the ugly depravity of islam that we see every day in the muslim world. Islam itself has been and still is an insidious and vile threat to all decent humanity, Christian and Judaic, and Buddhist and Hindu positive moral values. Islam itself is more like a deadly AIDS virus inflicted upon humanity and civilization. And muslims themselves are the greatest victims of their own delusional ideology and their psychopathic clerical elders.

Dr. Pipes asks how to defeat islamism. The question should be how to defeat islam itself. My answer is that if islam is like the German facism and the Japanese barbarism and militarism of WW2, which I believe it is, then the islamic world must be taught a lesson it will never forget. The islamic world must be first given a clear and unambiguous ultimatum to cease and desist from their violence, depravity, barbarism, intolerance for others, repression of freedom and liberty, murder, etc. The muslims must reform their ideological beliefs, and prosecute the lunatic imams and islamic clergy and their financiers, like the saudi royal family. If the islamic world persists in its worldwide intimidation, aggression, barbarism and blackmail, then The USA will use more forceful means to rid the world of islamic insanity. This means prosecuting a real war against the islamic world that will completely vanquish and defeat them, militarily. Their will must be totally broken as was Germany’s and Japan’s in WW2.

The islamic world must be so defeated and humiliated that the terms of peace and even survival for them should be unconditional surrender. Islam declared war on America and Western civilization and Chinese and Indian and every other civilization and religion. Thus, all of islam’s enemies should unite to crush this scourge of humanity once and for all. The muslim world should be made to understand that mecca and medina themselves will be military targets just as Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Dresden and Berlin were targets in WW2. Of course, America should take the lead in prosecuting the war to crush psychopathic islam and confronting islamic lunacy, blackmail, intimidation, and oppression everywhere. America must truly fight to win this islamic world war. There is no substitute for victory. [2]

11/03/2009 @ 6:00PM by David Satter

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Yesterday Communism, Today Radical Islam

As we mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the emphasis should not be on speeches and ceremonies but rather on the lessons of the fall of communism for the war on terror.

Although they seem different–one claims to be religious whereas the other was, supposedly, a perfect science–communism and political Islam are essentially the same. Both are radical ideologies that divide the world into the elect and the profane. Both deny individuality and suppress free will. And both treat man-made dogma as infallible truth and seek to impose it by force.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently reacted to a question about ideology by saying, “That’s so yesterday.” Nothing, however, could be further from the truth. The drive of an ideology to apply a false idea on the basis of its own inner logic independent of external reality is a mortal threat to the West and will be for generations to come. Accordingly, the experience of communism can do the world some good–if its implications are understood.

The following lessons of communism could prove vital to the West in the war against radical Islam:

The challenge must be confronted at the level at which it is posed.

An ideology is a system of total explanation. It rejects universal morality and insists that right and wrong are determined by the interests of a specific group–the proletariat, the master race or the ummah. In effect, the adherents of totalitarian ideologies deify themselves, even if they pretend to be “religious.”

Our response to the claims of totalitarian ideology is traditionally to defend freedom. By answering an ideology that claims infallibility and promises to create heaven on earth by defending “freedom,” however, we immediately raise the question of “freedom for what?” We also leave the contents of the ideology completely unchallenged. The failure of the West during the Cold War to challenge the claims of communist ideology was always taken by the communists to mean that the West did not believe in anything.

In fact, it is necessary to confront the terrorist ideology directly. Instead of treating freedom as an alternative to ideology, we need to attack radical Islamic ideology as an insult to sanity. It needs to be pointed out that supposedly religious Islamic radicalism is based on man-made dogma and that it relies on the same psychological mechanisms and has the same results as atheistic Communism and Nazism. It is only by attacking Islamic radicalism as an idea that we avoid the impression that the terrorists’ interpretation of themselves is implicitly accepted. At the same time, by attacking radical Islam as based on false values, we automatically call attention to our own. In the Soviet Union, it was often noted by pro-Western Soviet dissidents that “it is difficult to beat something with nothing.” Our task is to make explicit that the West stands for universal values, and those values are “something.”

Forget about “right” and “left.”

For years, attitudes toward communism in the West were heavily dependent on considerations of domestic policy. Those who liked the idea of free medical care and guaranteed employment tended to sympathize with communism. Those who were opposed tended to be anti-communist. But in both cases there was little awareness that the real issue was not the communist social system but the attempt to redefine morality and zombify the personality. The split between left and right in the West in relation to communism was manipulated by the Soviets and left us divided in facing a common threat.

There is little risk that radical Islam will evoke sympathy from either the right or the left in the U.S. But there is a danger that tactical disagreements on how to wage the war on terror will take on a partisan coloring. As the experience of communism shows, venomous internal disputes weaken the resolve of the country as a whole.

Treat the war on terror as the nation’s highest priority.

Nazism and communism were defeated with comparatively little loss of American life. The reason was that it was the Soviet Union, not the Western allies, that defeated Nazism at a cost of 27 million dead. The Soviet Union then collapsed without having to be fought. The worldwide cost of the communist “experiment,” however, was about 100 million lives–and this does not include those killed by the Nazi regime, which appeared, at least in part, as a response to communism.

Under these circumstances, the U.S. cannot afford to underestimate the potential of the totalitarian ideological mentality. Voices in the U.S. have warned that the cost of fighting Islamic extremism threatens President Obama’s reform program. History, however, shows that no reform Obama can envisage is remotely as important as neutralizing ideological fanatics who could get access to weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. cannot count on being lucky again.

Don’t lose–ever.

Man-made ideologies, lacking genuine spiritual roots, depend on success for their credibility. This applies also to radical Islam, which claims to have a long time perspective. In the 1970s and 1980s, Soviet citizens, despite their poverty, viewed the world with great equanimity. Eastern Europe was socialist and the revolution had triumphed in Vietnam, Cuba, Nicaragua, Grenada and, so it seemed, Afghanistan. The worldwide victory of socialism appeared to be only a matter of time.

In 1983, however, the U.S. overthrew the communist regime on Grenada, an island of 100,000 persons. The action was widely ridiculed at the time, but it represented the first time that a communist regime had ever been displaced. The unthinkable had become thinkable. It was followed by the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, the collapse of the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe and the breakup of the Soviet Union itself.

Like the Soviets, the Islamic radicals promise their adherents an inevitable eventual victory. Their confidence was shaken in Iraq but has been renewed in Afghanistan. In this respect, the argument over the link between the Taliban and al-Qaida is irrelevant. They share the same ideology and a victory for the Taliban is a victory for the system of thought that was responsible for the terrorist attacks on the U.S. It will also lead to a surge in support for radical Islam in the Muslim world, which, at the moment, has very few psychological defenses against it.

In dealing with an ideological opponent, haggling and temporizing will not work. We must show the fanatics that they cannot win because we will not lose. In the long run, it is determination as much as military power that will make our victory possible.[3]

David Satter is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He is the author of Age of Delirium: the Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union (Yale), which is being made into a documentary film.

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[1] Defeating Islamic Totaliltarianism: http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/issues/2006-winter/no-substitute-for-victory.asp

[2] Defeating Islam – Daniel Pipe: http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/206003

[3] Yesterday Communism, Today Radical Islam: http://www.forbes.com/2009/10/30/ideology-islam-communism-opinions-contributors-berlin-wall-09-david-satter.html

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