Friday, July 15, 2005
  It's Time We Act Like Dar Al-Harb
Why do so many in the Middle East hate the West? Why are they bent on our destruction, our extermination? It's quite simple - if you are willing to see and accept it. They hate us because we are "Dar Al-Harb ."

What is "Dar Al-Harb"? It is what you and I are. (Unless you are Muslim jihadist, that is.) "Dar Al-Harb" means "the house of war" and refers to anyone, ANYONE, who is not a Muslim. According to Hani Al-Siba'I, head of Al-Maqreze Centre for Historical Studies in London, "The term 'civilians' does not exist in Islamic religious law. There is no such term as 'civilians' in the modern Western sense. People are either of Dar Al-Harb or not."

Read that again. In the Muslim jihadist view there are NO civilians. None. Everyone is a combatant. That means everyone is an acceptable target. Over 3,000 innocents were "acceptable targets" on September 11, 2001. More than 50 Londoners were "acceptable targets" on July 7th. Our children are "acceptable targets." This is the kind of enemy we face in the "house of war."

Are Muslims exempt from this despicable policy? No, these "devout" followers of Mohammed murder their own brethren as easily as they do "infidels". Muslims died on 9/11 and likely died in Madrid and London. Muslims are being murdered daily in Iraq for the "crime" of trying to serve in the military, police or other areas of government and public service. What if criminal elements in this country decided it was acceptable to slaughter those who serve to maintain order in the USA? What if McVeigh's evil acts were carried out coast to coast against our police, military, politicians - and their families - by radicals opposed to our government? That is what is happening in Iraq. This is the kind of enemy we face in the "house of war."

Sheema Khan, Chairwoman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations - Canada, says, "From day one, Prophet Mohammed made a clear distinction between [armed combatants and unarmed civilians]. Today, however, proponents of violence use dishonest logic to claim the absence of an "innocent" civilian. ...
"[This] perverse logic further categorizes Muslim casualties as "collateral damage," a necessary evil, for the greater cause of inflicting damage on the "enemy." This slippery slope has now led to a freefall of mayhem directed at anyone and everyone - Shia pilgrims in Iraq; worshippers in Pakistan; commuters in Spain. ...
"Muslims know deep down inside that Islam nurtures mercy while encouraging its adherents to the highest standards of morality."

I for one, am reassured to hear Muslim leaders condemn the evil, inhuman acts of the jihadists. But these voices are still too few. We are bombarded by the mantra that "Islam means peace," even by our President. Yet all we see are acts of mayhem and bloodthirsty slaughter against the innocent. This is the kind of enemy we face in the "house of war."

In my mind, two things must happen before we will ever win the war on terrorism. First, ALL Muslims who are decent, peace-loving devotees of that faith must denounce the murderous acts of those that they claim have "hijacked" their peaceful religion. And I mean denounce it loudly and publicly. Leave no doubt where you stand and the world will stand with you.

Second, and more importantly, the American people in particular, and Western civilization as a whole, must develop a clear, firm understanding that we are at war. This is not a matter for diplomats, negotiations or appeasement. This is WAR! We are "Dar Al-Harb," the house of war. It is past time we act like it.

We must call those who oppose us what they are - our enemies. They are not "insurgents." They are not "freedom fighters." They are our mortal enemies. They engage in wanton slaughter of innocent people without provacation and without hesitation. They are evil. We must villify them and what they stand for. We had no qualms doing so in World War II. The stakes today are infinitely higher.

In war, one rule prevails - Kill or be killed. If you are not the victor then you are either dead or conquered. There will be no middle ground when the bloodshed finally stops. President Bush said, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." The mollycoddles of the left don't like such cut and dried talk. They don't have the stomach for it. But, like it or not, he is right. The terrorists know it. It guides their actions. It's time we let the same realization guide us.

Freedom or fear.
Kill or be killed.
Them or us.
We are the house of war!
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