A Winning Strategy
A Clear Mission Statement
61:9 It is He Who sent His Messenger forth with the guidance and the religion of truth, to make it triumph over every religion.
Death and Destitution for Those Who Resist
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah's Apostle said, "I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah', and whoever says, 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,' his life and property will be saved by me except for Islamic law, and his accounts will be with Allah, (either to punish him or to forgive him.)"
Terror as Key Component
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah's Apostle said, "I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror."
Terror not only allows the few to control the many, put the fear of God into reluctant converts but bring about changes in the Land of War (any jurisdiction not governed by Islamic law) that can only facilitate its inevitable subjugation.
Children as Instruments of Terror
Two teenage female suicide bombers blew themselves up Tuesday in a crowded market in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing at least 40 people, mostly mothers shopping for their families.
Nov 25, 2014
At least 54 people have been killed by three suicide bombers at a market in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri. One of the bombers rode a tricycle.
March 7, 2015
According to UNICEF (May 26, 2015) "the number of reported suicide attacks by Boko Haram has jumped to 27 in the first five months of this year compared to 26 for all of last year … women and children have carried out three-quarters of all reported Boko Harem suicide bombings — with girls blamed for nine such attacks since July."
Young women may kill and die in Allah's Cause because of some romantic notion of being reunited with the love of their life for an eternity (Star-Crossed Suicide Bombers), but what about children? What youngster has not dreamt of being all grown up? A child can literally become a man in a puff of smoke if he is willing to blow himself up while surrounded by people he has been told are God's enemies.
It was narrated from Mu’aadh ibn Jabal that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The people of Paradise will enter Paradise hairless, beardless with their eyes anointed with kohl, aged thirty or thirty-three years.”
Sex and Booty as Enticement and Payment
Sex and Booty in the here-and-now, and even more sex in the Hereafter for doing God's dirty work.
An Effective Indoctrination Program
9:122 The believers should not all go to war. Why doesn’t a company from each group go forth to instruct themselves in religion and admonish their people (those who go to war) when they return, that perchance, they may beware.
Overcoming a Reluctance to Kill
Experienced Killers Welcomed
It is not always necessary to spend money and effort on overcoming "the powerful resistance that exists in every healthy member of every species to killing one's own kind" if you recruit wisely, tailoring the Message to make it attractive to the natural-born killer.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah's Apostle said, "Allah welcomes two men with a smile; one of whom kills the other and both of them enter Paradise. One fights in Allah's Cause and gets killed. Later on Allah forgives the killer who also get martyred (in Allah's Cause)."
An example that was not lost on Boko Haram who, the BBC reported, recruits gangsters and criminals from across the border in Niger to do some of the killing on God's behalf.
Early Recruitment of Holy Warriors
Muhammad set fifteen as the minimum age a boy could participate in a Holy War and share in the booty.
Opting Out Is Not An Option
4:89 They wish that you disbelieve, as they have disbelieved, so that you will all be alike. Do not, then, take any companions from them, until they emigrate in the Way of Allah. Then should they turn back, seize them and kill them wherever you find them; and do not take from them any companions or supporter;
Muhammad was more succinct:
The Prophet said: "If a Muslim discards his religion, kill him."
Elevating Mass Murder and Lack of Compassion Into A Virtue
2:191 Kill them wherever you find them and drive them out from wherever they drove you out. Sedition is worse than slaughter. Do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight you at it. If they fight you there kill them. Such is the reward for the unbelievers.
With the words "sedition is worse than slaughter" Allah reminds the believers that He would rather see the inhabitants of a region, city or community seeking to secede put to death rather than have them abandon Islam.
The First Mass Murder for Sedition
A contemporary example:
Iraqi teams exhume mass graves of soldiers in Tikrit … "It was a heartbreaking scene. We couldn't prevent ourselves from breaking down in tears. What savage barbarian could kill 1,700 persons in cold blood?" said Khalid al-Atbi, an Iraqi health official.
BBC News, April 7, 2015.
Doing God's Work!
The Importance of Ritual
Two million Muslims stone devil in final hajj ritual Yahoo News
Islam is a religion which in both its sacred text (the Koran and Book of Hadiths) and in banal rituals promotes hatred and violence.
The ritual stoning of Satan every year at Mecca is not simply a re-enactment of a superstition … Its impact is anthropological. It is a ceremony, to which every Muslim is encourage to participate, and which sanctifies and encourages violence …
The Hajj ritual, as modified by God's Messenger on instructions from his Mentor, was significant in changing the Arabs from what French historian Ernest Renan (1823–92) described as "a gracious, loving, and vibrant people" into the remorseless, pitiless holy warriors fighting with Islamic State and other terrorists organisation dedicated to making the world that of Allah exclusively.
The mass slaughter of animals that occurs during the one day Festival of Sacrifice at the Hajj and all over the Muslim world as to have a conditioning effect on young witnesses to the slaughter, making many of them immune to the pain and suffering experienced by living things cruelly put to death, perhaps even kindling a love of killing which is a real asset in a holy warrior.
Defeating A Winning Strategy
How do you win a war fighting mostly young male believers in a religion with many of the trappings of a death cult who want to kill you and be killed and thereby gain instant, no questions asked, VIP access to Paradise and whose leaders have no moral boundaries when it comes to killing and who see nothing wrong in using children as bomb-delivery systems?
Allain Finkielkraut author of The Unfortunate Identity (my translation of L'identité malheureuse) argues that if we are to avoid the disastrous religious conflicts of Mark Lilla's The Stillborn God we must work towards a society where everyone learns to think for themselves, and that means a secular education for all. It is not unlike the argument I make in Children Under Siege.