[lit-ideas] Re: Five Years Ago

  • From: "Andy Amago" <aamago@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 10:57:33 -0400

"The thing about Qutb and the suicide attacks is that he took the Jihad into 
new regions."

No, we took Jihad into new regions.  Before Iraq Jihad was something a few 
fanatics believed in, I forget the numbers, something like one in 10,000.  
After Iraq, Jihad recruitment is something like 100 out of 10,000.  Still 
small, but still 100 times bigger, and growing.  

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Lawrence Helm 
To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: 9/12/2006 10:37:11 AM 
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Five Years Ago

Well, if Judy is any example, the assertion that I read only those who agree 
with me is morphing, and how could it not since I have on at least two 
occasions listed the books I have read in the past couple of years and only a 
small portion fit the Conservative pattern.  But her qualification is that I 
ignore the ones who say something different.   That seems to be her quaint way 
of saying that I don?t accept everything I read, and I admit it; mea culpa.  I 
can read both Amis and Hitchens for example, while not agreeing with their 
anti-Christian bias and having a severe problem with Hitchens believing he was 
always right even though like Horowitz he has given up positions he once held.

Besides, I don?t really know if someone like Amis has studied Islamism or 
Sayyid Qutb more than I have.  I didn?t really read anything new in the Amis 
article, but I like the way he writes.  

The thing about Qutb and the suicide attacks is that he took the Jihad into new 
regions.  In the past there were only the greater and lesser jihads.  The 
greater was very like the Christian Ephesians 6 wrestling not against flesh and 
blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of 
this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly 
realms. [NIV]  The lesser Jihad was to be used in self-defense.  As a result of 
Qutb the focus of the jihad has been expanded to include infidels just because 
they are infidels.  They don?t need to be attacking Muslims such that the 
lesser Jihad can be legitimately employed.  Defense is no longer a necessary 
condition.  It is okay to be offensive against them.  Also, since 
Fundamentalism is a condition of Islamism, Muslim leaders who don?t embrace 
Islamism are also to be treated as infidels.  It is okay to assassinate them.  
Beyond that, Qutb who got a bit mystical while writing In the Shadow of the
  Koran while in an Egyptian prison saw the Jihad as the way to continue 
Mohammad?s advance.  Who told Muslims they should stop where they were.  Did 
Mohammad stop before he was dead?  Certainly not.  And neither should we.  We 
should carry our Jihad into the land of the infidel and never stop until all 
the world has been converted to Islam. 

Perhaps all Islamist Muslims do not become Jihadists, but they ought to and 
they know they ought to.  It is incumbent upon them.  In the Christian milieu I 
grew up in, any one who wanted to be a really committed Christian considered 
going into the ministry or becoming a missionary -- and the bravest or most 
committed of the missionaries would go to ?deepest darkest Africa.?  Today the 
bravest might go to an Islamic nation where they regularly kill missionaries. 
But at the same time we all knew we could be Christians in good standing 
without going into the ministry or becoming missionaries.  But the Muslim who 
accepts the teachings of Sayyid Qutb, i.e., becomes an Islamist, if he is a 
really committed Muslim will kill an infidel.  Those who don?t want to kill 
infidels will feel they are second-class Muslims and hope Allah will accept 
them into paradise despite their weakness.  Before Qutb it wasn?t that way.  

In both Christianity and Islam there are traditions that honor martyrs.  The 
Christian has read Christ who said, ?unless you confess me before men, I?ll not 
confess you before my heavenly father.?  Thus, a true Christian would not deny 
Christ even if it meant the auto de fe.  A modern day Islamists may 
legitimately demonstrate the sincerity of his belief by killing an infidel, or 
if asked by a mullah or someone with Islamic authority, he (or she) will gladly 
accept martyrdom by becoming a suicide bomber.  


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