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Say: Do you dispute with us about Allah, and He is our Lord and your Lord, and for us are our deeds and for you your deeds; and we are sincere to Him? Or do you say that Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes were Jews or Christians? Say: Do you know better or Allah? And who is more unjust than he who conceals a testimony that he has from Allah? And Allah is not heedless of what you do. Those are a people that have passed away; and for them is what they earned and for you what you earn; and you will not be asked of what they did.
I have a deep and abiding respect for Islam. There are profound currents running through the Qur'an that speak clearly of a prophet completely devoted to his divine maker and fully convinced of his own righteousness. However, I have zero tolerance for bigotry, regardless of whether it is founded on spiritual beliefs or secular philosophies.
We must not underestimate the danger of Iranian and Saudi Arabian backed Islamic factions so filled with hatred for one another that they will happily burn the world to ash in their efforts to rise supreme and destroy their opposite. We are too focused on Palestine, too convinced in our own assumption that if we solve the mutual genocidal tendencies in both Israelis and Palestinians somehow the entire Middle East will settle into a modern Islamic utopia. This is a deeply flawed assumption and it has blinded us to a much larger, much more violent history between Islamic sects both of which now overflow with money earned from the sales of oil and natural gas to the gluttonous Christian world.
There are hundreds of Islamic sects, but for this discussion we need focus only on the two most radical, most militant, and most devoted to the complete and total destruction of all enemies: Sunni and Shi'a.
Saudi Arabia is the home of Islam. The Prophet grew into his faith on the backs of merchant camels plying the great desert between the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, and the Mediterranean. His family was from Medina and it was in Medina where he built his first following. The first jihad took place when the ruling clans of Mecca attempted to destroy the growing Muslim enclave at Medina. The tribes allied with the Meccan royalists were destroyed. Not long after, The Prophet died, leaving his burgeoning "empire" in the hands of four "caliphs".
One of these caliphs, a fellow named Ali, raised up Muhammed's daughter Fatimah as the true heir to The Prophet's mantle. Under the influence of Ali and Fatimah, Islam took on a new vision of itself and the world around it. The other caliphs were not impressed and attempted to destroy the new cult, succeeding only in driving it far to the east, clear to the lands now enclosed in the nation of Iran. These are the Shi'a, the Arabian version of Islam is Sunni. Both believe the other is as much infidel as any non-Muslim, and both believe the other must either be destroyed or converted at the point of a sword.
There are two brands of Islamic terrorists, those loyal to the Sunni, and those loyal to the Shi'a. If they would just focus their energy on one another, the rest of us could go about our business. Unfortunately, Great Britain and the United States have formed deep, long-standing ties with the Sunnis of Saudi Arabia. Long before we needed oil, we needed protection from piracy and the Sunnis were key to achieving it. One of the vital achievements to increased security in Iraq was a shift in U.S. and U.K. policy away from a focus on close ties with Shi'a tribal leaders and the extending of a hand of peace and compromise to the Sunni tribal leaders as well.
Al Qaeda are predominately Sunni, but by feeding off tensions between the U.S. and the Iran/Hamas/Hezobollah trinity, they have earned the temporary loyalty of some smaller Shi'a militias in Afghanistan, Somalia, and other hotspots. The Taliban, who were driven out of Afghanistan and into the Pakistani tribal areas where they have been allowed to set up a pseudo safe-zone of their own in the Swat Valley, are primarily Sunni, just like Al Qaeda, and this is the foundation of their alliance.
Al Qaeda/Taliban alliance is Sunni, the Iran/Hamas/Hezobollah alliance is Shi'a, and BOTH groups believe they alone are the true Islam. One of the reasons our world is poised on the brink of a total collapse is that we are not fighting a single enemy, we are fighting two enemies both of whom would just as happily destroy one another as they would us. This is a three-way, global war with two tyrannical, fascist sects attempting to either destroy or corrupt from within an industrialized civilization that when worst comes to worst, tries to at least pretend they are dedicated to freedom and liberty.
One major problem we face is that the global political body we in the freedom-loving west are looking to as an arbiter in this conflict was originally set up and specifically designed to provide a place where the smallest, least significant nation would have the opportunity to voice its anger at the biggest, most powerful nations among us. We created the United Nations to prevent ourselves from oppressing the weak and by doing so, inadvertently created a system allowing the weak to oppress us!
This is why it has become so vital that as these two Islamic forms of fascism seek to pervert the world system to their own tyrannical ends we oppose them at each and every minor foothold they gain. For make no mistake, both groups now control a great deal of the world's wealth. The Sunnis backed by Saudi Arabia (including Al Qaeda and the Taliban), the Shi'a backed by Iran, the Chinese, and the Euro-American industrialized west, are the new First World (with Japan eternally poised on the border between east and west). The Latin Americans, the Indians, the Southeast Asian Free Trade Zone, and those African nations with relative stability (Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, etc.) are the new Second World. The modern "Third World" is no longer an agrarian world of mixed peasant farmers and hunter-gatherers. The new Third World is embroiled in civil war, civil unrest, and petty dictatorships. The front line of the new world war is Somalia and Darfur, not Palestine.
The only way we will be able to preserve the United States of America is by becoming as zealous about protecting and advancing freedom and liberty as the Sunni and Shi'a militants are about Islam. It is not a religious war of Christianity versus Islam, not even close. It is an idealogical war of secular freedom versus Islamic fascism. The most important allies we will have in the coming years are the moderate Arabian and Persian peoples. Not their governments and not their religious leaders, because when push comes to shove, the governments and religious leaders are both in bed with the fascists. It is the people themselves, those who crave freedom the way a bird craves the open sky, that we must seek out and win the loyalty of. Without their support we are lost, because the money to buy weapons and the willingness to destroy the world in their own zealous drive to destroy one another is fully in the hands of the fascist union of religious and political leadership dedicated to seeing the entire world transformed into either a Sunni utopia or a Shi'a utopia, either of which would be founded firmly and squarely upon Shari'a law.
It is not a war of Islam versus the West. It is, instead, a war of freedom-loving people versus religious zealots. The creation of a Taliban controlled zone in the Swat Valley is a huge victory for the zealots. It should never have been allowed to come about. It is the third great victory in a war that has been going on for over a century. The first great victory was the complete and total surrender of the industrialized world to the addiction of cheap petroleum, handing the Saudi Arabian Sunnis the wealth and influence they needed to wage war against their sworn enemies, the Shi'a. The second great loss was the 1979 Iranian Revolution, giving the Shi'a an equivalent source of wealth. The loss of the Swat Valley gives the Sunni a manufacturing base for a nearly endless supply of personal and squad-based military weapons.
We cannot afford to lose control of the United Nations, or even worse, the United States itself, by passing Shari'a-inspired limitations on Freedom of Speech, Freedom from Search and Seizure, Freedom from Self-incrimination, or, most frightening of all, Freedom to Defend Oneself.
Freedom of Speech and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms are not fringe issues. This idealogical war is just as important as the modernization of Afghanistan, the security of Iraq, and preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons. In a very real sense, World War Four is here and now and being fought on a daily basis in the American media and the halls of Congress. We cannot afford another defeat.