Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Worth watching?

Relevance of Zero Dark Thirty       Every fall semester includes a class that is within days of the anniversary of the massacre of 9/11/2001. One of the first questions my class is asked to answer is an emphatic WHY? Most are honest enough to answer with blank expressions. Others either guess or insist that American actions provoked the attack.

We spend the next two weeks uncovering the real reasons. After watching Zero Dark Thirty, I’m hopeful many more will want to do the necessary research. That movie offers a place to begin. Quotes from bin Laden may attract more attention; if so, closer scrutiny may follow.

However, understanding Osama’s words requires a Rosetta stone. The quote that follows was taken from Osama bin Laden - Biography Osama bin Laden was the criminal mastermind behind Al-Qaida ... www.imdb.com/name/nm1136915/bio -.  I have already said that I am not involved in the September 11th attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children and other people. Such a practice is forbidden even in the course of a battle…”
As straightforward as this may appear, it is actually doublespeak, deception used as a tool of war. In Islam, the world is divided into the innocents, the believers of Dar al Islam, comprised of Muslims, and everyone else, non-believers, kuffar or infidels who belong to Dar al Harb, the world of war.  No one in the latter, Dar al Harb, is, by definition (since they are non-believers in Allah and Mohammed as the final prophet) is considered innocent.
That’s why, in an ideal world, jihad for the sake of Allah would successfully convert all of Dar al Harb to Dar al Islam. By grasping that core idea, it is easier to understand the imperial orientation of Islam. Non-Muslims must be confronted; they must be offered three choices. The first is to convert to Islam so that their misdeeds as kuffar will be forgiven instantly.
The second choice is much less appealing (if the first can be considered that). Non-Muslims can accept dhimmi status, i.e., can acknowledge that they are second class, (part of Dar al Harb) and that they must pay a poll tax or jizya to live under the protection of those who are part of Dar al Islam. Not accepting that status and its servile restraints leads to the third choice. Simply put, that’s war.
Regarding the first choice, examine this:
Osama bin Laden has urged Americans to convert to Islam in the first video message from the al-Qa'eda leader for three years, but issued no clear threat of attack as ...
You’ll find:
…Bin Laden addresses the American people directly, saying: "I invite you to embrace Islam"  [my emphasis] in order to achieve their "desire to stop the war" in Iraq and show "warmongering" major corporations that you have lost confidence in your democratic system".

Following the example of Mohammed, Osama reveals that his original claim that he had “…no knowledge of these attacks…” was false [please see the quote at the beginning of this piece]; he employed taqqiyah, deception, regarding 9/11 :

Bin Laden Claims Responsibility for 9/11. Published ... bin Laden said he wanted to explain why...www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,137095,00.html

Targeting Osama was essential; his was an unpardonable crime. However, those who admired and praised him saw [and see] him as a martyr who had ascended to paradise since he was killed while waging jihad against infidels. [please see Surah 9:111 in the Koran] Muslims revered him for that.

One of my students, son of a Pakistani immigrant, spoke to me in distress the morning after bin Laden was killed. His father, a Muslim who was now an American, didn’t know how to feel about bin Ladin’s death. Although Osama had killed thousands, Osama was still a Muslim. And, according to my student, his father didn’t know whether he should be thankful for Osama’s death.

To find an answer, my student’s father called a relative in Pakistan. [Throughout Pakistan, population centers range from 95.3% Muslim to 99.6% Muslim; please see PAKISTAN - CENSUS POPULATION BY RELIGION ... Hindu: Qadiani: Scheduled: Others Unit (Jati) (Ahmadi) Castes : Pakistan: 96.28: 1.59: 1.60: 0.22: 0.25: 0.07: Rural: 96.49: 1.10: 1.80: 0.18: 0.34: 0.08:www.census.gov.pk/Religion.htm - ] I’m not sure what advice the relative in Pakistan provided. I haven’t seen my former student since then.

However, after seeing Zero Dark Thirty, I wonder what the father of my student might think if he sees that movie. Chances are that his reaction would underscore its relevance.

                                                    B. Koplen 1/15/13

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