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Prelude to War. Part IV

Aug 17, 2007
Australia is surrounded by the greatest Muslim population on the planet. This includes Indonesia's 180 million and other countries like Malaysia. Should we be worried about that?

The Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on a recent visit to Tehran stated his country was a friend of Iran. At the same time Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized the bullying and monopolistic spirit in the world. He said desecration of sanctities and values and disrespect for the Islamic culture as well as insult to the Holy Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) are among clear samples of such an approach. "Certain Western powers also prevent Iran's access to peaceful nuclear energy which is another sample of this approach." In Ahmadinejad's visit to Malaysia he attended Friday prayers sermons at Kuala Lumpur's Velayeh mosque, the President was welcomed by worshipers of the mosque. Muslims in southeast of Asia attach special respect for President Ahmadinejad for his views on identity of the Zionist regime and the Holocaust myth.

The same mindset of fanaticism that built gas chambers 60 years ago is being led and championed by Iran. Just like Hitler, Iran wants to exterminate the Jews, they publicly say so almost every day. Iran's most influential ruling cleric called on the Muslim states to use nuclear weapons against Israel, assuring them that while such an attack would annihilate Israel, it would cost them "damages only".

"If a day comes when the world of Islam is duly equipped with the arms Israel has in possession, the strategy of colonialism would face a stalemate because application of an atomic bomb would not leave any thing in Israel but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world", Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani said. Hashemi-Rafsanjani, as the Chairman of the Assembly to Discern the Interests of the State, is the Islamic Republic's number two man after Ayatollah Ali Khameneh

Just days ago, Iran turned away U.N. inspectors from an underground site meant to shelter its uranium enrichment program from attack, while the country's supreme leader insisted Tehran will not give up its contentious nuclear technology. Iranian officials have said the country intended to move toward large-scale uranium enrichment involving 3,000 interconnected centrifuges in underground halls at Natanz, in central Iran, by late this year and would later expand the program to 54,000 centrifuges.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has made its own decision and in the nuclear case, God willing, with patience and power, will continue its path," said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The site is a vast complex 75 feet underground, covered by layers of materials designed to protect against bunker busting bombs.

Are we just fighting a few crazy fundamentalists? Many believe, and our and other western governments constantly affirm, that Islamic fundamentalism is a minority movement within the Muslim world. We are told Bali, 9/11, 7/7, the hijackings and other wanton killings of innocents by Muslims is a perversion of a religion of peace perpetuated by just a few who adhere to a fascist ideology. Is this true or do all Muslims want 'infidels' dead, converted or subjugated? Some define this war we are fighting as a terror war, one against Islamofascism. To the contrary, the Ummah, the nation of, answers this question by whom it supports. We are in the midst of a clash of civilizations.

The Hizbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah was recently named the most popular figure in a Middle Eastern poll. Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal took second place and Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad third according to Saadeddin Ibrahim of the Ibn Khaldoun Centre for Development Studies. These men have stated they want to wipe Israel off the map. At public rallies they shout death to America and condemn to death anyone else that shares the same values. They have a stated aim of either killing all non-Muslims or asserting strict Islamic rule over all of us. They call this peace and justice.

Most Muslims support the establishment of Shariah law, another incarnation of totalitarian rule. They honestly believe that once we are all forced under Islmaic rule, that true peace and justice can exist.
Hitler's rise to power in 1933 was in part achieved by the willingness of the Nazis to murder their opponents. Islamists have shown an abundant willingness to kill anyone in their way. If one side in this argument (namely the west) preserves civility while the other chooses death, the outcome is one of surrender by the more gracious of the two sides. Here we find the appeasers, ruled by fear and defined by naivety, too afraid to call 'a spade a spade'.

Islamic Fundamentalism has displayed a staying power that signals it has achieved both the breadth and depth to remain a significant movement within Islamic societies. Regardless of either force or appeasement, Islamofascism is rapidly becoming the dominant force within Islam. Those who live in fear of their life will often submit to the power of ruthless suppressors. Hitler used this strategy. Hitler's rise to power is but one lesson among many that illustrates the consequences of appeasement.

A recent poll by the U.K. Times Online, before the airline scare, is rather troubling. A SIGNIFICANT minority of British Muslims believe they are at war with the rest of society, the largest poll of Muslims in this country suggests. 46% of young Muslims believe we should all live under Shariah law. The Populus survey for The Times and ITV News found many that think the men who carried out the London bombings of 7/7 should be regarded as 'martyrs'. Nearly twenty per cent of British Muslims, equivalent to more than 150,000 adults, believe that while the attacks were wrong, the cause was right.

Ten per cent may seem a small proportion but in absolute numbers it amounts to about 93,000 individuals who believe the 7/7 London bombers are martyrs. Twenty-seven percent had sympathy with the feelings and motives of those who carried them out.

Roughly speaking:
Around 100,000 British Muslims believe the bombing was justified
400,000 British Muslims have sympathy with the feelings and motives of indiscriminate murderers
930,000 British Muslims at least understand why indiscriminate murders are the way they are and,
430,000 British Muslims are reluctant to characterize the London Bombers as 'perverted and poisonous'
A full six percent of British Muslims support killing innocent people, at least those prepared to admit such. The number is probably much higher. It only takes one terrorist with access to a WMD to kill thousands, and a coordinated attack to kill millions. Moderate Muslims allow extremists to hide within their midst, shrouding their activities in secrecy.

Muslim leaders here and elsewhere often give the appearance of condemnation of the more radical elements of their religion. Most of these Muslim leaders have ties to terror organizations or have expressed sympathy with them in the past. Recent demonstrations where they waved the banner of Hizbollah proves unequivocally they are in fact patrons and sympathisers of terror. "Death to America!" is the call from Hezbollah. Nasrallah's own words: "Our motto, which we are not afraid to repeat year after year, is: Death to America!" Muslim fourth graders are taught that: "Israel is a thorn, Muslims will not rest until they cut off this disease and purify the land of Palestine from the plague of Zionism" (Freedomhouse report, p.32). Bill O'Reilly pithily summed up the situation in the world saying: "The truth is that if the Muslims laid down their weapons, most of the world would be at peace. On the other hand, if the Israelis laid down their weapons today there would be a slaughter."

During the recent conflict, Hezbollah knowingly located their missile launchers next to UN observer posts and within the residences of their own people. They not only knew, but looked forward to the inevitable collateral damage that killed UN personnel, children and other so called innocents. I make this qualification because many of the 'so called innocent' happily made way for weapons aimed at civilians in Israel. Many of these people love to see Jews and westerners killed, throwing great celebrations and expressing joy in the astreets when they are, even if the dead are children. What sort of people are these?

Why does the EU empathise with Hezbollah? Lets have a quick look at Hezbollah's handywork:
In 1983 241 American marines were murdered when Hezbollah drove 12,000 pounds of trinitrotoluene into their barracks at the Beirut Airport. The Americans were there as a part of an international peacekeeping effort to protect Muslims.
In 1985, Navy Diver Robert Stethem traveling on hijacked TWA flight 847, was singled out by Hezbollah killers. He was beaten in front of other passengers and shot to death.
In 1988 American Marine Corps Col. William Higgins, on a UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, was captured by Hezbollah, tortured and hung, his image turned into the first of many jihadi snuff films circulated around the world to show our weakness.
1996. Nineteen Americans were murdered at The Khobar Towers
Prior to Al Qaeda attacking on 9/11, Hezbollah had killed more Americans and westerners than any other terrorist organization.
American army officer William F. Buckley was abducted by Hezbollah in March 1984. For 15 months Buckley was tortured and killed.

The head of Shin Beth, Israel's Internal Security Service, has warned his Government against the strengthening of ties between Iran and Hamas. Shin Beth chief Yuval Diskin told the Israeli Cabinet that Iranian influence was growing within Gaza and that several tonnes of explosives and weapons had been smuggled into Gaza in recent months via the border with Egypt. In addition, that Hezbollah were using Russian-made missiles.

A senior Israeli delegation went to Moscow to complain that Russian-made anti-tank missiles were used by Hezbollah guerrillas in their 34-day conflict with Israeli forces in Lebanon. Asaf Shariv, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said that the delegation had gone to Russia, but did not elaborate. The anti-tank missiles proved to be one of Hezbollah's most effective weapons in combat in south Lebanon, killing many of the 118 Israeli soldiers who died in the clashes.

In Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Syria, and Indonesia - countries where the majority of the citizens are Muslims, extremists exist in far greater numbers and are either outright encouraged or tolerated by these governments. Pakistan hangs on to secularity by a thread, as does Saudi Arabia. This will change. The house of Saud will eventually crumble and an Islamic government will replace Musharraf. Indonesia will go the same way. The race to deliver a nuclear capability to extreme Islam will be between Pakistan and Iran.

An Iran armed with nuclear weapons is a mortal threat to American, Israeli, Australian and European cities. If a non-nuclear Iran is prepared to finance, arm and train Hezbollah, sustain a war against Israel from southern Lebanon and support actions against coalition forces in Iraq, what would a nuclear Iran do? Iranian officials were present at North Korea's missile launches on our Fourth of July and possess missile technology purchased from China and Russia that is capable of reaching the US or Australia for that matter. The clock is ticking.

The same mindset of fanaticism that built gas chambers 60 years ago is now hijacking airplanes and flying them into buildings and overseeing the preparation of chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction. The world's new enemies are far more willing to kill than either Hitler or Stalin ever did.

We are not just witnessing a Middle Eastern War; we are getting involved in the next World War. It might pay to start think how we might win this one. To do nothing is to lose.
About the Author
Kerry Plowright writes books and specializes in military
and strategic affairs. http://www.vostokstation.com.au
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