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I swapped computers again, and with it browsers, and found I’d left this link up to read “some time ago”?
Monday, January 11, 2016
The Tribal War with Islam
Posted by Daniel Greenfield
Daniell Greenfield, has a very tidy mind. IMHO, he’s pretty much nailed it on Islam, Europe, increasingly the USA, and we of the Moral Observers.
I’d pick one nit, that being the assertion we fight all wars at the same level of organization as ourselves. Not always. US Doctrine has Special Forces that act to mobilize tribe vs tribe as opposed to nation-state vs tribe, and many governments and NGOs know how to work cross levels; but yes, the faculty is rare and often poorly used. But watch out for it. The USSR worked to destabilize individual organizations in the USA, and the USA works to pit tribes against nations, and The Left Writ Large works from a global socialism perspective to take down Nations and attack their individual supporting structures and ‘tribes’ (such as The Globalist Left currently having parasitized the IRS and NOAA and using them to attack “The Right” and anyone standing in the way of the Global Warming Agenda). So just keep that complaint in the back of your mind when you read bits like:
All wars are wars of equals.
That’s true in the sense that each side attacks the other in terms of how it defines itself as an entity. States try to destroy other states. Religions fight other religions. Ethnic groups and races engage in genocide. They do this even when the other side does not see itself in the same terms.
The United States tried to fight guerrillas and terrorists as if they were modern states with their own industrial military organizations protecting their industrial core. This tactic made no sense in Vietnam or even Iraq because that wasn’t the enemy we were facing. But states are built to fight other states. Tribes are built to fight other tribes. Religions are built to fight other religions.
I would rephrase that to “MOST wars are of equal structural level, some are asymmetrical by a level or at most two.”
I’m not seeing where that invalidates the thesis, but it does illuminate some of the more arcane corners, like using NSF grants to advance the Global Warming Agenda to take down National Governments of the west in favor of a UN Driven Global Socialism. Undermining with a lower level to topple the Nations so in the chaos, the oft awaited, never seen, Peoples Global Socialism can arise… if we aren’t all dead first… or enslaved to a stronger nation…
The modern multicultural super-tolerant western state of this century takes stock of its strongest point, and decides that it’s not the old industrial machine, which destroys the environment, its traditional heritage, which is problematic, or its problem solving skills, which are too technical, but its values of super-tolerant multiculturalism. And so it wages war on those insane terms.
The old Western model of war was brutal and efficient. Protect the industrial plant. Use it to churn out more military hardware. Smash the enemy. The new Western model of war is protect social harmony. Create more diversity. And the enemy will eventually be drawn into our global harmony.
When liberals take every terror attack as an opportunity to lecture us on the vital importance of not losing “our values”, they are in their own warped and useless way waging war.
In the 20th century, war was distilled down to an industrial core. In the 21st century, the anti-industrial rebels who want to de-industrialize manufacturing while industrializing society, have distilled all that matters down to their values. In their confused world order, the terrorists are attacking “our values” and we in turn must attack “their values” with our superior “values”.
That, in a very concise way, summarizes the difference between use Surly Curmudgeon Deploriables with our focus on stuff and capability vs the fussy noggin Left with their bleating about superior values and the need to be PC to everyone and just indoctrinate more…
Barely half the country accepts their construct of what “our values” are and they have no idea whatsoever what “their values” are, but they assume that just as our values are “our values” so too “their values” are also “our values”. This is the sort of thing you do if you’re an ideologue.
And also it’s a natural human shortcut. It’s human nature to assume that people different from you are just dumber, nastier versions of yourself who have the same basic goals and organization as you do.
Ideologues are most likely to assume that everyone agrees with their premises, but just hasn’t been shown the right textbooks. And these days ideologues and their textbooks dominate everything.
Oh have we ever seen that… “IF ONLY we could find the right ‘frame’ and pitch things better and get past that broken thinking by ‘deniers’ they would see the light of our superior moral position…” and of course lots of “dumb and nasty” called…
To the left, Islam is an inefficient sort of Socialism dependent on medieval superstition and lacking modern idea. To Muslims, the left is an inefficient sort of Islam that’s missing Allah, Mohammed and the Koran. It’s all just a problem of explanations and textbooks.
The left plans to defeat ISIS with “our values” by which it means showing how effective our social harmony is, which it isn’t, by refusing to actually fight Islamic terrorism. Eventually the Jihadists will give up their reactionary ways as the ordinary Muslims realizes that he has the same interests as the rest of the great rainbow coalition does. This hasn’t even worked too well in Europe.
The left is a purely ideological entity and so it has reduced our countries and cultures to the transportable “our values”. Despite Islam’s ideological reach, it’s not purely an ideological entity.
Thus the hatred by The Left of “Borders, Language, Culture” as a mantra. ALL they value is “their values” and all the rest if fungible. Also why The Left is happy to import a lot of “Socialists Lite In Training” via the Muslim Hoards Of Refugees, as it sees them as future supporters, raw material to be enlightened and formed, while The Right sees them as the Religious Zealots they are (BY DESIGN as stated in the Koran – yes, I’ve read it.) The “our values” crowed will be sorely disappointed in 20 years when given the choice of “Give up ‘your values’ and embrace Islam OR The Sword” (again, as stated by the Koran). Our goal is to assure that doesn’t happen to us.
Modest Suggestion: Send those from The Left to The Muslim World. Let them try the conversion there, while leaving the rest of us alone to enjoy our differences of language, culture, foods, thoughts, etc. They can come back when that whole Socialist Workers Paradise with Love and Tolerance is working well in that chunk of the world…
At the ground floor, Islam is tribal. The Iraqis viewed us as the American Tribe. Tribes raid each other. Their members lash out and kill each other over insults. They count coup on each other. They steal and humiliate each other’s women. Tribes are nomadic and they are concerned with honor.
Tribes from Iraq, Syria and North Africa can come to Europe, set up their own territories, pile up loot and then humiliate the native women for New Year’s Eve. And then laugh at the impotence of the European tribal authorities.
The Islamic no-go zones are seen primarily as religious, but they are also tribal. Islam incorporates both. Islamic migration also expands tribal territories. It’s always been that way.
And this is also how Muslims fight us on a tribal level. They attack the honor of the European tribes. But it’s not as if the Merkel government or any of the other European Socialist governments have any concept of honor anyway.
While European Socialists attempt to integrate them with “our values”, the ungrateful integratees show that the systems have no honor on a tribal level and are not worth taking seriously.
Islam even has a special word for the Tribe Of Islam: Ummah
Ummah (Arabic: أمة) is an Arabic word meaning “community”. It is distinguished from Sha’b (Arabic: شعب) which means a nation with common ancestry or geography. Thus, it can be said to be a supra-national community with a common history.
It is a synonym for ummat al-Islamiyah (Arabic: الأمة الإسلامية) (the Islamic Community), and it is commonly used to mean the collective community of Islamic peoples. In the Quran the ummah typically refers to a single group that shares common religious beliefs, specifically those that are the objects of a divine plan of salvation. In the context of Pan-Islamism and politics, the word Ummah can be used to mean the concept of a Commonwealth of the Believers (أمة المؤمنين ummat al-mu’minīn).
Are you ‘one with the body’ or not? Inside the tribe, or an outsider to be converted, exploited, or killed? Those are the choices… You either join the tribe, or you as a dhimmi
According to scholars, dhimmis had their rights fully protected in their communities, but as citizens in the Islamic state, had certain restrictions, and it was obligatory for them to pay the jizya tax, which complemented the zakat, or alms, paid by the Muslim subjects. Dhimmis were excluded from specific duties assigned to Muslims, and did not enjoy certain political rights reserved for Muslims, but were otherwise equal under the laws of property, contract, and obligation.
In February 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) announced that it intended to extract jizya from Christians in the city of Raqqa, Syria, which it controls. Christians who refused to accept the dhimma contract and pay the tax would have to either convert to Islam or die. Wealthy Christians would have to pay half an ounce of gold, the equivalent of USD 664 twice a year; middle-class Christians would have to pay half that amount and poorer ones would be charged one-fourth that amount. In June, the Institute for the Study of War reported that ISIL claims to have collected jizya and fay. On July 18, 2014 the ISIL ordered the Christians in Mosul to accept the dhimma contract and pay the Jizya or convert to Islam. If they refused to accept either of the options they would be killed.[
So accept second class status and pay up (and over there a 1/2 ounce of gold is a LOT of money), convert to Islam, or die. Your choice…
When folks say they want Sharia Law in the west, this is part of it.
Now back to the original article:
Beyond the tribal, is the religious. In Islam, religion remains limited to the most primitive level of “My tribal deity Allah is stronger than your deity because we beat you up.”
This is literally what Allahu Akbar means.
To the representatives of the secular West, religion is identical with “our values”, which is to say that it contains nothing religious about it, certainly no claims which require divine validation or unique truths. Their religion is a spiritual background noise which affirms the essential position that we should be nice to each other while providing support for any leftist position of the moment.
No meaningful dialogue is possible between Allahu Akbar and “Our values” because the two are not speaking the same language except in one sense, both insist on absolute submission. But the left’s demand for submission is based on the absolute moral superiority of “Our values”. Islam literally means submission, but its moral superiority is a revealed truth based on Islam’s military victories.
Islam is right, because it won. It won, because it’s right. There’s your cycle of violence in a nutshell.
Islam sanctified the tribal raid as a religious act and turned the dead into martyrs. That’s Jihad. Terrorism incorporates both the tribal and the religious. Islamic missionary activity in the West also targets dissatisfied minorities, potential fifth columns, in the same manner as the original Arab Islamic conquests did. Even here, Islam unites tribal and religious tactics.
And that, boys and girls, is why Europe is doomed unless it changes course, fast, and shuts down no-go zones while enforcing our libertarian ideals. It is also why Trump is important to the USA and why Obama and Hillary are traitors to the country for their stated goal of importing large ‘Fifth Column In The Making’ groups.
The final element of the tribal war is organizational. It is here that Islam attacks “Our values”.
Tribes are forever quarreling. They are weakest at their points of mutual association. This is how Mohammed originally got his start. Islam expanded initially more through clever games of divide and conquer than military strategy.
To the Muslim mind, we are a series of fragile tribal associations. That is also how we appear to the “Our values” left. The “Our values” crowd thinks of the threat in terms of “radicalization”, but the real threat is “integration”. Mohammed did some of his best work by undermining from within.
To undermine a tribal association, you have to be a part of it. Then you have to raise grievances, find other dissatisfied allies and eventually promise them better treatment under Islam.
That’s what Mohammed did. It’s what his followers are doing today.
This is where groups like the Muslim Brotherhood play the long game while ISIS plays the short game.
The left’s multicultural vision made this mess possible. It’s also making it worse. The left despises tribal thinking and yet its entire political infrastructure is built on rewarding it. All Islamic organizations have had to do is built on the left’s own work, joining its coalitions as Islamic groups, and then working to hijack them. The growing takeover of #BlackLivesMatter by Muslim groups is one example of the phenomenon.
Our enemies are not states and they will not fight us as states. To the extent that they are tribal, they will fight us as tribes. To the extent that they are religious, in a primitive sort of way, they will attack us that way. But the real problem is that we are no longer states either. Instead we are in the grip of a mystical deluded cult that squawks of “Our values” while tribalizing and dividing us to push through discredited economic and social policies. They have opened the gates to a cruel, backward enemy.
And in doing so, they have brought a tribal war into our own homelands.
Those bold bits matter a great deal, as THAT is the reason we have riots in the streets today. Not injustice. Not shootings. Those can be addressed by peaceful means and rational legal processes. The reason for the violence and discord and riot in the streets is the shared goal of Global Socialism and Islamic Jihad to destabilize and “take down” the Western Democratic Nations. BOTH expect to achieve dominance in what rises from the rubble and BOTH think the destruction is a necessary first step. One block at a time. One organization at a time. One PC Prohibition at a time. Until the final push can topple the Nation.
Unfortunately, there is ample evidence for Islam dominating in the rubble of failed nation building, there is no example of a stable growing socialism from it (the USSR was not stable, history is littered with failed Socialist States), so the end game here will not turn out well for the Global Socialists.
Even less fortunately, it is the Moral Middle that ends up killed by both those sides… Ask the Middle Eastern Christians how that’s worked out for them…