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May 28, 2006

Speech on Al-Manar TV: The Zionist Entity's Weakness is 'Their Strong Adherence to This World'... Our Strength is the Willingness to Sacrifice Our Blood & Children...

Topics: Understanding Islam

These excerpts from a speech delivered by Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah, aired on Al-Manar TV on May 23, 2006, provide yet another window into the culture of death that comprises much of the Palestinian society:

Hassan Nasrallah: This [Zionist] entity, which has many strengths - I don't have time now to list them all - has weaknesses as well. One of its most important weaknesses is the fact that it is an extraneous entity. It is not deeply rooted.

Another of its weaknesses is the fact that its society is not homogeneous. Some Falasha Ethiopians, some from Russia, and some from I don't know where... They are bound together by a baseless and unfounded myth.

Another weakness of this entity is that its people came because they were promised security, peace, and a life in the land of milk and honey. But if they encounter something else, they will leave this land.

Another weakness is that both as individuals and as a collective, they are described by Allah as "the people who guard their lives most." Their strong adherence to this world, with all its vanities and pleasures, constitutes a weakness.

In contrast, our people and our nation's willingness to sacrifice their blood, souls, children, fathers, and families for the sake of the nation's honor, life, and happiness has always been one of our nation's strengths.

Read the rest at MEMRI...
View the video here.

Note how one culture values the life that the creator of us all has blessed us with, and respects it's sanctity and dignity - while another places no such value and recognizes no such sanctity, and speaks more of blood and vanity (honor), and an eagerness to destroy the lives of those who they consider "infidels".

We find this perspective on such radical Islamists at

While professing unwavering faith in a transcendent deity, radical Islam also presents itself as a militant, politically activist ideology whose ultimate goal is to create a worldwide community, or caliphate, of Muslim believers. Determined to achieve this new world order by any means necessary, including violence and mass murder, radical Islam is characterized by its contempt for the beliefs, practices, and symbols of other religious traditions. This intolerant, condemning creed serves as the ideological justification that contemporary Islamic terrorists cite for their actions

Radical Islam's kinship with terrorism, and its willingness to use violence as a means to its ultimate ends, is clearly spelled out in a training manual produced by the radical Islamist terror group al Qaeda, whose operatives carried out the 9/11 attacks. Noting that among al Qaeda's "long-term goals" is "the establishment of an Islamic state," this publication candidly says that an "Islamic government would never be established except by the bomb and rifle. Islam does not coincide or make a truce with unbelief, but rather confronts it.

The same source provides us an interesting perspective on the the Islamist mindset, offered by Mary Habeck, a military historian at Yale University:

radical Muslims base their war against non-Moslems on the Islamic sacred writings, particularly the Sira, which, unlike the Koran, tells the story of the Prophet Muhammed's life in chronological sequence. Using Muhammed as their model, the jihadists think and act within paradigms provided by the stages of Muhammed's political and military career. According to Habeck, this internally driven logic of Islam, and not any particular provocation, real or imagined, by some outside power, is the key to understanding why the jihadists do what they do. While specific actions by the West might provoke the jihadists to greater attacks, their fundamental strategic and military decisions are not determined by anything done by the United States, Europe, or any other perceived enemy of Islam, but rather by tenets within Islam itself that call for the killing of the foes of Allah.

Radical Islamists tend to gravitate toward any of three major methods of achieving their ultimate objective. The first method is to fight the Near Enemy prior to fighting the Far Enemy. The Near Enemy is anyone inside Islamic lands, whether it is an occupier or someone who has taken away territory that used to be Islamic. The second method is to fight the Greater Unbelief--the major enemy, which today is the United States--before the Lesser Unbelief. And the third method is to fight the Apostates (false Muslims) first, and then the other Unbelievers. Each of these three traditions stresses the overriding importance of conquering infidels; they differ only in how they prioritize the deeds necessary to achieve that conquest.

Our take home message here is that this war against radical Islam is not going away, and that we in the West have no choice but to confront this vicious enemy at every point on the globe where it exists. We simply have no other option.

As our enemy has so adamently pointed out - their culture has a love fest with vanity, death, and power over others, while the rest of the planet's inhabitants love and appreciate the beauty and sanctity of life and the world that the God of us all has provided us. The Palestinian issue is for the Islamists - simply a convenient justification for power and domination over others, in the name of a God that exists only in their minds, to be used for their purposes only.

Posted by Richard at May 28, 2006 9:02 AM

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