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April 9, 2009

Lesson for Obama: After Islamic parties in Pakistan get Sharia in Swat through negotiations, they now demand Islamic law in entire country (Updated)

Topics: Pakistan, Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

As Obama will likely be learning soon, or be given an opportunity to learn soon, concessions to jihadists only result in demands for more concessions. Negotiations and appeasement with Islamists can never have a favorable outcome: "Pakistan's religious parties demand extension of Islamic law":

(The Washington Times)

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan | Pakistan's decision to turn the Swat Valley's courts over to Baitullah Mehsud's Taliban insurgency has emboldened mainstream religious parties to push for Islamic law throughout the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and eventually the entire country.

Mehsud also has launched terrorist attacks beyond the tribal areas, including an assault on a police academy in Lahore last week that killed 18 people, and threatened to strike the United States. The United States then reportedly targeted Mehsud in a remote region of Pakistan's tribal areas with missiles fired from a drone.

The push for Shariah illustrates a dilemma for the Obama administration, which is seeking to shore up U.S. relations with Pakistan and bolster Pakistan's fragile secular government: Militant fighters and mainstream Islamist political leaders share not only personal ties but a common goal of imposing Islamic law throughout the country.

So far, Shariah has been extended to the Malakand region, which includes the Swat Valley and comprises eight of the 24 districts of the NWFP. The imposition of Islamic courts there was one of the foremost demands of Mehsud and his outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which openly battled and badly defeated Pakistani forces in Swat in the year before the truce.

A video shown on Pakistani television of a Taliban fighter flogging a 17-year-old woman in Swat has inflamed the issue. The woman was said to have rebuffed a Taliban commander's proposal of marriage and was punished for leaving her house with an unrelated male, an electrician.

Pakistan's chief justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, on Monday rebuked the government of President Asif Ali Zardari for failing to investigate the incident and demanded that the woman be brought before his court to recount her ordeal.

Still, Hamid-ul-Haq Haqqani, the leader of a faction of a leading religious party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, known as JUI-S, told The Washington Times that Shariah has had a beneficial effect on security in the region.

"Therefore, we would like it to be implemented in the entire country to stem the rot. It should be done whether Americans like it or not, and in this regard, [the] federal government should show some courage. It is one of the ways that Pakistan could be salvaged. Otherwise, everyone knows about the U.S. designs to vivisect Pakistan," Mr. Haqqani said....

As The Washington Times article goes on to point out, Pakistan has been "creeping toward Islamic law (sharia)" since the days of Gen. Mohammed Zia ul-Haq, who seized power in 1977. Europe has been experiencing creeping sharia for years and it is being used by Islamists to Islamicize the West. As Bruce Bawer has written at City Journal, "Motivated by fear and multiculturalism, too many Westerners are acquiescing to creeping sharia." it is nothing less than surrender:
{...] Islam divides the world into two parts. The part governed by sharia, or Islamic law, is called the Dar al-Islam, or House of Submission. Everything else is the Dar al-Harb, or House of War, so called because it will take war--holy war, jihad--to bring it into the House of Submission. Over the centuries, this jihad has taken a variety of forms. Two centuries ago, for instance, Muslim pirates from North Africa captured ships and enslaved their crews, leading the U.S. to fight the Barbary Wars of 1801-05 and 1815. In recent decades, the jihadists' weapon of choice has usually been the terrorist's bomb; the use of planes as missiles on 9/11 was a variant of this method.

What has not been widely recognized is that the Ayatollah Khomeini's 1989 fatwa against Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie introduced a new kind of jihad. Instead of assaulting Western ships or buildings, Khomeini took aim at a fundamental Western freedom: freedom of speech. In recent years, other Islamists have joined this crusade, seeking to undermine Western societies' basic liberties and extend sharia within those societies.

The cultural jihadists have enjoyed disturbing success. Two events in particular--the 2004 assassination in Amsterdam of Theo van Gogh in retaliation for his film about Islam's oppression of women, and the global wave of riots, murders, and vandalism that followed a Danish newspaper's 2005 publication of cartoons satirizing Mohammed--have had a massive ripple effect throughout the West. Motivated variously, and doubtless sometimes simultaneously, by fear, misguided sympathy, and multicultural ideology--which teaches us to belittle our freedoms and to genuflect to non-Western cultures, however repressive--people at every level of Western society, but especially elites, have allowed concerns about what fundamentalist Muslims will feel, think, or do to influence their actions and expressions. These Westerners have begun, in other words, to internalize the strictures of sharia, and thus implicitly to accept the deferential status of dhimmis--infidels living in Muslim societies.

Call it a cultural surrender. The House of War is slowly--or not so slowly, in Europe's case--being absorbed into the House of Submission.

Pakistan has been experiencing creeping sharia for years and is now faced with the Islamist parties demanding sharia throughout the entire country. Europe has been advancing down the same road as Pakistan and it has already started here in America.

Obama's weakness for appeasing Muslims, combined with his naive belief that negotiations and diplomacy with Islamists can accomplish objectives successfully, can only result in failure and increased danger for America. One can only hope that Obama learns the lesson of Pakistan (and Europe) sooner rather than later and long before it's too late.

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(HT - Jihad Watch)

Posted by Hyscience at April 9, 2009 8:52 AM



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