The enemy target must be precisely identified. in order to be resolutely defeated.
1. Many of the victims of such Jihadi atrocities are themselves Muslim - Bali, Amman, Casablanca, Darfur, Sinai, Istanbul, and Israel have all seen many innocent Muslims slaughtered and maimed. The real divide, the one that matters, is thus NOT between all Muslims and the rest of humanity, but between the true defenders of humanity, from all faiths or none, against fanatical Jihadis.
2. We all need to honor and fully support and actively co-operate with those brave and decent Muslims who resist our COMMON ENEMY - and in both word and deed. The brave and skilful Beduin in the Royal Jordanian Army do not differ from their cousins in the IDF **Shaked** Recon Battalion, or the martyred Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan, as among our common defenders.
Those, including many Muslims, who have the vision and courage to explore a path of peaceful co-operation risk the fate of Jordan's King Abdullah I in Jerusalem on July 20, 1951, Lebanon's first PM, the Sunni Riad al-Solh, assassinated in Amman on July 17, 1951, Egyptian PM, Mahmoud Fahmi al-Nokrashi, on Dec 19, 1948, or President Anwar Sadat in Cairo on Oct 6, 1981, the President-elect, a Maronite Bashir Gemayel on Sept 14, 1982, Minister Pierre Amine Gemayel Gemayel on Nov 21, 2006, ex-PM and a Sunni, Rafiq Hariri on Feb 14, 2005, all in Lebanon, and many others assassinated for their decency.
In 1939-1945, some Muslims volunteered for the 2 Nazi SS Divisions in the Balkans, recruited by the genocidal Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, but 10,000 others in Palestine volunteered for the British Army, alongside 30,000 Jewish neighbors, while the pro-Nazi **Golden Square** revolt in Iraq in April, 1941, was successfully resisted by a multi-faith alliance, with Muslim freedom-fighters in the Jordanian **Arab Legion**, Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus in the Indian Army, Christians in the UK Royal Air Force at Habbaniyah Air Base, and a Jewish fighter, David Raziel, 30, Commander of Irgun since 1938, lost his life along with a British officer, when bombed by a Nazi aircraft on May 20, 1941, while Moshe Dayan of the Haganah lost an eye during the 1941 liberation of Syria from the pro-Nazi Vichy French regime.
A similar multi-faith, multi-ethnic alliance liberated Kuwait when invaded by Saddam in 1991, and saw French, US and UK Forces, whether Jewish, Muslim or Christian, serve alongside Muslims from Syria, Egypt, the Gulf and Saudi Arabia, in a common cause, and against a comon enemy, Saddam.
3. There is today the latest episode in an ancient battle for the very soul of Islam, not just a recent struggle. The absurdity will breed the atrocity. The ancient and honorable rational stream within Muslim thinking must be recognised and celebrated and re-invigorated, that stream which preserved the Hellenic heritage of humanity and transmittted, in Arabic, the glories of Greek philosophy as it did many other treasures, the outstanding tradition of Al-Farabi, Ibn Sina [ Avicenna] and Ibn Rushd [Averroes], and which was drawn on by both Jewish and Christian leading thinkers, like Rabbi Maimonides and Thomas Aquinas. Neither Hikmat [ wisdom - Sofia ], nor Islam, nor freedom, should be surrendered to our common Jihadi enemy.
Wilders brief film, FITNA, is a vital opportunity badly squandered, more by what it totally omits, or virtually denies, than what it actually covers. The enemy is not, and never was, all Muslims, nor all versions of Islam, but only the toxic version, and its ruthless Jihadi followers. Wilders touches on the problem, a threat which challenges Muslims as much as anyone else, but is completely blind to the comprehensive solution needed, which must include the central and vital presence of not a de-formed but a re-formed Islam - drawing on the best of its own history and present - whether his blindness is due to ignorance of history, or malice, or bigotry, matters little. We need a strong, principled unity against the common enemy, not to be further divided. All who resist that real Jihadi treat are my brothers, whatever their own faith or ethnic background.
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