Friday, March 31, 2006

A Must Read: Serge Trifkovic

Serge Trifkovic, the author of The Sword of the Prophet, gives an interview on Front Page Magazine in which he discusses the enemy we refuse to name. Here are a few key passages:

“We need a comprehensive strategy of defense, not merely against a small jihadist elite, but against an inherently aggressive, demographically vibrant, and ideologically rigid Islamic movement - and please, no more 'Islamist' red herrings! … New immigration legislation is badly needed. Islamic activism should be treated as the grounds for the exclusion or deportation of any alien, … “ as we had in the past. “It is essential, let me repeat, to define and understand the enemy. … We need to know if terrorism is an aberration of Islam's alleged peace and tolerance, or a predictable consequence of the ideology of Jihad.”

The victory in the war on terrorism ultimately has to be won in the domain of morals and culture. It can be won only by an America - and Britain, and France, and Italy. - that has regained its awareness of its moral, spiritual, and civilizational roots.

“The trouble with those [Danish] cartoons was not that they offended fervent Muslims - that sort are offended by our very existence - but that by their placid humor they humanized a man with a hugely problematic legacy, and thereby offended the memory of untold millions of victims of Jihad through the ages.” … “The simple preacher [Mohammad] eventually morphed into a vengeful warlord, who jubilantly exclaimed that the spectacle of severed enemy heads pleased him better than 'the choicest camel in Arabia.'” … “His pogroms culminated in the attack the last Jewish tribe in Medina, Banu Qurayzah. Up to 900 men were decapitated in a ditch, in front of their women and children.”

“Muhammad's progression from a marginalized outsider to a master of life and death produced a transformation of his personality in the decade preceding his death in 633 AD. Allah was invoked as the authority supporting the prophet's daily political objectives and his personal needs.” “[His] traditions are morally abhorrent and criminal not only by the standards of our time, but even in the context of 7th century Arabia! They were often considered repugnant by Muhammad's contemporaries. He had to resort to 'revelations' as a means of justifying his actions and suppressing the prevalent moral code of his own society.”

“Our judgment on Muhammad rests on evidence of his followers and faithful admirers. Even on such evidence, the verdict of the civilized world goes against the 'prophet.' That verdict, once it is passed - and it will be passed - will make the gentle mockery of Muhammad in those cartoons appear as inappropriate as it would be inappropriate today to lampoon Hitler for his out-of-wedlock liaison with Eva Braun, …”

10 Comments:

Blogger Always On Watch said...

Another book for me to purchase. I'll be placing my order in a few days.

3/31/06, 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I guess one "good" thing has come from this whole mess. We don't hear so much Popper inspired, Soros funded, "Open Society" clap-trap much these days. (Jowett, from his translated "summary" of Plato's "Laws")

BOOK IV. And now, what is this city? I do not want to know what is to be the name of the place (for some accident,--a river or a local deity, will determine that), but what the situation is, whether maritime or inland. 'The city will be about eleven miles from the sea.' Are there harbours? 'Excellent.' And is the surrounding country self-supporting? 'Almost.' Any neighbouring states? 'No; and that is the reason for choosing the place, which has been deserted from time immemorial.' And is there a fair proportion of hill and plain and wood? 'Like Crete in general, more hill than plain.' Then there is some hope for your citizens; had the city been on the sea, and dependent for support on other countries, no human power could have preserved you from corruption. Even the distance of eleven miles is hardly enough. For the sea, although an agreeable, is a dangerous companion, and a highway of strange morals and manners as well as of commerce. But as the country is only moderately fertile there will be no great export trade and no great returns of gold and silver, which are the ruin of states. Is there timber for ship-building? 'There is no pine, nor much cypress; and very little stone-pine or plane wood for the interior of ships.' That is good. 'Why?' Because the city will not be able to imitate the bad ways of her enemies. 'What is the bearing of that remark?' To explain my meaning, I would ask you to remember what we said about the Cretan laws, that they had an eye to war only; whereas I maintained that they ought to have included all virtue. And I hope that you in your turn will retaliate upon me if I am false to my own principle. For I consider that the lawgiver should go straight to the mark of virtue and justice, and disregard wealth and every other good when separated from virtue. What further I mean, when I speak of the imitation of enemies, I will illustrate by the story of Minos, if our Cretan friend will allow me to mention it. Minos, who was a great sea-king, imposed upon the Athenians a cruel tribute, for in those days they were not a maritime power; they had no timber for ship-building, and therefore they could not 'imitate their enemies'; and better far, as I maintain, would it have been for them to have lost many times over the lives which they devoted to the tribute than to have turned soldiers into sailors. Naval warfare is not a very praiseworthy art; men should not be taught to leap on shore, and then again to hurry back to their ships, or to find specious excuses for throwing away their arms; bad customs ought not to be gilded with fine words. And retreat is always bad, as we are taught in Homer, when he introduces Odysseus, setting forth to Agamemnon the danger of ships being at hand when soldiers are disposed to fly. An army of lions trained in such ways would fly before a herd of deer. Further, a city which owes its preservation to a crowd of pilots and oarsmen and other undeserving persons, cannot bestow rewards of honour properly; and this is the ruin of states. 'Still, in Crete we say that the battle of Salamis was the salvation of Hellas.' Such is the prevailing opinion. But I and Megillus say that the battle of Marathon began the deliverance, and that the battle of Plataea completed it; for these battles made men better, whereas the battles of Salamis and Artemisium made them no better. And we further affirm that mere existence is not the great political good of individuals or states, but the continuance of the best existence. 'Certainly.' Let us then endeavour to follow this principle in colonization and legislation.

-FJ

3/31/06, 11:23 AM  
Blogger Cubed © said...

Bringing up the subject of "the enemy we refuse to name..." How very refreshing! Naming the enemy - what a concept!

Upon naming the enemy, do you suppose we'll have the gumption to fight to win, a la Ralph Peters (for a never-fail recipe for winning, take a look as Ralph Peter's "When Devils Walk the Earth." He has a very clear 25-point "how-to" list of things to do IF you're serious about winning.

3/31/06, 2:12 PM  
Blogger George Mason said...

Serge's statements refresh the mind and stir the blood. From what you posted, Jason, it looks like Serge went to the beating heart of this Islam problem, that war of ideas that Bush and Blair seem oblivious to. I missed this article on FPM, somehow, and am off to get it all.

3/31/06, 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Allah's catamite said...

Hey all you Christians and Jews - Kufr sons of dogs, pigs, monkeys and jellyfish.

If your God exists and is omnipotent, then how come he allows himself to be traduced, vilified, impersonated, and replaced by a shitty Allah-demon and none of you even realise what's happened?

Why must you have interfaith dialog with any Mafia that says the magic word "G-d" and claims it's a religion for tax purposes?

Get real - Neither Allah nor God exist, they're just wishful thinking for a villain/hero in the sky and for Muslims an excuse for age old tribal customs of rape, robbery, torture, pedophilia, extortion, mutilation murder etc.

Allah fucking Akbar my flatulant ass.

3/31/06, 6:06 PM  
Blogger beakerkin said...

The mechanism to eliminate Muslim immigration is in place.Current law bars the immigration of totalitarians and Communists. If Islam is a totalitarian ideaology then adherents could be barred. Do we have the onions to make the argument.

3/31/06, 10:09 PM  
Blogger beakerkin said...

Jason

I am reading Henry Morgenthau's account of the Armenian genocide. It looks like it fell off of this blog. Somethings just never change and remain timeless.

3/31/06, 10:18 PM  
Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

I see we've got the intellectual atheist view on tap here too. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

4/1/06, 2:55 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Interfaith dialogue is a waste of time. Worse, it contributes to the watering-down of tenets.

4/1/06, 8:39 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Aethiests are always SO eloquent, aren't they?

4/1/06, 1:39 PM  

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