The World's Longest War
Where We Are
Journals practice a laudable self-censorship of criticism of religions. The most vicious devil
worship is mentioned with little comment and then only in crime reporting of the atrocities
committed. This is a good thing. Religious hatreds are so easily inflamed, and there is so
much history of religious persecution, that we are much better off with this self restraint.
Furthermore the separation of church and state is spelled out in our constitution and is
practiced in most countries of the world, even in the former USSR and China. In democracies
it is legal for a political party to yearn for religious domination, but in all democratic countries
such parties are very small and never reach the stage of challenging their constitutions. The
name "Christian Democratic Party," common in Europe, refers to moral roots, not to theocratic
ambitions. The consequence of this separation of church and state is that political contention
is not poisoned by religious hatred.
There is one exception, Islam, a theocracy which has savaged the world for over a thousand
years. Its religious doctrine is that church and state are one and that canon law and civil law
are one. It periodically believes that unbelievers must be converted or conquered and that
hating infidels is a virtue and killing an infidel is a ticket to heaven. In many of the faithful this
religious fanaticism has merged with the secular fanaticism of Marxism-Leninism to make a
witch's brew of hate and savagery against Christendom and capitalism. ('America is the Great
The demise of Marxism-Leninism in Europe does not extend to the Middle East. Russian and
Chinese weapons continue to be sold for Arab oil money. During centuries of warfare the
western countries have become democracies. Even Eastern Europe is avalanching into
democracy. But, except for present day Turkey and some Far Eastern countries which practice
a mild form of Islam, the Moslem world is run by military dictators, theocratic oligarchies, or a
combination of both. A short list of these contemporary dictators (most entitled "President" or
"King") includes: Ghadaffi of Libya, Assad of Syria, Saddam Hussein of Iraq, the Mullahs of
Iran, Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Hussein of Jordan, and the competing warlords in Lebanon and
This theocracy has conquered or converted much of the civilized world. It's conquests have
been impeded more by internal factional wars, murders, and schisms than by resistance of its
victims. It is now on the rising slope of its next onslaught. It can not yet attack the
superpowers in open warfare. Israel is a salient of the West in the Middle East so open
warfare has been repeatedly waged against it, so far unsuccessfully.
Instead Islam fights on six fronts and prepares for more.
The first front is terrorism. Moslems blow up airplanes and buildings. The car bomb is a
favorite weapon. When the hand carried American Stingers from Afghanistan, and Russian
SAM 7s from all over, are deployed near airports within the next few years, air travel will be
utterly disrupted. Moslems hijacked airplanes until we installed, and continue to operate,
expensive security equipment at airports. They kidnap hostages. They murder with guns and
with bombs. Since killing infidels is entree to heaven, they are today's suicide Kamikazes.
The second front is armament. Conventional warfare capability in guns, tanks, rockets, and
airplanes from the former USSR and China, in large armies of men, now exists and is growing.
Mustard gas and nerve gas are made in their own factories with equipment bought from
European and American companies. (Lenin said 'The capitalists will sell us the rope to hang
The third front is the development of nuclear bombs and the missiles to deliver them.
(Kamikaze airplanes will do as well, as will smuggling.) Large, long range missiles are bought
from China to deliver present poison gas, germs, and the future "Islamic bomb. "What will any
American or European government do when threatened with a destroyed city? Cave in to the
blackmailers, of course.
The fourth front is the oil weapon, invented in 1973, and used on us ever since by OPEC. It
drains the world economy, it finances terrorism, armament acquisition, and nuclear bomb
development, and it is a continuing blackmail of western diplomacy under threat of restoring
the panic of 1973-74.
The fifth front is diplomacy, incremental conquest by the "Peace Process." It is based on the
American internal political benefits of appearing as peace maker. We coerce Israel to retreat
in stages and reward the Moslem countries with subsidies and debt cancellations to appear
on the White House lawn and sign papers. The consequences will appear only after the
American incumbents are safely out of office.
The sixth front is immigration, legal and otherwise, into most of the Western democracies.
How We Got Here
Please examine this brief resume of the continuing war and then let us consider our options.
The war started with the explosion of Mohammed's armies of conquest out of Arabia in 632
AD. In the west the theocracy, carried by its original Arab converts, spread across North
Africa, which had been Christian, through Spain, and up into Europe as far as Tours in
France. There it was stopped in battle by Charles Martel in 732. Ferdinand and Isabella drove
it back down through Spain to North Africa in 1492, and then financed Columbus' search for a
trade route to the East Indies which did not pass through Islamic control. In the Middle East
Islam conquered all the land from Arabia to the Mediterranean by 635, it conquered and
converted Iran from Zoroastrianism by 641, and it gradually conquered the Christian
Byzantine Empire until it captured and sacked Constantinople itself in 1453.
Christian slavery became an institution until the 19th century. Egyptian Mamelukes and
Turkish Janissaries were slave armies of Christian children drafted and raised as Moslems.
The black slave trade in the interior of Africa was always an Arab monopoly; black slavery in
Arabia ended only after World War II. (American blacks have the dilemma of turning to Islam
for salvation and knowing that Islam enslaved their ancestors for transportation to the
Americas. Cognitive dissonance.)
In the north the Turks conquered the Balkans and twice reached Vienna, first in 1529 and
again in 1683 when it was turned back by King Sobieski of Poland and Duke Charles of
Lorraine who literally galloped to the rescue with their armies. (The Turks left bags of coffee
beans in their abandoned camp, whence our current beverage.)
Forced conversion by the Turks left behind the tragic Bosnian Moslems now suffering a
counterattack by the Eastern Orthodox Christian Serbs. During most of the Islamic conquests
there has been both a religious and an ethnic difference between conqueror and conquered.
In Bosnia there is no ethnic difference, the war is one of religious hatred only.
In the east Islam reached the Indus river in India in 674 and gradually conquered northern
India until the British drove them back and took India for themselves in the 18th century. North
India was permanently converted, however, and the result was Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Missionary conversion continued in the British and Dutch empires, which were tolerant of
religions but not of hostile governments, with the result that a more benign form of the religion
covers much of the Far East.
The Moslem Conquest was not entirely one sided. The Crusades between 1096 and 1291
recaptured Jerusalem for brief periods, the longest being from 1099 to 1187.
Between 1219 and 1258 the Mongol horde invaded and destroyed most of Arabic Islam before
returning to Asia. They destroyed the civilized culture which had developed there and
returned the area to the third world, where it remains.
In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson sent Stephen Decatur with the USS Constitution to
suppress the Moslem Barbary pirates of North Africa. He succeeded, although we were not
exactly a superpower at the time.
In the 19th century Britain incorporated Egypt into it's empire and in 1917 the British army
under Allenby captured the Middle East from Turkey. England and France, in order to promote
alliances in a desperate war not yet won, created a new set of Arab countries over the area,
promising a good deal of the same land to different parties. The consequences are being
fought out ever since.
The islands of the Mediterranean, including Crete, Sicily, and Rhodes have been bloody
battlegrounds for centuries, passing back and forth between Christendom and Islam. To this
day, Cyprus is divided between Turkish troops and Greek troops. Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria,
Arabia, Egypt, the Balkan countries, and portions of the USSR have had alternating wars and
peace treaties with each other, beyond counting, for centuries, punctuated with massacres of
Armenians, Kurds, Jews, Greeks, etc.
If there is any lesson to be learned from this bloody history it is the utter futility of peace
treaties, "peace processes," and "international guarantees" in the presence of religious and
ethnic hatred. Islam continues its attacks on the two eastern enclaves of the Judeo-Christian
world, Israel and Lebanon. Israel defeated its invaders in 1948, 1956, 1967, and 1973 but
Christian Lebanon has been largely overrun by the army of Syria and by the terrorists of the
PLO and the Iran backed Hezbollah. Preparations for the next onslaught against Israel are in
high gear today in Syria and in Iraq; terrorist attacks continue by the PLO supported
financially by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states.
The principal limiter of Moslem conquest has always been the internal wars, murders, and
schisms among Moslem sects and countries: Shi'ites vs. Sunnis, Iraq vs. Iran, etc. Moslems
hate other Moslems as much as they hate Christians and Jews. (In Christianity, hatred is a sin;
in Islam, hatred is a virtue.)
Isn't it time to recognize history and to establish a policy other than impotent bluster at the
latest murders? With the collapse of totalitarian communism in Eastern Europe, it is a current
half joke to ask who the next enemy is. In the military, it is the serious question of what do
they prepare for, next. The next enemy is the oldest enemy. It was wildly successful for 900
years and it conquered much of Europe; then it was stopped and became dormant for a few
hundred years; and now it has awakened with a howl of millions of fanatics backed by billions
of petro-dollars. It is totalitarian Islam and its holy war against unbelievers. It is the ultimate
theocracy. There is no difference between civil and religious law. Where mullahs do not rule
directly, as in Iran, military dictators rule, as in Syria, Iraq, and Libya. "Moderate" Islamic
countries have hereditary kings or sheiks; they do their fighting with petro-dollar contributions
to the overtly violent countries and the PLO. There is not a single democracy in the Islamic
The war is now at the guerrilla level: terrorist attacks on commercial aircraft, military ground
installations, and random car bombing of civilian targets. The time bomb and the suicide bomb
are the principal weapons at the moment. Meanwhile they are acquiring shoulder fired
missiles to attack passenger airplanes, they manufacture poison gas, and disease germs, they
are developing the "Islamic bomb" in Iraq and Pakistan, and they buy and develop long range
missiles for their present poison gas and future nuclear warheads. Enormous armies with
thousands of tanks and aircraft have been built and are still building, paid for by petro-dollars.
These may be lunatics in our eyes, but there are too many of them to be called a lunatic
fringe. When do we act and what should we do?
How We Can Save Ourselves
I suggest the following five point plan:
1. Recognize that Lebanon and Israel are the fighting fronts and reinforce them. Arm and
support the Lebanese Christians. Stop the phony "peace process" pressure on Israel to give
land to Islam "for peace." (There has been peace since 1973 when Israel defeated the last
Arab attempt at genocide. It was created by the Israeli army and is maintained by fear of the
Israeli army.) Establish an American naval base in Haifa and air force and marine corps bases
elsewhere in Israel. Sign mutual defense treaties with Israel and a Christian government in
2. Destroy the poison gas, germs, and atom bomb factories and warehouses in Syria, Iraq, and
Libya. Cruise missiles will do the job nicely. Warn them that if they release any poison gas or
germs their cities will follow.
3. Establish a permanent military base on the Persian Gulf in conquered Iraq to guard and
control the oil supply. (Saudi Arabia will revoke permission as soon as the Iraq threat ends.
4. Explain to the Islamic governments that giving either money or shelter to terrorists will have
physical consequences much more severe than enduring the terrorists' displeasure.
5. Quarantine and blockade Iran. Eliminating their oil from the world market will have only a
small effect on the world price and none on the world supply. Poverty will neutralize their
poison without casualties.
6. Recognize that the directness of these measures is offensive to diplomats, but failure to
execute these measures will bring death and tyranny to populations.
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