War And Perspective

by Leslie Fish



The media nowadays are bewailing the fact that the US has lost 4000 soldiers to combat in Iraq, after five years of war. Since I've lost family members of my own in war, I can readily sympathize with the grieving friends and families of these lost soldiers. Any death in combat is a tragedy - but we need to keep a sense of perspective, even in the midst of tragedy.

4000 deaths in five years of war comes to 800 per year. This really is an amazingly small number for any war.

Compare that to, say, World War Two. That war lasted from December, 1941 to August, 1945: less than four years - 3.75, to be precise. In that time America lost 446,000 soldiers. That averages 111,000 per year, at a time when our population was 131,000,000 - less than half of what it is now.

Apologists will claim that there's no comparison, that back then America was fighting for its very existence against an alliance of Fascist regimes that clearly intended to destroy us and every other democratic country in the world.

Yes, and today we're fighting against an alliance of Fascist regimes that clearly intend to destroy us and every other democratic country in the world. Islamic Fascism differs from Nazi Fascism only in that it uses religion as its excuse instead of race.

There are many definitions of Fascism, but all of them involve:

1) a sense of national, racial or religious superiority and therefore a right to dominate others without legal or moral restraint,
2) a sense of self-righteous victimhood, justifying any action without legal or moral limits,
3) fierce regimentation of all society, and
4) a fear and hatred of democracy itself.

Now don't those characteristics fit?

Then there's the history of Muslim involvement with the Nazis.

All modern Arab terrorist organizations - Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda and so on - were spawned by the original Muslim Brotherhood, which was founded in 1928 by an Egyptian fundamentalist Sunni schoolteacher named Hassan al-Banna. He was a great admirer of Hitler, and helped form the Young Egypt Party in 1933 with the specific aim of supporting Hitler.

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem - the Muslim equivalent of Pope - Haj Amin al-Husseini organized massacres of Jews in Hebron as early as 1929. During World War Two he went to Nazi-occupied Europe and persuaded Hitler to exterminate rather than deport all the Jews. In exchange, al-Husseini recruited 20,000 Muslim volunteers for the SS, who happily slaughtered civilians in Croatia, Hungary and North Africa. Modern Islamofascists claim that the Holocaust never happened, perhaps because too many of them know of their own movement's involvement in it.

The Islamofascists claim to have been 'victimized' by the western countries, on two counts: that the Western nations 'stole' their oil, and 'support' Israel. Neither of these claims stands up to the facts of history.

First, nobody 'stole' Arab oil; the oil companies, whatever their other sins, leased oil-deposit lands from various Arab sheiks and shahs and emirs for quite respectable royalties, which is why those Arab aristocrats have become so notoriously rich. If those rich leaders didn't share the wealth with all their subjects, whose fault is that?

Second, the only 'support' Western countries have given Israel is to warn the Arab nations that they cannot conquer the country and kill all the Jews the way they want to. In fact, Western countries have sold far more weapons to Arab countries than they ever have to Israel. The Western countries have also repeatedly pressured Israel to give concessions, and even large tracts of its land, to the 'Palestinians' - who then happily made more attacks on Israel.

The Islamofascists are, in fact, the victimizers of much of the world rather than anyone's victims.

Other apologists point out that most Moslems aren't like that, but simply want to live in peace. Yes - but most Germans during the 1940s weren't members of the Nazi Party either, and would have been just as happy to live in peace. The minority, the fanatics who want war and world conquest, are in positions of power where they can command and muzzle the majority.

There are sites all over the Internet where you can see Islamofascist speakers exhorting children as young as five to become Holy Martyrs: to kill all the Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and even Moslems who aren't as devoted to Holy War as themselves - and rule what remains of the world in the name of Allah. Simply change the words "Allah" to "Reich" and "True Faith" to "Master Race", and the rhetoric could have come straight from Nazi Germany. Possibly some of it did.

And we know that this rhetoric is not empty. Note the number of countries where Islamofascist agents have tried, with every tactic from spurious lawsuits to bombs, to bully the governments into establishing Sharia - Islamic religious law - as equal or superior to civil law. And never mind the thousands of terrorist attacks all over the world, from London to Malaysia.

We must understand that Islamofascism is not just the invention of some political speechwriter; Islamofascists really do exist, and really do intend to conquer the world. We are going to have to fight them, and we must defeat them as totally as we did the Nazis, or they really will destroy us. We cannot have, as a certain notorious politician once claimed, "peace in our time".

The survival of America, and every other democratic country on Earth, is well worth 800 lives per year.