Tuesday, July 12, 2005

It's OK to Kill Civilians

A Muslim scholar in Britain asserts that to Muslims, it is OK to kill civilians.
Responding to questions about the terrorist attack on London, a Muslim scholar in the British capital asserted Islam makes no distinction between civilians and military targets.

"The term 'civilians' does not exist in Islamic religious law," said Hani Al-Siba'i, head of the Al-Maqreze Centre for Historical Studies in London.

Al-Siba'i, in an interview with the Arab news channel al-Jazeera, elaborated, "There is no such term as 'civilians' in the modern Western sense. People are either of Dar Al-Harb or not."

Dar Al-Harb refers to the Muslim concept of the world being divided into two "houses," the House of Islam and the remaining territories, the House of War, or Dar Al-Harb.

Al-Siba'i speculated that a Western nation could have been responsible for the attack, but he acknowledged it could have been carried out by Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization, according to a transcript provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI.

"If al-Qaida indeed carried out this act, it is a great victory for it," he said. "It rubbed the noses of the world's eight most powerful countries in the mud."

We talk about the different mindset between Western Civilization and Muslims, and this "Scholar" has just highlited that mindset. To a Muslim, killing any non-Muslim is acceptable, as where to civilized humans, the killing of the innocent is abhorred. So the big question is: should we lower ourselves to their standards? As much as it would be enticing, I say no, we can fight these cowards and win, without becoming barbarians also. But it sure helps us in our war against them to understand their barbaric ways, and the general public needs to understand also. We can't expect them to fight like civilized humans, we need to be expecting the worst and we need to be expect it to happen against the innocent, not military targets. This is not going to be a quick and easy war, we are in a war for our way of life and our civilization, because if they win, we will be forced to become subhuman again.

Mr Minority