On this day of peace I thought it would be fitting to link to a dissertation on the function of warfare in the Qur’an (Koran).
The dissertation written by prof. Joel Hayward explains and analyses what the Qur’an tells Muslims about how to conduct war (only in self defence) if the need arises and what the difference is between war and Jihad (a spiritual struggle within the self, much like Christians are supposed to have against their own sinful desires) a word that strikes fear in the uninformed western populace who are propagandised with pictures of beheadings by masked men with black flags with white Arabic text behind them into believing that all Muslims (25% of the human race) are raving terrorist lunatics.
Peace, Vrede, Paix, Salaam, Shalom, etc. etc. in all languages around the globe
Hi Ev the dude who wrote the paper references the 19 islamic Hijackers as cause of the 9/11 event in his opening lines without raising a question about the veracity of this assumption.
This creates the impression that he subscribes to the official fiction about 9/11. This is problematic.
I do however take the point that he is discussing Islam and War and Peace. As such 9/11 is merely a part of the context, nevertheless it is a problem as maintaining falsity and building cases often leads to shaky foundations.
Merry whatever it is 🙂
Hi Greg, I agree with you but getting people to read about Islam and the fact that Jihad is not a crazy call for endless war was my first priority. I put this out on the John Key has let down New Zealand Facebook page and they are quite allergic to “conspiracy theories”. I know. I was banned of that page for three years and that is 16.000+ people I can reach again and they are incredibly more awake now but…
By the way you can now comment without having your comments approved every time. So feel free!
Hi Ev cheers for that.
That Facebook page is a sop to the Labour branch of the neo-liberal project. Anything that undermines Western hegemony is viewed suspiciously. I mostly avoid the place.
‘Conspiracy theorist’ is employed as a pejorative term to isolate the curious and open minded.
I came across a paper by an Otago University Philosophy Professor, Charles Pigden, ‘Conspiracy Theories and the Conventional Wisdom’ a few years ago, see here;
It’s longish however in a nutshell he points to the fact that if one wants to know one needs to investigate in order to find out. If there is indeed a ‘conspiracy’ it will often be occluded and requires discovery. Not something that one will find in the pages of the Dominion Post.
For example there is a conspiracy to share intelligence material between the 5 eyes partners. This agreement was officially denied till recently. Nicky Hager uncovered it amongst others in his book Secret Power;
Hager before EU parliament in 2001 giving testimony; http://cryptome.org/echelon-nh.htm
Want to know then gotta dig!
Hi Greg, Don’t know what went wrong. Had to approve this one too. Hope this settles it and you can now comment to your hearts content!
Hayward’s humanism prevents him from addressing the ethics of a just war from outside of the western paradigm. For example, he describes the destruction of Jericho as being murder, but doesn’t addressing the issue of the curse of the Canaanites, and he also doesn’t mention the account of the family of Rahab (of Jericho). Rahab became the wife of an Israelite and according to the Bible was the great-grandmother of King David.