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Islam’s Self-perpetuating Cycle of Violence and Fear
by Bob Smith
Would you wear a T-shirt with a Mohammad cartoon printed on it?
You might in Montana. Don’t try it in Mecca.
Because, Islam trains its followers with extreme intolerance about anything, they deem, offensive to their creed particularly to Allah and Muhammad. Drawing Muhammad in image is one such deadly offense to Muslims. Islam’s devout followers even find it OK to kill any such offenders.
In Montana, you are unlikely to come across such potential Islamic killers.
In Mecca, you won’t last five minutes. Muslim mobs or an Islamic assassin would take you down almost instantaneously. It is as simple as that.
You don’t believe me? Give it a try or ask any Muslim!
This article is about such murderous Muslims and the fear they generate.
Islamic society is caught up in a self-replicating, endless cycle of violence and fear, driven by its most devout believers. The cycle goes like this.
Islam preaches violence, including murder, of those who offend its creed. In each generation, the most devout believers turn to such potential murderers; they perpetuate the notion that it is OK to commit violence in the name of Islam. This becomes an endless cycle, because nobody in Islamic societies can oppose them; anyone, who may try to teach otherwise, would herself/himself be taken down.
In Muslim societies, all devout believers are such potential killers; they are spread all over the greater Islamic population (ummah). They cannot be easily identified: it means any devout believer anywhere could become instigated to killing someone for a perceived offense to Islam. Every Muslim is aware of this potential threat (fear) from the devout of Islam. As a result, all Muslims suffer from this fear; it drives the system, the society.
The violence and fear that devout believers of Islam create amongst the general populace has a profound effect on the society, they live in. It is at the core of what Islam has become. The violence/fear cycle is responsible for all the irregularities of Islamic societies. That is why, Muslims tend to present them as pious for fear of violent response from the most devout Muslims. That is why Muslims don’t (dare) leave the faith or become liberal (devout Muslims would kill anyone who leaves the faith) to integrate in host societies when they emigrate. That is why, the so-called moderate Muslims never speak up, because devout Muslims may kill anyone who questions their faith. That is why, Muslims from Morocco to the Philippines riot over a handful of cartoons or a simple comment from the Pope.
This violence/fear cycle leaves a deep psychological scar on Muslim societies; it is responsible for what Islam is. Understanding this violence/fear system is key to understanding Islam. Attempts to deal with Islamic violence will unlikely succeed, without addressing the cause of this violence/fear cycle.
Describing this violence/fear system and its self-perpetuating cyclical nature is difficult for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the violence/fear system is huge; it is spread all over the body of Islamic societies, which makes it difficult to identify. Additionally, most Muslims (and non-Muslim apologists) deny the existence of these potential killers: Muslims, as a whole, are just like every other people, they say. Furthermore, because these potentially murderous Muslims are widely, and almost evenly, distributed throughout Islamic societies and communities; they cannot be identified until they commit their acts of violence. So, it becomes difficult to connect these sporadic killers into any kind of Islamic cyclical system. They are normally being passed on as a normal criminal element as in any other society. Also because the system is cyclical, the starting point of the discussion is difficult to identify.
Let’s start by discussing the fear created by these potential Islamic assassins.
Islamic fear is easy to understand and feel if you know what to look for. Let’s look closely at two Islamic fear scenarios. The first is the case of Mohammad cartoon T-shirt mentioned above. The second is the murder of Theo Van Gogh in Amsterdam and the subsequent publication of the Mohammad cartoons as a protest to the killing.
The Mohammad Cartoon T-Shirt Scenario
It is easy to understand how a person living in Montana could comfortably wear a Mohammad cartoon T-shirt. There are few, if any, Muslims in Montana. The chance that you will be spotted by one such potential Islamic killers is slim. Even if you are, you might still get away with it as the likely killers would count that they cannot get away with it in Montana, which they can in Islamic societies. Therefore, you need not feel intimidated in Montana: the Islamic fear factor in low.
But in Dearborn, Michigan, the situation is different. Dearborn has a fairly large Muslim population. Wearing a Mohammad cartoon T-shirt in Dearborn would carry some risk. There you will come across a greater number of devout believers, who would take offence. And some of them may take to violence. The Islamic fear factor is higher—medium—in Dearborn. One will feel more intimidated to wear a Muhammad cartoon T-shirt there.
Now take the same Mohammad cartoon T-shirt scenario to an even larger Muslim population: say, to the Muslim-dominated section of London. The Muslim-dominated section of London has a Muslim population of over one million. Undoubtedly, one wearing the offensive T-Shirt would pass by a larger number of potential Islamic murderers. Considering the attacks on London’s transit system on July 7 (2005) that killed 52 innocent commuters, and other failed bombing attempts, it is easy to see that deeply devout Muslims in London are taking offence, which is instigating them to violence. As a result, one will be much more intimidated to do anything offensive to Muslims in London. The Islamic fear factor in London is “high”.
Now let us try to imagine the fear one would feel in a Muslim society. Think about wearing the Mohammad cartoon T-shirt in Mecca, Cairo, Khartoum, Tehran or Islamabad. The fear, undoubtedly, would be over-powering. You would not last five minutes as I have said already. You will be taken down instantly by the overwhelming mass of offended Islamic murderers. Islamic fear factor over there is “exceedingly high”.
[Notes. (1) In nearly al Muslim countries, the killer would most likely walk away a free man. He would not be prosecuted for his act. At the local mosque he would be treated with respect for defending Islam; the larger population would support him. (2) If you are a non-Muslim, you will killed for just being in Mecca; non-Muslims are not allowed there.]
I have chosen this T-shirt scenario for two simple reasons. First, it is real. (I challenge anyone to prove otherwise with the following straightforward method. Simply wear a Mohammad cartoon T-shirt in a prominent place in Tehran.) Second, it is easy to understand that in Montana, almost no Muslims, no Islamic fear; in Mecca, Cairo and Tehran, almost all are Muslims and exceptionally high Islamic fear. To put it simply, the greater the Islamic population in an area, the greater is the Islamic fear factor.
The central lesson of this discussion is that some devout Muslims, if offended on their religious accounts, can turn murderous; they are embedded in any Muslim population and may come from out from anywhere and kill the offender. (This is an important detail. Keep it in mind.)
The Murder of Theo Van Gogh and the Mohammad cartoons
Now, let’s look at the murder of Theo Van Gogh in Amsterdam and the subsequent publication of the Mohammad cartoons in Danish newspapers.
Theo Van Gogh had made a film, offensive to Muslims, that was critical of how Islam treats women. Van Gogh was murdered by an Islamic killer named Mohammed Bouyeri. According to published reports, Mr. Bouyeri told the court at his trial that Van Gogh had insulted Islam. “What moved me to do what I did was purely my faith,” Bouyeri said adding: “I was motivated by the law that commands me to cut off the head of anyone who insults Allah and his prophet.”
Mr. Bouyeri in reality had done two things. First, he had killed Theo Van Gogh. More importantly, he had helped spread and heighten the Islamic fear in Denmark and beyond that even if there are very Muslims in your surroundings (even less than 10% of the population), the fear factor is not low; you are not safe to offend Muslims over whatever it may.
The Islamic fear, spread by the murder of Van Gogh, was a part of the reason why Flemming Rose, the publisher of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, published the “Mohammad’s cartoons”. Rose said in a Washington Post article (February 19, 2006) that he, “commissioned the cartoons in response to several incidents of self-censorship in Europe caused by widening fears and feelings of intimidation in dealing with issues related to Islam… Our goal was simply to push back self-imposed limits on expression that seemed to be closing in tighter.” He was only talking about a form Islamic fear factor, similar to what I point out in the T-shirt scenario above.
Islamic fear by the numbers
Now let us look at the reality of this Islamic fear in Europe as described by Flemming Rose and see if it can help us understand the fear in Muslim-dominated societies.
Keep in mind that Muslims make up about 5% of the population in Western Europe. The presence of such a small percentage of Muslims in a population can create such a fear of the Islamic killers that it imparted, according to Rose, “self-imposed limits on expression that seemed to be closing in tighter.”
Think of this reality! Western Europeans—grown up believing in the freedom speech and living in their own free and open societies—are afraid of talking critically about Islam when Muslims make up only a small fraction of the population. It is not difficult to imagine the kind of fear that Islam—the potential Islamic killers to be accurate—imparts upon people in a Muslim society with no freedom of expression, where one can break the law with near impunity in matters of Islam. The fear factor there must be immeasurably greater.
It easy to grasp how free expression and critical discussion of Islam is essentially shut off in Muslim societies, where unseen religious killers, like Bouyeri, roam about everywhere. It is shut off by Islam’s “dark force” of fear, generated by its unseen pious henchmen.
This inability to talk critically about Islam in Islamic societies is the main reasons why Islam is stuck in its endless cycle of violence. Muslims are consciously or subconsciously aware that violence of the pious killers, like that of Mohammed Bouyeri, surrounds them all the time. They live in a system of constant fear surrounding issues concerning Islam that keeps them quiet. In that system, there isn’t another way for them.
Having made sense of what the Islamic fear is all about, let us move on to discuss who these Islamic killers are.
Who are the killers?
Let us first look at a trait common to all religions. Religious believers come in variable degrees of belief. Some are only marginal believers; others can be very devout. For the sake of this discussion, let’s arrange a horizontal line, a “Belief Index” scale. On it, we can spread out the believers from the least devout to the most devout.
It goes like this. On the far left, you have the least devout believers. Some of these have so little belief they might be considered secular. On the right side, we find the most devout.
Let’s give the Belief Index scale numeric values from 1 to 10, where 1 equals least devout and 10 equals most devout.
Least Devout ————————————————Most Devout
—-1——-2——-3——- 4——-5——- 6——-7——-8——-9——10
Islamic killers come from the rank of Islam’s most devout believers. On the Belief Index scale, these believers fall somewhere in the range of 9.75 to 10.00. They, under the right combination of factors and situation, would be willing to commit violence in the name of Islam.
These most devout believers are religiously trained to the extent that they are ready to embrace the numerous calls to violence contained in Islamic teachings. The Koran, Hadith, and Sunnah, the foundational base of Islam, all have numerous calls to violence. Additionally, Islamic scholars and Mullahs and their fatwas as well as Islamic societal norms support violence in the name of Islam. Islam’s most devout believers, accept as true, that they have a God-ordained authority as well as duty to commit violence for the benefit of Islam, Bouyeri being an example.
Islam’s devout believers, who might be incited to commit violence in the name of Islam, represent most likely somewhere between 0.1% and 10.0% of the population. There are presently about 1.3 billion Muslims globally. That means, the number of potential killers ranges from 1.3 to 130.0 million. Even the 1.3 million potential killers, the lowest possible number, poses a huge threat to the world; the threat of 130 is hard to imagine.
This wide variation in the number of potential killers in the Muslim populace is due to a number of factors. First, the vast majority of these likely killers are enmeshed within the wider Islamic populace, not “signed up” to violent Islamic forces per se. This makes it impossible to know how many there actually are. Additionally, most of them act out of a deep religious conviction that could change from day to day. Also, the structure of Islam has no central authority; it commands Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation in an individual capacity. On a day, a devout believer might independently decide to fulfill his religious duty. Furthermore, certain important Islamic issues, such as perceived injustice of US intervention in Iraq, might persuade a larger percentage of devout believers to fulfill their religious obligation.
To make matters worse, even though the number of these most devout believers, the ones willing to commit violence for Islam, might be limited, there is second group who augment and amplify the effect of these killers. They are sympathizers, supporters and instigators, who won’t engage in the violence themselves, but would incite others to religiously motivated violence. They might fall in range of 8.00 to 9.75 on the Belief Index and act as the eyes and ears of real killers. They will talk about what they see as perceived injustice against Islam and Muslims. They engage other devout believers in mosques or other social gatherings, load their minds with one perceived grievance after another. This increases the likelihood of their protégés’ engagement in acts of violence.
In real number, the combination of the sympathizers and the most devout most likely make up about 20% of the Muslim population. That means about one out of five individuals is part of Islam’s killing machine. Because their identities are transparent or unknown, the sympathizers’ presence adds to the fear factor discussed above.
(Imagine being Muslim in this scenario. Every five Muslim around you, one is a part of Islam’s system of violence. Who would be willing to talk candidly about religious issues?)
Because of the Islamic principle of taqiyya, namely deception for the furtherance of Islam, Muslims for the most part refuse to acknowledge this “group” of potential killers in their communities. They are not killers in the general sense of it: they are just like every other people in most matters, but will turn killers only when one criticizes Islam. Non-Muslims usually do not acknowledge these killers because of a combination of ignorance and political correctness. Additionally, the veil of religious legitimacy given to Islam further confuses the issue.
These killers can be independent, unorganized individuals like Mohammed Bouyeri, Van Gogh’s murderer. These independent killers act like self-appointed “free agents” of Allah. Under Islamic law, Muslims are individually empowered to enforce Islamic law on the people, community and society. Because of their “free agency”, their ability to remain unnoticed until they act, their near-uniform distribution in Islamic societies and their sheer numbers, these potential killers can unfurl immense fear within the Muslim society.
When these “free agent’ killers do their work in the non-Muslim world, their actions are usually seen as criminal acts of general nature, unrelated to Islamic calls to violence.
These committed killers also organize themselves into groups of all sizes and types, from a two-man cells to large organizations like al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Hezbollah and likes. These groups, ideologically like-minded, can act independently or in conjunction with other groups or individuals as situation demands and permits. Their actions require no central authority but may be coordinated with other groups. Any independent “free agent” can start his own organization. Size and reach is limited only by the organizational skills of the individuals involved. Any and all of these groups can help or receive help from other groups. Many Muslim governments provide clandestine support to such groups, while claiming that these are “nonstate actors.”
One important factor about Muslims is that, while most of the killers come from the extreme right side of the Religious Index chart, some of the less devout believers may succumb to what has been called “sudden jihadi syndrome”. That is, under the right set of circumstances, they could be swayed to commit violence.
Nature of Violence
Islam’s killers act mostly anonymously. Like the killers who leave bombs in public places or the motorcyclist tossing a grenade into a crowd before running away. A few may come out proudly to do their act publicly—Van Gogh’s killer Mohammed Bouyeri being as ideal example.
The 19 men involved in the September 11 attacks, the endless stream of Iraqi and Afghani suicide bombers, the London transit system bombers, the transit system bombers in Spain, and the Beslan school murders are a few examples of Islamic killers. In Thailand, Islamic killers decapitate schoolgirls and gun down plantation workers. In the Philippines, they bomb markets and ferries. In Jordan, they bomb wedding parties and gun down college professors. In Egypt, they shoot tourists at the pyramids, bomb hotels and they murdered former president Anwar Sadat. In India, they recently hit Mumbai and many other places previously; they make people’s life miserable in Kashmir. In Africa, Islam-inspired killers work in Kenya setting off bombs at the US embassy. In Sudan, they are responsible for the mass killings, eviction and burning in Darfur. In Lebanon, they launch missiles into Israel. In Argentina, they bombed the Israeli embassy.
In Western Europe, the killers work within the Muslim ghettos making sure that Muslims don’t leave their faith. In France, they bomb the subways and engage in frequent riots and vandalism. Even in the US, Islamic killers do their work. John Allen Muhammad shot ten people in the Washington DC area in 2002. In Salt Lake City, Sulejmen Talovic killed five people in a shopping mall. In Seattle, Naveed Afzal Haq killed one and wounded four. At the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, a recent graduate from Iran, Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, drove his SUV into a crowd of students. In New Jersey, six killers had planned to attack Fort Dix.
(Note here. Conventional wisdom would have us believe these acts were all independent criminal acts. The reality is this. These acts were all part of what you should expect from Islam’s violent cyclical system.)
Any place on the face of the globe, where you find Muslims, there will be some potentially Islam-inspired killers. Since they are relatively evenly dispersed in the Muslim populace, the more Muslims means more such likely killers.
The type of work these killers do depends on the percentage of Muslims in the society they are working in.
Inside Muslim society, their primary task is to keep Islam thoroughly unquestionable, untouchable. They do this by killing anyone, who purportedly insults Allah or Mohammad, questions or tries to change Islam, or tries to leave the faith. (This is why Muslims seam so pious, don’t leave the faith and moderates don’t speak up.) Additionally in Muslim societies, their task is to enhance adherence to and enforce Islamic Sharia law. In Afghanistan, the killers blow up girls schools to enforce their ideal of a true Islamic state. In Egypt, they killed Anwar Sadat because he had gone against Islamic law by trying to make peace with the hated Jews (Israel).
In infidel-dominated societies, such as in Western Europe, one of their primary tasks is to make sure Muslims do not assimilate into the host society. This is to keep Islam and Islamic community pure, unadulterated by un-Islamic Western values.
In other instances, they apply tactics of terrorism to convert non-Muslims, to institute Islamic Sharia laws or to create independent Islamic states. To achieve these goals, they may engage in criminal acts or a constant low-grade gorilla war-like conflicts. The violent Islamist campaigns in Kashmir, the Balkans, Thailand, the Philippines, sub-Saharan Africa, and now even Western Europe are a few examples.
These potential killers of Islam are overwhelmingly young and male. A small number of women have recently joined the wagon. They come from all economic and educational strata. Poverty is not a cause, but it does work to the advantage of devout believers looking for “recruits”.
This system even finds a way to harness the destructive power of its young social misfits. They can practice their destructive ways on non-Muslims in the form of rapes, muggings, and general mayhem and receive positive feedback from the most devout. This is why Western European jails have a high percentage of Muslim inmates.
The sad reality about these killers of Islam is this: because Islam makes a continuous claim of religious legitimacy, Islam, as a system, can rely on a huge, unpaid, unseen, unorganized, individually acting, empowered to act, and widely distributed group of highly motivated devout believers, who are willing to kill in order to defend Islam, to keep it pure. They represent an unconventional, unseen phantom army: an army where no one needs orders; each soldier knows exactly what to do. In it, no one is really in control. It is as deadly as any on earth.
How does the system continuously train the killers?
We now know a bit about Islamic fear. We also have an idea of who some of the Islamic killers are. Let us look at where these killers come from and at some of the rules, regulations, social mores and norms that create Islam’s self-replicating endless cycle of violence.
[This selection of rules, regulations and such, represents on a tiny fraction of the directives controlling Islam. In reality the Islamic system comes together like the “perfect storm”, with literally thousands of directives working to keep Islam the way it is. The directives I have chosen to mention here are some of the easiest to see and understand.]
Islam isn’t just a religion, it is a complete social system. (Numerous writers have called it a totalitarian system.) Islamic Sharia law includes rules for almost everything for ones life from birth to death. And a large portion of these rules work to perpetuate Islam itself.
One key rule states that all children born to Muslims are automatically Muslim. This means, Muslims (except converts) have no say, no choice about their participation in Islam; their parents have no say in whether their children are Muslims either. This insures a continuous crop of believers, some of them would inevitably turn potential killers.
Another important rule says “Islam is more important than family.” This means, any family member who might try to leave Islam would be ostracized from the rest of the family at best; at worst, he/she would be killed. Also, because extended Muslim families are usually large, there will also be some in a family deeply religious (potential killer). This means that, within every extended family, such devout ones make sure the rest of the family is properly Islamic. It also means that parents, will receive pressures from other family members making sure all children are exposed to Islamic dogma. Moreover, Islamic communities are closely knit, not individualistic. That means, even if a whole family is not religious, the vigilance of neighbors makes it sure that such nonreligious families remain within proper Islamic decorum. As a result, children in Muslim societies receive unconditional Islamic training from the birth on.
Once a child reaches the school-age, the training becomes institutionalized. This starts at the lowest grades and continues throughout all of a child’s education. While not all schools are strictly Islamic, they all in Islamic societies require students to study Islamic subjects. In poorer Islamic countries, where government-run schools may not exist or may not be free, there are usually Islamic schools. Most of these Islamic schools are free. These schools teach a more intense Islamic curricula.
In addition, there are the numberless madrassas throughout the Muslim world—more than20,000 in Pakistan alone—training millions of students in Islam. These madrassas teach an unyielding, radical form of Islam. It includes rote memorization of the Koran, and teaching of the Islamic passages calling on believers to commit violence in the name of Islam.
Within the educational system, the devout believers and sympathizers again make their presence felt. Anyone trying to moderate the teaching of Islamic materials risks the wrath of an unseen killer.
By the time children become adults, a small percent of them become the most devout of their generation, plus the sympathizers, constitute about 20%. This educational system is spread almost evenly throughout the Muslim world. As result, the devout believers and sympathizers are, as pointed out earlier, scattered everywhere. This process is continuous; so there is a continuous supply of potential killers in Muslim societies. And the violence/fear cycle continues, perpetuates.
(Note: It is bad enough that Muslims teach this hate inside their own societies, but immigrant Muslims teach the same hate under the noses of gullible western hosts. The London transit bombings of 2005 are a perfect example. I do not believe the young Islamic killers of this incident got their motivation inside the politically correct British educational system. The same thing can be said about the recent foiled June 06 terrorist plot in Canada. They did not learn their hatred of Canada inside the Canadian school system. Additionally, numerous investigative reports on this issue confirm this issue.)
The training of children is the beginning of a continuous process that ensures everyone is properly Islamic. In Islamic societies, unstinted training and continuous reinforcement of Islamic dogma is universal.
Let us have a look at some of the common beliefs and practices that are part of the cyclical system. Keep in mind: 1) All of these issues are hot issues that would draw attention of the unseen killers; 2) Because of the fear of the unseen killers, no one ever questions any of these issues.
Muslims are called to prayer five times a day. These calls to prayer act as a constant reminder to them that it is their responsibility to maintain the purity of Islam. It is also a constant reminder to potential skeptics that questioning Islam is a no-no thing—the devout, the potential killers, are everywhere. The prayer system of Islam helps keep the fear quotient high.
In Muslim societies, everyone is aware of the unseen killer; so, almost none dare speaking up on any issues counter to Islam. This process takes place literally on every level of the society. From market place to office, from grocery store to shoe shop, from camel race to car race, from the library to the park, no one dares speaking ill of anything Islamic.
The information media—newspapers, radios and televisions—in Muslim societies continuously put forth stories that convey the proper Islamic perspective. Because of a wide audience, reporters risk dealing with numerous potential unseen killers for even small errors of judgment. Hence, none are willing to take the risk of even the slightest questioning of Islamic issues. Note that journalists in Islamic countries face worst of persecution, often on religious offenses.
To make matters worse, the media also takes an active role in furthering the Islamic dogma. Numerous independent organizations, which monitor Islamic media, report articles inciting Muslims to violence, and instilling hatred toward non-Muslims.
The following is a list of items, reinforced daily; no one ever questions out of fear:
1. ‘The Koran is the “perfect word of God.”’ This means it can’t be questioned or changed.
2. ‘Mohammad was the perfect human.’ The fact he was a murderer, mugger, rapist, child pedophile and thief is ignored. The inability of Muslims to talk about Mohammad rationality is responsible for the erratic behavior Muslims sometimes exhibit. 3. ‘All men should strive to be like Mohammad.’ This leads devout Muslims to fanatical and erratic behavior.
4. ‘Lying in the furtherance of Islam is OK.’ More reason for erratic behavior.
5. ‘Islam is the only true religion. All others are false.’ This belief is driven into the collective Muslim consciousness to such a height that even marginal believers will agree.
6. Islam includes a form of 1984 style double talk. Islam is the freedom of God. Democracy is the tyranny of man.
7. ‘Muslim superiority. Muslims have a rightful place ahead of others.’ Believed by large percentage of Muslim population, even marginal believers.
8. ‘Non-Muslim inferiority’. Believed by large percentage of Muslim population. (Of course non-Muslims can change their position by converting to Islam.)
9. ‘All the world must be, will ultimately turn, Muslim.’ God said it; it must be true.
10. Any degradation of Islam, Mohammad, or the Koran brings death at the hand of an unseen killer.
11. ‘Islam is perfect’. So no questions, no changes, can’t quit. All are warned if they do any of these, they could be killed.
12. Islam is more important than family. One’s own family members may kill one, who strays from Islam.
13. Family members, if non-believers, have nothing in common with you and should be abandoned or ignored.
14. Killing and other crimes, committed in the name of Islam, are usually never punished or punished only lightly.
15. A Muslim’s trusted friends can only be another Muslim. This is one reason why Muslim immigrant don’t integrate in non-Muslim host societies.
16. All Muslims have an obligation to spread or help the spread Islam.
17. If a Muslim cannot fight in jihad, Islamic law says he must aid the jihad in some way, monetary contributions being one.
18. Islam is a political entity; Islam is the state.
19. This system elevates religion, Islam, to the ultimate pinnacle of Muslim consciousness.
20. And then there is the Mosque/Mullah infrastructure.
The mosques and mullahs play an important role in this cyclical system. The mosques act as constant reminder of Islam’s presence with their call to prayer five times a day. The Mullahs act as a center-point to most devout believers and sympathizers. The Mullahs’ role is to reinforce Islamic dogma (including the items above) and encourage devout believers to ensure it being upheld.
One of Islam’s strangest phenomena is as follows. These mosques become dangerous intellectual cesspools of Islam’s think-tank. Only the most devout believers work their way into leadership position in Muslim societies. They are most likely to believe Islamic calls to violence. The inability to rationalize anything about Islam is at its height inside the mosques. There are numerous cases of Mullahs being murdered by their own co-religionists for having not been conservative enough.
So, let us now look at how the fear, prompted by the killers and rules, completes the cycle.
All of these items come together in a random fashion; the order is not important. Everyone gets indoctrinated as a child. Indoctrination continues in adults. Everyone always talks good of Islam. No one ever speaks critically of Islam. There is a continuous preaching of the flaws of the non-Muslim world, their creeds and way of life. There is a consistent preaching of Islamic perfection.
Family members watch families. Friends watch friends. Neighbors watch neighbors. The Mullahs keep stoking the cyclical system. The most deeply religious, along with the sympathizers, make sure that Muslims stay within the expected norm. Reasonable questions never get asked; unreasonable beliefs are reinforced. And all the time, the fear of an unseen army of devout killers makes sure that all of this happen.
And here is the self-replicating cycle. The fear ensures no one questions the system. No one questioning the system leads to de-facto acceptance on issues of Islam as they are. Because all accept the system, it must be right. Because believers only vocalize the praise for Islam, everyone only hears praise of Islam. No one ever hears anything bad or critical about Islam. No one quits, questions, criticizes. The newly added children become part of the system.
Over and over and over, like a stuck phonograph. The system does the same thing again and again. Islam, as a society, is trapped in a self-replicating cycle of violence and fear.
In the 1400 years since Mohammad, Islam has ebbed and flowed depending on a number of factors. But the most important factor is the amount of resources available to the mullah/mosque infrastructure. Islam directly responds to the amount of money poured into this structure.
Since the first ‘oil embargo’ of the 1970s, which shot up the oil prices, the oil-revenues of oil-producing Muslim countries have increased by many folds. This has allowed the rich Muslim oil states to dump unknown billions into the worldwide mullah/mosque infrastructure.
This money has been used for a huge expansion of mosques throughout the Muslim world, including the thousands of mosques built in Western societies. The money has also been used to send conservative Mullahs throughout the world to preach radical form of Islam.
When you step on the gas pedal of a car there is a slight lag time—about 1/4th of a second—and the car goes faster. When oil-rich Muslim states pump money into the mullah/mosque infrastructure, there was a slight lag time, about 20-30 years, before the production of the super devout, the potential killers.
We are today reaping the harvest of violence grown from the seeds of hate and fear planted over the past 30 years.
Author note: This article is the beginning of a complete theory on how Islam works and holds itself together. I solicit comments from readers to help me complete this theory. Bob Smith firstname.lastname@example.org