The Jihadists’ Promise: Power over Death


Why do Islamic terrorists brutally, sadistically and oft times involving acts of rape – kill people without any concern of more powerful nation brokers to punish for these mortal devices? Could it be a religious fervor of invincibility? Gatestone Institute contributor Louis René Beres reveals a very plausible reason for Muslim terrorists’ not feeling remorse or fear.

 

Every Westerner and American needs to realize that Islamic terrorists like Sunni ISIS (See Also: ‘Greta Investigates: ISIS’) or Twelver Shi’ite Iranian Revolutionary Guards (See Also HERE) fight and die with a personal sense of immortality and eternal sexual pleasure simultaneously.

 

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The Jihadists’ Promise: Power over Death

 

By Louis René Beres

September 23, 2014 at 5:00 am

Gatestone Institute

 

Jihadi violence serves not only to advance the terrorist’s delusion of immortality, but also to add, however perversely, an apparent and desperately needed erotic satisfaction, using religion as the justification.

 

Persuasive promises of immortality — the desperate hope to live forever — underlie virtually all major religions.

 

Washington and Jerusalem should finally address what needs to be done in addition to military remediation — reinforcing efforts to convince these terrorists that their expected martyrdom is ultimately just an elaborate fiction.

 

Even after witnessing several beheadings and mass executions, American and Western strategists dealing with Jihadist terror still miss the key point. Whatever the particular terrorist group of the moment — the Islamic State [IS or ISIS], Hamas, al-Qaeda, or some other kindred terror organization — the core struggle is never really about territory, geography, or democracy. Always — in Iraq, Afghanistan Syria, or Gaza — this enemy seeks something far more important and compelling. In essence, Jihadi violence serves not only to advance the terrorist’s delusion of immortality, but also to add, however perversely, an apparent and desperately needed erotic satisfaction, using religion as the justification.

 

This core point is not difficult to understand. Persuasive promises of immortality — the desperate hope to live forever — underlie virtually all major religions. Yet this point remains neglected or misunderstood in Washington, Jerusalem, and all other Western capitals.

 

The Jihadi terrorist claims to “love death,” but in his or her mind, that “suicide” is anything but final. Ironically, these Islamist terrorists aim to conquer mortality by “killing themselves.” The would-be killer has been promised that death will represent just a trivial and momentary inconvenience, a minor detour on just one more glorious “martyr’s” fiery trajectory toward a life everlasting, in Paradise.

 

How can one ever hope to counter such a seductive promise? How can any promise compete with the incomparable promise of immortality?

 

The answer has little or nothing to do with currently envisioned applications of military force, whether as so-called “boots on the ground,” or as aerial bombardments.

 

If the problem of IS and other terrorist groups were just military, the associated threat could be solved by military acts. But as Islamist violence is expected to lead to promised martyrdom, the Jihadist terrorist will not be deterred by any threats of military reprisal.

 

In both conception and execution, Jihadist terror has little to do with land or politics or strategy. Rather, it is a routinely predictable and repetitive expression of “sacredness through violence” — taking pleasure in inflicting harm on assorted “unbelievers,” and then justifying it as doctrinally-based religious belief. This expanding network of carefully planned and staged homicides represents a current form of religious fervor: religious sacrifice, a grotesque practice that stems from pre-modern Islamic customs, which conveniently link each blessed suicide’s “martyrdom” with a selected victim’s ritual slaughter.

 

What about diplomatic solutions? As such sacrificial violence expresses “death for Allah”, there can never be any room for meaningful negotiations. For America and the West, there will never be any advantages to concessions or compromises, especially if they are sequential.

 

There also should never be any expectations of reciprocity. If, for example, Israel were to offer any further territorial surrenders to Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, or Islamic Jihad, there could be no plausible hope for any suitable quid pro quo. The surrenders would be for nothing. In all likelihood, they will only be encouraged and strengthened by repeated and one-sided territorial surrenders and prisoner exchanges, such as the sorts of concessions made regularly (and foolishly) by Israel.

 

The connection between Islamist sacrifice and political violence has a long history, including links to ancient Greece. There, Plutarch’s Sayings of Spartan Mothers revealed the model female parent as one who had reared her sons expressly for civic sacrifice.

 

The deepest roots of all Jihadist terror — whether from Iraq, Syria, “Palestine” or elsewhere — originate, at least in part, from contemporary cultures that enthusiastically embrace similar views of sacrifice.

 

To us, in the West, these hopes may sound silly. Still, in this particular sphere of world politics, there can be no greater power — or illusion — than power over death.

 

Martyrdom operations, based upon a long-codified Muslim scripture, have been associated with Jihad since the beginnings of Islam. Jubilant, celebratory invocations for this twisted and prohibited-by-international-law species of warfare can be found in the Koran and also in the Hadith, the presumptively authoritative acts and sayings of Muhammad.

 

For the U.S., Europe, and Israel, the security implications of any doctrine fusing religion, erotic passion, and violence warrant a closer look.

 

The implications for policy mean that our current and projected wars, including the well-intentioned presidential plan to “degrade” and “destroy” IS, are partially beside the point. Those responses are directed more at the symptoms of a pathology than replacing the underlying disease itself. Regrettably, they are unlikely to make any substantial dent in Jihadist thinking. Any effect on the desire of Jihadists to inflict harm may be only minimal.

 

A really good strategy needs to begin at the conceptual or psychological level. It is actually the Jihadists’ fear of death that leads them to suicide, always in the hope that any short-term “dying” — the vainglorious fantasy that “martyring” themselves — will enable them to live forever in Paradise, and as beloved heroes on Earth.

 

While Washington and Jerusalem seek “peace” — an end to bloodshed — as their overriding objective, these faith-driven adversaries appear to see “peace” as merely a pretext. Their real objective is jihadist victory over “unbelievers,” on the blessed road to a global caliphate.

 

This asymmetric view puts us all at a grievous disadvantage. While our Jihadist foes get ready for Paradise, by the slaughter of “infidels,” our own political leaders seem to remain blithely unaware of — or in denial about — their enemies’ fusion of sacredness with violence.

 

Among more “normal” conflict scenarios, America, Europe and Israel now need to consider mega-threats of both unconventional war and unconventional terrorism. Faced with determined adversaries — who are not only willing to die, but who actively seek their own “deaths” in order to live forever — Washington and Jerusalem should finally address the what needs to be done in addition to military remediation.

 

Sustained and selective armed force against IS and related Jihadist targets is certainly necessary and appropriate. However, it is also important to remind our leaders that force always needs to be combined with reinforcing efforts to convince these terrorists that their expected martyrdom is ultimately just an elaborate fiction.

 

Jihadists, in killing Americans, Israelis, and all other “unbelievers,” may not even intend to commit evil, so much as to do themselves and Allah good — and to do so with an absolute purity of heart. In their view, waging Holy War can never be shameful; it can only be heroic.

 

Going forward, our main task should be to systematically undermine these fantasies and doctrinal “underpinnings.” In conjunction with the recommended nuanced persuasions of military firepower, it can be done.

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Louis René Beres is a Professor of International Law in the Department of Political Science at Purdue University.

 

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5 thoughts on “The Jihadists’ Promise: Power over Death”

  1. Reblogged this on Freedom Ain’t Free & Take Our Country Back and commented:
    Great con men leave behind little clues as evidence of the fact that they are so slick that their marks will not wise up. Moe was no exception. The two Houries each Shaheed receives in Allah;s celestial bordello grow new hymens, eat and drink without excreting and are always receptive. What happens when they get full?

    The dwellers of the celestial bordello are 90 feet high and the males have perpetual priapism. Consider the blood pressure involved.

    The guarantees of admission are participation in Jihad, drinking Moe’s blood and drinking his urine. The guarantee of getting into al-Firdhaus is being killed in battle. Once a Muslim believer is dead, Moe has no worries about having to pay up.

    If we delve deeply into the Koran, hadith and sira, we discover facts that should be fatal to Islam. Allah promised irreversible conquest in 13.41, tell that to Bulgaria, Greece, Israel, Romania and Spain. Their reconquests are blasphemy: proof of Allah’s impotence.

    Moe was demon possessed, feard insanity, suicidal, had a devil that only gave him good orders and revealed situational scripture. One of the verses supposedly handed down from Allah was composed by Umar, who later became caliph.

    Moe revealed situational scripture to give divine sanction to his sexual pecadillos. He raped a widow right after torturing her husband to death. He sexually molested a six year old girl. He molested the body of his aunt in her grave. How in Hell can anyone believe that he was a divine prophet???

    Those facts and more can be used to induce mass apostasy among the ummah. Who has the political will to exploit them? What is the alternative??

    5:101. O you who believe! Ask not about things which, if made plain to you, may cause you trouble. But if you ask about them while the Qur’ân is being revealed, they will be made plain to you. Allâh has forgiven that, and Allâh is Oft­Forgiving, Most Forbearing.

    5:102. Before you, a community asked such questions, then on that account they became disbelievers.

    Rub their snouts in the facts, send them to their texts to disprove the facts, which will only be confirmed.

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    1. Also Muslims aren’t allowed to challenge whatever Muhammad said (33:36)(OR ELSE)!

      And the nuttiest part is that their idolatrous alibi-excuse justification for their crimes, “allah,” is described in the Qur’an as being the one who deliberately forced the so-called “infidels” to reject his oneness, thus creating and objectifying both the ‘criminal’ infidels, and their scared muslim executioners. “Allah” has no morality, and islam does not believe in free-will self-reliance, in fact using the predeterminism excuse of eternal relentless force and perpetual victimology (extortion) to pretend the muslims are as much “allah’s” helpless slaves and victims as their own victims are.

      EVERY IMAGINABLE CRIME IS OFFICIALLY COMMANDED TO BE COMMITTED BY ALL muslimS AGAINST ALL THE NON-muslimS IN THE WORLD FOR ALLAH!

      9:120 promises Muslims that any hardship endured in aid of trespassing against disbelievers will be imputed to them by allah as a righteous good deed.

      Here’s islam’s “holy Message from god” as exemplified by the collective words and deeds of it’s Founder:

      “I will save humanity by lying to, extorting, torturing, robbing, burning out of their homes, kidnapping and ransoming, enslaving, raping and murdering everyone who even only verbally disagrees with me – and you can, too!”

      – Muhammad –

      Moe’s last speech to his followers on Mt. Arafat:

      “I descended by allah with the sword in my hand, and my wealth will come from the shadow of my sword. And the one who will disagree with me will be humiliated and persecuted.”

      Muhammad was really only a con-man and bandit-king, an arch-criminal who always blamed “god” for his own penchant for committing crimes. If Moe got away with committing a crime (and he tried them all, enthusiastically, more than once, but instead of ever showing contrition, bragged about how much fun it was to commit them, and advised everyone else to join in the fun, too), then it was held to be “obvious” that “god” wanted him to get away with having committed those crimes!

      Sura 48:20: “Allah has promised you abundant spoils that you will capture, and He has hastened for you this, and He has restrained the hands of men from (defending themselves from) you, that it may be a sign for the believers, and that He may guide you to a Straight Path.”

      Islam specifically endorses backwards, evil behaviour: “might makes right, us versus them, and the ends justify they means.”

      But in reality, the means really only ever define the ends results: when you lie, murder and otherwise steal to get your way, in the end you aren’t a great success; you are still really only a lying, murdering thief!

      The ‘theological’ notion of Allah’s “oneness” is CRUCIAL to their main criminal, might-makes-right alibi, that “we aren’t responsible, and no one is ever really a criminal anyway, because we’re really all only victims:

      “The Allah Made Me Do It!”
      “In fact, I didn’t do it at all – only the allah did it! Whee!”

      [8.17] So you did not slay them, but it was Allah Who slew them, and you did not smite when you smote (the enemy), but it was Allah Who smote, and that He might confer upon the believers a good gift from Himself; surely Allah is All-Hearing, Knowing.

      Sura 4:77: “Those who whined “Hold back your hands (from attacking)” were corrected:
      “War is compulsory for us – the good and bad both come from allah!”

      As Muhammad himself put it, “I have been made victorious through terror” (Bukhari 4.52.220).

      So, islam is not a “religion” (at all, much less one “of peace”) nor is it a “race” (at all, much less one of “Poor, Oppressed, People Of Colour”)!

      Obviously, islam is ONLY an ancient, ongoing extortion-racket CRIME-syndicate, and the only “religious” part in it, is where they say:

      “God told us to commit these crimes!”

      (Capisce?)!

      😉

      Such immoral relativism fits exactly into the current “liberal” criminals’ mindsets, as well.

      In islam, “allah” is always to be regarded as both unknown, and ultimately unknowable.

      When one’s description of one’s version of a god is generally only “Everything!” then it is also specifically only “Nothing!” Existentialism IS Nihilism.

      Islam gives them no real answers at all; even Muhammad, whose highest desire was to live, die and live and die again and again for “allah,” confessed on his death-bed, when asked what he thought his reward would be, was officially recorded to have been “I have absolutely no idea.”

      Beyond that, The Qur’an is what you’d get if Hitler had written the bible.

      The Qur’an is a clearly-written hate-crime expressing a permanent death-threat: it tells it’s moslem mind-slaves that they are in fact SO “superior” to all the non-members of their war and plunder cult, that it’s not only their right, but also their holy duty to their god, to extort, enslave, and murder all the non-moslems in the world, simply for the “crime” of not being moslems!

      The Qur’an “came from” the Bible the way monopoly money “came from” real legal tender! It’s a cheap knock-off /forgery!

      The Qur’an is ONLY a series of repetitive self-serving campaign speeches by Muhammad. Pretty-much every sura says exactly the same thing, so there’s no way it can be “taken out of context”nor misinterpreted!

      Most obviously, it can be summed up as:

      “This Book says Muhammad says Gabriel says Allah says that MUHAMMAD IS ALWAYS RIGHT!”

      (Whereby your average muslim is encouraged to believe that, if he pretends to believe Moe’s stories, he gets to “be always right!” too – “inshallah” – and by repeating the magic words “allah Akhbar!” [allah is greater] i.e: “than your silly “logic,” so die anyway, infidels!” the literally loopy lunatic’s circular tautology is completed and he never has engage in any ‘painful’ thinking for himself, ever again)!

      “O ye who believe! Ask not questions about things which if made plain to you, may cause you trouble… Some people before you did ask such questions, and on that account lost their faith.” (Quran. 5:101-102)

      Muslims aren’t allowed to challenge whatever Muhammad said (33:36).

      Capisce?

      😉

      Islam slanders the idea of a good God, by asserting (in each and every chapter header in the Qur’an) that “god” is a violent destructive beast who has personally destroyed a lot of the abandoned ghost-towns in Arabia. This is speculation presented as fact (the towns were destroyed by tribal conflict or economic necessity); islam is founded on a lie.

      “So, obviously” it continues, “god” will get all the muslims, too – unless and until they at least try to get all the non-muslims for allah, first! Their “god” is nothing but a capricious, “unknown and unknowable” conscious scary Pain; something to be feared and obeyed, but never admire nor loved. Basically, “allah” is only Satan.

      …other than that, each and every chapter says:

      1) “Some stuff (like the mountains, desert, sky, and those ruined ghost-towns all over Arabia) exists, “So obviously” only one god created it all!”

      2) Because this one god ONLY wants to be feared and obeyed, never reasoned with nor loved, he only hates it when his creations dilute their fearful obedience of him with other (‘false’) gods (even though he actually causes their disbelief & disobedience in the first place)!”

      3) Therefore, before Muhammad, he sent down ‘other’ prophets and apostles to warn their peoples of the consequences of their unbelief and, when they failed to listen to their prophets, this GOD DESTROYED THEM ALL! (hence all those ruined ghost-towns all over Arabia).

      4) Therefore, FEAR allah and OBEY Muhammad, or GOD WILL DESTROY YOU, TOO (And then burn you in Hell forever)! Capisce?”

      This drivel can be dummied down as:
      “Some stuff exists, so OBEY MUHAMMAD! (Or Else)!”

      There is absolutely NO ‘theology’ nor spiritualism in islam!

      (Unless you consider “allah’s” schizophrenia – where he orders all his angels and jinn to bow down to his little clay idols (men) yet hates it when men bow down to clay idols. Even Iblis – “allah’s” conscience & psychiatrist – saw through this nonsense)!

      Because if they don’t convert, enslave, or KILL all the non-muslims “for allah,” then allah will GET THEM too (and burn them in Hell forever) ALL muslims have declared war on ALL of mankind – on ALL non-members of their life-fearing, death-worshipping war-and-plunder cult!

      Here’s islam’s “holy Message from god” as exemplified by the collective words and deeds of it’s Founder:

      “I will save humanity by lying to, extorting, torturing, robbing, burning out of their homes, kidnapping and ransoming, enslaving, raping and murdering everyone who even only verbally disagrees with me – and you can, too!”

      – Muhammad –

      Muhammad was really only a con-man and bandit-king, an arch-criminal who always blamed “god” for his own penchant for committing crimes. If Moe got away with committing a crime (and he tried them all, enthusiastically, more than once, but instead of ever showing contrition, bragged about how much fun it was to commit them, and advised everyone else to join in the fun, too), then it was held to be “obvious” that “god” wanted him to get away with having committed those crimes!

      So, simply and precisely because of their “THOU SHALT KILL!” cultural indoctrination, muslims are still from between four and several hundred times more likely to engage in murder and all other crimes, than everyone else in the world!

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