Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Nothing New: Zarqawi says democracy is “heresy itself”

George Will gets it 99% correct in today’s WaPo (Tuesday, February 1, 2005. Page A17). Will’s failing lies in attributing Zarqawi’s “program” to “radical Islam”, rather than delving into the nature of Islam itself. Defiance to Dream About By George F. Will “Actually, the two significant factions of insurgents (in Iraq), who have the totalitarians’ characteristic penchant for candor, do not even pretend to value consent achieved by persuasion. One group, the former Baathist regime elements, aims only to return to their totalitarian vocation, as George Orwell understood it: “a boot stamping on a human face—forever”…(Even) Twentieth-century totalitarians—fascists and communists—felt constrained to bow toward popular sovereignty with plebiscitary forms. Not Zarqawi, who says democracy is an “evil principle” and “heresy itself” because the will of the governed supplants God’s will. For radical Islam, the public’s mind deserves not respect but a religious scrubbing”…”Zarqawi’s “program” is a howl of rage against modernity, promising only different boots—clerical ones—on the same faces.”


At 11:15 AM, Blogger firediva said...

Democracy is a heresy in Islam. Zarqawi is correct. The idea that the people can decide is completely against Islam - meaning submission (not peace)to Allah. How can people decide what Allah has already decided? This is what Westerners cannot grasp. As Daniel Pipes has said "There are moderate Muslims, but there is no moderate Islam." Zarqawi is a good Muslim and must be respected for being willing to fight to the death for his faith. Unfortunately those who do not accept his belief system are given the choice: convert (or "revert" as Muslims say) for those non Christians and Jews, with Christians and Jews being allowed to convert or to live under Dhimmitude, or be killed. Which door do you want to choose: A, B, or C?


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