Montag, März 13, 2006

Culture of Deception - Part V

Yep, back again to this briefly. It's something that is still percolating through the back of my mind, not entirely ready for prime it were.

links to those fabulous cartoonist, Cox and Forkum.

links to Threat Watch, one of the more interesting web sites around.

What is the link between the two?

Both underscore the culture of deception that is slowly bringing the conflict of civilizations to forefront.

On the one hand, you've got CAIR, a lobby group "just like" any other lobby group, with one exception: they are engaged in systematic deception as to their true goals.

On the other hand, you've got now clear evidence that the Iranian government is and has been intending to deceive the West about its plans to weaponize nuclear technology.

What's the connection?

Deception is one of the core political principles of Islam: here is a list of what the Koran says: my response is in italics...

Bukhari:V7B67N427 "The Prophet said, 'If I take an oath and later find something else better than that, then I do what is better and expiate my oath.'"

In other words, the political expediency of deception.

Bukhari:V4B52N268 "Allah's Apostle said, 'War is deceit.'

In other words, the military expediency of deception.

Koran 4:142 "Surely the hypocrites strive to deceive Allah. He shall retaliate by deceiving them."

In other words, the epistemological expediency of deception.

Bukhari:V7B71N661 "Magic was worked on Allah's Apostle and he was bewitched so that he began to imagine doing things which in fact, he had not done."

In other words, the psychological expediency of deception.

Koran 74:31 "We have appointed nineteen angels to be the wardens of the Hell Fire. We made a stumbling-block for those who disbelieve and We have fixed their number as a trial for unbelievers in order that the people of the Book may arrive with certainty, and that no doubts may be left for the people of the Book, those in whose hearts is a disease. And for those to whom the Scripture Book has been given, and the believers, there should be no doubt. The unbelievers may say, 'What does the Lord intend by this?' The Lord will lead astray whomever He pleases, and He will guide whomever He pleases: and none can know the armies of your Lord except He, and this is no other than a warning to mankind."

In other words, the religious expediency of deception, but with a twist: God himself is the master of deception and does as he wills with no regard to truth. What a different concept from the Jewish or Christian tradition of God, who despises deception and says clearly: The Truth Will Set You Free.The banning of Adam and Eve from the garden was punishment for deception: both were told not to eat of the fruit of knowledge, and when asked they denied that they had done so.

Bukhari:V2B24N555 "I heard the Prophet say, 'Allah hates for you for asking too many questions.'"

This borders on comedy writing...

Ishaq:519 "Hajjaj said to the Apostle, 'I have money scattered among the Meccan merchants, so give me permission to go and get it.' Having got Muhammad's permission, he said, 'I must tell lies.' The Apostle said, 'Tell them.'"

The economic expediency of deception...

Koran 8:58 "If you apprehend treachery from a people with whom you have a treaty, retaliate by breaking off relations with them."

What's good for the goose isn't good for the gander, in other words...deception is only for the true believers...

Koran 5:41 "Whomever Allah wants to deceive you cannot help. Allah does not want them to know the truth because he intends to disgrace them and then torture them."

Again, the religious expediency and the repeat of what is apparently the picture of a vengeful and capricious God.

Ishaq:365/Tabari VII:94 "Muhammad bin Maslamah said, 'O Messenger, we shall have to tell lies.' 'Say what you like,' Muhammad replied. 'You are absolved, free to say whatever you must.'"

Again the political expediency of deception...

Bukhari:V5B59N369 "Allah's Apostle said, 'Who is willing to kill Ka'b bin Ashraf who has hurt Allah and His Apostle?' Thereupon Muhammad bin Maslamah got up saying, 'O Allah's Apostle! Would you like me to kill him?' The Prophet said, 'Yes,' Maslamah said, 'Then allow me to say false things in order to deceive him.' The Prophet said, 'You may say such things.'"

Again the political expediency of deception...

Ishaq:442 "By Muhammad's order we beguiled them."

Absolving the deceivers of the responsibility for their deception...

Tabari VIII:23 "The Messenger and his Companions continued in the fear and distress that Allah has described in the Koran. Then Nu'aym came to the Prophet. 'I 've become a Muslim, but my tribe does not know of my Islam; so command me whatever you will.' Muhammad said, 'Make them abandon each other if you can so that they will leave us; for war is deception.'"

Again the political expediency of deception: deception to create disarry within your enemy's ranks...

There are other quotes given in the link, but they merely repeat and underscore.

This fundamentally deceptive thread in Islam is not accidental: it is deliberate. It belongs to Al-Taqiya, a fundamental strategy of Islam. And while the above links are from non-Islam sources, this one isn't: it's about the core of deception, of lying.

What is not allowed: lying to and about God, lying to and about Mohammed.

Everything else? Whatever serves the purposes of Islam, whatever they might be. There is even a word for it: kithman. To deliberately deceive about one's beliefs. This is particularly true for Shi'a moslems, but does apply to all.

Getting back to Cox & Forkum: they clearly mention that CAIR is fundamentally deceptive, presenting one face to the world and having a hidden agenda.

The link at Threats Watch also underscores what this very real problem with deception is: Iran has built large-scale underground bunkers that are part of the move to build nuclear weapons that the current Iranian government has been pushing for the last 18 years.

Think of that: no wonder the government of Iran is behaving like it does. They've been working on decieving the West for 18 years. Eighteen years.

It's not as grand a deception as the Soviets or the ChiComs led, but it's way up there on the list of long-term deceptions. How many millions will die as a result?

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