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Ahmadinejad's 'License to Lie'

Friday, 22 September 2006 12:00 AM

"We do not need a bomb," Iran's apocalyptic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told reporters at this year's opening session of the United Nations. "The time for nuclear bombs has ended."

My inner child from the 1960s began to hum "The Age of Aquarius" from the musical "Hair," but my rational adult brain quickly sobered me.

In addition to being a lunatic who mystically converses with Islam's 12th Imam, Ahmadinejad is also a Shiite Islamist, my logical mind recalled.

Shiite Islamists believe as part of their ideology that they have a right and duty to lie to infidels when doing so will advance Islam. They believe they are divinely permitted to lie not only to Christians and Jews but also to Sunnis and other non-Shiite Muslims.

This Shiite "License to Lie" doctrine is called "al-Taqiyya," which one Encyclopedia of Islam translates to mean: "Concealing or disguising one's beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies at a time of eminent danger, whether now or later in time, to save oneself from physical and/or mental injury."

Single word translations of the Arabic word al-Taqiyya, this scholarly work says, would be "dissimulation" or "diplomacy." The English word Dissimulation, from its root Dissemble, means "to conceal (one's true motives or thoughts) by pretense….to feign or pretend." Diplomacy is summed up by the traditional cynic's definition used in the field of International Relations – that "a diplomat's job is to lie for his country."

"Radical interpretations," says another encyclopedia, "suggest that Taqiyya allows for governmental leaders to sign documents that they will knowingly not comply with, as long as failing to comply with the document is in the best interest of Islam. For example, a country could sign documents to protect itself from foreign invasion for failure to comply with U.N. sanctions, while at the same time having the full intent to ignore any U.N. sanctions and/or continue behavior nonconducive to peace, in the name of Islam."

More moderate Sunnis have traditionally disapproved this broad Shiite interpretation of Taqiyya. This doctrine, based on Qur'an 3:28 and 16:106, as well as juridical commentaries, tafsir literature and the hadith (the sayings of the Prophet), has been regarded by moderate Muslims as narrow – permitting believers only to conceal their faith when threatened with persecution or compulsion.

But as Islamist radicalization and politicization of the faith spreads in the Muslim world, this deliberate use of deceit to help bring about a single global ruler, a Muslim Caliph, is winning Sunni converts.

"War is deception," said the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). His life, recounted in the Sira, was that of what Muslims believe to be al-insan al-kamil, "the Most Perfect of Men." Muhammad's life is for the faithful the model for how to live.

"Muhammad participated in 78 battles," wrote scholar and critic of Islamism Hugh Fitzgerald, Vice President of the group Jihad Watch. "He approved of the beheading of the prisoners taken among the Bani Qurayza. He ordered an attack on inoffensive Jewish farmers of the Khaybar Oasis in order to seize booty. He ordered the assassination of those who offended him, including a woman (Asma bint Marwan), and a 90-year-old man."

And perhaps most disquieting to remember in this season of United Nations speeches, the Prophet Muhammad set the pattern for peace treaties between Muslims and non-Muslims with a document that was often praised by the late Palestinian terrorist leader Yassir Arafat when he spoke to his followers in Arabic.

This agreement, wrote Fitzgerald, was "made between Muhammad and the Meccans in 628 A.D., the Treaty of al-Hudaibiyya. It was supposed to be a ‘truce' treaty that would last 10 years. It lasted scarcely 18 months, when Muhammad, feeling that his forces had grown sufficiently, breached the agreement on a pretext, and attacked the Meccans. As Majid Khadduri notes in War and Peace in Islam, this Treaty of al-Hudaibiyya became the model, and basis, for all future ‘treaties' with Infidel peoples and polities."

The French now insist that the United States and Western Europe enter into prolonged treaty negotiations with Iran without requiring that this Shiite dictatorship cease enrichment of weapons grade uranium.

How do you negotiate with or trust a theocratic regime that believes it has a religious License to Lie to advance Islam? How do you sign any agreement with zealots who regard treaties as a temporary tactic to destroy others?

The Islamist world has two realms – dar al-Islam, the "House of Submission or Surrender" already under Muslim rule, and dar al-Harb, the "House of War" where Islam is destined to be imposed by the sword. These terms appear nowhere in the Qur'an or hadith, but the twisted faith of radical Islamists takes them as dogma.

Ahmadinejad believes that the 12th Imam is the Mahdi foretold in the hadith who will bring the final global triumph of Islam "by fire and sword." Iran's President believes that the 12th Imam will do this within the "next two years." Iran is now potentially only "months" away from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Ahmadinejad and those pulling his strings have used Taqiyya as well as Kitman (half-truths that mislead and deceive) and Tu-Quoque, the diversionary tactic of accusing others such as Christians and Jews of their own alleged lack of "peace" and "tolerance."

Note the similarity between Tu-Quoque and what Sigmund Freud called "Projection," the tendency to accuse others of what you yourself are guilty, e.g., a thief who accuses all those around him of being thieves. Ahmadinejad, e.g., in his United Nations speech accused the U.S. of being imperialistic when his own Islamist ideology is dedicated to world conquest and religious dictatorship.

Neither negotiations nor treaties can produce peace with Iran. Today the world's only protection against Iran's megalomaniacal rulers is to assertively disarm them.

If Democrats win control of Congress this November, President George W. Bush will have strong reasons to strike Iran's nuclear facilities before Democratic committee chairmen take office in January. Every vote for Democratic candidates could therefore, in effect, be a vote for immediate war with Iran.


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