A Short Critique of Islamic Fundamentalism
IntroductionToday we face a huge problem of Islamic extremism. Extremism isnothing new in religion but the simple scale of the problem we face fromthe above and its threat to our way of life is daunting. There is also goodreason to believe that this particular threat is bigger than Communism or National Socialism. There are two reasons for this:1)It is a direct descendant of National Socialism and if not of Marxism,shares a similar mindset and group ethic in order to impose itself uponthe human race and collective psyche, through means of coercion andcontrol.2)Its very nature is abstract enough to make it seem difficult to recogniseas a single entity but also a real enemy, in the sense that the older Hitlerite or Soviet enemies were to the West.The second reason is the one we shall deal with first. Religion throughits very nature is personal, even if practised in the public sphere. The personal relationship enjoyed by most Moslems with their god Allahand the promise of eternal salvation, makes the religion one of themost quixotic to understand and defeat in any war being fought in itsname. Unlike a political ideology like Communism and Nazism, no political tracts exist to guide the ideologue but a book called theKoran; a series of utterances supposed to come from Allah himself viathe angel Gabriel and from the mouth of the faith’s founder,Mohammed, an illiterate living in the 7
Century after Christ. Suchtracts are notoriously contradictory, as is the Christian Bible and mostof either, must be taken on faith. Faith in its very nature, is therefore amatter of personal belief and interpretation, so if any ideology existsas such in any such religion, it has no fixed agenda or crystallisedversion unlike written political tracts like Mein Kampf
.The very contradiction in these religions, has therefore led to a varietyof interpretations and indeed fractures and fault lines ranging acrossthe community of believers in Islam and Christianity. The enmity andviolence that stems from these differences have caused great violenceand schism between the believers in the above to such a degree, thateven today in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, Moslem kills Moslem
Adolf Hitler, German leader 1933-1945.
Karl Marx, 19
Century philosopher and thinker, Father of modern Socialism and state intervention.1