Combating the Neo-Theocrats
We seem little closer to understanding and defeating a common
enemy (Terrorism), which remains primarily defined by its tactics
of terror and the underlying subversion of Islam. But terrorism
is merely a tool of twisted ideologues, whose recent atrocities
include the murdering and kidnapping of journalists, and the grotesque
immolation of Jordanian pilot Muath Al-Kasasbeh.
Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain
Terrorism is not an ideology; we are not merely fighting terrorists,
we are fighting theocrats. The current war is not against Islam,
It is against those who commandeer religion for their own ends
We know these are people who attempt to govern us here on Earth
as well as in the hereafter. They isolate themselves and place no
value on the social contract established among ourselves as societies
of human beings. They oppress women and slaughter those who do not
condone, approve of or subscribe to their own twisted ideology.
They also govern by religious edict, constraining the use of reason
itself among would-be believers. Their methodology combines the
tactics of religious ideology alongside lawless ?aramilitary rule.
It is fuelled by the gains of criminal enterprise in order to establish
the fiction of governance, through which continues the desperate
fight for geographic territory to claim, protect and rule.
We know they are opportunistic, thriving in the midst of social
upheaval and political turmoil, giving purpose and leadership to
the disillusioned, disaffected and forgotten. Where state paradigms
collapse, into the vacuum extremist ideology is more likely to come.
They spread their ideological message through a multitude of
channels, old and new, satellite channels unseen by Western audiences
and free of either its restrictions or regulation, broadcast, with
far greater impact than the internet, an almost continuous message
of intolerance and venom to the ignorant and the susceptible.
We face a new-world foe, one that while demonstrating many of
the practices of the 17th century also pursues a strategy of the
21st. We will not be able to address them through old world solutions
alone, but through a newly thought series of interventions, both
modern and traditional. It is only through a concerted, collective
and fundamental review of the nature of our threat that we will
help refine the focus of our challenge and thereby bring us closer
to achieving our shared goal. We can then strategically use our
combined resources to hold accountable these criminal ideologues
who place themselves above other ordinary human beings and claim
divine authority for misrule.
While in all probability we will sadly be fighting them for a
long time to come, barbaric and primitive though they are. These
individuals and groups will of course ebb and flow, but it is the
ideology that must be combated and defeated. In the process, we
can replace the term “war on terror” and focus on the real threat,
which is the rise of these evil fascist theocracies.