Sunday, January 25, 2009

Separation of church and state

You have probably noticed. It is becoming politically correct for our school systems and our government not to show any religious tendency. My sons’ school doesn’t have a Christmas party. They have a winter party, just before the Christmas break. The Ten Commandments are out. This is called separation of church and state, which I agree with. Maybe not all of the details, but overall.

I can see why the Islamic headscarf will be such a problem. Or anyone at work who is allowed breaks for prayers. I am attempting to keep an eye on Islamic law in England and Europe. In a number of places, they are attempting to merge their legal systems. I just do not see how it can be possible. In addition to being a religion, Islam IS a state complete with a foreign policy and a legal system with jurisprudence that goes back for 1400 years. Loyalty to Islam is above government for many observant Muslims. One of the two basic issues decided by the U.S. Civil War was loyalty to the Federal government is greater than loyalty to the state government. States rights.

This along with a number of issues based upon Islamic law is sufficient justification to wage offensive warfare. This is a contributing reason for much of the ‘irregular’ warfare that is common throughout the Islamic world. Other basic reasons contribute but this one is pretty universal throughout the different situations where Islamic ‘insurgents’ are active. I expect this to be the case in many Islamic areas where attacks are at a low-level, if any at all. In other words, like the good Germans, or the good southerners. Many if not everyone, will fight for his or her way of life. Many good people are caught on the wrong side. They are still the enemy. If you fail to see it this way, you are placing yourself at a tremendous disadvantage as well as being harmful to your own effort to win the war. If the cause if worth killing over, then it is damn well worth doing everything possible to win.

Separation of church and state is one of the main issues that this war is about and it will not be resolved through negotiation. History has shown time and again that issues like this one are resolved violently. In other words, suppression of violence will only allow it to build up until it explodes again. Sounds familiar, kind of like the Middle East in general. This is one of the primary reasons as to why this is so. An additional problem here is that time is NOT on our side. We cannot just allow time to pass in the hope that interaction with us and the rest of the world will cause the change that is necessary. It is only a matter of time before one of these Islamic terrorist groups obtains and deploys an effective weapon of mass destruction. It is far better to fight the war today on a conventional level, than to allow this to occur.

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