By Mike Shoesmith
Did you know, for example, that in Afghanistan they have an annual 'fighting season?' Those who have fought in that country are all too familiar with it. Every spring when the snow melts it begins... fighting season in Afghanistan. Embedded journalist Tim Malloy wrote an interesting article on his experiences there...
"Spring has come to Parwan Province.
The snow is melting in the Hindu Kush mountains, opening the passes for insurgents to travel down to the broad valley where multi-national forces are trying to hold off the resurrection of the Taliban.
Fighting season has begun."
He went on to say it was expected to be the bloodiest 'fighting season' since the war began. See his full article here.
In Islam, war is embedded in the religion.
Jihad (English pronunciation: //; Arabic: جهاد ǧihād [dʒiˈhæːd]), an Islamic term, is a religious duty of Muslims. In Arabic, the word jihād translates as a noun meaning "struggle". Within the context of the classical Islam, particularly the Shiahs beliefs, it refers to struggle against those who do not believe in Islamic God (Allah). However, the word has even wider implications.
Jihad is commonly used term for "Holy War", Jihad means "to struggle in the way of Allah". Jihad appears 41 times in the Quran and frequently in the idiomatic expression "striving in the way of God (al-jihad fi sabil Allah)". A person engaged in jihad is called a mujahid; the plural is mujahideen. Jihad is an important religious duty for Muslims. A minority among the Sunni scholars sometimes refer to this duty as the sixth pillar of Islam, though it occupies no such official status. In Twelver Shi'a Islam, however, Jihad is one of the 10 Practices of the Religion.
So then, as it was (or will be if Roddenberry is a prophet) for the Klingons so it is for the Muslims - an honor to die in battle. Muslims who are truly honest about their religion and who have no interest in western materialism have no problem admitting this. Wikipedia goes on to soften the meaning of the term 'Jihad' to cater to western sensibilities but in those countries where Islam is the predominant religion it is clear. Muslims are a people of war.
Having cleared this up we are able to more clearly see the meaning behind these words as they relate to the 5th trumpet of Revelation.
And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
Recent events in Syria have shown us that the chemical weapons which were reportedly not found in Iraq were thought to have been transported to Syria. This revelation has also had the added bonus for George Bush of vindicating his intelligence claims that the WMD's really did exist. As we look back at the Kuwaiti war designed to oust Saddam Hussein 5 months after his invasion of Kuwait (the actual invasion lasted a total of 7 months but allied forces went in after 5 months just as the prophecy predicts) we learn that the effort was cut short due to images coming out of the so-called 'highway of death.' The effort became too intense and too politically charged to continue.
"According to Colin Powell, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the future Secretary of State, the "shooting gallery" scenes carnage was the reason to end the Persian Gulf War hostilities after the Liberation of Kuwait campaign. Powell wrote later in his autobiography My American Journey that "the television coverage was starting to make it look as if we were engaged in slaughter for slaughter's sake."
In Clark's report, Joyce Chediac, activist of the U.S. communist Workers World Party (which supported the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein), claimed that "all" of "tens of thousands" Iraqis were killed in "surely one of the most heinous war crimes in contemporary history" (the UN resolution in questions had actually demanded the Iraqi forces to leave the occupied Kuwait "on or before 15 January 1991""
According to the Foreign Policy Research Institute, however, "appearances were deceiving":
Postwar studies found that most of the wrecks on the Basra roadway had been abandoned by Iraqis before being strafed and that actual enemy casualties were low. Further, opinion surveys showed that American support for the war was largely unaffected by the images. (Arab and Muslim public opinion was, of course, another matter, about which Powell may have been rightly concerned.)
Hussein and his forces were permitted to escape back into Iraq. The Jihad ended at the will of the Infidels and not at the will of the Muslim combatants. Dying in a Jihad, as we outlined as an embedded tenet in Islam, fled from them. Reports of the carnage were greatly exaggerated in part to portray a large martyr count. Great efforts were made to minimize casualties.
Jihad is not only launched against unbelievers but also against fellow Muslims. This has been an ongoing problem in-house for the Muslims ever since its founding. The prophecy declares that the 5th trumpet will be against those who "have not the seal of God in their foreheads" meaning those who are not saved by the cross of Christ. This is exactly what see happened in the Iraq/Kuwait war (as well as many others, Iraq/Iran, etc.) Saddam believed the Kuwaiti's were slant-drilling into their sovereign land and stealing their oil.
In his 1996 Fatwa declaring war on the US, bin Laden quotes a hadith passage (Muhammad's words and deeds outside of the Quran) that has the prophet describing heaven for the martyrs fallen in a holy war. The first moment blood gushes, they are guaranteed Islamic heaven. They receive crowns, jewels, and seventy-two dark-eyed houris or beautiful maidens, for each martyr.
[A] martyr's privileges are guaranteed by Allah; forgiveness with the first gush of his blood, he will be shown his seat in paradise, he will be decorated with the jewels of belief, married off to the beautiful ones, protected from the test in the grave, assured security in the day of judgment, crowned with the crown of dignity, a ruby of which is better than this whole world and its entire content, wedded to seventy-two of the pure Houris (beautiful women of Paradise) and his intercession on the behalf of seventy of his relatives will be accepted.
This hadith source that bin Laden cites puts together different Quranic passages describing Islamic heaven, complete with beautiful virgins (Suras 44:51-56; 52:17-29; 55:46-78), with those describing the immediate reward of heaven for jihadist martyrs (Suras 61:10-12; 4:74; 9:111). (For multiple translations of these "virgin verses" and other sensuous descriptions of Islamic heaven, go to this site, and type in the references: 44:51-56; 52:17-29; 55:46-78.) Source.
"Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority has issued a decree sanctioning a holy war against Saddam Hussein by all Muslims and "those assisting them" to evict his forces from Kuwait.
The "fatwa," or religious decree, authorizing the "jihad," or holy war, was issued by Sheik Abdulaziz bin Abdulla bin Baz, the head of the Council of Ulema, Saudi Arabia's most senior Islamic authority. It was written at the beginning of the coalition's offensive against Iraq, and published on Friday in a special edition of al-Muslimoon, the most popular Islamic weekly newspaper. Copies of the decree were posted today in several mosques across Riyadh.
The fatwa blesses not only all Muslims participating in the war to evict Iraqi forces from Kuwait, but non-Muslims as well, a highly unusual event. It calls the Iraqi leader "the enemy of God," a strong condemnation in Islamic terms. Support for the King
"The fatwa removes any doubt about the religious justification for asking non-Muslims to help this country attack another Muslim country," said a religious scholar, who spoke on condition that he not be identified."
After the war, correspondents did find some cars and trucks with burned bodies, but also many vehicles that had been abandoned. Their occupants had fled on foot, and the American planes often did not fire at them. That some Kuwaiti civilians who had been kidnapped by the fleeing Iraqis probably also perished on what became the highway of death is a true tragedy. Which proves once more that even in an era of precision weapons, war is hell; it can be civilized to some extent by rules of conduct, but the most humane thing to do is to end it as quickly as possible.That is the western attitude, an attitude not shared by Muslim nations, at least one of which has an annual season of fighting.
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