Cal  Thomas

In his book, "Islam, Muhammad and the Koran," Dr. Labib Mikhail, an Egyptian who moved to the United States in 1973, notes: "The Koran commands Muslims to fight non-Muslims until they exterminate all religions so that Islam will be the world's only religion." In the Koran, Surat Al-Baqarah 2:193 says: "And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah) and (all and every kind of) worship is for Allah (alone). But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against As-Zatimun (the polytheists and wrongdoers)." To a devout Muslim, a polytheist is a Christian, who believes that God is three persons in one.

As with Vietnam, there is tremendous political pressure to put something in place in Iraq for which victory, or "peace with honor," can be claimed. America's enemies know this, and so they might agree to sign something they plan to renounce later for the purpose of getting the United States to withdraw its forces and make a takeover that much easier.

Secular leaders who fail to understand and appreciate the religious component of those who would rule Iraq miss something of crucial importance. As Mikhail writes in his book: "...freedom of religion was granted (throughout Arabia) to all religions before Islam. When Islam subdued all Arabia, freedom of religion was eliminated, and Islam became the only religion until this day."

No wonder the IRD is concerned. There should be similar concern and watchfulness by the Bush administration, lest the political doctrine of "peace with honor" - which was neither peace nor honor - be repeated.

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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