RISE OF TERRORISM
If a sick person is to be treated properly, an accurate diagnosis is
essential. Whatever treatment follows that diagnosis must be followed
meticulously and decisively, until the sickness is finally expelled from
the body. If not, the illness will inevitably recur. The same applies
to one of the most serious ills affecting society. One of the chief reasons
why we can't find effective solutions to this century's social problems
is that their causes aren't properly identified. When dealing with any
social problem, the first thing to do is establish what causes give rise
to it. Otherwise, whatever measures are taken can only be temporary.
The roots of terrorism are often sought in concrete matters; and thus
the fight against it, aimed at these superficial targets, cannot provide
lasting results. In order to free the world from terrorism, the principal
factors behind it must be identified and eliminated.
THE TANGLED WEB OF TERRORISTS' LOGIC
It's not possible to defeat terrorism by security measures. By itself,
military force is only likely to meet with increased violence, producing
a vicious circle in which bloodshed continues to be answered with more
bloodshed. When embarking on the fight against terrorists, we need to
understand-and then combat--their way of thinking, the way they view life
and other human beings, and how they justify their use of violence.
A terrorist believes that he can succeed only by using violence. He wants
people around to fear him, and cloaks himself in pitilessness, ruthlessness
and aggression to bring that fear about. Anyone opposing his ideas is
an enemy, whom he regards as an object that needs to be eliminated. In
his article, "Terrorists View us as Targets, not as Humans," psychotherapist
and Journal Sentinel writer Philip Chard examines the terrorist mindset
and how they justify violent attacks aimed at defenseless people:
"Researchers have glimpsed aspects of [the terrorists'] psyches. Most
prominent among these is their capacity to view their victims
as things, as objects, as statistics that, they hope, will show up on
a casualty list.
Terrorists believe they can achieve their
aims only by violence. Through violence they spread fear in society,
which they hope to add to their power.
"They don't want to experience their victims as human
beings, as they would a friend or loved one. Rather, they strive to view
them as pawns on a political chessboard. Consequently, from their own
vantage point, terrorists don't perceive themselves as killing 'people.'
In order to slaughter with ease and callous indifference, they
mentally dehumanize us into 'targets' ... Their 'cause,' whatever
it may be, is sufficiently sacred, noble or desperate that it justifies
the carnage they instigate ... For most terrorists, their chief interest
resides in effects, not persons ... They are after ... the impact of the
massacre, not the experience of the massacre itself. Terrorists want to
murder hope, or a way of life, or the spirit of a group of people or an
entire nation. They destroy human beings because they believe
doing so is the fastest and most direct route to that goal."11
Philip Chard draws our attention to a most important matter: that terrorists
feel not the slightest pang of remorse at the death of others. On the
contrary, the more they can kill, the more successful they consider themselves
to be, and rejoice in that fact. Such minds can quite happily shoot innocent
people and bomb small children. For them, shedding blood becomes a source
of pleasure. They cease to be human and turn into savage monsters. If
one of them does evidence the slightest remorse, he is immediately branded
a traitor by his more radical comrades. Being more radical and more bloody
is considered to be more devout in the cause, so the zeal to kill increases
constantly. Since any dispute can easily be defined as treacher, terrorists
invariably use guns against each other, and carry out attacks on other
splinter groups within their own ranks.
This passionate attachment to violence goes deeper beyond political ideologies
and in fact stems from an underlying misconception about human nature.
The terrorist mindset finds its inspiration from the materialist philosophy
and Darwinist thought. Darwinism regards human beings as animals and maintains
that living things evolve through a struggle for survival in nature. Eliminating
the weak, so that the strong can emerge victorious, forms the essence
of any terrorist's twisted thinking.
THE TERRORIST MINDSET WAS BUILT BY DARWINISM
According to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, there is constant
conflict in nature, and a ruthless competition for survival. The strong
always defeat the weak, thus enabling progress. Out of that concept came
the idea of the "struggle for survival" and such terms as "the favored
races" (European whites) and "inferior" ones (Asian or African races).
This racist logic laid the groundwork for hatred and conflicts all over
the world. In turn, Darwin's idea of "the survival of the fittest" justified
a great many movements that led mankind to hatred, enmity, conflict and
Darwinism still indoctrinates people with the deception that humans are
no more than a highly developed animal species, the result of blind chance
and have no Creator. This theory maintains that the world once consisted
of nothing but inanimate rock, soil, and gasses. By sheer coincidence,
life emerged as a result of the effect of natural forces like wind and
rain and lightning on organic molecules. The theory goes on to explain
all life on earth, including human beings, as a product of the blind forces
of nature and mere chance. Yet this theory of evolution is a huge deception
that violates the most basic laws of chemistry and biology and defies
all reason and logic. (For more on this subject, see Chapter 7, The Evolution
Deception). However, the theory is imposed on modern society with an enormous
propaganda and people indoctrinated with this idea believe themselves
to be the products of chemical and biological accidents - free of all
responsibility to the Creator and His moral code. Moreover, those under
the spell of Darwinist logic-seeing life as a battlefield and therefore,
justifying all kinds of wickedness in the struggle for survival--are brainwashed
with the terrible idea that it's normal to treat other people like animals,
even to exterminate them.
The savagery of terrorism
is felt in almost every country in the world. According to U.S.
State Department figures, the year 2000 saw an 8 percent increase
in terrorist incidents over 1999.
People educated with such ideas transformed the 20th century into one
of savagery, supported conflict as part of Darwinism, and even regarded
war as the most important means of furthering their aims. "Dialectical
conflict" became the so-called justification for the massacres carried
out by Communist ideologues. Over the course of the century, Communist
terror cost the lives of some 120 million people. Darwin's nonsensical
"struggle for survival between the races " and "natural selection" became
the foundations for Nazism. Adolf Hitler claimed that only the superior
races could-or should-survive. The Fascist terror he inspired unleashed
a wave of slaughter across the entire world. Some 55 million people died
in World War II, which began as a result of the Nazis' policies of war
and occupation. Those in the 21st century who still follow those ideas,
regard violence as the only way and want this century to go down in history
as one of terror.
Darwinism's theory that man is a warring animal, with which so many are
subconsciously indoctrinated, has wreaked dreadful harm on mankind. Terrorist
attacks are echoes of that. Darwinist slogans that maintain that only
the strongest can survive, praise violence, support conflict, and see
war as a virtue need to be thrown, once and for all, into the dustbin
of history. Darwinism's overthrow can undermine all of those ideologies
that support conflict and violence.
On the other hand, the definition of human nature by the monotheist faiths
is much different Christianity, Judaism and Islam--the three religions
believed in by most people in the world--all oppose the Social Darwinist
value called conflict. As we'll see in greater detail in subsequent sections,
each of these religions aims at bringing peace and security to the world,
while opposing the oppression, torture, and killing of the innocent. Conflict
and violence, they agree, are abnormal and unwanted concepts, violating
the morality that God has set out for Man. Darwinism, on the other hand,
regards violence and conflict as essential, and therefore justified. In
short, the source of the world's terrorist nightmare lies in atheism and
its contemporary equivalents: Darwinism and materialism.
Since schools in many countries teach Darwinism as clear scientific fact,
new generations of terrorists are inevitable. From that point of view,
it's urgent to prevent young people from being taught that they're the
result of chance, descended from animals, totally unfettered with no duties
towards God, and can survive only by emerging victorious in the struggle
for survival. Anyone brought up to believe such concepts will inevitably
be selfish, aggressive, ruthless, and prone to violence. Such young people
are easily susceptible to anarchic and terrorist indoctrination. Following
such ideologies, they can become cruel enough to kill children and murder
their own brothers and sisters, without batting an eyelid. The communist,
racist and fascist terror groups that have plagued the world for the last
hundred years are the products of just such an educational system.
That being so, we need to expose the true rottenness of terrorist logic.
People need to be awakened to the fact, as effectively as possible, that
all those who support and believe in Darwinism are mistaken. Man is not
unfettered and irresponsible. We do have a Creator Who watches us at all
times, knows even our innermost thoughts and Who, in the hereafter, will
call us to account for all our deeds. Our Lord has created Man different
from the animals, in that we possess a soul, reason, free will, judgment
and powers of discrimination. If a weak-willed person, easily angered,
regards himself and others as mere animals, he can act in a totally ruthless
manner and easily do them harm. It makes no difference if those others
are totally innocent children. But anyone who possesses reason and conscience
and knows that he bears a soul, given him by God, holds his anger in check--no
matter what the circumstances. His judgment and conscience will always
prevail. Never will he do the slightest thing for which God might one
day call him to account.
Modern schools teach
Darwinism as if it were a scientific fact. This dissemination of
Darwinist philosophy helps the rise of social violence, including
terrorism. Indoctrinated with the idea that conflict and struggle
are a part of life, young people slowly begin to regard violence
as perfectly normal and even take pleasure in it.
In the Qur'an (91: 7-10), God reveals that Man is inspired by both evil
and the will to avoid it. Therefore, it's not some imaginary evolutionary
process that underlies moral degeneration and the commission of crimes.
Immorality and crime come from the evil side of human nature, which can
only be defeated by personal devotion to the moral values that God has
taught to humanity through religion. If people have no faith in God and
don't believe they must ever account to Him for their actions, they have
no reason to avoid committing evil in the forms of personal greed and
dishonesty or social evils like wars, racist killings, gang wars or ruthless
skinhead assaults. On a less dramatic level, it accounts for why people
are left to starve, and for the rampant injustice and ruthlessness in
the world today. There is no end to the cruelties of those who regard
Man as only an animal species, believing that they, like animals, are
engaged in a struggle for survival. Not believing in God and the hereafter,
they induce others to forget about them too.
Every human being bears a soul breathed into him by God, and is responsible
to the Creator Who created him out of nothing. In the Qur'an (75: 36-40),
God reminds those who think of themselves as totally unfettered that they
were created, and will be resurrected after death:
"Does Man reckon he will be left togo on unchecked? Was he not a drop
of ejaculated sperm, then a blood clot which He created and shaped, making
from it both sexes, male and female? Is He Who does this, not able to
bring the dead to life?"
So far, we have concentrated on how Social Darwinism, believing that
violence is the solution to every problem, encourages violence and is
the foundation of terrorism. That is why demolishing the Darwinistic theory--which
teaches that man is an animal, that only the physically powerful can survive,
and that human life is a battleground--will also demolish one of terrorism's
mainstays. The most effective means of protecting people from the nightmare
of terrorism is spiritual education. Societies can achieve permanent peace
only when their individuals learn to live by proper morality. Beyond that,
other measures, rules and precautions to regulate the life of society
can go only so far, but can never eradicate the scourge of terrorism.