The non-Muslim world was horrified recently when the Islamic State (or Caliphate) attacked a small population of Yazidis (an ancient religious group), raped and enslaved the women, murdered the men and tried to starve fleeing survivors [a, b, c, d ] .
The Islamic State has also attacked Christians, though not with the same ferocity. Christians have been able to buy their lives by paying huge amounts of protection money under the Koranic 'jizya' dispensation, which allows three groups of people, Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians, who are known as 'people of the book', to retain their religion and their lives by accepting 'dhimmi' status.
Yazidis and Buddhists are not ‘people of the book’ and are not eligible for dhimmi status (or dhimmitude, as it is known) and must convert or be exterminated, or in the case of the Yazidis, simply be exterminated. So what has happened to the Yazidis is a forestaste of what will happen to Buddhists as the Caliphate extends its reach globally.
Some naïve Westerners have been puzzled why 'moderate' Muslims have not condemned the Caliphate’s genocidal activities, [a] but the reason is that the Islamic State’s actions are in complete accordance with the Koran, so to condemn them would be to condemn the Koran, which is blasphemous and punishable by death.
Extreme versus moderate Islam
Islam is a supremacist, totalitarian system that cannot and will not coexist on equal terms with any other worldview, and seeks to impose its own ideology throughout the world [a].
This imposition cannot be brought about by rational argument, since Islam rejected reason long ago [a]. But instead, Islam spreads by political subversion and military force.
The Islamic State’s neighbor and ally, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said: “There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.” [a] and “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers” [a]
Coercion, intimidation, thuggery and outright terrorism are intrinsic and essential features of Islam, without which it could not spread, or even survive [a]. Islam is so intellectually moribund and ethically repulsive that it cannot compete for followers in a free marketplace of ideas, but must eliminate its competitors by whatever means may be necessary.
It is clear that Islam is not a religion in any normal sense, but has more in common with those vicious tyrannies Nazism and Stalinism. The religious aspect is a thin veneer to dupe and manipulate the gullible masses, and raise an army of sexually frustrated youths hoping for 72 virgins in Allah's brothel in the sky, while the leaders enjoy the fruits of their powers.
How Islam sees others
Islam divides humanity into two implacably antagonistic groups - Muslims (collectively known as the Ummah) versus Kaffirs (aka Kufr, Kuffars, Infidels or non-believers).
Kaffirs are subdivided further - Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians who accept the supremacy of Islam are known as Dhimmis, and are allowed to live as second-class citizens, provided they pay the extortionate Jizya (infidel tax) to their Muslim masters. The state of being a submissive Dhimmi is known as Dhimmitude. [a]. Humiliation of Kaffirs, especially by sexual humiliation and gang-rape, is especially important to Jihadists [ a b].
Buddhists, Pagans and members of all other 'non-Abrahamic' religions, together with secularists, and those Jews and Christians who do not accept Muslim domination, are regarded as Harbis - targets of war destined for extermination. However ultimately ALL Jews, even those who live submissively under Islamic domination, will be exterminated [a].
(In fact some Muslims describe Buddhists as 'Mushrik' - idolaters - a Muslim term of abuse which places them even lower than 'najis kafirs'.)
|Execution of a harbi|
Islam is at permanent war with harbis, even if the harbis don't actually do anything to annoy Muslims. The harbis' mere existence is itself an act of war. A Harbi has no rights, not even the right to live, as was shown recently in the caliphate's execution of James Foley for being a harbi [a,b, c ]
Jihadist children are taught from an early age to hate and kill harbis...
|Child's play -- before...|
Dar al-Harb and Dar al-Islam
Areas under Muslim control are known as Dar al-Islam. Areas under Harbi control are known as Dar al-Harb - the domain of war. The Koran commands Muslims to wage perpetual war (Jihad) against Dar al-Harb until the entire world is Dar al-Islam. These attacks are ordained by Allah and are non-negotiable in the long term, though the practice of taqiyya (holy deception) allows temporary deceptive peace agreements (’Hudna’) to be made if the forces of Islam are too weak to attack the Harbis successfully.
Buddhists as Harbis
Buddhists have always been favorite targets for jihad because:
(1) The Koran (Surah 9, ayah 5) commands that polytheists and idolaters should be exterminated wherever they are found. Buddhist statues and icons provided the perfect excuse for a bloodbath. Modern Muslims continue to believe that since Buddhists are not monotheists they must be forced to convert to Islam or be killed.
(2) Being pacifists, Buddhists were unable to defend themselves.
Given this long history of uncompromising hostility towards Buddhism, which has 'sanctified' the slaughter of Buddhist sangha and destroyed Buddhist civilizations throughout Asia, the future of Buddhism looks bleak indeed, as the Caliphate commands the loyalty of more and more Muslims and spreads throughout the world [a].
The Islamic memeplex is terrifyingly unstoppable [a,b]. Hence Buddhism is unlikely to survive as the world inevitably becomes more Islamized by conquest, subversion, immigration and demographic growth.
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