“If you concentrate exclusively on victory, with no thought for the after-effect, you may be too exhausted to profit by the peace, while it is almost certain that the peace will be a bad one, containing the germs of another war. This is a lesson supported by abundant experience”
“Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter. Nearly all the battles which are regarded as masterpieces of the military art have been battles of maneuver in which very often the enemy has found himself defeated by some novel expedient or device, some queer, swift, unexpected thrust or stratagem. In such battles the losses of the victors have been small”
Saudi Arabia has recently been taking steady and consecutive steps towards secularism.
Beginning with curbing the authority of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice committee, to detaining many Imams and conforming to Trump’s every request and order.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says: “One of the outcomes of President Trump’s summit in Riyadh was the creation of the center to counter extreme Muslim messaging with Saudi Arabia. The center has a number of elements to attack extremism around the world. One of the elements is to publish new textbooks that go into the schools that’re in the Mosques around the world.
This center is going to have a very broad range, from social media, to broadcast, to how young Imams are trained and the theological centers.”
This basically means that Islamic books from Saudi Arabia have to be approved by the American government and the Saudi Imams have to follow what the American Government approves/dictates.
On September 16, 1982, following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the right-wing Christian Phalange militia stormed the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in West Beirut and began a bloody massacre.
The Phalanges, allies to the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), were ordered by the IDF to clear out Sabra and Shatila from Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) fighters, as part of the IDF maneuvering into West Beirut.
The Israeli Army surrounded Sabra and Shatila and stationed troops at the exits of the area to prevent camp residents from leaving and, at the Phalangists’ request, fired illuminating flares at night.
The massacre lasted for three days 16-18 September and resulted in the death of approximately 800 – 3500 civilians, mostly from Palestinian refugees.
In an interview with Mohammed Shehzad (rediff), former leader of Taliban, Mullah Umar said:
“I did not want to destroy the Bamiyan Buddha. In fact, some foreigners came to me and said they would like to conduct the repair work of the Bamiyan Buddha that had been slightly damaged due to rains. This shocked me. I thought, these callous people have no regard for thousands of living human beings — the Afghans who are dying of hunger, but they are so concerned about non-living objects like the Buddha. This was extremely deplorable. That is why I ordered its destruction. Had they come for humanitarian work, I would have never ordered the Buddha’s destruction.”
On 6 March 2001, The Times quoted Mullah Mohammed Omar as stating, “Muslims should be proud of smashing idols. It has given praise to Allah that we have destroyed them.”
On August 29, 1966, Sayyid Qutb was executed along with two of his companions, Muhammad Yusuf Awwash and Abdul Fattah Isma’il.
Sayyid Qutb “welcomed” death and did not accept any attempts to change his stance until his end came. Because this, he felt, was how his words would truly impact the masses. He writes:
“Indeed our words will remain lifeless, barren, devoid of any passion, until we die as a result of these words, whereupon our words will suddenly spring to life and live on amongst the hearts that are dead, bringing them back to life as well…”
He would tell his fellow inmates, “Brother(s) push ahead, for your path is soaked in blood. Do not turn your head right or left but look only up to Heaven.”
One of his inmates asked him, “Why were you so open in the court that holds your neck under its threat?” He replied, “Because concealment is not permissible in Aqeedah, and it is not for the leader to take the allowances in religion.”
Despite saying the US should get out of Aghanistan in 2013, US president, Donald Trump is now ramping up the war by deploying 3,900 more troops to Afghanistan, as part of his new war “strategy”.
The war in Afghanistan, which began on October 7, 2001, is the longest war in American history. It has claimed the lives of more than 2,200 US troops (official version) and cost more than $800bn in a “lost” cause.
The US Defense Secretary James Mattis admitted their failure in a 2018 armed services budget hearing saying: “We are not winning in Afghanistan right now”.
Responding to Trump’s strategy, the Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said: “If America doesn’t withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, soon Afghanistan will become another graveyard for this superpower in the 21st century.”
A senior Taliban commander also told the AFP news agency: “For generations, we have fought this war, we are not scared, we are fresh, and we will continue this war until our last breath.”
On the morning of August 21, 1969, the Australian Dennis Michael Rohan set the southeastern wing of Al-Aqsa Masjid in Jerusalem on fire.
The fire destroyed approximately one third (1500 square meters of 4400) of the total area of the Masjid, and the 1000 year old historic pulpit that was presented by Salahudin in the 12th Century.
Israeli occupying forces cut off the water supply and prevented the fire engines from arriving on time to extinguish the fire.
Zionist authorities have since been trying to destroy Al-Aqsa Masjid by damaging its foundation and building tunnels under it. They routinely subject Palestinians in Al-Quds to forced expulsions, home demolitions, land confiscation, ethnic segregation, and seizure of identity cards.