بوست - 19/6/2007
لقد انتصرت حماس لأن مقاتليها
متعصبين دينيين و هم على
استعداد للموت في سبيل قضيتهم.
بينما تدير فتح وكالة توظيف
مسلحين تحت شعار القومية
hear no end of explanations for the terrorist triumph:
Hamas was backed by
true. And all secondary factors.
security forces in
Fatah folded like a pup tent in a tornado.
won because its fighters are religious fanatics ready to
die for their cause. Fatah runs an armed employment
agency under the banner of Palestinian nationalism. Most
of the latter's security men are on the payroll because
relatives or ward pols got them jobs. And they want to
stay alive to collect their wages.
result was predictable. Our government pretended
otherwise. Now hairs should be standing up on the backs
of thousands of necks, from the White House to the Green
al-Qaeda-in-Iraq terrorists, the core members of Muqtada
al-Sadr's Mahdi Army and the hard-line Sunni ghazis are
willing to die for the victory of their faction and
their faith. They believe they're doing Allah's will. It
gives them a strength we rush to explain away.
raw numbers suggest that
showing that most Iraqis "want peace" and
don't support the extremists only deceive us (because we
want to be deceived). It wouldn't matter if 99 percent
of the Iraqis loved us like free falafel, if we're
unwilling to annihilate the fraction of 1 percent of the
population with the weapons and will to dictate the
future to the rest.
the height of last week's fighting in
still matter, of course. But strength of will can
overcome hollow numbers. And nothing - nothing - gives
men a greater strength of will than religious
don't want to hear it. Secular virtues were supposed to
triumph. They didn't, but we still can't let go of our
dream of a happy-face, godless world where nobody
refusal to acknowledge the unifying - and terrifying -
power of extremist religion has deep roots. As academics
rejected and derided faith in the last century, even the
Thirty Years' War - the horrible climax of
the Thirty Years' War was about faith. All the other
factors were in play, but the core issue, from the
Protestant coup in
problem is that, of those who rise in government, few
have witnessed the power of revelation or caught a
life-changing glimpse of the divine. They simply can't
imagine that others might be willing to die for all that
mumbo-jumbo. Our convenience-store approach to faith
leaves us numb to the passion of our enemies.
true believer always beats the feckless attendee. The
best you can hope for is that the extremist will
eventually defeat himself.
that does leave us some hope: Fanatics inevitably
over-reach, as al Qaeda's Islamo-fascists have done in
is the nuclear weapon of the fanatic. And there's not
going to be a religious "nuclear freeze." It
doesn't matter how many hearts and minds you win, if you
don't defeat the zealots with the muscles.
Peters' new book, "Wars of Blood and Faith,"
comes out on July 25.
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