The Times carries a story today (October 31) about a mass wedding of 300 Arab Muslim men and women in Gaza, a mass wedding sponsored by Hamas. The individual desires or needs of the individual brides and grooms are of no signficance either to each other or to Hamas. Their marriages have been arranged for the sole purpose of furthering procreation, and as one of the grooms said, to "producing another generation that believes in resistance." The women in question have all been married before, but were left widowed when their husbands died, either iin homicide-bombings or other terrorist acts against Israel or, in some cases, in actions against other Muslim Arabs, those in Fatah.
Three excerpts from the report are especially piquant and telling:
#1. Demographic Conquest (or, Cannon Fodder):
"’Marriage is the same as jihad,’ or holy war, said Muhammad Yousef, one recently married member of the Qassam Brigades, the Hamas underground. ‘With marriage, you are producing another generation that believes in resistance.'"
#2. Hypocrisy (or, Hair Hijab-Curbed, But Plenty Of Estee Lauder):
"The brides, sitting separately among the women, wore head scarves and black robes over their evening dresses but were easily spotted by their heavy makeup."
#3. Beyond-Belief Fanaticism, Or, Won't Niagara Falls Do?:
"Muhammad Yousef, the groom who equated marriage with jihad, came to celebrate and collect $200 even though his family is considered reasonably well off. In July 2006, an Israeli tank crew fired in his direction as he and his group fired rockets at Israel. He was badly wounded in the chest and both legs, and his friends took him for dead and celebrated his "martyrdom" on the way to the hospital morgue.
But he survived, and because of his severe physical injuries, moved from firing rockets to manufacturing them instead. Yousef said he shared all the details of his past with his wife before they married, and she accepted his way of life wholeheartedly. The night before the mass wedding party, he said, his wife shared with him her ultimate wish: to carry out a joint suicide attack against Israel.”
Keep that last sentence of the report firmly in mind:
"The night before the mass wedding party, he said, his wife shared with him her ultimate wish: to carry out a joint suicide attack against Israel."
Try to imagine Israel, or any other country, ever coming to some sort of understanding with, or even "integrating" into an Infidel nation-state, those who quite naturally can come to harbor such a desire.
It doesn't require Nuremeberg rallies and round-the-clock party inculcation. It is enough to read the most relevant parts of the Qur'an, Hadith, and Sira, and, conscious that you are a Muslim, take them deeply to heart. That's enough. That's more than enough. And even though one may not always follow the rules about What Is Commanded and What Is Prohibited in Islam, may at times harbor some secret doubts about parts of Islam, it is the consciousness of "being a Muslim" that can be enough to cause someone, out of personal despair as well as religious fanaticism, to act the way a Muslim should act -- and that can mean danger, even murderous danger, for non-Muslims.
Try to imagine any non-Muslim woman, the night before her wedding, shyly confiding to her future husband her secret dream, her ultimate wish: with him, her new husband-to-be, "to carry out a joint suicide attack against" Israel, or America, or [Your Country Here].