Kumar is wrong about irrelevance

Stan Lindsay slindsa at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 11 08:25:54 EST 2001

--- Kumar Ramanathan <kramanathan at earthlink.net>
> Who is good and who is evil is completely
> irrelevant. 

Despite some value in some other contributions Kumar
makes to the discussion of the current crisis, this
point is wrong.  The issue of "evil" and "evildoers"
is paramount (as is the issue of who is the
"aggressor") when dealing with Islamic terrorists. 
The Koran is the text by which the terrorists justify
their actions to their fellow Muslims (making their
murders into religious requirements).  The Koran says
that Muslims must not be "aggressors."  Hence, you
find "aggressor" terminology constantly employed in
the current crisis.  Both Saddam Hussein and Osama bin
Laden have worked hard to portray the U.S. as the
aggressors.  Otherwise, the terrorists would not be
permitted by Allah to conduct a holy war against the

If the terrorists are able to successfully label
America as the "aggressors," they are allowed to slay
the "evildoers" and the "unbelievers."  A typical
comment from the Koran states: "O believers, take not
Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of
each other.  Whoso of you makes them his friends is
one of them.  God guides not the people of the
evildoers." A typical comment concerning aggression
and holy war states:  "And fight in the way of God
with those who fight with you, but aggress not:  God
loves not the aggressors.  And slay them wherever you
come upon them and expel them from where they expelled
you; persecution is more grievous than slaying.  But
fight them not by the Holy Mosque until they should
fight you there; then, if they fight you, slay
them--such is the recompense of unbelievers."

I am submitting an article to QJS, following up on my
earlier Burkean analysis of the psychotic entelechy of
David Koresh in Waco (1999).  This piece analyzes the
Koran to see where the psychotic entelechy of bin
Laden is based.  As you listen to the rhetoric
surrounding this crisis, be especially attentive to
the terms "aggressor," "evildoer," and "unbeliever."

Stan A. Lindsay, Ph.D.
Department of Communication
Florida State University
slindsay at mail.pc.fsu.edu

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