Originally Posted by Link
I think a common error many of us are making is the assumption. that warfare has not changed. Wars in todays world are no longer won or lost on battle fields. Loses are no longer measured in terms of death or destruction.
Victory is now measured in concepts of corporate profits. The corporations do not care, as long as they can retain the posistion of being the supplier to whoever retains or gains control of the budget.
I believe that in todays world, it is more difficult for a person to seek to live for Islam, then it is to die for Islam. Winning and loosing countries and land is not dependent on the outcome of physical battles anymore. No longer are any nations totaly independent. In todays world the physical destruction of an enemy can be very counter-productive and the successful winner on the battlefield may end up as the looser of the war.
Yes, we need to Unite as Muslim to protect and preserve our faith. Yes, we need to support each other as brothers and sisters. But, we need to take a close look at what is true protection. What is the best way to support our Brothers and Sisters? Perhaps the best support may be to help our brothers and sister to become economicaly competative in the world, help them achieve independence from outside influences, protect them from bringing distruction down upon themselves. Not for them to become Westernised, but to help them be competative in dealings with the Western world. The oil income in the Mid-east is near it's end. Within our lifetime we will see our Arab brothers and sisters living in poverty, unless we can help them develop resources other then oil and develope markets for what they develope.
Economic destruction is a far more destructive weapon then what can be inflicted with mere physical weapons.
The biggest error any country could make in todays world, would be to achieve world dominence. It destroyed Greece, It destroyed Rome. We need to learn from history. Throw away our weapons of destruction and become truly valiant soldiers and fight with the weapons of todays world, which are Education, health, economic independence and a secure future for our children.