Our Strategy and Goals
Elder of Ziyon has a great article that may be eye-opening for some. He talks about Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, and asks a simple, but overlooked question:
The question that Western observer need to be asking is: what are their goals?He adds:
They are very explicit in answering that question. Their main goal is to restore the caliphate, creating a single state run according to Islamic precepts that would stretch from Spain to Indonesia.
To Islamists, the Crusades were an unfortunate century or so, which they rectified. They look at Israel the same way - as an anomaly that will inexorably be destroyed in the coming decades, due to their current strategy of picking away at it piece by piece and enlisting clueless Westerners to rally to the cause in the name of "international law" and "human rights" that the Muslim world itself utterly rejects. Their patience and ability to take the long view is their strength.He makes crucial points in how to deal with Yishmael. However, when he says "the West does not", does that include us? Do we have goals? Do we have a strategy?
The important word is "strategy." The Islamists have one - a long term plan - and the West does not.
Those who do not believe in the coming of Mashiah can be lumped in with the rest of the "West". There is no difference. These people have no real goal, nor do they have a viable strategy.
To those of us who believe in the coming of Mashiah, our goals are clear. We strive for the building of the Beit Hamikdash, the coming of Mashiah, and a rectified world. These goals are what unite us all.
Our strategy of reaching those goals, on the other hand, are what divide religious Jews most prominently. We cannot seem to reach a consensus on fundamental Hashkafic matters. This wouldn't be a problem if we would be tolerant of each other's viewpoint, but, alas, this ideal seems distant.
If we want to be able to defeat Yishmael, the world's biggest challenge of our day, we need 2 things:
1) more Jews to get on board with our goals
2) a more unified strategy
The Muslims have many divisions too. However, they decided long ago that if they unite under a "Brotherhood", the caliphate can take over the world. Our goal is similar, but not quite. Actually, we want Hashem to take over the world:
As my father often says, "Unity need not mean uniformity," but it must mean tolerance of one another's Torah-based viewpoint. This is our best strategy of defeating Yishmael, and it looks like it will be a crucial one in the days ahead.