A “Holy War” is the same as being “pretty ugly”, it is an oxymoron used as a fancy suit to dress up a pig of human behavior that under any circumstances would be viewed as primitive, animalistic and bloodthirsty.
This high-sounding term is nothing more than men granting themselves a license to do all of the despicable things that men can do without feeling any guilt because they are acting in the cause of God. Perhaps, lunatics, fanatics and the mentally unstable buy into this thinking but there is no such thing as a Holy War just as there is no such thing as Microsoft Works!
Perhaps, lunatics, fanatics and the mentally unstable buy into this thinking but there is no such thing as a Holy War just as there is no such thing as Microsoft Works!
Throughout history, men have justified war and cruelty in the name of God. The Inquisition and the Crusades are just two examples of “Holy Wars” that were really barely disguised attempts at colonialism and plain old theft. Islam also had its wars of conquest and invoked the term “Holy War” to cover its tracks also.
There is nothing Holy about war at all and that is why men and women of reason and rationale go out of their way to avoid it but for those who are inadequate of the world and its many complexities, it is the perfect rallying call for those mindless throngs who seek answers elsewhere rather than to peer too deeply at themselves. This type of fundamentalism, whether Christian or Islamic, reflects a basic weakness in dealing with the real world and modernity.
There is little difference between the Christian fundamentalist or Islamic fundamentalist or for that matter any fundamentalist. They are seeking not a return to fundamentals but a return to the 12th century when the world lived in ignorance and fear of the unknown. A Holy War? Humbug! Let’s call it what it is and that is a chance for intolerant and self-righteous people to fight, maim and kill other people who have the audacity to be self-reliant, freethinking and able to live in the world as it is.
A Holy war? No, it is putting lipstick on a pig.