Together, these factors extend the life and effectiveness of the organization that has expanded its House of War
vision to other Muslim countries that do not bear allegiance to its putative caliphate.
A teacher to the teachers of today's jihadists, Qutb produced a synthesis that requires the cleansing of the House of Islam of infidels and unbelievers; the creation of an Islamic state governed by Islamic law; the state's extension through conquest in the House of War
; and the treatment of other religions and political orders as not simply mistaken but evils to be extinguished, and the treatment of all who disagree--Muslim as well as non-Muslims--as enemies to be wiped out.
HOUSE OF WAR: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power
Galbraith recalled his warnings against the Vietnam misadventure and how the Washington military establishment stoked it up, for 'It was occupationally appropriate that both the armed services and the weapons industries should accept and endorse hostilities' as they blasted the 'spurious distinction between a private and a public sector.' It is these insights which Carroll has developed in House of War, and his prognoses mirror the recent and equally troubling investigations of Seymour M.
House of War is a polemic against American might and those who have served it, but it is hardly a surprise coming as it does from a one-time Georgetown University "ROTC Cadet of the Year" turned leftist "peacenik priest" (his words) who remains profoundly troubled as the son of an influential if obscure cold warrior.
Nowhere in House of War is there even a hint that, notwithstanding the considerable imperfections of American statecraft since Pearl Harbor, the rise of American power was anything other than, to cite the book's subtitle, "disastrous." Really?
James Carroll took another view as he read from his new book, The House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power (Houghton Mifflin).
In House of War, Carroll finds most disturbing our country's adoption of an ethic that sanctions the development and use of weapons that make no distinction between military and civilian targets.
Meanwhile, unbelievers in unconquered countries were said to be living in the Dar al-Harb, the House of War
, a phrase indicating that one day they too would be obliged by force of arms to choose between death, conversion, and dhimmitude.
Lewis's chapter on "The House of War
" describes the theological basis for jihad and martyrdom and lays the groundwork for his chapters on "The Marriage of Saudi Power and Wahhabi Teaching" and "The Rise of Terrorism." The rise of terror among Muslim extremists, Lewis argues, does not necessarily grow out of a sense of disenchantment with the West per se, but out of a feeling of betrayal by leaders within Islam who attempt to modernize the Middle Eastern landscape (p.
Such war is not waged to convert monotheistic infidels, but rather to extend the "house of Islam" through the conquest of the infidels' territory (i.e., the "house of war
"), a conquest likened to a "liberation from unbelief." War thus waged contributes to the ultimate, definitive, and inexorable victory of the Muslim community (Umma).
In the eyes of Islamic extremists who persecute Christians in their lands, Christians inhabit Dar-al-Harb (the House of War
) against which war is to be waged until all accept the Muslim faith or submit to Muslim rule.
All other areas are comprised in Dar al-Harb (the House of War
), which should be pacified by converting the world into one unique House of Islam.
His basic historical lesson is that the contest is Islamic-originated, as expressed in the concept of the conflict between dar al Islam (the house of Islam) and dar al Harb (the house of War
) for global sovereignty.
House of War
: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006.