“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” -Martin Luther King.
Some of the most meaningful and monumental moments in our chaotic world are silent ones; sunrises, sunsets, rainbows, fervent prayer and that moment in time when one of the greatest orators in the 21st century, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu goes silent, speaking only through his reproachful stare.
Last week Netanyahu spoke to world leaders gathered at the United Nations regarding their silent acquiescence toward the dangerous Iranian nuclear agreement and Iran’s pledge that the state of Israel will cease to exist in 25 years. Part way through his speech, Netanyahu paused for 45 seconds, the silence deafening, silence that needed no international interpreter, a purposeful silence meant to speak to the soul.
Noticeably absent among this UN General Assembly was Secretary of State, John Kerry, who brokered the Iranian Nuke deal on behalf of Barack Obama and Iranian born Valerie Jarrett. Also not in attendance was United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. The Kerry/Power absence was such a profound snub to Netanyahu, on behalf of the United States, that it can only be interpreted as a subversive betrayal of our one time friend and ally, the state of Israel.
Iran has openly called for death to both America and Israel. Only a fool (like Barack Hussein Obama) ignores a credible threat by a committed strong enemy who swears to commit mass murder in the name of their perceived god, Allah.
Although religious Iranian Shiites believe that justice is good and injustice is evil, their definition of both is based on their ambiguity based on moral relativism. For example, Muslim jurists do not believe that “honesty” is an absolute moral value and therefore lying is permissible. The Persian poet Saadi captures this view on truth well; “A convenient lie is better than an evil-causing truth. So, if telling the truth put’s one’s life at risk, then truth loses its virtue.” The classical Muslim thinker Ghazali also explained speech as a means to an end; if a good end can be reached by telling the truth or by telling a lie, then lying is impermissible, however, if the end is a duty and can be reached both by telling a lie and the truth, then lying is permissible and if a duty cannot be fulfilled except by telling a lie, then lying is a duty.
Today in Iran, pro-regime theologian Morteza Motahhari distinguishes between expedient or “altruistic” lies which aim to promote greater good, and self-interested lies which are motivated by personal gain or advantage. Expedient lies, he explains are not bad and in fact their moral value is truth like. Another concept he condones is ‘towria’ or the use of double meaning that serves a purpose and avoids outright deception. Motahhari explains it this way; Enemy spies are pursuing an innocent person and are searching homes. They ask you about him. You are an honest person but if you tell the truth, that innocent person’s life will be at risk. When they ask you, “Have you seen him?” say “no,” but by “no” you do not mean that you have not seen him (you mean, for instance, that you did not see him last week, not today). This is towria.
In March of this year, Muhammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi, another pro-regime theologian who was President Ahmadinejad’s spiritual mentor, became chair of Iran’s “Khobregan” or Assembly of Experts” and is slated in time to become the successor to Ayatollah Ali Khameni as supreme leader, easily the most important position in the land. Yazdi believes lying can be permitted not only to save one’s life, but also to save one’s money: “Lying that leads to protection of one’s money [assets] or another’s money is good and necessary.”
In 2005, Yazdi wrote a book, “The Islamic Revolution, a Surge in Political Changes in History that was then reprinted in 2010. In it Yazdi says; “The most advanced weapons must be produced inside our country even if our enemies don’t like it. There is no reason that they have the right to produce a special type of weapons, while other countries are deprived of it,” According to Yazdi, “Under Islamic teachings, all common tools and materialistic instruments must be employed against the enemy and prevent the enemy’s military superiority.”
Permissible lying can also be found in the uniquely Shiite principle of ‘taqiyya’ which translates literally as caution, fear, or avoidance. But the term also means engaging in deception for the sake of self-protection and is synonymous with ‘Kitman’ or concealment. In practice, taqiyya dictates that if ever one’s life or money is at risk, lying about one’s faith or any other matter is permissible to avert harm.The classical Shiite theologian Amin al-Islam Tabarsi said that taqiyya is permitted “in all cases if it is necessary.” Some jurists argue further that in safeguarding the interests of the Muslim community, taqiyya can be highly desirable. Ayatollah Khomeini himself has stated publicly that “rulers or subjects should lie or even drink wine when required for the expediency of the Islamic government.”
In general, Islamic jurists recognize the legitimacy of lying during wartime as a means of deceiving the enemy. Hence, if Islamic law permits Muslims to lie for the sake of their own personal interests or welfare, then certainly Islamic governments can lie on behalf of the interests of the Muslim Umma (everyone who is Muslim regardless of sect). Unfortunately, the Obama regime is also full of liars, both Muslim and otherwise, and the UN General Assembly is full of unscrupulous liars.
The world’s problems can only be solved through honesty and open dialogue. When meaningful communication fails, the only sound is silence and silence can be like a cancer grows…people talking without speaking, people hearing without listening….
“You have seen many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open, but you hear nothing.” Isaiah 42: 20
It is only through God that even the most fundamental moral distinctions—good and evil, right and wrong, truth and lies have any meaning because God embodies the very definition of truth.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Let us never forget that Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is the only conduit through which God grants peace to man.
(All the facts pertaining to Islam were gleaned from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, “Nuclear Fatwa”, September 2011) an enlightening read.