by Bill Levinson
Dante’s Inferno assigns the worst parts of Hell to practitioners of perfidy: “fraudulent acts between individuals who share special bonds of love and trust.” Thousands of years of human history provide a good reason for this, because the safety of the human species depends on relationships of this nature.
We are, like any other animal, at our most vulnerable when we sleep. This, in turn, requires an extraordinary level of trust between guests and hosts. This is why of the most abhorrent acts possible, as reflected by Ptolomea in the Inferno, involves the murder of a guest by a host, or a host by a guest. This special relationship is why Macbeth’s murder of King Duncan is particularly horrific in Shakespeare’s play. The equally perfidious murder of a sleeping comrade is the crime for which the British Army executes a soldier in Kipling’s Danny Deever:
They are hangin’ Danny Deever, you must mark ‘im to ‘is place,
For ‘e shot a comrade sleepin’ – you must look ‘im in the face;
Nine ‘undred of ‘is county an’ the regiment’s disgrace,
While they’re hangin’ Danny Deever in the mornin’.
Nidal Hasan similarly entered a military base while wearing the same uniform as his intended victims, who therefore trusted him implicitly. Although they were not actually asleep, they might as well have been because of this relationship of trust. Then Hasan opened fire on them, and even shot the wounded.
The bullet had punctured my lung and I was gasping for breath. As I lay there, he shot me five more times in my back and legs.
This is what a Soldier of Allah (SOA, Hasan’s self-depiction) does. He dons the uniform of his enemies, accepts the pay of his enemies along with their trust, and then shoots them when they are unarmed. Then he continues to shoot them when they are wounded and helpless. Palestinian “Soldiers of Allah,” meanwhile, butcher civilian families (e.g. the Fogels) in their sleep.
Perfidy is, therefore, as much a characteristic of militant “Islam” as the daily prayers to Allah. A Palestinian woman, whom an Israeli hospital had treated with skin grafts for severe burns, attempted to blow up the same hospital during a follow-up visit. This would be equivalent to, for example, a person to whom a Pashtun Afhgan had given refuge and hospitality returning to that Afghan’s home with a bomb, or enemy combatants.
Hudna and Taqiyya: More Militant “Islamic” Perfidy
The militant “Islamic” concept of taqiyya means is it acceptable to lie to infidels (including not only Jews, Christians, and Hindus, but also the wrong kinds of Muslims) to gain an advantage. Taqiyya includes misuses of flags of truce, surrenders, and similar acts of battlefield perfidy.
A hudna, or temporary truce, is yet another form of militant “Islamic” perfidy. When Jews, Christians, Hindus, or honorable Muslims make a truce, it means exactly what it says; they intend to stop fighting. Saladin was, for example, probably more honorable than Richard …read more