TEHRAN (FNA)- 'Why are we ready for a fight' is the question whose answer will make the US and Israeli presidents realize that our preparedness for a war of defense is not a bluff, but a reality with deep roots in our religious tenets, which has grown into our culture as Iranians.
The Prophet of Islam has said, "Whoever has not fought for his Imam or does not wish for Jihad, he will die a hypocrite."
Now in compliance with the Great Prophet of Islam and to show his obedience to his Imam, the Chief Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, has recently stated that "we are ready for the big fight with the United States". Although the General comes from a generation that has already passed a practical test of Jihad with much honor and glory, his wish for Jihad is actually a statement on behalf of the younger generation who has not tasted the sweet flavor of Jihad and wish for this holy war in order not to die a hypocrite.
This statement raises a question the answer to which could change the approach of the US and Israeli militaries and politicians to the conditions of the Muslim Iranians and make them stop relying on their so-called 'military options on the table'. This answer could fade away the hopes that the US Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, and President Barack Obama, their Israeli counterparts and future presidents and defense secretaries of Israel and the US have pinned on repeating their "military option" catch phrase and make them realize that our preparedness to fight them is not a bluff, but a reality with deep roots in our religious tenets which has grown into our culture.
The question is why Jihad has been enjoined so frequently in Islam that faithful Muslims have been required to even wish for it?
To answer this question one should contemplate over the root causes of a possible war between Iran and the US. The standing point in the challenge between Iran and the US is the war of paradigms: Theism against Humanism.
In brief, it could be stated that in theism all inputs derive from culture and all outputs should be decent if they are to be accepted by God; and God teaches this through the Holy Quran. The Great Sages define decency as sensing the existence (of God, the person or the phenomenon in question), realizing the limits and respecting the limits.
Input « Function = Culture « Output = Decency
Whenever Iranian war heroes are, for instance, reminded, they are not recalled for their military techniques and expertise, rather, their humbleness, courage, dedication and devotion … are always mentioned to show their decency and faith.
The rich are never recalled in good words unless they enjoy such traits as benefaction, benevolence, helpfulness, having a simple life-style, avoid hoarding and avoid usury.
In the realm of theism never is a politician remembered well unless his end does not justify his means, and unless empathy, helping people, and serving people instead of power quest are among his traits.
In theocracy and a religious ruling system, salvation is above security, and the security of the society is based on culture. That's why Imam Seyed Ali Khamenei has stated that cultural independence is the requisite for total and full independence. Owing to the fact that Iran's Islamic Revolution was a cultural revolution and given the statement of the Late Founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, who said the causes that gave birth to our revolution are also the causes of its survival, double efforts should now be made to protect the culture that led to the Islamic Revolution of Iran, a culture with such elements as unity, contentment, devotion, sacrifice, martyrdom-seeking, and the like.
In the realm of theism, faith is the most fundamental capital, then comes science, third is the social capital and the last, but not the least, is the material capital. Science is needed to generate faith; society for creating, maintaining and extending faith, and the material wealth should be earned through legitimate ways and spent for man's growth.
Therefore, why are we ready to fight has two reasons. Firstly, we should desire Jihad to avoid dying a hypocrite; secondly, nothing can help protect the initial and underlying culture of the revolution better than Jihad as it can help boost faith and social capitals for the Islamic Revolution.
But, in the realm of humanism, all inputs are subordinate to economy, and wealth should be the output, otherwise any given input and movement bears no credit right from the start.
Input « Function = Economy « Wealth = Output
In the framework of humanism, material capital is most fundamental and most vital, then comes the scientific capital, and social capital stands the last. In other words, science is valuable if it generates wealth and material capital. A person is important if he or she generates wealth and material capital. Hence, all plans, programs and actions are subordinate to economy and will be valuable if they generate wealth. Now if a movement like a full-scale war runs counter to such interests, proponents of this school of thought avoid it by all means because if it breaks out, they will witness nothing but their destruction and annihilation.
So let me speak of the conclusion right in here: the US statesmen should come to know that any future war between Iran and the US will guarantee survival of the Islamic Revolution of Iran and total destruction and annihilation of the United States, a war of insurance and warranty for the Muslim Iranians. A war Muslims join to help and protect God's religion and God, in his turn, insures their victory in the end. In this war, victory and defeat have no meaning on the surface, and total victory will be for the Muslims. Thus, the US and Israel should know that they cannot issue ultimatum to a nation whose ideology and thought has no place for defeat since Muslims are not too much in love with anything to be afraid of losing it and be made to accept contempt, despise and disgraced negotiations to escape war.
War is a concept born with the mankind. A concept which has found holy and unholy manifestations all across the globe throughout the history. Although in most wars unjust and evil groups have stood against each other in the two opposite fronts, there have also been wars in which good and righteous warriors have been standing in one front in pursuit of a just cause and holy defense; these worriers have never initiated the war, but rushed to defend themselves and give an immediate response to the aggressors after they came under attack; so they formed the second front.
Some western experts believe that war is driving force behind progress since it causes a change of power, while others say war means a boost in the financial turnover of the military and defense industries which, in turn, results in economic prosperity in the modern era. A third group admire war as they believe it kills the weak and leaves those who are powerful to build the world and cause development and progress.
But, Islam has a totally different view from those of other schools of thought. Islam sees war not for a transfer of power or economic prosperity, but as a means of defending your cause and ideology. And if this cause is holy, all those killed on the path of defending it will be "martyrs" and martyrs are "living, in the presence of their Lord, and are granted gifts from Him" (Holy Quran Surah: Aal-e-`Imran Chapter 3 : Verse 170).