Jihad: physical or nonphysical; inner or outer struggle. Directly translated it means “striving the way of God.”
The definition has been slightly debated throughout scholarship. Some directly translated it into “holy war”; however, some disagree with this term.
Throughout history, war has waged through forest, ice, sand and blood. War is a purely mechanical solution to a disagreement between nations. Where words fall short, loss and cruelty prevail.
The Hundred Years War lasted 116 years, stretching across both the 12th and 13th centuries. This conflict was waged on dynastic disagreements between England and France.
Although history documents this as the longest war, it does not account for cultural wars. In the bowels of history, the genocide of Africa is kept less accounted.
More than 500,000 were killed between the months of April and July of 1994. This was a great horror committed in the name of ethnic cleansing.
Put five people in a room together for too long and they will find reasons to kill one another.
The great challenge America finds itself in today is not that we face such a great army, but that we face hate. For every enemy combatant we kill, we motivate four more.
Every soldier has family; their deaths fuel that hate and war.
This war cannot be won through bullets, bombs nor blood. A smile is all it takes to kill.
In the farthest corners of the world unknown to Americans, loss prevails daily. I fear that America will have made a place for this through this war.