Political Islam: Caesar and God as One

Many ancient societies believed that a magician who knew a person's true or secret name could wield power over that person.  Cavendish's Legends of the World (1989) elaborates, "In magic, the name of a thing IS the thing. ... [T]he name contains in itself the essence of the animal's being, the quality which makes it what it is and not something else."  In Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea, nobody reveals his or her "True Name"; rather, everyone goes by a nickname for everyday use.  Political Islam similarly conceals its true or secret name behind the everyday name of "religion." Magic cannot defeat a menace like political Islam, but science can.  The science behind this particular legend is the fact that knowledge or revelation of something's true nature or identity conveys the power to master or even destroy it.  Colonel Paul Linebarger's Psychological Warfare (1954) reports, for example, that the Allies stuck Fedor von Bock with the name Der Sterber ("he...(Read Full Article)

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