BASILAN, PhilippinesIslamic militants killed 14 Philippine marines searching for a kidnapped Italian priest during a major gunbattle, and later beheaded 10 of them, the military said on Wednesday.
The troops were ambushed on the southern island of Basilan by a joint force from the Philippines’ main Islamic rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf, a marine spokesman said. Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Caculitan said 14 marines were killed in the eight-hour clash, increasing an earlier death toll after more bodies were recovered. Ten had been discovered beheaded, he said in Manila.
“All 10 marines earlier reported missing have been found dead,” Caculitan told reporters, without explaining a discrepancy in earlier numbers. “All were beheaded,” he added. So when we read:
"Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers in fight, smite at their necks..." from the Qur'an 47:4, we must comprehend its meaning.
That's a direct order from God in the minds of all Muslims. To every believer, the Qur'an is dictation taken word for word from Almighty God. The Jihadists ask the "moderate Muslims": what don't you understand about a direct order from God? This is the point that Robert Spencer over at Jihad Watch is making over and over again. The "moderate" Muslims don't have a leg to stand on with the Jihadists because the Qur'an is allegedly dictation from God.
Further, the Qur'an's later chronological versesgive direct orders that mandate violence against Unbelievers. Many Muslims try to hustle Unbelievers by quoting earlier "peaceful" verses in the Qur'an but they know such "peaceful verses" have been abrogated by later passages that mandate violence and the submission of Unbelievers. Using this well-accepted tenet of chronological abrogation, the last command in the Qu'ran is bad news for Unbelievers.
Everyone with a hint of concern for themselves, their families, their culture, must face this very harsh reality now or there will be no progress in resolving this conflict. A cat's a cat and that's that.