“The Vanishing Private” is a classic Donald Duck cartoon from World War Two. Take a look at an example of what Walt Disney could do back in the days when his company made real cartoons:
For those who prefer not to watch it, here’s a synopsis:
Pvt. Donald Duck is supposed to be painting an artillery piece with camouflage paint. After being dressed down by the Sarge for doing it wrong, Donald looks for better paint. He discovers a bucket of “invisible” paint in a top secret experimental facility, and uses it to paint the gun, which then becomes invisible. During later antics, Donald is propelled into the bucket of paint, and becomes invisible himself.
There follows a series of predictable gags, in which the Sarge chases Donald, who can only be detected by his footprints, splashes in water, his movement through a field of flowers, etc. The climax of the piece comes when the Sarge, carrying bunches of pink posies with a sheepish look on his face (you really have to see the cartoon to get the gag), encounters the General. After that the Sarge comes to grief, and as the story ends he is locked in a cell wearing a straitjacket, with Donald doing guard duty over him.
For the past week or so, whenever I read about ISIS and the jihad in Syria and Iraq, it makes me think of this cartoon.
There are two lines to keep in mind. First, when the Sarge bellows at Donald:
“You’ve got to paint it so you can’t see it!”
And later, when Sarge encounters a very puzzled General, he asks plaintively:
“Did you see a little guy that you can’t see?”
The violent jihad in Syria and Iraq is the big guy we all can see. He makes sure we can see him. It’s absolutely necessary that we see him, because his job is to strike terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, as required by Allah.
The little guy that we can’t see is somewhere else. His most recent invisible appearance was at the Vatican, during an event I call Imamgate, when an imam accredited by Al-Azhar University prayed (in Arabic) for Allah to grant victory over the unbelievers.
This incident received very little media attention, yet it was one of the most important stories of the decade. We are in the midst of an information war with Islam, and we are being roundly trounced. What happened at the Vatican received plenty of notice in the Arabic media, and is understood (correctly) by Muslims as a great victory for Islam. Using stealth and deception, the Al-Azhar imam penetrated the innermost sanctum of Christendom and claimed it for the Ummah.
Muslims understand exactly what happened. Non-Muslims — those few who were paying attention — haven’t a clue.
Mohammed told his followers that “War is deceit.” The information war that is being waged against us involves massive, patient, shrewd, intricate, and successful deception.
When Muslims speak to non-Muslims, they deny they are doing anything of the sort. But it’s important to remember what ’Umdat al-salik wa ’uddat al-nasik, or The reliance of the traveller and tools of the worshipper (commonly referred to as Reliance of the Traveller when cited in English) says about lying.
Reliance an authoritative source on Sunni Islamic law, because it is certified as such by Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the alma mater of the imam who claimed the Vatican for the Ummah. There is no higher authority on Sunni Islamic doctrine than Al-Azhar; it is the closest equivalent to the Vatican that can be found in Islam.
Consult Book R “Holding One’s Tongue,” §r8.0 “Lying” at r8.2 “Permissible Lying,” in Reliance of the Traveller, which cites the iconic Islamic legal jurist Imam Abu Hamid Ghazali, for authoritative guidelines on sacred lying:
This is an explicit statement that lying is sometimes permissible for a given interest…When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible (N: i.e., when the purpose of lying is to circumvent someone who is preventing one from doing something permissible) and obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory.
The goal of spreading Islam is obligatory. Lying about what’s happening is obligatory if it furthers that goal.
You can’t discover the truth about what’s going on by asking a Muslim.
You have to look for the little man you can’t see.
At the end of “The Vanishing Private”, the Sarge begs Donald to get him out of his predicament. He says, “You know I ain’t crazy! Go tell the General that I ain’t crazy!”
Donald replies, “Do you think I’m crazy?”
Take note of who the sentries are that guard us here, locked up in our well-padded cells of blissful ignorance.