A United States Marine Corps veteran, John Guandolo possesses expertise in strategic threat management and counterterrorism. John Guandolo launched the site UnderstandingtheThreat.com to impart his knowledge. He also publishes works on these subjects on Breitbart.com.
According to Mr. Guandolo, the definitions of “peace” and “truce” are different in some Eastern cultures. In particular, those following Islamic law do not understand “peace” to mean “freedom from warfare.” They also do not view a truce to be an action derived from a mutual agreement to cease fighting.
Muslims must follow jihad teachings to eliminate societies practicing other religions. Jihad represents warfare, which is acceptable in territories living in “dar al harb,” one of two worlds outlined in the doctrine. Devout followers must forcefully take action to annihilate that world, which consists of non-Muslims, in order to achieve peace.
In the same respect, Mr. Guandolo says, “truce” takes on a different meaning under Islamic law. Rather than serving as a tool to gain peace, it is valued for its ability to halt fighting temporarily for jihad members to regroup during times they feel their efforts may not be successful. Jihad members use these times to strategize and rearm themselves to continue warfare.