"If one allows the infidels to continue playing their role of corrupters on Earth, their eventual moral punishment will be all the stronger. Thus, if we kill the infidels in order to put a stop to their [corrupting] activities, we have indeed done them a service. For their eventual punishment will be less. To allow the infidels to stay alive means to let them do more corrupting. [To kill them] is a surgical operation commanded by Allah the Creator ... Those who follow the rules of the Quran are aware that we have to apply the laws of qissas [retribution] and that we have to kill ... War is a blessing for the world and for every nation. It is Allah himself who commands men to wage war and to kill." Ayatollah Khomeini, in a speech delivered December, 1984, (The West and the Rest: Globalization and the Terrorist Threat, Roger Scruton, 2002; page 118, citing Amir Taheri, Holy Terror: Inside the World of Islamic Terrorism, 1987, page 113).