Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Not Many Liberals Get It ...

But, Sam Harris does. In his article, "Head-in-the-Sand Liberals, he confesses that "liberalism has grown dangerously out of touch with the realities of our world - specifically with what devout Muslims actually believe about the West, about paradise and about the ultimate ascendance of their faith."

A cult of death is forming in the Muslim world - for reasons that are perfectly explicable in terms of the Islamic doctrines of martyrdom and jihad. The truth is that we are not fighting a "war on terror." We are fighting a pestilential theology and a longing for paradise.

He hits at the 9/11 conspiracy theorists so prevalent on the left:

Such an astonishing eruption of masochistic unreason could well mark the decline of liberalism, if not the decline of Western civilization. There are books, films and conferences organized around this phantasmagoria, and they offer an unusually clear view of the debilitating dogma that lurks at the heart of liberalism: Western power is utterly malevolent, while the powerless people of the Earth can be counted on to embrace reason and tolerance, if only given sufficient economic opportunities.

I don't know how many more engineers and architects need to blow themselves up, fly planes into buildings or saw the heads off of journalists before this fantasy will dissipate. The truth is that there is every reason to believe that a terrifying number of the world's Muslims now view all political and moral questions in terms of their affiliation with Islam. This leads them to rally to the cause of other Muslims no matter how sociopathic their behavior. This benighted religious solidarity may be the greatest problem facing civilization and yet it is regularly misconstrued, ignored or obfuscated by liberals.

In that last paragraph he brings up a very important point. You have the Muslim fanatics on one front, killing and destroying and otherwise calling the worlds attention to themselves. They are the ones we're "at war" with. But you have a lot of moderate Muslims, mostly in the West and especially in America and Canada, who don't call attention to themselves in that way. They don't kill, and they say they are peaceful, that the violent Muslims have hijacked their religion, yada, yada, yada. They present a peaceful front. But they also can't quite bring themselves to condemn those violent Muslims, some come close - kinda, sorta - but there's that point they just can't go beyond.

I'm not saying that they are just waiting to become violent, they're not. They don't like violence, they want a good life, for themselves and their children. They don't want to hurt anyone and they don't want anyone to hurt them. They're good people.

They're good people and they're Muslim. As such, they want to spread Islam throughout the world. That's what the hardcore Muslims want to do, too. Same goal, two different approaches to it. That's why the good Muslims don't come out and condemn the violence. They wouldn't do it themselves, but hey, if someone converts to Islam by the sword, well, that's another Muslim. They'll take it.

Two faces, one head. They need the two faces of Islam, that's how it works. They use each other, they need each other and it works like a charm.

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