By Andrew L. Jaffee
Abdullah Badawi, Malaysia’s prime minister, “says a huge chasm has opened between the West and Islam, fuelled by Muslim frustrations over Western foreign policy,” according to the BBC, in a story about the Mohammed caricatures. The Beeb claims that Abdullah is “promoting a moderate form of Islam,” but his anti-democratic actions prove otherwise. Au contraire, Mr. Abdullah, it is your seething, Muslim masses that are the cause of this “chasm.” Again, the BBC:
As he spoke at a conference in Kuala Lumpur, thousands protested outside at Western cartoons of Prophet Muhammad. …
“Long live Islam. Destroy Denmark. Destroy Israel. Destroy George Bush. Destroy America,” protesters shouted as they marched to the Danish embassy in the rain from a nearby mosque.
Abdullah has “shut down indefinitely a Borneo-based paper, the Sarawak Tribune, for reprinting the cartoons” and “declared possession of the cartoons illegal.” Are these the actions of a moderate? Malaysians chanting “Destroy Denmark” — moderate voices?
In today’s Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer reminds us of careless use of the M-word (for “moderate”):
God save us from the voices of reason.
What passes for moderation in the Islamic community — “I share your rage but don’t torch that embassy” — is nothing of the sort. It is simply a cynical way to endorse the goals of the mob without endorsing its means. It is fraudulent because, while pretending to uphold the principle of religious sensitivity, it is interested only in this instance of religious insensitivity.
Have any of these “moderates” ever protested the grotesque caricatures of Christians and, most especially, Jews that are broadcast throughout the Middle East on a daily basis? The sermons on Palestinian TV that refer to Jews as the sons of pigs and monkeys? The Syrian prime-time TV series that shows rabbis slaughtering a gentile boy to ritually consume his blood? The 41-part (!) series on Egyptian TV based on that anti-Semitic czarist forgery (and inspiration of the Nazis), “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” showing the Jews to be engaged in a century-old conspiracy to control the world?
A true Muslim moderate is one who protests desecrations of all faiths.
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Daniel Pipes aptly points out:
…will Westerners accede to a double standard by which Muslims are free to insult Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism, while Muhammad, Islam, and Muslims enjoy immunity from insults? Muslims routinely publish cartoons far more offensive than the Danish ones. Are they entitled to dish it out while being insulated from similar indignities?
What is not frightening is a “Western foreign policy” that is working. What is frightening is to realize that many Muslims do not even know what the letter of the term, “freedom of expression,” means, let alone the spirit. All this violence because a Danish newspaper published caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. Islamists murder 30,000 Iraqi civilians, and the Muslim world is silent.
The Muslim silence over true atrocities speaks volumes to the current state of their culture. It is the better person/society that can sit at ease as symbols are burned or defamed. It is the primitive person/society that lashes out with anger in such situations.
Those who are burning embassies or killing civilians in terrorist acts have no true convictions. Their thinking is dominated by hatred, fear, and anger, the basest of emotions. If they held firm beliefs, they wouldn’t give a hoot about what some newspaper published. If they truly believed in Mohammed’s teachings, with true faith, there wouldn’t have been a 9/11.
People who worry solely about “cultural sensitivities” are missing the point. German fascists, and Russian and Chinese communists, killed 100 million people in the last century. Do we bury this history for fear of offending the current generation of Germans, Russians, and Chinese? Will this history cause irreparable damage to their “self-esteem?”
In the current century, it is radical Muslims (“Islamists”) who are carrying out the atrocities to end all atrocities, and who are justifying the means towards an end — that end being the destruction of Western civilization and forceful imposition of a worldwide Islamic caliphate.
What is frightening is that some in the West are helping the Islamo-fascists to succeed:
- The editor of Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper which first published the cartoons, is sent on leave for an indefinite period, as the editor of a Norwegian magazine that reprinted them apologises
- A Swedish internet service provider shuts down the website of a right-wing anti-immigrant party which invited readers to send in cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad
The questions Westerners should be asking themselves are: How do I want to live — under tyranny or freedom? Or do I and my children sacrifice our freedoms all in the interest of “cultural sensitivities?”
Related: Arab/Muslim World, Islam, Political Correctness