By Andrew L. Jaffee
An American member of the Christian Peacemaker Team, Tom Fox, was found murdered in Iraq today. He was kidnapped by the Islamist-oriented group known as the Swords of Righteousness Brigades on November 26. Iraqi police reported that Fox had “gunshots to his head and chest and signs of torture on his body.” This incident begs the question: Do the Islamist terrorists respect all the appeasement offered them by leftist peace activists like Tom Fox? The answer is a categorical “no,” “non,” “nein,” “nyet,” “nr” — and “la” (Arabic).
After all that has happened, the Left still ignores the threat of Islamism, appeasing militant Muslims just as Chamberlain and Lindberg placated Hitler. The appeasers are sticking their heads in the sand not because of noble sentiments. In reality, they are afraid, very afraid, of being blown up, and their fear overwhelms all sense of rationality.
Tom Fox went to Iraq to grovel before Iraq’s ultra-violent Islamist “insurgents,” seeking to convince them to give up a “cause” that they have no intention of ever abandoning. Fox could have done a cursory review of the current state of Islamism using a Google search before going to Iraq, but he went anyway. One may argue that he was brave — not afraid — but he was, in truth, utterly misguided and foolish.
Islamists massacred 344 civilians — half of them children — in Beslan, North Ossetia. They killed 62 in Delhi, India; murdered 50+ in Turkey; and have killed tens of thousands in Indonesia, Algeria, and Nigeria. Al-Qaeda slaughtered 88 innocent Egyptians last July 23.
1,095 innocent Israelis have been killed by Palestinian terrorists since September 2000. Thirty-thousand Iraqis, mostly Muslim, have been slaughtered by Islamist terrorists since the country’s liberation.
9/11 (3000 dead). Madrid (200 dead). London (50 dead). Bali (200 dead). Amman (57 dead). Three-hundred trampled to death in this year�s Hajj; 1,426 killed in the 1990 Hajj; 251 in 2004; etc. Sudanese Muslims have slaughtered 180,000 black Africans. Kuwaitis ethnically cleansed 400,000 Palestinians in 1991.
The bipartisan 9/11 Commission Report determined:
But the enemy is not just “terrorism,” some generic evil. This vagueness blurs the strategy. The catastrophic threat at this moment in history is more specific. It is the threat posed by Islamist terrorism — especially the al Qaeda network, its affiliates, and its ideology.
Before Fox was tortured and murdered by the people he fantasized as friends, he betrayed his white-guilt-inspired feelings:
It has become increasing evident to me that after stripping away all the rationales for the US invasion of Iraq, what is left is the reality that the current U.S. Administration felt compelled to invade from a basis of hate.
Note that Fox seemed unconcerned about Sunni/Wahabi/al-Qaeda Muslim hatred of Shiite Muslims. Iraq’s Islamist terrorists call Shiites the “idolatrous infidels, traitorous apostates, and those turncoat deviants” and “enemies of Islam.” 30,000 of Iraq’s Shiites have been killed by other Muslims for being the wrong type of… Muslims. There have been no leftist rallies to condemn this slaughter, only hand-wringing about whether Korans are being handled correctly at Gitmo.
So Fox went to Iraq to fight supposed American hate. But he ended up getting killed by people (Islamists) he presupposed as “victims” without hate, yet who are driven first and foremost by hatred. What an awful irony and what foolish appeasement.
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