Wednesday, June 27, 2007
The Silence is Deafening
Here we are, nearly 6 years after the horror of September 11, and I find many of my opinions have changed in relation to Islam and Islamic Extremism and Wahhabism and Islamofascism.

I used to tell myself that Islam wasn't the enemy, that there are a large number of moderate muslims who do not subscribe to bin Laden's export of violence and death-to-innocents party line. I thought that those moderate muslims would step forward and be heard, defend themselves and their faith, arguing that they aren't like that.

But you know what? I'm sick and tired of waiting for the moderate muslims to step forward and be heard. Where are the muslims who denounce bin Laden? Where are the muslims who will call him a murderous bastard who has co-opted the faith and perverted it? Where are all the reasonable voices?

I have to tell you, the silence is deafening.

I flat-out don't hear those people coming forward. In fact, the only people I hear defending the Islamic faith are Christians who are preaching tolerance and patience and understanding. And the only Muslim voices are the ones issuing fatwas and calling for suicide bombers to strike at certain targets over perceived insults.

The silence is deafening from the moderate muslims. Have they nothing to say? This is what has been bothering me, bubbling in the back of my mind like a pot left to boil far too long.

I can only come up with two possible reasons for this vacuum.

One: They are afraid to speak, fearing a fatwah calling for their own heads

Afraid to be lumped in with the rest of the infidels, they keep silent. They know full well about the swift sword of Islamic extremism and how easily it beheads those who disagree with it. In cowardice, they keep their tongues behind their teeth and refuse to disavow the murderers and their goal of a global caliphate. The problem is, that in the minds of many, their failure to disavow the murderous criminal and his gang of villains is tantamount to complicity. Which brings me to the next theory.

Two: They see nothing wrong with the fatwahs over cartoons and "insults to Islam" or bin Laden's endgame, nay - they support him, if passively.

They don't speak up because they have no desire to argue against that with which they agree. They may call themselves moderate muslims, but in fact, they seek the same goals as the extremists and therefore are not as moderate as they claim. In which case, they too are the enemy.

Look, it is like this: there is no muslim voice out there denouncing bin Laden. None that I've ever heard anyway. And to my mind, there has to be a reason for that. (And don't even bring up CAIR - they're nothing but a bunch of terrorist apologists.)

Let's look at it another way. Suppose a prominent American, let's just say Rosie O'Donnell for the sake of example, were out there advocating the extermination of Norway. Suppose she took it further and said that they are corrupt and lead dirty fishy lives, and then said that all the Scandinavian countries must go, their children's bones ground to make bread. Let us further suppose that as an act to further these goals, she organized, trained, and funded an army to destroy 400 fishing boats and a port. She hasn't done so and this example is nothing more than an example, but just suppose.

Do you not think that millions of Americans would denounce her for this? Of course we would. She'd be persona non grata and Public Enemy #1. We would do our absolute damnedest to make sure that the Norwegian got satisfaction from her for these murders.

So, I ask again, what's with the deafening silence?

What do you have to do to get a moderate muslim to speak up? Hello? HELLO? Is this thing on...?

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posted by Phoenix | 10:23 AM


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