Moderate Muslims have proclaimed, with apparent sadness, and with real or feigned anger, that extremists have hijacked the real Islam – the “religion of peace.” If the moderate Muslims – “the good people” – truly believe their “religion of peace” has been hijacked by extremist elements that do not represent the teachings of the prophet and of Islam, why do they not step forward and speak up?
Why don’t they stop shielding terrorists and allowing payments to the families of homicide bombers? Why don’t they simply shut off the funding, punish the perpetrators and reveal their identities? I’m puzzled.
It is dangerous to make blanket assertions, and this is not intended as such; however, though all Muslims are not terrorists, it is equally true that all Middle Eastern terrorists have been Muslim – which begs the question: How do you tell them apart?
For example, here in America and in Europe, Muslims are demanding (and oftentimes getting) special recognition, and in some cases special treatment, for their religious beliefs. In many European cities, Muslims have established “no-go zones” and signs are posted warning, “If you are not willing to submit to Shariah law, do not enter.” Local police are not authorized to enter, and the rules applied and enforced in these “no go zones” are not the rules of the national government but the rules of Shariah law. If they are so enamored with Shariah law, why move here? Puzzled again.
There has been a great deal of controversy, in certain media outlets, regarding the recent terror activities in France. There have been charges and counter charges, accusations and denials of “terrorism by Muslim extremists.”
Edmund Burke, an 18th-century political philosopher, said: “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.” To paraphrase Mr. Burke, the failure of good people to vigorously oppose evil ultimately allows evil to triumph.
Growing up in the American South of the ’40s and ’50s, I quickly learned of an organization called the Ku Klux Klan. I also learned that not all white people were members of the Klan. It was, however, equally apparent that all members of the KKK were white. For blacks then, as for the West today and modern-day Israelis, the dilemma is, absent the robe and hood, how do you tell them apart – good Muslims from bad?
You could tell the good whites from the Klansmen by what they said and more so by their actions, what they did in public. Why don’t the “peace-loving Muslims” step up? If only 15-20 percent of Muslims are radical extremists, then why won’t the other 80-85 percent stand up and publicly condemn these rogue hijackers and the nations or individuals that sponsor or commit acts of terrorism? If the moderate Muslims would officially and publicly recognize Israel’s right to exist, and stand arm in arm with Israel and the West, that would be proof positive that Islam is, for the most part, in word and deed, a true “religion of peace.” Why don’t they? I’m puzzled.
“Well,” someone might say, “that doesn’t apply to us here in America.” Shockingly, it is becoming a very present reality. Dearborn, Michigan, home to more than 100,000 Muslims, now has given America its first “no-go zone” – Dearborn-Dar-al-Islam (a place governed by Islamic Shariah law). Just FYI, Muslim overseers in the area provide weapons and guards and government officials in their own societies. They build what they want on their compounds. They have schools inside their zones where they educate their kids. They are taught their religion in school. No separation of church (mosque) and state.
And how about this? A major American institution, Duke University, recently initiated, then abandoned (after a firestorm of protest initiated by Franklin Graham), a plan to convert the bell tower on the Methodist school’s cathedral into aminaret and publicly broadcast the “Azan” – the Muslim call to prayer – across its campus. Can you imagine the reaction from the ACLU and other “freedom-from-religion” organizations if the school had planned on publicly broadcasting “The Lord’s Prayer” across the campus from that same bell tower?
But it doesn’t stop in the hinterlands. According to some reports, Islam has infiltrated the White House. According to the Investigative Project, the “Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Policy Development; a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; the U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; and a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships” are all Muslims, which has raised concerns among some observers.
Finally, Valerie Jarrett, one of the most powerful women in the Obama administration, has very limited foreign policy experience or expertise, possesses very little experience in international affairs, and was born in Iran to American expatriates (someone who has renounced one’s native land). Incidentally, the above is not a complete listing of Islamic advisers to the president. Numerous Muslim advisers to an American president? Puzzling.
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing. If Islamists of all nations, along with clear-thinking Westerns patriots who view Islam dispassionately (with a balanced perspective) heed the warning, Islamic terrorism, like Klan rallies, will become a historical note on the pages of progress.
But if the moderate Muslims – “the good people” – continue to do nothing, then evil will triumph, indeed. Not so puzzling.