Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Just What's Wrong With Islamophobia?
Right now the death-toll in the Brussels bombings stands at 30, all mass transit out of the city has been shut down, and the president of France, if you please, has announced: "We are at war." ISIL/Daesh has taken the credit for the attack, and promised more -- and it looks as if the governments of the EU are finally taking the threat seriously.
High time. Jihadists have been responsible for more than 28,000 terrorist attacks, successful and thwarted, worldwide since 9/11. Various government agencies in the US and Europe have tried hard to manipulate the numbers (the FBI, for example, includes property crimes -- such as tree-spiking -- as "terrorism") so as to make terrorism anybody else's fault, but there is no denying that the vast majority of fatal attacks have been performed by Jihadists. And then there's the long list of robberies, assaults and gang-rapes performed by all those poor-poor "Syrian refugees" in Europe, not to mention the subtle and not-so-subtle attempts by well-funded Islamist organizations to push Muslim propaganda -- and blatant antisemitism -- in the schools.
Now, seeing all this, how can anyone say that Islam is not something a sensible person would fear?
Still, "Islamophobia" is the term the Jihadist apologists toss around, equating it "hate crimes", racism, and anything else likely to make Liberal knees jerk -- and never mind the facts. First off, "Islam" is a religion, not a race, and religions are fair game for criticism. For no other religion have governments and academics bent so far over backwards not to be "offensive"; just ask the Pagans -- or the Jews. Even the FBI, which traditionally supports Democrat administrations and (therefore Obama's) policies, admits in its Uniform Crime Reports that the most common victims of religious "hate crimes" are Jewish. Second, if Muslims in the west really feel so "threatened" as we've heard them complain, there's a simple way to avoid being picked on; lose the head-rags. Nothing in the Koran commands women, or men for that matter, to cover their necks and heads. There is a line which commands women (not men) to "veil your bodies for modesty", but "modesty" is a relative term, depending on what the local culture says it is. In the western countries, it's perfectly modest to wear a tank-top, cut-off shorts, and nothing on one's head. Both sexes can wear a ball-cap, a T-shirt, slacks and sneakers and go totally unnoticed. Of course the apologists will whine that Orthodox Jews can get away with wearing their traditional costumes in public, but -- as those FBI records show -- it isn't necessarily safe for them. Besides, Jews are not famous for bombing buildings, train stations, subways, night-clubs and airports full of innocent people, let alone a host of other well-known atrocities; the only common resentment against Jews is that which is carefully nurtured by Jihadist propaganda.
That list of atrocities and terrorist attacks is forcing the tide to turn, regardless of the best efforts of propagandists, governments and academics. The citizens already know, and their governments are finally admitting, that "Islamophobia" is a sensible reaction to reality.
But just what is it that makes Islam such a danger to the world? Yes, its holy-book is full of really vicious commandments and examples, but the assorted gods know, and any Atheist can tell you, that the world's other religions -- especially the monotheistic ones -- have plenty of traditions and holy-books full of vicious exhortations and bloodthirsty history, so why don't they act on them the way Muslims feel obliged to do? Perhaps the answer lies in the religion's relative youth. Islam is 700 years younger than Christianity, and 2000 years younger than Judaism. It never went through 2000 years of being kicked around half the world, always a powerless minority, as Judaism did. It never went through the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment and the secular revolutions as Christianity and Judaism did. In short, it never learned to criticize its own holy-book, never learned to accept the eternal presence of successful unbelievers, and never got the fundamentalist arrogance largely kicked out of it. A recent UN poll found that 80% of the Muslims on Earth believe in the absolute unquestionable truth of their Koran, believe that Islam really should dominate the world, and want Sharia law made supreme everywhere. Even if most Muslims really don't want to get up and go conquer the neighbors, they form a worldwide support system for those who do.
So, what to do?
First off, the European countries have to admit to their danger and deport those "refugees", if not all the Muslims living in their countries. To where? Well, the most humane solution would be to give each of them a new suit of clean white pilgrim's clothes, about $100 apiece for the necessary bribes, and a one-way ticket to the one place where all good Muslims want to go at least once in their lives: Mecca. Send them off as pilgrims, but take every precaution to keep them from ever coming back. Let them become the Saudis' problem.
In the United States it'll be a little more complicated, but there's legal and historical precedent. First, while it's unconstitutional to bar immigrants because of their religion, no law requires us to allow any immigration at all. We could bar all immigration for a number or years, or for "the duration of the crisis"; this would mean fortifying our borders, patrolling them with drones as well as personnel, hunting up all illegal immigrants and deporting the lot of them. The federal government has deported large numbers of people as "undesirables" before this -- usually for radical politics or union organizing -- and could legally do it again for "giving aid and comfort to the enemy".
What enemy? Well, it's obvious that the US and the western nations will have to formally declare war on the Jihadists as a group, whatever their local designation: ISIL/Daesh, Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda, or whatever -- in whatever country they may be found. That by itself would make various whaffling maybe-maybe allies stop straddling the fence pretty damned fast. And yes, we will really have to go after the known Jihadists with hammer and tongs -- and with drones, particularly spy-drones to find enemies who like to hide among human shields of harmless civilians -- and then with precision pin-point bombing, mini-missiles or drone-mounted gunfire. And yes, we will have to hammer them flat. Once a Jihadist has identified himself by his actions, don't leave him alive. Leave none of them alive. This is an absolute war, and we must fight it as hard, fast, and thoroughly as possible.
But what of that 20% of Muslims who aren't Jihadists, want no part of them, and hope to create a modern reformed Islam? What they do in their own countries is their own affair, but those living in the western countries have got to declare themselves, and damned fast, for the world is rapidly drawing lines of division. They've got to announce the new Islamic reform movement as publicly as possible, trumpet from the roof-tops and all over the media their rejection of fundamentalism and bibliolatry: that the Koran is not unquestionable, but a good Muslim's duty is to question and criticize it in the light of modern knowledge. Of course this will win them fatwas galore from the Jihadists, so they must necessarily return the favor -- promise (and be ready to deliver) death to any Jihadist who tries to enforce Jihadism on them. Perhaps they can even give themselves a new name, one that doesn't mean "submission".
And let "Islamophobia" become a badge of honor, as it deserves to be.
--Leslie <;)))>< )O(