Abridged version published 3/19/03 at the Duke Chronicle
Sugarcoating and whitewashing Islamic fundamentalism has become a pastime for an odd assortment of loony leftists, so-called self-proclaimed “moderate” Muslims, warmed-over ex-Communists, and perennial anti-Americans. The 9/11 aftermath witnessed these terrorist apologists issue blaming the CIA or Mossad for the attacks (the Saudi Interior Minister continues to blame Zionists for 9/11), spreading the idiotarian & bigoted canard about 4,000 Jews missing work that day, and simultaneously saying it was just punishment for the US. Those guilty of imbecilic dissonance demonstrate refusal to deal with inconvenient facts and damning reality. Rather than expressing contrition for these lies or mercifully shut up, they switched to blaming the attacks on Israeli-Palestinian conflict, “globalization”, or US “imperialism”, further proving themselves unmoored from reality, untethered from fact.
Their logical leaps and contorted convolutions never cease, now excusing the mass murder of Australian tourists in
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has little to do with Islamic fundamentalist hatred of others. Islamic fundamentalists seek to form over decades a caliphate state stretching from the Phillipines to
All of this would be happening whether or not the
We must stop sugarcoating Islamic fundamentalist imperialism, whether by romanticizing or justifying suicide bombing or passing off grotesqueness as “cultural difference.” Justifying suicide bombers anywhere by any grievance bestows Mohammad Atta justification by his grievances. Moral relativism is popular because it enables the obtuse to rationalize cowardice. Without moral absolutes there is no need to choose between good and evil, and no shame in choosing evil. Further, if all is relative, one need not even admit to abetting evil. But ultimately any cancer will kill you. Nouveaux chic morality only makes Islamic fundamentalist bloodlust fashionable. In the words of Burke and FDR, “All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
Moderate" Muslim-Americans too often indulge in a PC combination of issue-avoidance, subject-changing, blame-shifting, and victimology seemingly designed to deflect reality & confuse the unknowing, e.g., passing off "jihad" as inner cleansing & spiritual upliftment (while simultaneously attacking the word "crusade"). Just last week, al-Azhar University, perhaps the world’s most esteemed Islamic seminary, called for jihad by all Muslims on all Americans. In the real world, jihad kills. Some have written that the Quranic verses I presented in prior columns that I found inflammatory were misinterpreted or mistranslated; but then why do so many imams and sheikhs use those same translations to incite terrorism? If indeed such verses are mistranslated, it behooves Muslims to discredit & defrock the imams and sheikhs who commit blasphemy to justify mass murder; till then, silent indifference equals complicit assent.