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Monday, November 01, 2010

Christians and Jews Once Again in the Muslim Line of Fire

With the attack on an Iraqi church and the mailbombs addressed to an American synagogue, while the media worry about Islamophobia-- Christians and Jews once again find themselves in the Muslim line of fire.

Just last week we were witness to the spectacle of a black NPR liberal being dragged through the muck, accused of being insane or racist, for even conceding that he was worried by Muslim terrorism. The indictment of Islamophobia is that it is somehow an irrational or unreasoning fear. But if a group is actively trying to kill you, then how can fear of it possibly be unreasonable?

Acrophobia is unreasonable when walking across a sturdy bridge,  but it is entirely reasonable to be afraid of heights when someone is trying to push you off the bridge. Aquaphobia is unreasonable on land, but when you're drowning, fear of the water is inevitable. So too with all phobias. They are only unreasonable to the extent which they are not an active and present danger.

Liberals are operating in a world in which there is no active and present danger from Islam. But that's something they need to pass on to the survivors of the Church massacre, the teenage girls executed in Somalia, to Farooq Ahmed who wanted to bomb Washington D.C. subway stations, to the Frenchmen kidnapped in Niger or any of the victims of the other incidents involving the Religion of Peace that didn't occur nine years ago, but this week and this month.

The New York Times has published a piece by Robert Wright claiming that Islamophobia and Homophobia have a lot in common. The most obvious thing they have in common, is that Muslims don't like gay people either. Or women. Or Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, Hindus, atheists... and well let's face it, pretty much everyone else. Muslims are still killing each other over religion, at a time when members of other religions settle their differences with sternly worded editorials.

The recent synod to address the decline of Christianity in the Middle East took place in a strange vacuum, like a conference to discuss the reason why there's no more space in the living room and the couch has been crushed-- without ever mentioning the elephant in the room. The elephant in the Middle East is Islam. But no one dares mention it. Or draw cartoons of it. Instead the synod concluded that the blame rested somewhere between Israel and economics. Not the people who are machine gunning churches.

The reason for their silence was all too plain. Islamophobia.

And by that I don't mean that they wanted to torch a Koran or profile terrorists in airports-- but that they are actually afraid of Islam. Being afraid of Islam is a normal state for people living in Muslim countries. Or even in countries with large numbers of Muslims in them. Much like Plantationphobia among American slaves or Inquisitionphobia among Spanish Jews-- Islamophobia is the natural product of being an oppressed minority living among people who follow religious texts that command them to persecute and kill non-Muslims.

Let's apply a simple test. Western Muslims constantly complain about Islamophobia (which is rather like rapists complaining about Rapeophobia) but how many of them have actually picked up and left?

I can't count the number of European Jews that I have met, who were forced to leave Europe because of Muslim Anti-Semitism. I have yet to encounter anything similar on the Muslim side. The largest communities of Mizrahi Jews (from Muslim countries) are in Israel and Los Angeles. Not in the Muslim world. Jews from Muslim countries today exist primarily as refugees of an unacknowledged Nakba, who have gotten on with their lives, instead of endlessly dangling housekeys in front of the camera.

The Jews have vanished from most of the Middle East, for the same reason that the Christians are vanishing. Because of the elephant in the room that no one will talk about. An elephant with a Koran and a gun. You can't write about him. You can't draw cartoons of him. And you certainly can't single him out at the airport for any special attention. You had just better hope that the plane he decides to bomb isn't the plane that you're on.

The truth of Islamophobia is as obvious as the difference between the Middle Eastern Jewish and Christian immigrants to America, and their Muslim counterparts. Jews and Christians from the Middle East came to America as refugees. Muslims came here, not as refugees, but because there was more economic opportunity here than in their own overpopulated countries. That is the difference between the Mizrahi, the Maronite, the Copt... and the Muslim.

And that is the ugly truth at the heart of it all. Muslims are not victims. They are victimizers. They have reduced every minority in the Middle East to second-class status, and then when those minorities try to demand some semblance of human rights, they're machine gunned, set on fire, bombed and shelled to within an inch of their lives. And then the victimizers laughingly dispatch flotillas to the aid of their own fanatical terrorist gangs.

Islamophobia? What Islamophobia. The last remaining Jewish and Christian communities look carefully to their Mukhbarat (secret police) minders and denounce America and Israel. Then they go back to the few remaining houses of worship that they have, and hope that no one will kill them this week. They do their best to send their children out of the country. To Europe, to America, to Israel. Anywhere but a Muslim country. Not because there's anything wrong with Muslims. Allah forfend. No, it's because, like the Soviet anecdote about the man who punched a hole in an American diplomat's tire and tried to breathe in the escaping gas, they want to breathe the air of freedom.

Having made a proper hell of the countries they seized and occupied, Muslims are promptly moving to make a hell of the rest of the world too. Jews are once again fleeing Europe, not because of the brownshirts this time, but because of the brownrobes. Not the Mein Kampf and the Swastika, but the Koran and the Crescent and the Star. Out of, dare we say it, "Islamophobia". The irrational fear of being murdered by people whose religion tells them that there's a golden ticket to Mohammed Wonka's virgins and rivers of wine paradise... for anyone who dies killing the infidels.

But of course we're determined to pretend that none of this is happening. And anyone who says otherwise must be crazy. If you doubt that, just look at the thriving communities of Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians in the Muslim world. Look at how well Muslims are co-existing around the world, in Thailand, the Philippines, China, France, Holland, Israel, America, Kenya and Australia. And just look at the brotherly love between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, who can hardly take a breather from hugging each other with suicide belts wrapped around their waists. It's such a touching spectacle of fratricidal tolerance that only a lunatic would assume that there's anything in Islam to be worried about.

Islamophobia? Absurd. Just stop by the World Trade Center and ask the happy employees in either of the two towers about that. They'll tell you the same. There's nothing to be worried about. Nothing at all.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Really, this islim is a religion that needs to be illegal. Murder and hatred and killing everyone else..there is nothing holy in it. They murder their own children. Crazies.
If islim was illegal they would have to sneak around and pretend to be Hindu or christians or Jews. That would moderate them a bit. Let them TRY to act like anyone from a normal religion. Maybe it would take after a while.

Keli Ata said...

Liberals are trying to make rational people think they are psychotic...or racist.

That is extremely dangerous and something right out of a horror movie.

LemonLimeMoon said...

They don't like anyone and they don't like themselves either.
They kill one another all the time.

Moriah said...

Anthony symbolizes Islam in the West

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kL_4AJ5TCO4

noboat1 said...

I wonder how many liberals were on that passenger plane that transported some of those bombs a few days ago, I'd like to ask them how they feel about Islam now.

I was involved in a conversation yesterday about Ronald Reagan, we wondered where we'd be as a country today if he'd been president on 9/11. I thought the answer was very simple; the war would have ended in 9 months instead of going on 9 years later. Mr. Reagan would have given the Muslims a very big taste of their own medicine, there wouldn't have been enough time to invent terms like "islamaphobe". One can only dream.

ej said...

Thank you, Daniel, for once again calling a spade a spade. Wish there were more people pointing out that the emperor isn't wearing any clothes...

moshe said...

Bravo!

Anonymous said...

But yet there are Jews and Christians in the West who are promoting Islam as a "religion of peace"(TM) left right and centre and smearing others as "Islamophobes". It's suicidal madness it really is.

What do the muslims of the Middle East say? Something like "first comes Saturday, then Sunday". One day the liberals are going to know that muslims really mean it.

Proud Brit.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

...yes when they are the real Islamophobes

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Daniel,

I believe the Synod on Christianity in the Middle East was held at the Vatican and was attended by Middle East Christians who recognize the authority of the Pope.
That omission was the 800 pound gorilla in the room.

I am a Roman Catholic and I will return to Mass when the Roman Catholic Church cleans up its act.
After an "Islam is a Peaceful Religion" article in a Catholic publication; I sent a letter to the editor asking why I should be a Catholic with all the great reviews of Islam.

Sandylion said...

They also come to our countries because Saudi money buys up our land, builds mosques and offers interest free sharia mortgages to all who will come to settle, infiltrate and build the minority into a majority. Calgary Alberta Canada has just recently built the largest mosque in Canada and then promptly elected the first Muslim mayor. Do you suppose these two things have no connection whatsoever? That fancy new minaret will soon be singing the praises of the bloody moon god for the whole city to hear and tremble.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

of course, "the minarets are our bayonets"

Anonymous said...

is there any limit to the level of denial that human nature is capable of?
If Islam is making such inroads and we are incapable of defending ourselves, does it mean it was the same in the face of Nazism? yet if there was such cowardice then, was it subsequently denied too.?
How the hell did we manage to fight back?
luke

moshe said...

"How the hell did we manage to fight back?"

Siumple. The Nazis overreached. There came a point at which there was no choice but to fight. The communitsts were actually more dangerous by far. They overreached far less. Luckily, their ideology was more disconnected from reality, so it fell because the people living under their rule stopped believing.

Islam is the most dangerous of all. Like Nazism, it is close to reality. Unlike Communism, it has an ideology that lasts. But, with the help of Hashem, the Moslems will overreach, too. Europe is already stirring because the Islamist truimphalists' obvious trumpeting of imminent victory constitutes tremendous overreach. When the peaceful anti-Islamists like Wilders fail in Western Europe, the thugs in the brown shirts will take over. Bad in the short term, but much better in the long term.

Eastern and Central Europe will be much better off. I think they will avoid Nazi dictatorships altogether. But they might have to accept some form of Russian hegemony.

Anneli said...

Excellent article once again!
Wake up world!

Keli Ata said...

Anonymous:

"I believe the Synod on Christianity in the Middle East was held at the Vatican and was attended by Middle East Christians who recognize the authority of the Pope.
That omission was the 800 pound gorilla in the room.

I am a Roman Catholic and I will return to Mass when the Roman Catholic Church cleans up its act."

I doubt you'll ever return to Mass. The Church hasn't changed in centuries. No reason to believe it ever will.

What's in a name? said...

Hurray for this great article! Thanks Daniel. I've seldom read such common sense and logical thinking.

Anonymous said...

Another good piece, Daniel, the message can't be told enough. Also, if you look at Oklahoma, the common man is beginning to listen and be vocal too.

That child in the picture is being abused - where are the authorities? Too scared to be called an islamophobe or 'racist' (Islam is not a race) I suspect.

Pamela Geller (Altas Shrugs) has horific pictures of the massacre in Iraq. If this were Palestinians, we'd not be hearing the end of it.

Catholics, write to your Pope, send a message to all the priests you know (in every country you know) to get every signature of everyone in their church with letters of repulsion. The Vatican needs to be shown that Islam Is what Islam does; I'm clearly not talking about all Muslims, just the text adherent, devout ones......but how do you know they'll not suddenly become devout? Look at the well off, 'educated' student who stabbed MP Timms or the would-be Glasgow bombers who were all hospital doctors. It's clearly not a poverty-uneducated-voiceless ideology as we led to believe.

Perhaps you would also like to direct the Pope to the eternal covenants, especially the one about the land of Israel, whilst you're at it.

We are uncomfortable with the ranting Islamist, but actually, the 'educated' taqqiyah merchants like Tariq Ramadan and his ilk who are allowed to speak with their forked tongues, they are actually more dangerous than the raving loon. kate b

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should pay more attention to what Jihadists are actually openly telling us than left/right apologists for Islam tell us what the jihadists really mean by their words:

"To Paradise - Via the Jehad in Kashmir!
"'Death is just an insignificant word for them," begins the report in The News of 28 November, 1997 on the annual gathering of the Mujahidin-e-Taiba. "Killing those who do not share their set of Islamic values is the only reality...'
...In addition to the account of the gathering at Muridke, the January 1998 issue of Pakistan's carries a detailed interview with the Amir of the Lashkar Taiba, Mohammed Khan. "There are Muslim organizations which preach and work on the missionary level inside and outside Pakistan," the Amir tells the correspondent, "but they usually steer clear of jehad. However, not only has the need for jehad always existed, the present conditions demand it more than ever."

Nor is the Amir at all reticent in naming the targets of the organization's jehad. He tells the publication,

"Our jehad is confined strictly to non-Muslims, and particularly Hindus and Jews, the two main enemies of the Muslims. The Quran too has declared these two groups to be enemies (of Islam). These two powers are creating problems for Muslims and for Pakistan. "To my mind the Hindus are what the Quran calls 'mushriks' (polutheists). This (Hinduism) is the worst form of shirk (polytheism) in which 30 million gods are worshipped. And from here shirk has been smuggled to other nations of the world. Hindus are creating problems for us directly. If God gives us the power we will enlarge the scope of jehad to include the Jews, who are the worst danger for the Muslims...." http://arunshourie.voiceofdharma.com/articles/19980820.htm

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