[lit-ideas] Re: Moderate Muslims

  • From: "Mike Geary" <atlas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2006 17:14:01 -0500

Eric: It's not meant as an argument; it's an attempt to
present a topic for discussion. The topic is whether there is ... "every reason to believe that a terrifying number of the world's Muslims now view all political and moral questions in terms of their affiliation with Islam. This leads them to rally to the cause of other Muslims no matter how sociopathic their behavior."

I'll go along with that if you'll go along with the proposition that a terrifying number of the West's intelligentsia now think like Southern rednecks and that this leads them to postulate wildly bizarre prejudicial claims against Muslims.

Canadian author Irshad Manji has noticed this trend and written _The Trouble with Islam Today_ to address it. The problem as she sees it is that
"only in Islam is literalism mainstream.

She's never been to the South or Midwest and observed mainstream Protestantism there, has she?

Kamal Nawash writes that "Fundamentalist Islamic terror represents one of the most lethal threats to the stability of the civilized world . . . ."

Except for the Bush-Cheney doctrine of pre-emptive war and the Neo-Conservatives' call for American imperialism and except for the fact that the United States has been at war somewhere in the world continuously for the last 92 years and possesses enough nuclear weapons to wipe out all life on earth many times over and that morons are put in charge of those weapons again and again and again -- as if tempting fate -- other than that, yes, you're right, Fundamentalist Islamic terror is one of the most lethal threats --- no, no, no -- that's absurd! -- try this: Fundamentalist Islamic terror is a very serious concern for the stability of Western capitalism -- OK, I'll go along with that, yes.

There is a problem, Eric, I'll grant you. And that problem is that most of the world hates, not America or Americans, but American foreign policy. Your answer is give 'em more of that good ol' foreign policy, that'll convert 'em. Dear, dear, when will they ever learn? John Wayne may be dead, but his spirit still lives in American boys of all ages.

Mike Geary

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