The Coalition of the Silent and Unwilling

I came across an excellent commentary on Islam from a German perspective. I like it because it speaks to this currently prevalent notion that “most Muslims” are peaceful which I don’t completely buy. I’ll get to the German perspective in a minute.

I think this is a point that needs to be made over and over: So-called “peaceful” Muslims (and there are those) don’t really matter. It’s nonsense to continually refer to “peaceful Muslims” whenever the topic of radical Muslims is raised. The fact that there are “good Muslims” in the world is beside the point! This doesn’t change the fact one iota that we are facing a very real and very present danger from radical Islamists. Don’t talk to me about “good Muslims”. They don’t even figure into this.

Whenever anyone tries to have a conversation with certain types of people about Islam and violence, the response is almost–hands down–always “but not all Muslims are violent”, “that’s just a small group of radicals”, “most Muslims are peaceful”, “Muslims in the United States aren’t killing people, that just happens in the middle east where people are more uneducated”. And on and on and on. In reality none of these responses hold any weight.

First point: What exactly constitutes “a small group”? Is it 100 radicals? Is it 10,000 radicals? Is it 1,000,000 radicals? Is it half a billion radicals? Exactly what do people think constitutes a large enough group to finally recognize the threat that we are facing?

Second point: There are most certainly Muslims in the U.S. trying to cause us very great harm, both physically and ideologically. A list was posted at Jihad Watch of 100 Muslims in the United States who have been accused, tried, convicted and sentenced for violent plots and other crimes in the name of Islam since September 11, 2001. And this is while our government is telling us there are no terrorist cells in the U.S. Lies! So don’t tell me “Muslims in the U.S. don’t want to harm anyone”. I’m going to post that list here some time this week. [3/7 Edit: Here is the list]

Third point: Most middle eastern Muslim nations are oil-rich, thus they are wealthy and have all the same opportunities for education (which cultivates cultural awareness and intellectual and spiritual enlightenment) as western nations do. So the excuse that these countries are just uneducated and backwards does not hold water. It’s true–they are backwards, but they are not all uneducated. Many rich Arab countries send their kids (usually the sons) to American and European universities. But these young Arabs return home just as backwards-thinking as when they left. It’s not lack of money and lack of education that makes Muslims narrow-minded and ignorant. It’s Islam.

Fourth and last point: It may be fair to say that “most” Muslims are peace-loving. But then again, aren’t we sort of playing with semantics when we say that? Because “peace” is not just “an absence of violence”. Peace is a state of the heart, mind and soul when human beings live together in a genuine spirit of brotherhood with one another, working together to create a harmonious community based on good-will, freedom and respect. That is peace. Remaining silent and passive while millions of your co-religionists use your “sacred scriptures” to wage violent jihad around the world is not “peace” in my opinion. I may be over-reaching here but I really believe that if the “silent majority” of so-called peaceful Muslims do not begin to speak up then we need to start questioning exactly what the nature of their silence is. Is it fear…or something worse? Something, perhaps, more akin to the silence of approval? Maybe this is what we don’t want to face yet: Muslim complicity through silence.

With these thoughts in mind, here is a German perspective on Islam. I nipped it from American Congress for Truth.

A German’s point of view on Islam.

A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

‘Very few people were true Nazis ‘he said,’ but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.

‘We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history.

It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is that the ‘peaceful majority’, the ‘silent majority’, is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.

China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:

Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun. Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghanis, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.

As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

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