Muslims often describe Islam as a religion of peace. In support, they refer to numerous passages in their sacred scriptures. I have no argument with the idea that Islam often preaches peace. However, I keep finding – without even looking for evidence- that much behavior identified with Islam strikingly does not correspond with the words of peace.
What matter more, words or deeds, I ask? (Deeds include inaction where there should be action.)
Recently (circa 9/21/13) two people in Pakistan sacrificed themselves for the joy of killing dozens of Christians in their church. Christians are a tiny, impotent minority in Pakistan. They can do nothing to undermine anything related to Islam, the official religion of Pakistan. It’s a country where there are severe penalties for speaking ill of the Prophet. (They include whipping, I think. I could be wrong. Correct me.) Is there any chance the assassins in Pakistan are others than Muslims?
In Iraq, at least once a week, one kind of Muslims will massacre with car bombs another kind of Muslims. Funerals of previous victims of fanaticism are especially targeted. Often, there too, suicide of the faithful criminal maniacs is also involved. There seems to be an unending supply of people calling themselves Muslims willing to lose their lives, to turn their relatives to grieving for the satisfaction of killing people who follow the wrong brand of Islam.
By the way, as little as four years ago and even less, Western liberals and misguided libertarians were still blaming he American military for Iraqi on Iraqi violence. The US military is gone; the violence is rather worse.
In Kenya, also circa 9/26/13, an unknown number of individuals shoot shoppers in a mall. A mall is a venue guaranteed to have many women and children. There is little apparent chance for the killers to escape from the center of the capital. They are likely to die to the last. They must have known it. A violent jihadist group next door, in Somalia, claims the massacre as its own. Its says it’s in retaliation for the presence of Kenyan military forces in that country that were instrumental in preventing their jihadist movement from taking over the whole of Somalia. Militant Muslims explicitly tied to Al Quaida lose a battle against an army; they take revenge on women and children. Noble!
Some the murderers in Kenya have addresses in the US. They are refugees who benefited by America’s humanity, its generosity. Humanity is not contagious in this case. Am I missing something about Islam?
Today, only people who call themselves Muslims show willingness to die in order to massacre perfects strangers in the name of their religious beliefs.This requires comment from Muslims. I mean Muslim intellectuals, including theologians. I don’t mean secular people with Muslim-sounding names who are desperately trying to not seem to denounce either Voltaire or their own mothers’ creed. I mean that I want to hear practicing Muslims, believers, explain or denounce the kind of atrocities to which I refer above.
There are several Muslims who are dear to me. They are silent as if there were no problem at all or, as one told me once, as if it were no more their problem than mine.
Keep in mind what I did not (NOT) say: I did not say that Muslims in general, or even many Muslims are terrorists. I think the number of actual terrorists among Muslims is tiny. And I keep in mind that Muslims are by far the main victims of violent jihadist terrorism. I assert rather that nearly all Muslims, even in places where they are free to express themselves such as the US, are too silent. I think it’s a form of passive complicity with horrendous killings of innocents.
I hope I am wrong. I hope someone will show me how deeply in error my perception is. I hope it will be Muslims, not, as usual, mealy-mouthed liberals frozen by political correctness.
Meanwhile, the Germans just gave the world another lesson in civilized political behavior. It’s the Germans; it’s fifty-eight years later.
“You can’t impose democracy by force,” say the sententiously ill-informed. You bet you can!
UPDATE ON 10/5/13: THERE HAVE BEEN 19 COMMENTS TO THIS POSTING (NOT COUNTING MY RESPONSES, OF COURSE.) NO ONE PROVIDED A SINGLE EXAMPLE OF A MUSLIM ORGANIZATION IN THE US OR ELSEWHWERE OR OF A MUSLIM SPEAKING EXPLICITLY AS A MUSLIM DENOUNCING THE VARIOUS JIHADIST CARNAGES INCLUDNG THE CARNAGE IN NAIROBI. ONE LINK PROPOSED HERE QUOTES A MAN WITH A MUSLIM NAME IN MINNESOTA DEPLORING THE PARTICIPATION OF YOUNG SOMALI IN VIOLENT JIHAD. IT’S SOMETHING BUT IT’S NOT MUCH. MY SUSPICIONS ARE LARGELY RE-INFORCED. NOTE: MY CURRENT SUSPICIONS ARE NOW MUCH WORSE THAN THEY WERE ON 9/12. THE SILENCE IS GROWING. POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS BLINDING THOSE WHO SHOULD BE COMMENTING ON THE OBVIOUS.