A Religion of Peace, Updated

The Pakistan Taliban slaughter in cold blood 131 schoolchildren after setting three of their teachers on fire. They don’t mind dying for the sake of accomplishing this glorious military mission.

Is there any American with any measure of compassion, is there any moral American who would not slap around, chain to the floor, water board a Taliban suspected of having any information about the impending massacre the day before it was scheduled?

I wonder how tender-hearted liberals would answer this simple question. I wonder how Senator McCain would. Talk nicely to the brute? Establish a “rapport” with him?

By the way, the fact that all the victims were Muslims does not help establish the idea that Islam is a “religion of peace.” The reverse is true. Try to imagine Lutherans slaughtering Lutheran schoolchildren in the name of advancing their religious cause. This is almost too absurd for consideration.

Muslim tradition itself tells us the true story. Muhammad was a warlord, a successful warlord facing difficult odds at the beginning. He did what he had to do to win.

Sometimes, he showed mercy to his vanquished enemies. At other times, he beheaded every one of them. He habitually raped the wives and daughter of his enemies. This fact is reported in Muslim tradition as “marrying” them. This may well have been the custom of his time and place. My point exactly.

Update the next day: I heard the interview yesterday on a French show of Algerian columnist Kamel Daoud. He is asking all the right and difficult questions about Islam. He does in in a provincial French-language newspaper in Algeria. This limits his influence greatly, of course.  Not his fault, of course. This brave man, a Muslim or an ex-Muslim, is daily exposing his life in the pursuit of truth. I wish there were more like him. I wish they were better known. he US press is too lazy and too short sighted  to pursue such stories.


About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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