Islam has a problem
Kathleen Parker has written an excellent piece concerning the stance of moderate Islamists. She also offers one of the best analogies concerning a population’s responsibility for the actions of its radical few.
The Essential Excerpts:
…Muslim organizations are swift to condemn each new terrorist attack. They also are quick to point out that fanatics are a tiny minority and account for only about 1 percent of Muslims worldwide.
These are comforting thoughts unless you happen to be riding the bus with a constituent of that 1 percent. Or unless you’re mathematically inclined, in which case you easily see – as Arnaud de Borchgrave recently pointed out – that 1 percent of the world’s estimated 1.2 billion Muslims is 12 million Muslim fanatics who consider the U.S. and other Westerners operatives of Satan….
…When a Muslim cleric urges jihad against infidels, it falls to fellow Muslims to clean out the mosque, to rid Allah’s kingdom of radicals. Otherwise, it becomes increasingly difficult for non-Muslims to wrap their minds around “Islam isn’t the problem.”…
…Fifty years ago when American “radicals” burned crosses and lynched blacks in organized, choreographed acts of terror, the Ku Klux Klan was only a tiny minority of white Christians. The vast majority of whites, like the vast majority of Muslims, would never do such a thing. And yet for too long, decent whites weren’t activist enough in purging the evildoers from their midst. …
…Until the hatred that breeds that kind of cultic dementia is eliminated by the moderate Muslims who insist on the West’s understanding, Islam has a problem.