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.



One response to “Islam has a problem”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I find this most revealing:

    …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. …

    There are a couple of points here. First we still have not purged these evildoers from our midst. While racism may not be state mandated as it once was, to pretend racism is gone is just that: pretending… How many people do you still know that believe “mixed-race” marriage is wrong? Obviously that’s not the same as lynching, but anyone who has been around the south long knows that people who at least claim to be willing to commit violence over the color of skin still exist in large numbers. Not to mention that the very terrorist organization mentioned, the Klu Klux Klan, is still allowed to exist.

    Barring those people, the question is why did those whites who worked day-to-day in the same cotton fields would put up with the violence that happened? And the obvious answer is fear; Fear of the same people coming after their own families and fear of economic repurcussions of standing up for what is right. Other obvious answers are that many simply didn’t know who did what…

    It’s no different today… It’s very difficult to turn in someone as a terrorist if you don’t know that they are a terrorist. Assuming one does know, they still have to live there, just like southerners still had to live in the south. Although speaking up is the right thing to do, it certainly puts your family at severe risk. After all, they’re getting bombed too…

    In short, blaming muslims for the violence of terrorists is no different that blaming christians for the killing of doctors who perform abortions. Either way killing is abhorrent…

    So what’s the solution? Just like racism, there isn’t a nice easy solution all wrapped up and tied with a bow. You have to chip away at it a little at a time, align with those who are trying to make forward progress and reject violence.

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