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January 10, 2015

Fundamental Concepts - No True Mussulman [Weirddave]

This week saw another terrorist atrocity (several, actually) committed in the name of Allah. As usual, our betters in the media fell all over themselves rushing to the nearest microphone to declare that there is no possible way that terrorists who identified as Muslim, who triumphantly shouted that they were avenging the prophet, could have anything whatsoever to do with Islam.

You and I know that that's hogwash. So do they, actually. Why is it than they they repeat the "No True Scotsman" fallacy every single time? I think there's a couple of reasons.

#1 It's a distraction. The left in this country frankly could care less what happens in the rest of the world. They are hell bent on turning this country into a collectivist Utopia, anything that distracts from that goal must be shut down. If the people are clamoring for protection from an external threat, they won't be clamoring for more "free" stuff, binding themselves ever more tightly to the grindstone of centralized government.

#2 Islam and the left share many of the same goals. Both want to destroy western civilization and replace it with a totalitarian oligarchy. The left thinks that Islam is doing their work for them, so they are content to tolerate it. Where they are deluded is that they believe that after western civilization is laid in it's grave, THEN they'll be able to defeat militant Islam. They're absolutely insane, they'll fold like the dhimmi bastards that they are. An Islam triumphant over Europe will simply say BOO to a leftist secular US and they'll jizyah in their pants.

#3 They're cowards. They are. It takes courage to face down an enemy that has point blank stated that its goal is your submission or death, and it doesn't care which. Facing something like that down requires acknowledging that many, many people will die in the effort, not the least of whom will be some of their unique, special, invaluable selves. Dying for what you believe in? That's soooo red state, nothing for the enlightened to contemplate.

So what do we do? First, we have to call out the lie for what it is. Once again, we have the harder task. Sticking your head in the ground is easy. Facing reality with all it's subtle nuances is hard, and explaining that reality in a calm, rational manner is harder still. Truth #1: Islam is at war with the west. Not all of Islam, no, but a significant portion of it. It doesn't matter if a large number of Muslims don't practice terrorism, it doesn't even matter if large numbers of Muslims abhor terrorism (which is not the case from every poll done amongst Muslims) or if they think it's a perversion of Islam (again, polls say the majority don't see it as a perversion of the teachings of the Koran). It doesn't matter if you believe violence to be against the tenets of Islam, or if you have an airtight logical argument supporting your argument. What matters is that those who commit violence believe they are acting in accordance with the teachings (and they are. It's all in there). Think of it this way. I knew quite a few Catholics in high school and college. Most of them were sexually active before they were married. A few weren't. Catholic dogma proscribes per-marital sex. Which group of people, the abstinent or the sexually active, were "true" Catholics and which group weren't? The majority were having sex, does that make them "true" Catholics? The minority were observing the letter of the law according to doctrine, are they the "true" Catholics? The answer of course is that all of them were Catholic. Groups of people are comprised of many individuals. Those individuals may differ from each other in their beliefs or behaviors, but they are still members of the larger group.

Second, we MUST, absolutely MUST, support those voices in the Muslim world that dare to speak out against the violence. Egypt's al-Sisi took an extremely courageous stand against violence recently. Everybody from the President to the Pope should be singing his praises and offering whatever support they can, but they're not, see #1 and #2 above. Israel is the lone Western nation that is bucking this trend.

Finally, we have to realize that we are going to have to kill a large number of militants. There is no way around it (unless an reformation movement catches fire in the Islamic world, in which case they are going to have to kill a large number of militants). Societies are comprised of large numbers of people, most of whom are content to go with the flow, even if the flow is towards violence. That's just human nature. Firebrands count on this, and use it to drive their agenda. History has shown that the only way to reverse this trend is to kill the firebrands in as bloody and as public a way as possible, until the rest of the population becomes convinced that to continue to follow the same path is suicide. With the firebrands dead (and thus no longer pushing for violence), the majority of the population can move in another direction, towards peace. This is exactly what happened with Japan prior to and after WWII. It sucks. It's abhorrent to consider, but I know of no other method that has worked in the history of mankind.

Islam is at war with the west, and we're doomed to lose if we can't even recognize that it's happening.

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