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Avoiding the M-Word

Avoiding the M-Word

Denial is a luxury we cannot afford.

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Is radical Islam connected to terrorism? A number of notable British voices spoke out on that subject after Britain's recent terrorist near-misses -- the two unexploded car bombs packed with gas cylinders and nails in London's West End and the fiery SUV rammed by would-be suicide bombers into the main terminal at Glasgow's international airport.

Consider what four of those voices had to say:

One declared that the word "Muslim" must not be used in connection with terrorism, and insisted that even the phrase "war on terror" should be scrapped.

The second likewise cautioned against pointing a finger at Islam, contending that in London, "Muslims are . . . less likely to support the use of violence to achieve political ends than non-Muslims."

The third, asked whether Muslim extremists might be responsible for the attempted atrocities in London and Glasgow, counseled: "Let's avoid presumptions. . . It can be the work of Muslims, Christians, Jews, or Buddhists."

By contrast, the fourth noted the resemblance of the latest terror attempts to "other recent British Islamic extremist plots," pinpointed "Islamic theology" as "the real engine of our violence," and described British jihadists as "mindless killers" who have "declared war upon the whole world."

The first three statements, disingenuous but models of political correctness, were made respectively by (1) Britain's new prime minister, Gordon Brown, (2) London Mayor Ken Livingstone, and (3) Daud Abdullah, deputy secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain. Their comments came just days before the second anniversary of the deadly 7/7 London transit bombings, and less than a year since 24 British Muslims were arrested for plotting to blow up passenger jets over the Atlantic. Yet the three men spoke as if they had no inkling that Britain is a battleground in militant Islam's global jihad -- as if only a boor or a bigot could imagine that Muslims might somehow be linked to the car bombs in London and Glasgow.

And that fourth statement? Those were the blunt words of Hassan Butt, a onetime spokesman for the radical Islamist organization al-Muhajiroun, who has renounced his former life. In an essay published last week in the Daily Mail, Butt emphasized that jihadists are motivated not by opposition to British or US foreign policy but by a fundamentalist theology that seeks to subject the entire world to "Islamic justice." Radical Imams, he wrote, teach their followers that they must fight for Dar al-Islam (the House of Islam) against Dar al-Harb (the House of War -- i.e., infidels to be defeated). And "in Dar el-Harb, anything goes, including the treachery and cowardice of attacking civilians."

Winning the war the jihadists have declared begins with moral clarity.

By turning a blind eye to the radical theology of the jihadists, says Butt, mainstream Muslim institutions make it easy for the extremists to recruit new followers. His words apply with equal force to political leaders like Brown and Livingstone: "They refuse to broach the difficult and often complex truth that Islam can be interpreted as condoning violence against the unbeliever -- and instead repeat the mantra that Islam is peace, and hope that all of this debate will go away."

Wars cannot be won through denial and willful blindness. Yet in ways large and small, Western leaders and institutions deliberately avert their gaze from the reality of the Islamist threat. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon blames global warming, not Sudan's jihadist regime, for the genocide being carried out in Darfur.

The obfuscation is sometimes almost comical. The New York Times, reporting the Glasgow attack on Page 1, carefully avoided using the M-word to identify Britain's Muslim terrorists. Instead it attributed the 7/7 bombings to Britain's "disenfranchised South Asian population" and reported that the terrorists in Glasgow "were South Asian." (As Joel Mowbray pointed out for the Powerline blog, Indian Hindus are the United Kingdom's largest South Asian demographic.)

Similarly, seven reporters contributed to AP's story on the arrested jihad-doctors ("Diverse group allegedly in British plot"), yet somehow missed the radical theology they presumably shared. The closest the story comes is a think-tank expert's speculation that the arrested doctors "discovered that they shared some common ideology, and then they decided to act." Comments Robert Spencer archly at JihadWatch: "Gee, what a coincidence! I wonder what ideology they all held in common."

Political correctness is no strategy for victory. Islamic fascists will not hate us less if we avoid all mention of the theology that inflames them. Winning the war the jihadists have declared -- the war of Dar al-Islam and Dar al-Harb -- begins with moral clarity. Denial is a luxury we cannot afford.

Published: July 14, 2007


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Visitor Comments: 24

(23) Wassim, June 14, 2012 6:18 AM

Islam is 100% ideological terrorism, but Muslims are victims of Islam not promoters of it

A single Muslim in New York or London? no problems at all, he'll probably be a good guy and make friends with all sorts of different people. But put that same Muslim in a group of other Muslims and very soon the bigotry will appear as they try to outdo each other with every comment. Subconsciously they're competing for approval among their peers, and outwardly this is manifested in anti-Western rhetoric. The underlying insecurities stem from one of the problems with Islam - that it doesn't actively empower the individual. It attempts to enlighten along similar lines as the false ideologies of the Buddha. In other words it tries to make you accept that your earthly desires are the obstacles to your happiness, which is pure nonsense that even Buddhists have rejected as can be clearly observed by their desperate clamoring for material ascendency in their communities. Judaism on the other hand teaches you to search for the hidden truth in the words of scripture, which in turn cultivates an appreciation for truth and honesty above all else. Judaism would not be Judaism without the Talmud. The Torah is central and I mean no disrespect, but the Talmud is what makes Judaism different from the rest. So, given the lack of a similar tradition in Islam (since only Shiites condone Kalam - and even that can hardly be invoked without fear for one's life!) it's hard to find a solution to this problem. Add to this, the determination of Israel to strike Iran, the heart of Shiite Islam, and you've got a recipe for perpetual cyclical hatred. The moment of truth is here and now, there is no Mahdi, no Jesus second coming, and Moshiach is still on his way... I can think of no solution other than to call a spade a spade and bring some TRUTH into the debate before the fallout preempts the need for a debate altogether. Zionism vs Islamism, I'm afraid it seems TRUTH often takes a back seat to yet-to-be-achieved military objectives, not that I blame Israel, that's petrol geopolitics for you!

(22) Anny Matar, August 9, 2007 4:24 AM

COME TO ISRAEL AND MEET TRUE MUSLIM

HOWEVER HARD WE TRY TO CONVINCE THE WORLD OF THE HARDSHIP OF OUR DAILY LIVES AND TO WARN THEM OF MUSLEMS' INTENTIONS THEY TURN A BLIND EYE AND PLAY THE ROLE OF THE THREE MONKEYS. THE MUSLIM WORLD HAS CONVINCED THE WESTERN WORLD THAT AS SOON AS THE PALESTINIAN "problem" IS SOLVED THE WHOLE MIDDLE EAST AND THE WHOLE MUSLIM WORLD WILL LIVE IN PEACE. IT'S SO RIDICULOUS THAT AFTER THE SECOND W.W. THEY BELIEVE THEM AS THEY HAD DONE WITH HITLER.THE BELIEVE THAT ITS "ONLY" THE JEWS IS WRONG, ALL OTHER NATIONS AND RELIGIONS ARE IN THE "SAME BOAT"
ANNY MATAR
ISRAEL

(21) Ofra Ben David, July 30, 2007 5:31 AM

More power to you Jeff for the good work.

I just hope and pray that Mr. Brown and Mr. Livingston never have to learn the hard way what Muslim is all about.

(20) Beverly Kurtin, Ph.D., July 19, 2007 10:43 AM

Hello, I'm the Easter Bunny, who are you?

Neville Chamberlain is alive and well in jolly old England. This time, however the cowards went WAY beyond Chamberlain. Were I a citizen (heaven forbid!) a citizen of the former "Great" Britain, I'd be screaming to replace 10 Downing Street with someone with a backbone.

It is no surprise that the Muslim said that it could have been done by anyone, and that is true. It COULD have, but the facts show that it WASN'T, each of the criminals are Arabs who practice...hmm...let me see, could it be ISLAM? Islam = Muslim = Islam and Islam does NOT mean peace by any sense of the world no matter how many times the craven cowards say it does.

We are living "in interesting times" indeed.

HannnahNana, January 27, 2013 7:07 PM

Doctor Beverly, well said

I just echo your well chosen words and observations. Spot on!

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