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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

London Telegraph Says: We Are In A War To The Death - Craven Concessions Won't Win It

Up Pompeii asks, is the Mainstream media in Britain beginning to wake up? It looks like it:


Who would have thought it? Half of Europe – the half that was so smug about having buried God several generations ago – is waiting in real trepidation for the outcome of a theological argument. When Pope Benedict XVI flies to Turkey tomorrow, he will embody the most potentially incendiary confrontation between Islam and the West since the defeat of the Turks at Vienna in 1683 brought an end to Islamic conquest in Europe.

The Pope will take with him an understanding that at the root of our problems in dealing with the Islamist death cult, there is a fundamental debate to be had about the role of human reason in political affairs.

The remarks he made in a lecture in Regensburg, Germany, which implied that Islam rejected rationality while Christianity saw it as essential to faith were contentious (and almost certainly designed to be so), but they raised a question that almost no Western government has the courage to ask, let alone answer. How is a liberal democracy to deal with an illiberal religious minority in its midst?

To understand the life-or-death significance of what the Pope does and says when he arrives in Istanbul, it is necessary to see this confrontation for what it is. This will involve some traumatic re-adjustment for most of the opinion-forming class in Britain. The first assumption that will have to go is the premise that Islamist terrorism can be understood in pragmatic, politically rational terms: in other words, that it can be addressed with the usual mechanisms of negotiation, concession and amended policy.

The most readily accepted version of this is that a change to our policy in the Middle East will remove the grievances that "fuel" Muslim terrorism.

The Cabinet has apparently been advised that all foreign policy decisions over the next decade should have the goal of thwarting terrorism in Britain and that this should involve "a significant reduction in the number and intensity of the regional conflicts that fuel terror activity". So Britain is contemplating constructing a foreign policy, specifically in the Middle East, that is designed to give in to terrorist blackmail.

Never mind that the hereditary grievance of almost all British-born Muslim terrorists is the Kashmir question, to which the almost entirely irrelevant Palestine issue has been tacked on by political manipulators with larger ambitions. (The easiest way to make a connection between the Palestine-Israel conflict and the problem of Kashmir is to construct a global theory of persecution in which British-born Muslims may see themselves as born into a victimhood perpetrated by all non-Muslim nations upon Islam.

That, as it happens, chimes perfectly with the true goal of Islamism, which is global supremacy.) So this ignominious posture – what you might call the "save our own skin; who cares what happens in the rest of the world?" view – is based on a false premise. It is not adjustments to our stance on Israel-Palestine that the international Islamist terror movement wants.

That demand was just a bin Laden afterthought that went down a treat with the old reliable anti-Semitic interest in Europe.

What Islamic fundamentalism plans to achieve (and it has made no secret of it) is a righting of the great wrong of 1492, when the Muslims were expelled from Spain: a return of the Caliphate, the destruction of corrupt Western values, and the establishment of Sharia law in all countries where Muslims reside.

That is what we are up against.

If a majority of the Muslim community is prepared to separate itself, clearly and explicitly, from the terrorist faction, then we have a chance. If it is not, if it is swept up in the glamour of international victim status and the dark victory of glorious death, then we face generations of bloodshed.

To some extent, this is up to us. Britain must have more to offer than domestic confusion and international cowardice. But it is up to conscientious Muslims as well, of whom much – perhaps more than is fair – must be demanded by way of intercession and courage.
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8 Comments:

Anonymous revereridesagain said...

Benedict is going to Turkey as the outspoken champion of reason vs. blind faith in the irrational Will of Allah -- see his quotes in that otherwise craven TIME article. If it were merely a case of one advocate of the rule of blind faith against another, I wouldn't care if he came back or not. As it is, I will be on tenterhooks until he gets out of there alive and in one piece. We need him.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 10:53:00 am  
Anonymous religion of pieces said...

The Death Cult is more about power and plunder than reason. The cultists comprise the Global Ummafia - the unholy trinity of Islam, organised crime, and terrorism:

"The attacks were allegedly ordered by the Muslim-dominated underworld in retaliation for Hindu-Muslim riots. "

From http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/6180858.stm

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 12:17:00 pm  
Anonymous revereridesagain said...

ROP, "Ummafia" is a great word. If I were younger I would be out at night spraying it on walls until people start asking what it means. Which I've already thought about doing with "dhimmi".

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 12:44:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Global Ummafia - the unholy trinity of Islam, organised crime, and terrorism"

That's a keeper! You'll witness that line cropping up in a lot of places - thanks!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 2:33:00 pm  
Anonymous religion of pieces said...

One of the many things that the Umma and the Mafia have in common is that once you've joined the organization you're in for life. If you try to leave they'll rub you out.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 3:55:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

That is a great phrase, ROP. When did you come up with that?

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 4:59:00 pm  
Anonymous religion of pieces said...

Pastorius,
Which phrase?

'Ummafia' - a few months ago when it struck me how much Muslims and the Mafia have in common.

'Unholy trinity...' - this morning upon reading about the Islam, Jihad and the Indian underworld.

Some other things that Islam and the Mafia have in common:

They put contracts out on people. The Muzzies call them fatwas.

They run extortion rackets (Jizya).

They demand 'respect', even though there is nothing in the least respectable about them.

They enforce 'respect' by intimidation.

They have an 'us and them' worldview.

They believe themselves to be above the law.

They recruit in jails.

They are involved in prostitution in this life (muta) and the next (Allah's brothels in the sky).

They are major narcotics dealers (Afghan poppies).

They are loyal only to other members of the mob.

They have a cult of machismo.

They have a tendency to splinter into murderous feuding internecine groups.


Can anyone think of anything else?

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 10:50:00 pm  
Blogger Snouck said...

I think the comparison of Islam and Mafia is one of the best there is.

"Islam" is often a cover for criminal activities and networks in Europe. Also violent Muslim organisations in Europe and Asia have a tendency to marry off their female relatives to promising members of the organisation, like the mafia.

The mafia is from Southern Italy which is culturally quite close to North Africa and the ME.

Still, I do prefer Don Corleone over Ahmed the Jihadi. By far.

The Mafia is family, don't you know? :-)

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 12:00:00 pm  

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