There is a politically dominant and longstanding narrative by the Left in America (and Europe) that the overwhelming fraction of the world’s Muslims have no intrinsic hatred of the west and America. In the aggregate these Muslims are supposed to be peaceful and quite sanguine about the west, and they have no sympathy with the ragheads that are massacring everyone within reach while giving Islam a bad name. Until they kill, they are to be viewed as any other cultural and/or ethnic population that has come to these shores and assimilated into the Americans next door.
Well, that narrative was proven wrong by the videos and surveys of the Arab street right after 9/11 and doubly so since that time. (Trump claims we now have a video that shows Muslims on the New Jersey shore celebrating the burning World Trade Center towers before they came crashing down.) The anti-western behavior of European Muslims in and out of their enclaves is a matter of record. The polls surveying the sentiment of Muslims living in the west continually show that a majority support 1) violence against the west if it does not accept Islam, and 2) Muslims allowed to rule their enclaves under sharia while demanding concessions from the neighboring western communities on matters they hold disrespectful to Islam. RR has reported on these survey results before.
Today the post-Paris news about Muslim sentiment in Europe continues to bear out that the ‘peaceful Muslims’ volubly support attacks by ISIS and other radical Islam organizations against the west. To make the point Fox News showed chilling videos of young military age Muslims in Brussels sitting at an outdoor café and calmly telling a reporter that they and theirs wholeheartedly supported the Paris massacre declaring that such attacks are justified as long the west opposes the spread of Islam.
In the meantime over two out of three Americans think that Obama has a flawed foreign policy and is not doing enough to secure the country from radical Islam. Our president is in terminal denial about the threat to America and the west, and has no intention whatsoever of changing his benign stance on Islam and its ‘religion of peace’. His solution is to allow tens of thousands of unvetted Muslims into the country as quickly as possible to accelerate the Left's plan to fundamentally transform America. And as with preventable global warming, the debate about the growing war between the civilizations in his mind is also over.
The Republicans want to bring this war to the attention of Americans in their election year campaigning. But it turns out again and again that a catastrophically large body (most?) of our voting age citizens have little or no idea what is going on in the world. They don’t know the middle east from Middle Earth. They literally know nothing of American or world history. Today it is cheap and saddening entertainment to stick a mike into someone’s face on a city sidewalk and ask him the simplest question about our government, history, American traditions, … . When it comes time evaluate a candidate's statements about ANYTHING to do with public policy save promises to increase their entitlements, they are babes in the woods – totally unarmed between the ears. Union dominated public schools have taken a toll on our body politic that today is literally beyond comprehension.
[29nov15 update] Woke up this morning to an interesting NPR interview with five American Muslims in their twenties. They all showed concern about how incidents like the recent Paris massacres affect relations with Muslims in this country. None of them claimed that the jihadists were doing something that is foreign to Islam. And none claimed that hatred of the west was unique to insignificant minorities in Islam. On the contrary, they all seemed to agree that Islam is NOT a homogenous belief system or religion; that there are many kinds of Muslims with antipathies and interpretations of the Quran that range from the Wahhabis of the Arabian peninsula to moderates in America who barely practice their faith. And they definitely agreed that ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Iran are part of Islam and practicing the more violent versions of their faith. One young college graduate underlined this by saying it is “foolish” not to admit these large militant groups (and the nation of Iran) into the global Islamic community.
These reasonable sentiments and interpretations from practicing Muslims kinda knocks into a cocked hat the crap that liberals here and elsewhere have been preaching to the rest of us about their vast knowledge of what Islam really is. But then we already knew of what they were full.
A more important takeaway from that interview corroborated the asymmetry of Islam vs Christianity. One young lady attempted to describe the human bond that exists between Muslims and Christians by describing the aftermath of what happened after a devastating fire in their mosque. Local Christian groups pitched in to help rebuild, and in the interval invited the Muslims to worship in their churches and fellowship halls. Yes, that is not an unusual Christian response these days. But what all of them seemed to have missed is that such an outreach is always one-sided. How many Muslim congregations have invited Christians, whose churches have been burned by Islamic mobs, to worship in their mosques? How many of those Muslims have offered to help rebuild the destroyed churches?
And here is some new information from columnist Mark Steyn on the Jersey shore celebrations. H/T to reader for this heads up.