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Wednesday, July 27, 2005  

The Moderates

We are often told by the Hugh Hewitts and others that we (Americans, Westerners) can't discriminate against Muslins because most aren't fanatical extremists who have corrupted Islam.

Yes, well most Russians weren't Bolsheviks either. Most Germans weren't Nazis.

It only takes a very aggressive minority to gain control of countries or organizations. When added to the traditional culture of the Arabs, the Middle East, and Islam, religious fanatics can easily terrorize the "moderates." In fact throughout most of Islamic history, the mass has been thoroughly terrified.

Look at what the Mafia in Italy and the US was able to accomplish through fear and intimidation. A small group, but a ruthless one which the narco-terrorists are the most current manifestation.

If a group or those in authority (like Saddam was) are willing to torture, rape, maim, and grotesquely murder others without compunction, it is quite easy to create a cowed people who are afraid to stand up and protest.

After Sparticus and 3000 slaves were crucified along the Appian Way, Rome never really had another problem with slave uprisings.

When people feel pretty much alone before an implacable and merciless foe, they find it difficult to arouse an unyielding martial spirit.

Patrick Henry would have felt pretty naked if he'd marched up to the British by himself demanding, "Liberty or Death!" He would have gotten the second in short order.

Islam and the culture of Asia and the MidEast were not fine laboratories of democracy. Instead, Islam increased the negative strains in the East in a downward, headlong spiral to what Churchill described:

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities - but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.

—Sir Winston Churchill, from The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50 (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899).

The habits of despair, slavishness, cruelty, tribalism, and pyscho-sexual depravity are difficult to shake off for a people.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 11:33 AM |