A Chilling View of History
Although we are just getting into this topic of Understanding Islam I have had several emails on the subject. Most raise red flags and express concerns about the Islamic faith, but primarily the fanatic element. It is wonderful too that most people appear to be optimists. A comment often repeated reflects on the minority, as a percentage, of Muslims that espouse the strict tenants of the religion as called for in the Qur’an. Whether it is the majority on the other hand, many have adapted in all appearances (except for their cultural dress and habits – localized in their mosques) to a modern worldview and are seen as more objective, less enraged by the non-believers, and able to assimilate into a society of mixed religions. The concern appears to be that complacency to the one principal fact that the objective of a Holy War (Jihad) is to have a one world Islamic posture and that until that is achieved nothing stands in the way, but time. Patience for the Muslim is key. Building a presence in an adverse culture can lead to large numbers of Muslims within those boundaries which at some point may represent a majority. Then all, by a democratic majority, will become under the rule of Sharia. Legislation can be enacted that begins to incorporate the Laws of the Qur’an into the laws of the local land. The critical mass is a number of more than 50%. Then control will be easier and the dictates of Muhammad in the name of Allah will be tolled throughout.
One email received was written by a doctor in Michigan – Emanuel Tanay, M.D. I provide it below in tact except for any request to continue sending this email to friends. That is up to you alone. The emphasis is on a concern about having a passive interest in what is occurring where the Muslim population is growing. It reflects on the history of areas of the world where fanatical interests left unchallenged or without an early and proper defense resulted in the death of millions and absolute control by an intolerant leadership. Bullet points expressed include:
- The majority just sat back and let it happen.
- Before we knew it they owned us, and we had lost control
- Fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history
- The ‘silent majority’ is cowed and extraneous.
- The peaceful majority – irrelevant
- Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence
Here’s the email:
“A German’s View on Islam
A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’
We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.
The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honour-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.
The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous.
Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China ‘s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.
The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.
And who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:
Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts–the fanatics who threaten our way of life.
Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. “
This may be a warning, but what it should be as a minimum is a call to learn as much as possible about Islam and Muslim thinking where-ever in the world it is present. It is the reason we all need to be Understanding Islam. We must be careful to listen to those that may be concerned and avoid the situation that occurred with Winston Chruchill when pointing to the obvious (with respect to Nazi Germany) in the late 1930’s, as a member of the House of Lords; he was booed into his seat and called a crazy troublemaker. He was right, however – the world came to regret he was not listened to. So be alert, be informed, be objective, be active, yet be concerned and realistic. Do not be passive.
From another email recently received – “The army psychiatrist that killed 13 at Fort Hood (Nidal M Hasan) made a presentation, according to staff writer of the Washington Post, Ann Scott Tyson (Nov. 10, 2009), in 2007 at Walter Reed in which he expressed concern for Muslims in the military and their potential conflict in having to fight against people of their religion. In his conclusion he noted:
- “If Muslim groups can convince Muslims that they are fighting for God against injustices of the ‘infidels’; ie: enemies of Islam, then Muslims can become a potent adversary ie: suicide bombing, etc.”
- “We (Muslims) love death more then you love life!”
- “Fighting to establish an Islamic State to please God, even by force, is condoned by the Islam,” “Muslim Soldiers should not serve in any capacity that renders them at risk to hurting/killing believers unjustly –!
- “Recommendation, – (only one) “Department of Defense should allow Muslims Soldiers the option of being released as ‘Conscientious objectors’ to increase troop morale and decrease adverse events.”
In some fashion inherent in much of what we are learning from Muslims and by actions of Muslims throughout the world their dominance is an objective. We must in our Understanding Islam decide if this is the world in which we want to live, ourselves or for our children. We need to understand.
I remain a Committed Christian and believe God and Allah are not the same, but research will continue. God Bless.