Saturday, September 6, 2014
An Open Letter to the 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tmorrows
Dear September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows;
Much to be said for the good intent behind your message. Unthinking violence and hostility towards "the other", regardless of their race, culture, faith or lack thereof is simply unjustified incivility.
But, with that said, no poster, no well meaning meme, no appeal to civility can erase that which we know to be true. Burying ones head in the sand and declaring justifiable suspicion toward Muslims "Islamophobia", is simple denial of the thousands of instances of violence, horror, incivilities and death wrought by Islam, in the name of Islam, on the West and on their own brethren.
9/11 is but one example, albeit to Americans and New Yorkers in particular, the most horrible one. As well meaning as you, the survivor families are, who suffered so much, it is a bit presumptuous to think that distrust, suspicion, and yes even hatred of Muslims can be dissolved by your appeal. It's deeper than you well meaning folks, and that specific horror.
It goes to US military officer who kills his own in the name of Allah. To home grown terrorists who found sanctuary in a free nation and who then turned against it by blowing up innocent people attending a foot race in Boston. To infatuated and easily led would be "martyrs" who leave their adoptive nation to fight along side murders to whom beheading innocents, abusing women, dismembering and torturing those of another sect or religion is considered "Allah's will" and who will one day come home to use their training to spread terror in our homeland.
From Iraq, to Afghanistan, to Syria, to Nigeria, to Libya, to China, to Russia; from London, to Boston, to New york City to who knows where next...the curse that is fundamentalist Islam has become a pandemic poised to consume whatever it touches, wherever it can find an opening. If this sounds like it is analogous to a flesh eating bacteria, it's not by accident.
Some European nations have kowtowed to the demands of their exponentially growing immigrant Muslim citizens. They pass laws, and give preferences and make allowances for their culture and religious dogma. They did so in an effort to appease and accommodate and are already experiencing the fruits of that through inflamed Islamic fervor. They have opened the door to even more radicalization, more demands for Sharia law. Accommodation is viewed as weakness by Muslims. Until the West understands that mindset it will stand like an open wound ready to be infected with a disease for which a cure would be even more unthinkable than the prevention.
They say a person isn't paranoid if in fact there ARE "people out to get" them. Similarly, one isn't "Islamophobic" when in fact Islam is out to convert the world and drag it back into the 7th century; or to punish and kill those they cannot subjugate.
So, keep your warm and fuzzy meme. I do not disdain Islam solely in the name of the victims of 9/11, or you their survivors. I do so out of a recognition of the reality of the threat of Islam to the world, and self preservation.
Your faithful dromedary,