First I wanted to put the word moderate in quotes. As if they were not really moderate. On a second thought I realized that, actually, they indeed are moderate, so much so that this self-moderation is the core problem.
Here is the latest. A Winnipeg Jewish group plans to present a documentary film Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West.
Since this will be the first Canadian screening I don’t know what is in the film. Allegedly, it shows things like a Jihad recruitement video from the internet (maybe something like this? – it was not invented by the film makers); a 1998 Palestinian-Jordanian schoolbook that says, “This religion will destroy all other religions through the Islamic Jihad fighters”… and some blood-chilling quotes said by little children educated by these books.
Now, there is this lady, Shahina Siddiqui from the Islamic Social Services Association Inc. Canada, presumably an official representative of the Winnipeg Muslims with her complaint about the film: “It incites violence against Muslim and promotes fear about Islam”.
Violence against who? In the Dirty Kuffar video the suicide bombers are saying they are going to kill all the non-believers.
Fear? – Maybe. Just think the Iraninan president’s latest threats.
Of course, this woman, as every other Canadian citizen, is free to express her opinion and has the right to do so. (Thank you Canadian army, thank you Canadian veterans!) Hopefully, the police will simply disregard her official complaint about “hate propaganda”.
Actually, this is not the first documentary of this kind. I have seen even on CBC — quite a while ago — a similar film: Muslim mothers being proud of their suicide bomber sons and raising their younger kids (the next generation of bombers) in the very same spirit. Everything was based on facts and their own confessions.
Whenever this issue of Islamist terrorism comes up, we are always told by these “nice” Muslims that we don’t understand the problems and that we have a “distorted image” of Islam.
Let me tell you this: I have worked with Muslims in a Muslim country. I trusted my life in the hand of my Muslim bodygurads. I have a pretty decent capability to distinguish between Islamo-Fascists and peaceful Muslims. I have always been able to make the distinction between my late friend Ibrahim (killed in the war) and a brain-washed fanatic that blows up himself.
You see, here is my problem with these nice, peaceful and (again) moderate Muslims living in the safety of Western democracies: here they are quite loud about teaching us sensitivity and respect towards the Muslim values — but I never hear them raising their voice from inside the Islam — against those terrorists, Islamo-Fasicists… or call them whatever you want.
If the vast majority of Muslims (allegedly the peaceful and true followers of the Prophet – PBUH) will not stand up against those who are trying to hijack their religion, their sacred beliefs… then every attempt to lecture us about tolerance, sensitivity and similar PC slogans — is lacking any credibility. There is no other way. There is no “but”.
I cannot do it for you — exactly for the same reason: credibility. I am an outsider in the world of Islam. The change has to come from inside — from you, nice, moderate Muslims!
Don’t pose here (in WPG) as a loud advocate of the Muslim cause: the threat is not coming from us. Don’t educate me how to be sensitive and tolerant toward Muslims that raise future terrorists — go and educate those who do it! Don’t tell me to respect them.
And no, I don’t respect you either, if all you do is lecturing me about “hate”.
I do respect Muslim women like Nonie Darwish, featured in the film, or Irshad Manji who stand up for a change from within the Islam. Even risking a fatwa… When you will do the same, you’ll have all my respect and support.
But hurry: those who make the recruiting videos want to rule the whole world. And if they win (Allah forbid!) both your and my free-speech right will be gone. As well as our freedom. Everything. For good…