Monday, May 21, 2007

Call Me an Islamaphobe

Major Mike
(reprinted with permission of townhall.com)

Phobia, as described by Webster... “an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation.”

Foxnews.com picked up on an Arab News story coming out of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday that describes Islamaphobia as “the worst form of terrorism” and the OIC was asking for steps world wide to curb it.

The OIC describes Islamaphobia as the “deliberate defamation of Islam and discrimination and intolerance of Muslims.” The OIC alludes to Islamaphobia as a concern well before 9/11…“Islamophobia became a source of concern, especially after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, but the phenomenon was already there in Western societies in one form or the other…” They offer no specific examples.

I’ll be the first to acknowledge that the variety of the world’s non-Muslim countries cultures’ mix with Muslim culture like water and oil, but prior to 9/11; in spite of dozens of aircraft hijackings and the murders associated with many of them, in spite of the 1972 Olympics; in spite of the Achille Lauro (1985), in spite of the first WTC bombings (1993), in spite of the bombings of the Khobar Towers (1996), in spite of the indiscriminate killing of hundreds in the US Embassy bombings (1998), in spite of the USS Cole (2000), Muslims were able to live peacefully throughout the world without fear, harassment, nor threat of persecution.

In fact it is nearly impossible to directly associate any link between 9/11 and an increase in crimes against Muslims in the US. The best accounting I can find is here at
religioustolerance.org, where the outrageous attacks on Muslims after 9/11 translates to 3 dead, one beaten, some threats made, and some property damaged.

Seems pale in comparison of the carnage that lies in the wake of motivated Muslims…twelve innocents dead in Munich, one innocent dead on the Achille Lauro and dumped into the sea, six dead and over 1000 injured in the first WTC bombing, twenty dead and 372 injured in the Khobar Towers bombings, over two hundred dead and 4000 injured in the US embassy bombings, seventeen dead in the USS Cole attack. Add in 2973 dead in the 9/11 attacks, 191 killed and 2050 injured in the Madrid bombings in 2004, Theo van Gogh murdered in the streets of Amsterdam 2004, fifty-two dead and 700 injured in the London bombings of July 2005, several killed and property damage worldwide in the aftermath of the Danish cartoon scandal of 2006. By my count that is nearly 3500 innocent people killed by those purporting to be believers in the religion “of peace.”

Sorry if I am more afraid of Muslims than I am of, let’s say, you run of the mill yokel who made some anti-Muslim remarks on 9/12. Those serving the Prophet have a much higher kill ratio than the Christians, the secularists, the atheists, the agnostics, the Jews, and the Wiccans combined.

I am at a loss to figure out how being afraid of Muslims, because they happen to be the world’s largest generator of terrorists, is a greater form of terror than the actual terror than that which is being perpetrated by Muslims extremists on the rest of the world’s population nearly everyday of our lives. This is like castigating an assault victim for being afraid of their attacker.

The OIC is clearly engaging in a classic “desensitivization” and “relativism” spin in trying to compare the brutal savagery committed by Muslim Jihadists over the past 35 years to the actual fear generated by those attacks. They are attempting to carve inroads into and place limitations on, our rights to free speech. And they are seeking an exceptional governmental deference towards their religion. All of which flies in the face of logic when compared to the body count that extreme Islamic Jihadists have racked up. Muslims need to be held accountable for those murders, not venerated as victims.

Is it irrational to fear shoe bombs, dirty bombs, homicidal bombers, homicidal hijackers, anonymous Muslim car bombers, armed kidnappers, video-taping beheaders, truck bombers, airplane crashers, hotel bombers, train bombers, subway bombers, ship bombers, when all of these terror methodologies have been used or attempted in the recent past?

The OIC needs a little perspective. As the second leading inter-governmental organization, behind the UN, it needs to understand that by condemning “discrimination and intolerance,” but not condemning murder and terror, they prove themselves the second biggest hypocritical inter-governmental organization in the world, also still behind the UN. It is inconceivable that an organization supposedly speaking for 57 nations and various other interested parties, can berate other countries for discrimination, while providing no proof or significant harm, but then fail to mention in the least the devastation that has been wrought on the rest of civilized by society by Muslim extremists.

To have murderous behavior defended by oblique attacks on the societies that have been victimized by such attacks is ludicrous in the extreme. Moderate Muslims, if they are who they claim to be, cannot put the loathing of terror and it perpetrators in the same category of wonton murder and terror upon innocents.

If fearing terrorists, Jihadists, wahabists, etc. and et al., because of their brutal and indiscriminate killing sprees, makes me irrational AND an Islamaphobe…then, I guess I am one.

And sorry OIC…the worst form of terrorism is indiscriminate murder, not “defamation and intolerance.”

© Michael McBride 2007

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sorry, the worst form of terrorism is discriminate murder, by your own government controlled by another Israeli government killing your own people on 9/11 to justify illegal wars where many more casualties are suffered in service to Zionist interests.

I could understand if you were Ziophobic but my advice would be to summon a spine and confront the truth as the first step toward your progress toward manhood.

As Atos knows, Ayn Rand's most important quote is such, "except for the exceptions, there are no men in the World today." I hope you'll be an exception Major McBride.

Anonymous said...

Your countrymen have been murdered and the more you delve into it the more it looks as though they were murdered by our government, who used it as an excuse to murder other people thousands of miles away.

If you ridicule others who have sincere doubts and who know factual information that directly contradicts the official report and who want explanations from those who hold the keys to our government, and have motive, means, and opportunity to pull off a 9/11, but you are too lazy or fearful, or ... to check into the facts yourself, what does that make you?

Lt. Col. Shelton F. Lankford, US Marine Corps (ret)
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Fighter Pilot

http://home.att.net/~south.tower/911Jonescuttercharges1.htm

Mr.Atos said...
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Mr.Atos said...

Sometimes the selective silence is cacophanous... is it not?! But then 'ignorance is truly bliss' if I may surrender to the innanity of cliche.

Right on again, Mike!

And lest we forget (as much as certain 'truthsayers' would like in pursuit of preferential stupidity) that in May of 1987, two Iraqi missiles ripped through the hull of the the USS Stark on routine patrol in the Gulf prior, killing thirty-seven sailors and injuring another twenty-one. Just a few more for your tally, and quite enough justification for a War that came 14 years late. Afterall, America went to War with Spain for similar reasons.

People, even groups of people, are solely responsible for the consequences of their actions... or in this case actions taken en their behalf. When that group fails consistently to distance themselves from the collective malevolence, they become guilty by association. Its certainly not up to me to offer my trust in anyone nor anything. It must be earned. Then it is maintained as such... as TRUST. Yet, once it is shattered, it may only be reassembled by my grace alone. That being said, trust does not equal blindness, anymore than caution is paranoia, or disagreement begets depravity. For trust is a virtue, built on the concept of experience, yet exercised like faith. And ss I said it can be shattered, but only then may there be the assumption of animosity.

As for my fear of the 'run of the mill yokel', it grows with each passing day as their venomous hate-filled minds ferment to insanity with irrational rage. Currently 1 in 5 Democrats we are told, shares this affliction, and from what I can tell it could be as many as 1 in 3 locally. Considering the demographics, it might mean that 3 out 5 people that you pass on the street here are thus infection, while 1 of the remaining 2 agree passively. So, with that in mind, given the religious furvor clearly visible on behalf of a delusion zealously embraced, is similar means emminent en behalf of their ends?

In other words, given 'some' believe what they do, and as horrendous and malevolent as 'they' are certain that their 'real enemy' has become, is it not 'their' responsibility to liberate their nation (or even their region) by any means necessary?! Dare we assume 'their' efforts are not already being implemented.

Afterall, for 'them,'time is short, the tumor malignant, popular opinion is an ally, and 'the' enemy of 'their' enemy may not be a true friend...

...but it will serve 'their' purpose for the time being.

Whose time? Whose being?

dueler88 said...

for muslims, there is apparently a short distance between seemingly-opposite concepts: 1) condemning the militant behavior of those who claim to share one's faith and 2) accepting that behavior, for whatever reason. some might go as far as to say that militant islamists are somehow useful in furthering the cause of islam. i won't go so far as to accuse my muslim countrymen of accepting militant behavior, but it *is* a legitimate question: is it acceptable work toward a global islamic caliphate by any means necessary? to societies that have embraced the concept of Free Will and big-L-Liberalism, militant islam is anathema.

dare i say that the average christian, jew, buddhist, rosicrucian or other person of faith would act quickly to prevent a fellow parishioner from killing in the name of their shared faith?

the other explanation of this acceptance of behavior is genuine fear of the more militant folks within one's spiritual community. it's similar to the fear i had of confronting my drug-dealing former neighbor. if i call the cops on him, what would he or his fellow tweakers do to my family or my property? i couldn't take that chance, so i moved out.

do rank-and-file muslims have the courage to stand up to the militants in their midst? so far the answer is no, but the key to resolving the problem of islamic militants - without a great deal of blood being spilled in "inter-religious" warfare - is for those moderate muslims to police their own.

instead, they blame others of intolerance and "terrorism". if muslims could uniformly condemn the behavior of their militants, I could revise my attitude a pessimistic future, and my progressively negative view of islam in general. but as it stands, if they won't solve their own problems, free people will have to do it for them. and sadly, many innocent muslims will get caught in the crossfire.

is this so them difficult to see?

Anonymous said...

YALE PROFESSOR ZHANG STUNS WORLDWIDE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY
BOBBY RICHIE, NEW HAVEN NEWS-PRESS STAFF WRITER
Monday, January 22, 2007 7:42 AM

After thanking his London hosts for their wonderful hospitality, the Officers of the Isaac Newton Prize Committee who selected him for the million British Pound prize and the other distinguished guests for their presence, Yale Professor Xuejin Zhang proceeded to deliver a powerful speech concluding with an admonition and challenge to the worldwide academic community.

The conclusion of the speech was met with a momentary stunned silence slowly escalating with a few nervous claps into thunderous applause and an extended standing ovation with Professor Zhang bowing humbly and respectfully before the crowd.

The New Haven News-Press respectfully provides the body of his speech here for your enlightenment.

In 1966, when I was a young boy of twelve years old living in a small fishing village not far from the town of Dafeng where my mother and father labored in a collective fish hatchery, three bloated bodies beached themselves on the seashore near where we lived. Knotted together, all three bodies were bound and gagged and all three had died of bullets to the backs of their heads. It was later confirmed that all three had been University Professors at the University of Nanjing executed in an early spasm of Red Guard injustice during the earliest phase of the so-called Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Their bodies were carelessly and disrespectfully dumped into the Yangtze River where in a couple weeks they reached the sea to be carried North by the current finally washing ashore near my home. The event burned a very deep impression in my memory and I am sure I shall never forget it. The horror of it greatly shaped my thinking and the directions I have chosen.

Later, while a student myself at Nanjing University, having been liberated from a collective potato farm by the economic reformist policies of Deng Xiaoping, I would often find myself reflecting on those three professors and how they worked and met their deaths at my very same University not so long ago but under a far harsher regime. I also looked upon the older faculty with great suspicion, distrust and a large degree of disgust since I assumed they had participated or remained silent as the murders happened within their midst. As my years of study progressed, I became more comfortable in my surroundings and assured myself that the past was past and that no such horror would ever occur again.

I traveled to Beijing where I earned my PhD and then to New York where I performed my post-doctoral work. It was while in New York at Cornell University in 1989 that Hu Yaobang died with the subsequent Tiananmen Square uprising happening soon after. It was my witness of the event on television that caused me to realize that the horror could and indeed had happened again. I strengthened my resolve to become an American Citizen, which I did in 1994. It was the proudest day of my life taking that oath of Citizenship. A poor boy from a poor seaside village in China now an American Citizen teaching at Yale University, I was walking on air. Please forgive my apparent eccentricity but for many years I would frequently hold and examine my American passport with a reverent awe, repeatedly tracing with my finger the diagram of the eagle clutching olive branch and arrows on the cover. It was strange and almost mystical, the feeling I had holding it and I doubt I can convey it to you but it gave me an intense feeling of safety and security.

That all went away on September 11, 2001. I hope the young students under my tutelage, you yourself and the entire World will forgive my five year delay in speaking out as I fear I may have become the sort of detestable silent witness who once disgusted me in Nanjing. I think I know it when I see it and I see that the same species of killer political predator living in China is now stalking in the United States. It doesn’t have the same spots on its skin but the stars and stripes it wears cannot conceal that it murders its own with a thirst for power camouflaged by the impressive ornamental decorations and pompous perks of high office.

Let me tonight declare in the clearest language and in the loudest voice as an esteemed scholar that I know that the United States government helped orchestrate the events of September 11, 2001. Their illegal confiscation and destruction of crime scene evidence alone condemns them although there’s an abundance of other troubling anomalies in their story that should rightfully shake the suspicions of any intelligent person. And yet, the Academic Community has for the most part remained conspicuously silent. As has the political-judicial community, as has the theological community and as has the international community. Shame.


It is my great honor to announce that my current employer, Yale University, has somehow found itself blessed with an extremely heroic incoming Freshmen Class of 2010. They have bided their time patiently for the precise moment when they have the power to do something effective and they have not hesitated. Their strike and disenrollment have been amplified with the subsequent decision by grad students, other students and faculty to join the strike. I am on strike. We demand the U.S. Congress legislate and override any Presidential veto of a reopened 911 investigation, fully independent, fully funded and fully empowered. When the Yale Class of 2010, in or near their thirteenth year, witnessed the horror of 9/11, they too saw something very similar to bloated bodies washing up on their shore. They have responded appropriately and have found historical glory for doing so.

It is not the ethical luxury of anyone in the global academic community to return to their posts when it is their moral and intellectual duty to reinforce this noble strike for truth and justice. We have been contemptibly nonchalant, murderously indifferent and seditiously silent for too long. Please stand with me as I stand with the students, staff and faculty of Yale to see the truth revealed that shall set us free. Thank you.

GoogleEye said...

Learn more? Google It!

Anonymous said...

I did learn more and I learned that Googles founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin are Zionist Ashkenazi Jews. Who'd a thunk it?

Eric Hufschmid once observed that if only two percent of the population of the United States were dwarves but almost all the banks were controlled by dwarves, most of the President's top advisors were dwarves, almost every media (newspaper, television, radio) outlet was controlled by dwarves, Hollywood studios were controlled by dwarves, almost all of the top actors were dwarves, almost all of the pharmaceutical companies were controlled by dwarves, five dancing dwarves were caught celebrating as they watched the WTC twin towers collapse, and a strange percentage of America's top military officers were dwarves,.....eventually you'd ask, "What's up with all the dwarves?"

Major Mike said...

Neil, is that you again?

I guess I am a little surprised to learn that we live in the middle of a tyranny greater than that of Mao, and between myself, Ato and Dueler, we're all too stooopid to recognize it. I guess we all wasted our money in college. My mom always said I should hve stuck with my first choice, Holy Cross. But the, I fear, somehow the Pope would be involved. MM

Mr.Atos said...

Wait Mike... now I'm confused. If the Pope is a Dwarf Zionist Ashkenazi Joooo with Maoist tendancies, how could he possibly be invloved with a RCC Conspiracy?..

Unless the rubes, christers, and paleocommies are actually in cahoots with Washington and have been for decades; centuries even. Now I begin to see glimpses of the trooth.

'pop'

There's the clown, Mike!

dueler88 said...

I know A LOT of Jews - Ashkenazi, Sephardic or otherwise. Down to the individual, in every case, I find it impossible for ANY one of them to be some part of a Zionist conspiracy of ANY kind.

If there is ANY kind of conspiracy on the part of the United States, Israel, or any component thereof, it is in the desire to support freedom-loving peoples everywhere, regardless of religious creed. Freedom of thought and expression is the candle that casts away the darkness of fear, paranoia and totalitarianism.

The question is whether or not true freedom of thought and expression, for all in the world, is a realistic possiblity, especially given the threats of militant islam, transnational progressivism and political correctness.

If it is conspiracy you seek, look within your own heart and weigh your opinions against the litmus test of "liberty and justice for all." it may sound quaint, but there is deep meaning and complexity in those 5 words.

Mr.Atos said...

Yes Dueler, but do you know any of those DallesGoogleJoos fortressed back in the Gorge filtering the internet of all trooth?

Thems the worst!