Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Muslim Menace

We are seeing an upsurge in these kinds of articles, presumably tied to the fall elections. Conservatives believe that their chances are better if they scare the crap out of everybody. They might be right.

Todays example was written by Dennis Prager, who's written plenty of these kinds of articles before.
It does suggest, however, that the dominant forces within Islam are bad at this time; that Muslims who see this evil in their midst have not mobilized any counterforce either out of fear for their lives or for some other reason; and that decent men and women around the world -- Hindu, Christian, Jewish, atheist, Buddhist and Muslim -- are threatened by this powerful, death-loving force.

Muslims who do not acknowledge the threat to civilization from within the Muslim world at least have two excuses -- fear for their lives or group solidarity. What excuses do non-Muslims have who deny this threat?
Well I'm pretty sure most people do see a threat from radical Muslims - we just differ on the best approach to the problem. We've given Bush nearly 6 years to try his approach and the American people aren't satisfied with the results. Does that mean that the American people want to get blown up? No. Rather it means that the Bush policies aren't working. So let's try something else.

Of course the Pragers of the world would also argue that the Bush policies have failed - they would just have a different explanation for this failure. Specifically President Bush has been too gentle with the Muslim world. One of his readers, Jman, states it pretty clearly.
I just can not understand why anyone (living in the USA) would not be strongly behind the 'riding the world of Islamic Killers' and, if a few innocents must die in the process, so be it? As any cancer, you must kill it or be consumed by it.
The fact that our invasion of Iraq has made things more dangerous and increased the recruiting possibilities of Islamic Terrorist Groups doesn't register. The policies haven't succeeded because we haven't killed enough yet.

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