Posted by Tina
We’ve had more than a few discussions here at Post Scripts about the nature of Islam and about the accusations of Islamophobia charged against anyone who dares speak of the threat posed to our safety and freedom by radicals tied to the religion. Some insist the radicals are few in number but does that view truly reflect the reality across the world? And isn’t it imperative that we have the freedom to speak honestly about terror threats and the values in Islam that conflict with our Western values?
David French over at National Review has posted a couple of charts that everyone should see. They very quickly dispel the idea that most Muslims around the world hold moderate views, unless you think that execution for those who leave Islam is a moderate position. French elaborates:
Read it and weep. In Egypt, for example, more than 70 percent of the public supports shariah law, and almost 90 percent of those individuals also support executing those who leave Islam. I feel comfortable saying this is a problem, a much, much greater problem than any alleged American “Islamophobia,” and if we turn away from these statistics and believe the fault for continued jihadist bloodshed lies primarily within us — or is primarily the fault of Israel — then we are truly willfully blind. …
Mr. French says he does not pretend to know the “true nature” of Islam and does not share the chart as proof of the true nature of Islam. He offers it, at least if I read him right, as a caution about “deep cultural problems” in the Muslim world. His last ironic conclusion amounts to the booby prize for taxpayers:
…One final note: Two of the worst countries on that chart — Egypt and Pakistan — are also among our largest recipients of military and financial aid. It looks like billions of taxpayer dollars do not, in fact, buy moderation.
I agree! I’d add that appeasement and restrictions on language do not buy moderation or safety. They may, in fact, result in more risk of deadly attacks.
Given recent information that America was warned in writing in 2012 about one of the Boston Bombing perpetrators, and given the lessons we seem not to have learned following the Fort Hood murders, and given the ridiculous changes made in training manuals and failures resulting from official policy it’s time to stop pretending there is no specific Islamic threat. It’s time to drop political correctness in our discourse and in our policy.
It is possible to speak honestly about those who do not share our values and about those who wish to do us major harm without being disrespectful to peaceful, freedom loving Muslims. Anyone that does not, or cannot, speak honestly, for any reason, doesn’t belong in a leadership position. It is imperative that forthrightness be used in language, policy, and training concerning the threats we face. We can take affective steps to stop radicals from completing their deadly missions on American soil but only if we face the task with complete information and honesty in discourse and training.