We all should give some serious thought to some of the ideas in an
article circulating the blogsphere titled "Why a peaceful majority is
irrelevant." So often our political leaders, "experts" and talking
heads tell us Islam is a peaceful religion and most Muslims are not out
to destroy the West. We're told only 1 percent, out of 1.2 billion
Muslims, are fanatical jihadists who believe America is the Great
Satan, cause of all evil, and should be attacked and destroyed.
In terms of national policy, it's irrelevant whether Islam is a peaceful religion and most Muslims are peaceful.
back to the 1930s when the Japanese murdered an estimated 3 million to
10 million people in China, Indonesia, Korea, Philippines and
Indochina; and on December 7, 1941, when they attacked Pearl Harbor,
killing more than 2,400 Americans. I'm betting most of Japan's then-60
million population were peace-loving people and would have wanted
nothing to do with the brutal slaughter in China and the attack on the
In formulating our response to the attack,
should President Roosevelt have taken into account the fact that most
Japanese are peace-loving people ruled by fanatics? Should our military
have only gone after the Japanese pilots and their naval armada?
would also wager that most Germans were peace-loving people and not
part of the Nazi sadists wanting to wage war on their neighbors and
exterminate the Jews. Again, should Roosevelt and Winston Churchill
have taken that into account in their response to German militarism? My
answer is no and thank God it was their answer too. Whether most
Germans, Italians or Japanese were peace-loving or not was entirely
irrelevant in formulating the Allied response to their militarism.
acts can be committed in countries where most of the people are
peace-loving and simply want to be left alone to attend to their
affairs. I imagine that described most of the people in the former
Soviet Union. However, that did not stop the killing of an estimated 62
million people between 1917 and 1987.
The same can be said of
the Chinese people, but it didn't stop the killing of 35 million of
their countrymen during MaoTse-tung's reign.
Whether most people of a country are peace-loving or not is not nearly as important as who is calling the shots.
At this particular time, fanatical jihadists are calling the
terrorism shots in many Muslim countries. Their success in committing
terrorist acts is in no small part the result of the actions by the
millions of peace-loving fellow Muslims.
First, there is not
enough condemnation of their terrorist acts by the Muslim community.
More important is the direct or indirect assistance terrorists receive
through the silence of their fellow Muslims. There is no way terrorists
can carry on their operations, obtain explosive materials, run
terrorist training camps, raise money without the knowledge of other
Muslims, whether they're government officials, bankers, family members,
friends or neighbors.
Because those millions of peace-loving
Muslims do not speak out and expose terrorists and don't more fully
cooperate with domestic and international authorities trying to stop
terrorists, they become enemies of the West just as the peace-loving
people in Germany, Italy and Japan became enemies of the Allied powers
during World War II. Like them, Muslims should be prepared to suffer
the full might of the West in its efforts to fight terrorism.
hoping the millions of peaceful Muslims take the proper action to avoid
such an outcome. I'm not that optimistic. We're involved in a clash
with a culture that has little regard for Western values that hold the
sanctity of human life and liberty dear.