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Wage War on Islam if You Care About Muslims

Posted on August 23 2010 5:48 pm
David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here

Dear Ron,

Your piece at Pajamas jumping into the discussion on Islam has the same fatal flaw as the “Center-Right” critics you unfortunately cite. This is 100% incorrect:

“But are they correct when they shift the argument from opposing those who seek a radical Islamist agenda- imposition of Sharia law in the West- from most American Muslims who practice their faith and belief and consider themselves law-abiding patriotic Americans, and who have a strong commitment to this country?”

We anti-jihad activists have not shifted this argument toward Muslims who are patriotic Americans.Any Muslim who will support the principles of the constitution and reject the fascism of his Prophet is my ally. Every single person who calls themselves a Muslim is not the enemy. Tarek Fatah, Zuhdi Jasser, Irshad Manji, and other Muslim Reformers (not “moderates”) do important work.

This is not a war against all Muslims anymore than the Cold War was a war against all Russians; and World War II was a war against all Germans, Japanese, and Italians; and the Iraq/Afghanistan wars were against all Iraqis and all Afghans. There are hundreds of millions of decent, peaceful, loving Muslims across the world. But they’re like that not because they “interpret” Islam in such a manner. They’re like that because as with all religions and political ideologies vast numbers in any movement don’t really pay attention or get involved. We have peaceful Muslims as a result of ignorance, not interpretation.

You know what images come to mind when I think of a Muslim? It’s not a violent terrorist. I recall my mentor Jamie Glazov’s book United in Hate, specifically when he talks about his family history of Soviet dissidents. His wonderful FrontPage article about his father leaps back into my consciousness. I think of freedom-seeking Russians in a prison state. I think of Natan Sharansky. I think of all the Westerners living comfortably in freedom while their human brothers and sisters suffered on the other side of the world.

The world’s Muslims are in a similar situation — except one that’s even worse. How many Soviet and Cuban women had their clitorises cut off? How many were the victims of Honor Killings?

The world’s Muslims are enslaved by the most brutal, totalitarian ideology mankind has ever known. Those who disagree and are critical of the anti-Jihad movement have something in common: they have not studied Islam that deeply. The educated understanding of Islam needs to be proclaimed clearly. And yes, like all forms of slavery, it must be eradicated. And yes, it can be eradicated. Soviet Communism was eradicated. American slavery of blacks was eradicated. Nazism and Italian fascism were eradicated. And us conducting genocide is in no way part of this process.

The discussion can be had about if a part of this eradication can be an Islam “reformed” (I’ll have more on this later this week) but it’s worthless to dialogue on a solution to a problem when we have such different interpretations of what the problem is. We have to resolve the root disagreement first before it’s possible to move on.

Warmest regards,

David Swindle

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