CHARLOTTE, NC, February 2, 2015 – Where is Winston Churchill when you need him?
Back when Churchill was the British prime minister, he was just about the only world leader who recognized Adolf Hitler’s true intentions.
It is beginning to look as though history is repeating itself only this time without a Churchill in the wings.
President Barack Obama responded to his critics over his refusal to identify Islamic terrorism on CNN by saying “I think that for us to be successful in fighting this scourge, it’s very important for us to align ourselves with the 99.9 percent of Muslims who are looking for the same thing we’re looking for: order, peace, prosperity. And so I don’t quibble with labels.”
In other words Islam is the Ivory soap of religion because it is “99 and forty-four one hundreths percent pure.”
Even if Obama’s numbers were accurate, which they are not, Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch points out “that still leaves 1.3 million jihadis or jihad sympathizers.”
Furthermore asks Spencer, “Where are the Muslim organizations that are dedicated to working against the jihadists? Where are the Muslim marches and protests against al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and all the hijackers of Islam? Where are the Muslim protests against the killing of the cartoonists and in support of the freedom of speech? Why is this 99.9% so silent and passive in the face of this “hijacking” of their religion?”
Actually, though few in number, there are some Muslim leaders who at long last are speaking out. Most noted among them is General Abdel Fatah el-Sisi of Egypt.
At the moment the ray of light is little more than a pinprick of hope at the distant end of a long tunnel. We can only pray that like that first sign of melting on your frost-covered windshield in winter our “Islamic defroster” will slowly remove the ice that eventually yields a new window of vision.
The Muslims who are speaking out “get it” while other world leaders sleep through the growing menace of Islamic terror.
Writing in Al-Sharq Al-Aswat, a pan-Arabic daily publication, Mamoun Fandy stated “Muslims need to ‘upgrade their software,’ which is programmed mainly by our schools, television and mosques – especially small mosques that trade in what is forbidden. There is no choice but to dismantle this system and rebuild it in a way that is compatible with human culture and values.”
In Iraq, Aziz Al-Haff wrote, “What is needed before anything else is for states, peoples and elites in the Arab and Muslim world to learn a lesson. It is not enough for some Muslim religious leader to appear on (television) screens and condemn (Islamic attacks). It has been ten years or more since Muslims, either in the West or in the Arab world, held a mass demonstration against the attacks, killings and abductions perpetuated by Islamic terrorist groups in the West or in the Muslim’s lands themselves.”
Former director of Al-Arabiya TV, Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashad, agrees with the idea that the solutions to Islamic terrorism must come from Muslims themselves. In a separate article in Al-Sharq Al-Aswat Al-Rashad wrote, “Protests against the recent terrorist attacks in France should have been held in Muslim capitals, rather than Paris, because in this case it is Muslims who are involved in this crisis and stand accused, and are expected to declare their innocence. The story of extremism begins in Muslim societies, and it is with their support and silence (emphasis added) that extremism is harming people across the world.”
Perhaps most vocal among the limited number of Islamic voices condemning jihadi acts was Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb who bluntly told Islamic extremists that if they don’t like Western freedoms, the should “f*** off.”
Aboutaleb went on to say, “It’s incomprehensible that you turn against freedom like that, but if you don’t like this freedom, for heaven’s sake, get your suitcase, and leave.”
Based upon Barack Obama’s point of view, Ben Shapiro of Breitbart News says, “Presumably, all of these people are Islamophobic.”
Just in case Shapiro’s sarcasm may be missed by many, he further writes, “Western leaders prefer the simpleminded fairy tale that radical Islam doesn’t truly exist, that it is a buzzword utilized by a handful of terrorists, and that true widespread Muslim discontent doesn’t come from a popular interpretation of Islam but from Western sins.”
And so while the president of the United States, other Western leaders and the media perpetuate their illusions and misunderstanding of Islam by debating the issue with their heads buried deeply in the sand, the world continues its search for another Winston Churchill who can ultimately keep our heads above the water.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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