Wednesday, November 24, 2004

More on the religion of peace

David Frum writes a piece on the notice of libel that the Canadian branch of CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) served him. The list of terrorist ties to CAIR that he highlights is disturbing, but even more so is the intimidation by which CAIR has tried to suppress this information.

Any organization whose founding chairman makes a declaration like this: "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran . . . should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth" is obviously not about spreading tolerance via the "religion of peace."

Frum has written extensively on Islamofacism, and his article "Blowing up their own Civilization" does a good job of explaining how violence begets violence, and how jihadists will not settle for the elimination of Isreal, or of the USA, or of all Western culture. They will keep fighting until only they remain.

Here's a sample:

These anti-Shiite radicals are not acting on their own. They are, Doran argues, putting into effect the teachings of some of the most revered leaders of mainstream Islam.

He gives this example: "A recent fatwa by Abd al-Rahman al-Barrak, a respected professor at the Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University (which trains official clerics), is a case in point. Asked whether it was permissible for Sunnis to launch a jihad against Shiites, al-Barrak answered that if the Shiites in a Sunni-dominated country insisted on practising their religion openly, then yes, the Sunni state had no choice but to wage war on them."

Nor are Shiites the only targets of religious warfare. Kashmiri women who will not wear the veil, anti-Taliban Afghans, Algerians who refused to join the Islamic insurrection of the mid-1990s, Iranians who defied the authority of the ruling mullahs--over the past 25 years, perhaps as many as a million Muslims have been massacred in the name of Allah.

It's often observed that the Arab and Islamic world has responded to the war on terror with a broad "Yes--but." In the end, the "but" invalidates the "yes"--and Muslims who want to condone only some terrorism end up giving aid and comfort to all of it. Anti-Jewish terrorism legitimates anti-Shiite terror, which in turn legitimates terror against insufficiently orthodox Sunnis--until in the end all restraint is thrown away and the greater Middle East becomes a vast killing zone.

CAIR states their mission as: to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Based on the definition of libel - a false publication, as in writing, print, signs, or pictures, that damages a person's reputation - I find it difficult to see how CAIR's actions are inline with their tenet of "encouraging dialogue," especially considering that Frum's assertions are actually true.

Find out more about CAIR's real agenda here.