Curse of the Moderates

Posted: February 10, 2006 in National, Politics

Charles Krauthamer writes:

What passes for moderation in the Islamic community — “I share your rage but don’t torch that embassy” — is nothing of the sort. It is simply a cynical way to endorse the goals of the mob without endorsing its means. It is fraudulent because, while pretending to uphold the principle of religious sensitivity, it is interested only in this instance of religious insensitivity.

Have any of these “moderates” ever protested the grotesque caricatures of Christians and, most especially, Jews that are broadcast throughout the Middle East on a daily basis? The sermons on Palestinian TV that refer to Jews as the sons of pigs and monkeys? The Syrian prime-time TV series that shows rabbis slaughtering a gentile boy to ritually consume his blood? The 41-part (!) series on Egyptian TV based on that anti-Semitic czarist forgery (and inspiration of the Nazis), “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” showing the Jews to be engaged in a century-old conspiracy to control the world?

A true Muslim moderate is one who protests desecrations of all faiths. Those who don’t are not moderates but hypocrites, opportunists and agents for the rioters, merely using different means to advance the same goal: to impose upon the West, with its traditions of freedom of speech, a set of taboos that is exclusive to the Islamic faith. These are not defenders of religion but Muslim supremacists trying to force their dictates upon the liberal West.

He is right, of course. There might, indeed, be Moderates in the Moslem community. In fact, the majority of Moslems might be Moderates, peacefully practicing their religion, but they are not the people who are the problem…the ones who are the problem, the Wahabists and fanatics, are the ones who are driving this issue. If we attack them, we are attacking Islam, and the ‘Moderates’ will be on the side of the fanatics.

THEY are the ones who need to solve this problem before it gets to that point…and if they do not do so, this will be on their heads.

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