Mark Steyn, Repulsive Islam and the Delusional West

Daphne at Jaded Haven has a remarkable post called Scheherazade Needs A New Tale where she sums up the feelings of many Westerners (and quite a few Middle Easterners I suspect) concerning the erstwhile Religion of Peace and their latest foray into murder and mayhem:

I find myself increasingly repulsed by Muslim practices and beliefs. Middle Eastern, African, Asian, American, the country of origin makes no difference. Women and children treated as chattel, genital mutilation, child brides, honor killings, culturally accepted pedophilia, the black drapes and head coverings, no rights, no votes, little to non-existent educational opportunities, no voice, no choices, no recourse. Persecution of homosexuals. Imprisonment, stoning and whipping for morality crimes. Lack of free speech. The foul treatment of non-Muslims in Islamic countries. The demented hatred of Jews. Sharia Law. Wahhabism. Madrasas. Blind obedience to Mullahs. Praying towards Mecca – a place on the map few will ever see. Individuality is shut down, originality and freedom of the mind discouraged. Islam pisses on human talents that fall outside the dark walls of its faith. Hell, I even dislike their dislike of dogs.

I don’t believe Mohamed was holy or a prophet. I think he was evil incarnate carrying the words of Satan himself to a crew of desert simpletons. Islam is a barbaric, unpeaceful, vile, unthinking distortion of worship. The fact that the majority of its adherents can’t even read the Koran smacks of mindless ignorance. I see no enlightenment elevating individual singularity or acknowledging gifted greatness in this corner of archaic darkness. My lip curls at their love of theocracies, a willingness to subjugate themselves to the whims of dissolute rulers along side an ancient text they can’t even begin to comprehend, subsuming their divine individuality to a tide of dogmatic mandates. I have no use, or respect, for the people who follow this religion. I’m past tired of their bombing, shooting, acid throwing, coup d’etat loving, rioting asses and it looks like the rest of the world could stand a break from these murdering bastards, too. According to a website that does nothing but track worldwide Islamic terrorism, there have been 12,328 Islamic terrorist attacks since 9/11. Don’t tell me this isn’t an Islamic issue, the rest of us aren’t practicing murder on a worldwide scale in the name of religion.

To which many observers of the world would no doubt hardily agree. But there is another group of mainly North American and European handwringers who will label this “Islamophobia” (though they never seem to brand Jihadists Christophobes or Hinduphobes) then begin to yet again spread that insidious lie that the one religion on earth that can claim credit for more murders than Nazism and Communism combined is the “Religion of Peace.” While the smoke had yet to clear on 9/11, when the train platforms still smoldered in Spain, while the British pulled bodies out of the twisted wreckage of double deckers, miseducated windbags from a thousand liberal Arts colleges were wagging their fingers at the rest of us for daring to think the inspiration for the holy war Muslims are waging comes from their “holy” book and the religion which spawned it.

And even now while the streets of Mumbai are awash in innocent blood there are those who cling to the delusion of peaceful coexistence with a religion designed to make peaceful coexistence impossible. Islam is not a “Religion of Peace” and Islam in fact means something closer to “submission” than peace. It is submission to Islam from the non-Muslim world that Muslims seek; to me this seems far from a peaceful goal. The West must decide if it will abandon thousands of years of social progress and embrace the depravity of Militant Islam or stand up and fight a foe more determined than any we have faced in the last 200 years. It is a delusion to think otherwise.

Muslims riot and burn churches and we do nothing. Muslims raised money for the Mumbai attacks in British mosques and Britain will do nothing. American Muslims are celebrating the attacks and we will do nothing. There is an “epidemic” of Muslim taxi drivers in England raping women fares, and England attacked the mother of a young girl who wanted to ensure her daughter’s safety rather than stop the rapes. Europe is allowing Islamic polygamy all in the vain hope that such wild accommodation will calm the excitable Muslim street and then we can finally get on with living together in harmony with our friends in the “Religion of Peace.”

Miguel de Cervantes fought bravely at the Battle of Lepanto and was later held for years as a slave by Muslim Turks, an episode in his life he used to craft The Captive Captain’s Tale, which I consider one of the most rewarding sections of Don Quixote. Cervantes was no “Islamophobe” by anyone’s measure yet he fought hard to keep the Muslims from conquering the West and related the plight of Christian slaves without rose tinting in his work.

In the early part of the 20th century Robert E. Howard wrote a story called The Footfalls Within featuring his undeservedly little known hero Solomon Kane who runs afoul of Muslim slavers in Africa. In it Howard describes “Militant Islam” as an arrogant, imperialistic creed that sought to deny the rights of others in its quest for world domination. In the story Kane the Westerner is disgusted by the treatment of Black Africans by the Arab Muslims, in scenes that eerily presage the Western world’s disgust with the genocide in Darfur. But where Kane leapt into the fray to save the slaves, the West does nothing.

How is it that the poet Cervantes and the pulp writer Howard can have had such a complete understanding of Islam and its failings and we do not? Neither Don Quixote nor The Footfalls Within could find a publisher nowadays, and were they published there would be a chorus of condemnation by apologists for Islam who would claim the two authors were simple bigots intent on besmirching the good name of peaceful Muslims.

Just look at the attacks on Mark Steyn by the intellectually lazy armchair thought police like M.J. Murphy of Big City Lib or John Gordon Miller who bills himself as (I kid you not) The Journalism Doctor. A great deal of these attic dwelling academics’ lives are spent trying to prove Mark Steyn is wrong about Islam, though they clearly know nothing about either Steyn or Islam as Steyn himself proved in this essay.

The larger point though is that while news of the Mumbai terrorists torturing their Jewish hostages to death circulate, these two people are too busy trying to think up another way to get Steyn to bother pondering the depravity the world has just witnessed. They can’t be bothered commenting on the Mumbai massacre while “fighting the real enemy” which seems to include everyone who hasn’t raped, murdered or maimed innocent people in the name of a violent religious-based political ideology. Big City Lib has in fact studiously ignored the atrocity in India while having the temerity to ejaculate this post about global warming called Meanwhile in More Important News.

I used to think it was simple cowardice that kept the M.J. Millers of the world from standing up and decrying Islamic Imperialism. But it isn’t, although I would put forward Miller likely is not what we call a Man’s Man. Instead it is the enticing delusion of Islam as a religion that wants peace with us. Despite all the best evidence, and Muslims telling us they will never live under our laws even in our own countries, it is easier to believe that Mark Steyn or America or global warming is the real enemy. Because those are enemies the Millers of the world can fight. And by fight, I mean whimper about on the Internet.

But the fight against Militant Islam is a literal fight to the death. Those who speak out against Islam are targeted for death, those who defend their churches, their families and their lives are torn to pieces by mobs. Muslims will kill you. Mark Steyn will not. Muslims riot when criticized. Americans do not. Muslims drag Canadians into court to be charged with thought crimes. Global warming will not. Any enemy but Islam seems more manageable to people like Miller, thus they delude themselves into thinking it is “neocons” or writers or any of a hundred different easy marks that they need to defeat to bring about this imagined peace with Muslims. And while they do, more women are raped, murdered and enslaved. More Jews are tortured to death. More hotels are assaulted, more trains blown up, more of the West destroyed.

And that’s where the delusion is most dangerous, because we seem to think the West can suffer these attacks forever without falling, as long as we pretend there’s not a war on.

13 thoughts on “Mark Steyn, Repulsive Islam and the Delusional West

  1. As I read of the ambush in Mumbai, and the description “awash in innocent blood,” I am annoyed. Unarmed victims of Islamic atrocity is more accurate.

    Everyone the Islamists target is innocent. It’s not as if these killers go hunting for the some guilty parties, and mistakenly kill all those “innocent” people. Using the term “innocent” allows for speculation and belief by many that there are “guilty parties.”

    In the killers’ minds, we’re all guilty…man, woman and child. We’re all kafirs. That’s why it’s called a religious war, if only by observant folks.

  2. Notice how many of the official statements about Hillary Clinton’s new Secretary of State gig paint her as the woman who will help Obama restore the world’s image of America? All the American apologia going around is a signal to extremists that we as a country don’t get it.

    Every time I read about Americans’ denial of the threat of militant Islam (and in particular when I hear that our elected officials are perpetuating that ignorance) I’m always reminded of the scene in Mars Attacks when the president meets with the Martian leader. He asks:

    Why can’t we work out our differences? Why can’t we work things out? Little people, why can’t we all just get along?

    The Martian leader, of course, proceeds to kill the president, and as he lays dead on the floor with a Martian flag protruding from his chest, the Martians laugh heartily.

    How many more terrorist attacks will it take before we learn the difference between peace and submission?

  3. Rob Taylor,

    I have a terrible feeling this war is going to end in a blood bath, no matter what we do. I fear what is coming.

  4. It seems Palestinain terrorists within the Palestinian Authority have also given an unofficial solidarity pledge to these Pakistani-Kashmiri terrorists whcih were behind the Mumbai massacre.

    For which case the Palestinian Authority reprinted an article coming from Pakistan which attacked India for having close relations with Israel and even calling Hezbollah and other Palestinian terrorist groups “brothers and sisters” of their Kashmiri counterparts.

    I for one have a bad hunch that America’s “friends” within Pakistan weren’t really on America’s side and only used the Soviet invasion to create a false opposition known as the Taliban today. I even posted a few YouTube videos on the similarlties between Kashmiri extremists and also Palestinian extremists on my blog.

  5. I should also mention that a radical Kashmiri Leftist-Marxist nationalist terrorist group also endorsed Barack Obama’s victory which was just weeks before the Mumbai massacre. These terrorists know for sure Obama’s going to be America’s weakiest President.

  6. I can’t send you guys enough thanks for printing this article and exposing what so many of us are slowly realizing to be true. Islam is a disgusting and evil religion. It is time to rise up and demand that all Muslim immigration into Europe and North America be terminated immediately. Anything less than this is putting a band-aid on a bullet wound.

  7. Well said and well written. Great, coherant, reasoned thoughts. There is no doubt to any intelligent person that Islam is the cancer of this planet, the bane to humanity.

  8. Even in this article the qualifier spreads confusion. ” Militant Islam. ” Quite redundant. The problem is ISLAM! The solution is… In every war for survival even the good must temporarily adopt the strategy and tactics of an evil enemy in order to prevail. We are fast running out of time to grow a spine. We shall blather on about the appropriate response and the rights of those whose will is to kill us and destroy the fruits our long, difficult climb from the depths of dark age barbarism. All the freedoms that generations of Western sons and daughters bled for are about be lost in a paralyzing maelstrom of self recrimination and doubt. Remember, Western Enlightenment abolished slavery! Western Enlightenment gave all citizens the right to vote; a voice in their own government. Western Enlightenment brought an heretofore undreamed of standard of living to more people worldwide than any other society in human history! Our faults have been the faults innate in all humanity and our achievements have been the singular and unique glory of all humanity. We are the last great hope of humanity. We must fight back against all those enemies, foreign and domestic, who would have us living in chains again, covered head to toe in darkness, in the dank caves of an endless barbarism, a life nasty, brutish and short. Give me liberty or give me death! Do we no longer honor such ideals above mere comfort? No! We do. The sacrifices of our sons and daughters in Iraq and Afghanistan supply ample example. We must and we shall prevail. I regret the lack of brevity. America, the beautiful.

  9. Your eloquent rhetoric is justified by what we read and hear daily. But you have two understatments that need correcting:
    1) “to me this seems far from a peaceful goal.”
    Replace “to me this seems” with IS.
    2) “a foe more determined than any we have faced in the last 200 years”
    This implaccable foe we have faced about 5 times longer than 200 years.”
    “Peace will come when every mosque is pulverized and every Muslim dust.” That statement is spoken by the principle character in my novel of idea BE DONE ON EARTH.
    You are right: publishers are afraid of such frankness these days. But we still have the web.
    Thanks for your brave words.

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