As was the case with the 9/11 attacks, we hear in the aftermath of the Paris and San Bernandino attacks a two-pronged Muslim mantra reverberating throughout the Western world. This mantra justifies the attacks while claiming the real victims are not those killed and wounded but, rather, Islam’s followers suffering the West’s Islamophobic wrath.
This mantra is sung by those recognizing political correctness in western democracies trumps reality. As such, it enables Islam to escape closer scrutiny and its followers to avoid accountability for the hatred it promotes.
In 2011, New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani got a taste for this mantra from a senior member of the Saudi royal family, Prince Alwaleed bin Talai. The prince had sent a check for $10 million to the Twin Towers Fund to aid victims of the attacks.
Men attend the first Friday prayers of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the East London Mosque on June 19, 2015 in London, England. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
But when Alwaleed later commented the attacks were justified by U.S. Middle East policies, Guiliani returned the money noting, “There is no moral equivalent for this [terrorist] act. There is no justification for it. The people who did it lost any right to ask for justification for it when they slaughtered 4,000 or 5,000 innocent people.”
Most recently, this mantra has been uttered by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. While giving Erdogan’s comment credibility by publishing it, the Western media fails to point out how his post-Paris attacks accusations fly in the face of his pre-Paris attacks guidance to Turks living in the West.
After the Paris attacks, Erdogan suggested, “New tragedies will be inevitable if the rising racism in Europe and other countries is not stopped. Racism, coupled with enmity against Islam, is the greatest disaster, the greatest threat."
Incorrect in suggesting Muslims are a race and in calling the Paris terrorist attacks “tragedies,” Erdogan stretches incredulity even further by suggesting its victims brought the attacks upon themselves due to western hostility towards Islam.
Since 9/11, it is estimated over 27,000 terrorist attacks have been committed globally in the name of Islam — yet Erdogan suggests the greatest threat to world stability is western enmity towards Islam. Totally absent from the discussion is Islam’s enmity towards all other religions.
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, speaks to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting in Antalya, Turkey, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. President Obama is on a nine-day trip to Turkey, the Philippines and Malaysia for global security and G-20 Summit. (AP Photo/Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service, Pool)
Apparently he and President Barack Obama — who continues to suggest Islam is a religion of peace — sniff glue from the same bottle.
Erdogan has long made known his belief in Islam’s supremacy. He suggests Islam’s message is a political statement memorialized by the minarets atop every Muslim’s place of worship. As mayor of Istanbul in 1998, he made the very telling declaration that, “The mosques are our barracks, the domes are our helmets, the minarets are our swords, and the faithful are our army.”
He further believes it is important this “army” of faithful remain pure in its commitment to Islam by not tainting itself while growing within a host nation’s borders. The message has been a cornerstone of Erdogan’s speeches to the Turkish diaspora in Germany and elsewhere.
Today, Turks in Germany number about three million, many having been invited during the 1950s and 1960s by the German government as guest workers. But, despite this long Turkish presence — many now claiming German birthright — Germans find Turks unwilling to assimilate into their society.
Assimilation by immigrants within a host country enhances acceptance by the natives; yet Erdogan consistently advises against it, provoking their German hosts.
In February 2011, while visiting Dusseldorf, Germany, then Prime Minister Erdogan told Turks, “Yes, integrate yourselves into German society, but don't assimilate yourselves. No one has the right to deprive us of our culture and our identity.” His message was repeated to Turkish immigrants in May 2014 during a visit to Cologne, Germany.
In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, Erdogan promotes the myth Muslims are not accepted by foreign countries when his own non-assimilation guidance to Muslims is responsible for it.
Meanwhile, a naive western media blindly gives a voice to Erdogan’s “racism” claim without seeing it for what it really is — “reverse psychology.” Such psychology seeks to pressure already tolerant non-Muslims into becoming even more tolerant of intolerant Muslims.
As to Erdogan’s suggestion enmity exists towards Muslims in the West, hate crime statistics in the U.S. simply do not support it.
In the aftermath of 9/11, aside from a few isolated instances, an angry American public never directed its collective anger towards the Muslim community.
A Jan. 11, 2013 National Review article by David Rusin explains, “Islamists inflate the number of anti-Muslim crimes in order to silence critics.” He backed up this assertion with the following:
“A detailed analysis of FBI statistics covering ten full calendar years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks reveals that, on a per capita basis, American Muslims, contrary to spin, have been subjected to hate crimes less often than other prominent minorities. From 2002 to 2011, Muslims are estimated to have suffered hate crimes at a frequency of 6.0 incidents per 100,000 per year — 10 percent lower than blacks (6.7), 48 percent lower than homosexuals and bisexuals (11.5), and 59 percent lower than Jews (14.8).”
Factoring in existence of a disproportionately higher Muslim than Jewish population base, these percentages are very revealing: as to hate crime targeting, Muslims are among the least targeted; Jews, the most.
Ironically, the lack of Muslim hate crime evidence does not prevent Jew-haters like Hatem (a very appropriate first name) Bazian — the director of the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project at University of California at Berkeley — from falsely claiming bragging rights as such.
Bazian gave a November 20 speech claiming Islamophobia within the U.S. is on the rise. While FBI numbers do support that claim, the 2014 uptick over the 2013 numbers is almost negligible — and still pales in comparison to hate crimes against Jews. A supposed academic “scholar,” Bazian fuels existing anti-Jewish hatred while promoting non-existent concerns over anti-Muslim hatred.
All hate crimes represent a plague upon society. However, Western leaders are all too willing to accept Islamophobia claims as a major plague when, compared to Jewish-related hate crimes, it is a minor one.
Islam’s advocates “doth protest too much,” effectively nurturing this political environment. Their success gives credence to the definition of Islamophobia attributed to Andrew Cummins, “a word invented by fascists used by cowards to manipulate morons.”
Sadly, the Obama administration plays into this “Muslims are the real victims” mentality. At a December 3 dinner hosted by a Muslim civil rights group, Attorney General Loretta Lynch proclaimed her greatest fear was that anti-Muslim “rhetoric will be accompanied by acts of violence.” She was referencing the Paris attacks, while making no mention about the San Bernardino mass killing.
There is no statistical evidence for Lynch’s “greatest fear.” She should have told the group her greatest fear was one supported by overwhelming evidence. The fear she harbored should have been the hatred manifested towards Jews primarily and all other non-Muslims secondarily in Islamic teachings by clerics and scholars in the U.S.—teachings which only encourage Muslims to step out of the shadows into the jihadist role.
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Even before the families of victims killed in the San Bernardino shooting can bury their loved ones, the Muslim advocacy group CAIR (an unindicted co-conspirator in one of the largest terrorist funding prosecutions in U.S. history) has stepped forward with its own outrageous justification, “…some of our own foreign policy, as Americans, as the West, have fueled that extremism.”
There is yet another victimization aspect of the Muslim mantra we now hear in the wake of the Paris attacks—one also heard following 9/11.
Muslim leaders well recognize the Oliver Stone-esque mentality of followers who always perceive a western conspiracy whenever Islam is thrust into a negative light by its own actions. Thus, the allegation that 9/11 was the result of a U.S.-Israeli plot to put Islam in such a light has now been met with a similar claim about the Paris attacks.
It appears Palestinian cleric Issam Amira got the ball rolling on this fantasy in a November 20th sermon at the Temple Mount. This man-of-the-cloth, supposedly representing a religion of peace, accuses the West of orchestrating the attacks to slander Islam. Meanwhile, he regularly prays for the death of Western civilization.
In Greek mythology, the Sirens were beautiful but dangerous creatures sitting atop an island’s rocky coast, singing songs so enchanting that distracted mariners were lured into shipwrecking upon the island’s shores. Aboard America’s ship-of-state, we listen to the mantra sung by Islam’s deadly Sirens at similar peril.
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