Spare me the lectures.
This isn’t about our attitudes toward Muslims, it’s about their attitudes toward us.
Every time there is a Muslim attack against Americans, here or abroad, it unleashes another session of sensitivity training. It started Friday night when the president told us not to judge groups of people, and when the television anchors asked in wide-eyed bewilderment what the possible motive for last week’s terrorist attack could be.
Well, if they don’t know, they’re the only ones.
Some will pretend otherwise, but they will only be pretending.
We don’t need another interfaith service with a prayer by an imam. We don’t need more condescension on the subject of the “religion of peace.”
We don’t need to be treated like we’re the problem.
We, as you may recall, didn’t attack anybody.
We did not plant those bombs.
And acknowledging that does not make you a bigot, it makes you a realist.
Unfortunately, they blow us up and we’re the ones who get treated like we’re cavemen.
So let me set the record straight: You can recognize and fight the reality of global Islamic terrorism without thinking ill of your Muslim neighbor. The average American – contrary to what the liberal elites think – has the mental capacity to see Muslim terrorism without thinking that all Muslims are terrorists.
And yet it is only a matter of days until the editorials and op-eds begin, telling us how great Islam is, and how persecuted Muslims are.
And we, being nice people with a new-found need to apologize, will bend over backwards to show how nice we are. If April 15 is anything like September 11, we will mark the one-year anniversary with Muslim-culture seminars.
The folks who run the evening news – and the White House – will see in all this a need for us to understand and respect the culture of Islam.
Which is crap.
What we need is for the culture of Islam to stop spawning terrorists.
And we need to stop pretending that Islam doesn’t spawn terrorists.
Certainly, the imam at the mosque down the street tells us that Islam is a religion of peace, and any number of his followers will tell the TV cameras that terrorists aren’t real Muslims. But there seems to be come confusion about what constitutes a “real” Muslim.
Though, to some many tens of millions of Muslims in the Middle East – and wherever Chechnya is – there isn’t any confusion. They’re the ones who cheer, fund and commit unrelenting acts of terrorism.
That is a fact.
A fact that in our worship of political correctness we must ignore. Instead, we will be instructed to look at our own cultural and religious intolerances.
Somehow, it’s our fault they blow us up.
I’m not sure whose fault it is when they blow themselves and each other up.
So let’s find the honest middle ground.
Islam is losing a war with itself over its future. There is a wonderful, civilized streak of Islam. Hopefully, that’s the part of Islam your neighbor’s from.
But that’s not all of Islam, and it might not even be the majority of Islam. There is a dramatic, dynamic streak of Islam that, like some vestige of a thousand years ago, wants to rise as Islam has risen in the past – at the edge of the sword.
For example, the older of the two Boston terrorists. His father named him Tamerlan. That’s a name that should ring a bell. The original Tamerlan called himself “The Sword of Islam,” and spread his power and his religion as far across Europe, Asia and Africa as he could. Along the way, he killed some 17 million people, roughly 5 percent of the entire human population at the time. It was a policy of “convert or die.”
That’s who the older terrorist was named after.
Which is kind of odd.
It’s sort of like a modern German naming his kid Adolph.
Though the Obama administration has banned the phrase “War on Terrorism,” Muslim terrorism exists, and is one of the dominant themes of our world. It shapes the present world situation, and may determine the future world situation.
And though we may not fight it, it is going to fight us, until Boston – and the rest of America – looks like Baghdad.
We can recognize that, while also respecting the social and constitutional rights of Americans who happen to be Muslims. We are not idiots or savages. We don’t think every Muslim is a terrorist. We don’t suspect every Muslim. We don’t disrespect or discriminate against them.
But we do recognize the truth.
And it’s too bad the president and the TV anchors don’t do the same.