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I was sent this letter via email the other day. Read it first, my commentary follows and I would be interested in hearing your views…It has been around for sometime.

 This is by far the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read. The author of this email is said to be Dr. Emanuel Tanay, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist.

  A German’s View on Islam

 A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’

 We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.

 The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout  Africa  and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honour-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.

 The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous.

 Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.  China ‘s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

 The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet,  Japan  murdered and slaughtered its way across  South East Asia  in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

 And who can forget  Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?

 History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:

 Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from  Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

 Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts–the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

 Emanuel Tanay, M.D. 2980  Provincial St.   Ann Arbor , MI 48104      734-997-0256

 While the article is well structured and some might even say that it contains a lot of truth, I am extremely concerned that the author believes that the “silent majority” is ineffective, this need not be the case.

 Equally adding the view that “Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up” serves only to perpetuate hate speech. Blind followers of well structured writing will spread this type of an article, not out of desire for change, but simply to add fuel to the fire.

 I am bothered by the fixation that we have to “watch Islam” There are many other fundamentalist organisations out there that do not enjoy the same amount of scrutiny. We need rather to watch ourselves and our attitudes toward people. If we truly believe in a positive future then we need to become examples.

 We are allowing brutal retaliatory responses to acts of violence that only serve to further enflame more radical behaviour. Comments like this: “As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts–the fanatics who threaten our way of life” serve further to justify the need for violent retaliation.

Fanatical behaviour ceases when reason takes hold, this is a fact. Our goal therefore must be to educate, so that we empower people to reason. Once the reasoning begins we will be able to end atrocities.

 My view may be a bit naïve but I cannot see how violent responses will bring an end to radical behaviour?


Mike • December 10, 2009

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