Posted in semi-jest by an anonymous source:
Israeli PM Netanyahu visited the Grand Synagogue Sunday evening, to show solidarity with French Jews.
Here is a casualty scorecard for votaries of Islam. The author states:
But they aren’t. Consider that the overwhelming majority of terrorist acts in recent decades (where ‘terrorism’ means violence committed against civilian populations for political purposes) have been perpetrated by Muslims. If you include violence by Muslims against other Muslims, the imbalance is even worse.
And if you look at a list of ongoing armed conflicts, you will see that every one of the five major conflicts (10,000 or more deaths per year) involves Muslims, as do 5 out of 8 of the ‘smaller’ ones (1000 to 9,999 deaths per year).
Nor do the usual explanations suffice. It is not just colonized countries, or Arab countries, where Muslim mayhem takes place. And included as well are not just terrorism & war, but what the author calls "draconian punishments" for "crimes" like blasphemy & apostasy.
Sherman's article includes a summary of horrific intra-Muslim violence around the globe. France is deploying 5,000 troops to protect Jewish schools from Muslim violence.
Conrad Black foresees a Christian-driven backlash against militant Islam in the West, if a few more atrocities like that in Paris are committed by the usual suspects.
In 2014, for the first time (sub.), Jewish emigration from France to Israel topped the Israeli immigration charts. Ex-Bush 43 Mideast maven Elliott Abrams notes that there were no "Je suis Juif" ("I am a Jew") signs at Sunday's Paris rally:
But in addition to the ubiquitous “Je Suis Charlie” slogans it would have been nice to see more “Je Suis Juif” signs as well. After all, the journalists of Charlie Hebdo knew exactly what risks they were running. Their offices had already been bombed, and the constant presence of two police guards (both murdered by the terrorists last week) was a powerful reminder of the dangers. The French Jews who were murdered were just shoppers, preparing for the Sabbath. The journalists were killed for their deliberate actions–challenging and criticizing Islamic beliefs. The Jews were killed for being Jews.
Terrorism against French Jews is not new. In 2012 a terrorist murdered three schoolchildren and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse. There was no million-citizen march. And suppose that last week’s terror attack in Paris had not aimed at Charlie Hebdo, but “only” killed four Jews–or eight or twelve, for that matter. Does anyone believe a million French citizens would be marching in Paris, with scores of world leaders joining them? One is reminded of the synagogue bombing on Rue Copernic in Paris in 1980, after which Prime Minister Raymond Barre publicly declared that “A bomb set for Jews killed four innocent Frenchmen.” That shocking lack of solidarity– that definition of Frenchmen to exclude the Jews– does not seem to have been cured, and the French today appear to feel more solidarity with the journalists who were killed than with the Jews who were killed.
Abrams expresses hope that attitudes towards Jews in France will change, but thinks that Jewish emigration to Israel is likely to continue to increase.
It’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma [Islamic world] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible!
That thinking—I am not saying “religion” but “thinking”—that corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the centuries, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world. It’s antagonizing the entire world!
Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants—that is 7 billion—so that they themselves may live? Impossible!
I am saying these words here at Al Azhar, before this assembly of scholars and ulema—Allah Almighty be witness to your truth on Judgment Day concerning that which I’m talking about now.
All this that I am telling you, you cannot feel it if you remain trapped within this mindset. You need to step outside of yourselves to be able to observe it and reflect on it from a more enlightened perspective.
I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution. You, imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world, I say it again, the entire world is waiting for your next move … because this umma is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost—and it is being lost by our own hands.
Al-Sisi's clarion call seems to have been ignored by Western leaders, a truly stupefying display of geostrategic negligence. (But not by George Will, who thinks (0:20) al-Sisi deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.) He is the first major Muslim leader to call for such, and is the world's leading Sunni Islamic head of state--with Sunni Islam representing 85 percent of the planet's 1.5 million Muslims. This is simply the most significant act taken since the 9/11 attacks, including our killing Osama bin Laden.
Bottom Line. Al-Sisi is playing the key role in starting a serious conversation within Islam, that can only be conducted among Muslims. If only our president, who shuns al-Sisi for, with huge popular support, ousting the Muslim Brotherhood for attempting to forcibly turn Egypt into a sharia state, would get this. Alas, he cannot understand.
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