Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Refusal to See What is "In Front of Your Nose"

As Mark Steyn explains, writing in the wake of the terror attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, whenever people are killed in an attack by Muslim terrorists, polite opinion blames anything but Militant Islam:

"Same with the Muslims who beheaded a British soldier, Drummer Rigby, on a London street in broad daylight. On that occasion, David Cameron assured us that the unfortunate incident was "a betrayal of Islam. . . . There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act." 
How does he know? Mr. Cameron is not (yet) a practicing Muslim. A self-described "vaguely practicing" Anglican, he becomes rather less vague and unusually forceful and emphatic when the subject turns to Islam. At the Westgate mall in Nairobi, the terrorists separated non-Muslim hostages from Muslims and permitted the latter to leave if they could recite a Muslim prayer—a test I doubt Mr. Cameron could have passed, for all his claims to authority on what is and isn't Islamic. So the perpetrators seem to think it's something to do with Islam—and, indeed, something to do with Muslims in the United Kingdom, given that the terrorists included British subjects (as well as U.S. citizens)."
It is difficult to defeat an enemy whom you don't have the courage to name. 

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