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The Irrelevance Of Good Nazis, Communists And Muslims
The Bulletin ^ | December 31, 2008 | Herb Denenberg

Posted on 12/31/2008 8:48:50 AM PST by jazusamo

A Small Number Of Fanatics Can Make Billions Of Silent, Peace-Loving People Irrelevant

Here is one of the most important but most neglected lessons of history: The peaceful majority is often irrelevant. That’s because the fanatical minority is often in control. That fanatical minority calls the shots and however peaceful, good, or well-meaning that silent majority is, the fanatical minority renders it irrelevant. In other words, the silent majority is rendered irrelevant by virtue of its own silence … even in the face of a fanatic and terrorist minority.

Now we always hear about the vast majority of peaceful Muslims. But their relative silence lets the fanatical minority run wild and control the impact of Muslims on world affairs.

I found this point polished to perfection in a little gem that has been floating around on the Internet. It has been attributed to more than one author, but the version that seems most complete is by Paul Marok and is entitled “Why the Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant.” He says he is a second-generation Canadian whose grandparents fled Czechoslovakia right before the Nazi take over. But the source of this piece is not as important as the powerful and important message it sends.

The author starts by relating the account of what happened to his friend’s family during Hitler’s Germany: “Very few people were true Nazis, 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.”

Then the author says we are again being told by the “experts” and “talking heads” that Islam is a religion of peace and the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. But then he reaches the key to understanding what this all means:

“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 specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is, that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment of history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars world wide. 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 honor 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. The hard quantifiable fact is, that the ‘peaceful majority’ is the ‘silent majority’ and it is cowed and extraneous.”

There are other examples such as the Russian Communists. There the most Russians just wanted to live in peace but the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of at least 20 million people and probably more. Here again, the peaceful majority was rendered irrelevant by a hardcore of fanatics.

Chinese Communists managed to kill 70 million people, surrounded by a population that by and large was peaceful. The majority of pre-war Japanese wanted to live in peace. But the author finds, “Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic killing of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving?’”

And the final lesson the author draws from all this is worth quoting fully:

“History lessons are often 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 the fanatics. 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 awake some day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of the world will have begun. Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Afghans, Iraqis, Pakistanians, 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.”

Perhaps there is even a broader lesson for all of us: If we are silent in the face of evil or injustice, we, too, become a force for evil and injustice.

This brings us to what we need most urgently: Peaceful Muslims who speak up and protest the doings and the directions of the fanatics, the Islamofascist terrorists, or whatever you want to call them. Those who speak up are so rare that when found they become international celebrities. One such person is Dr. Wafa Sultan, a Syrian-American psychiatrist who lives in California but speaks out against the fanatics.

Dr. Sultan says the world is not seeing a clash of religions or cultures, but something even more fundamental than that. It is a clash between modernity and barbarism, between those who love life and those who love death, between those who want to build and those who want to destroy. She concludes that Islam is destined to lose that battle as long as it maintains its violent, uncivilized, barbaric, and reactionary stance.

She has said, “I believe our people are hostages to our own beliefs and teachings … Knowledge has released me from this backward thinking. Somebody has to help free the Muslim people from these wrong beliefs.”

Dr. Sultan achieved international fame as a result of a debate on Al-Jazeera TV in which she debated an Egyptian Islamist and a pro-Islamist moderator. She delivered in the debate what would be described in boxing terms as a knock out of both adversaries.

Consider what she said about how a religion should react to criticism:

“All religions and faiths, throughout the history of humanity, have been subject to criticism and affronts. With time, this has helped in their reform and development. Any belief that chops off the heads of the critics is doomed to turn into terrorism and tyranny. This has been the condition of Islam, from its inception to this day. Islam has sentenced [its critics] to prison, and whoever crosses the threshold of that prison meets his death. The Danish cartoons have managed to break down the first brick in the wall of that prison, and to open up a window, through which the sunrays enter, after a lengthy darkness.

“The Danish newspaper exercised its freedom of speech [This refers to the Danish newspaper that published cartoons of Muhammad in 2005, setting off riots and murders all around the Islamic world]. Liberties are the highest thing in the West, and nothing is more important. But if Islam were not the way it is, those cartoons would never have appeared. They did not appear out of the blue, and the cartoonist did not dig them out of his imagination. Rather, they are a reflection of his knowledge … The reaction of the Muslims, which were characterized by savageness, barbarism, and backwardness, only increased the value of these cartoons, and gave them more importance than they merited, simply because they proved that these cartoons were true, and that the message they were conveying was true.”

Dr. Sultan believes Islam must be fundamentally reformed, and her devastating criticism certainly reinforces that conclusion: “The Muslim is an irrational creature ruled by instincts. Those teachings have deprived him of his mind, incited his emotions, and reduced him to the level of an inferior creature that cannot control himself or react to events rationally.”

Dr. Sultan says she started to see the light when she was attending medical school in Syria. Gunmen from the Muslim Brotherhood burst into her class and murdered her professor in front of the class. She said in a published report, “They shot hundreds of bullets into him shouting, ‘God is great!’ At that point, I lost my trust in their god and began to question all our teachings. It was the turning point of my life, and it has led me to the present point. I had to leave. I had to look for another God.”

She thinks that Muslim women will lead the way to reform. And her account of what happens to girls and women in Islam demonstrates what kind of enemy we face and why reform is so urgent. Dr. Sultan gives this account of an honor killing that took place in the Palestinian Authority:

“‘Tonight you die’, Suad told her daughter, before wrapping a bag tightly around her head. Next she sliced her daughter’s wrist ... ignoring her daughter’s muffled pleas, ‘No, Mother, No.’ After her daughter went limp, Suad struck her in the head with a stick. The killing of her child took 20 minutes. Suad told a visitor through a stream of tears, ‘She killed me before I killed her. This was the only way to protect my family’s honor.’…This poor teenager’s sin was being raped by her two older brothers.”

Then Dr. Sultan tells of the killing of innocents in Saudi Arabia: “The religious police stopped school girls from leaving a blazing building because they weren’t wearing correct Islamic dress … Young lives were forced to perish barbarically…”

In all this unspeakable tragedy, Dr. Sultan finds a sliver of hope: “Once we realize the cruelty of an ideology that can harden the heart of a mother, or can consider young lives as expendable, we will be able to find remedies for liberating the women of the Middle East, where countries in different degrees are ruled by the Islamic Shariah.”

And she offers this advice to Muslims: “If you want to change the course of events, you must re-examine your terrorist teachings. You must recognize and respect the right of others to live. You must teach your children love, peace, coexistence, and productive work. When you do that, the world will respect you, will consider you in a better light, and will draw you in a better light.”

We need more of the likes of Dr. Sultan, for without such people, a billion peaceful Muslims will be irrelevant in a world facing an existential threat from that small band of fanatics.

Herb Denenberg is a former Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner, and professor at the Wharton School. He is a longtime Philadelphia journalist and consumer advocate. He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of the Sciences. His column appears daily in The Bulletin. You can reach him at advocate@thebulletin.us.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: denenberg; islam; islamsux; jihad; quran; radicalislam
The Bulletin is a small Conservative newspaper and has other good articles, try checking it out at link.
1 posted on 12/31/2008 8:48:51 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

There have been calls for Muslims to reject the extremists since 9-11. With the exception of isolated incidents like the author in this article there has not been any condemnataion by Muslims. It’s getting very late in the game for the “silent majority” in Islam, if there is one.


2 posted on 12/31/2008 8:56:46 AM PST by saganite
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To: jazusamo; knighthawk; dennisw

Outstanding essay!


3 posted on 12/31/2008 9:00:50 AM PST by Travis McGee (--www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com--)
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To: saganite

I agree. I’ve seen Dr. Sultan talk on TV and we definitely need more like her.


4 posted on 12/31/2008 9:02:16 AM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Excellent. Just excellent.


5 posted on 12/31/2008 9:03:33 AM PST by Dinah Lord (fighting the Islamofascist Jihad - one keystroke at a time...)
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To: jazusamo
The peaceful majority

There are really three classes: advocates, opponents, and the oblivious. The advocates (for Dar Islam) may not be a majority, but there is little doubt in my mind that they substantially outnumber the opponents.

ML/NJ

6 posted on 12/31/2008 9:05:59 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj
There are really three classes: advocates, opponents, and the oblivious.

And maybe the largest group, the resigned. Just think of how ethnic mobs have controlled and do control ethnic neighborhoods in the US.

7 posted on 12/31/2008 9:16:11 AM PST by decimon
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To: jazusamo

Fanatical Islamists are like a turd in the Punchbowl of Islam.

When there’s a turd in the punchbowl, do you scoop yourself a cup of punch from the other side of the bowl, or do you toss the whole thing?


8 posted on 12/31/2008 9:34:01 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: jazusamo
The peaceful majority is often irrelevant. That’s because the fanatical minority is often in control.

This concept is so simple and yet so brilliant, and thank you for posting it. The "peaceful Muslims" argument has stymied me several times because I couldn't think of a good response. But now, the response to "But you can't condemn all Muslims just because a small minority causes problems" will be "I do condemn all Muslims, because the small Islamofascist minority is in control, and the vast peaceful majority sits back and watches them beat and rape and behead."

Ultimately, I think what will have to happen is that when someone kicks open the door to a private home in Pakistan and says "I am from the religious police and I am here to tell you how you must dress," the response will be "BANG!" as the homeowner fires a bullet into his skull. The "good" Muslims will need to adopt a zero tolerance policy for the Taliban and al Qaeda and the Wahhabis and all those other idiots who are keeping them locked in the seventh century. We need another Islamic Revolution, this time with those who want to advance overthrowing those who have been holding them back.

Wafa Sultan is excellent. I'm sure her videos can be found all over the Internet. The world needs millions more Muslims exactly like her.

Here is a link to Why the Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant by Paul Marek. It appears that Mr. Denenberg posted the majority of that article in The Bulletin.

9 posted on 12/31/2008 9:39:53 AM PST by Tarantulas ( Illegal immigration - the trojan horse that's treated like a sacred cow)
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To: Tarantulas
the response will be "BANG!" as the homeowner fires a bullet into his skull.

Yes, I believe that's exactly what Muslims will have to do with the radicals, that silent majority will have to do it themselves. Thanks for linking Paul Marek's article.

10 posted on 12/31/2008 9:54:06 AM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for a great essay. Happy New Year!


11 posted on 12/31/2008 10:01:23 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: jazusamo

Very good and important article. Thanks for sharing. It should have the greatest possible number of readers.


12 posted on 12/31/2008 10:13:12 AM PST by RedRover
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To: neverdem

Thanks, neverdem and a Happy New Year to you and all!


13 posted on 12/31/2008 10:25:00 AM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

It is not a good analogy. How many of the “peaceful Muslims” are worse than silent? How many support the goal, worldwide sharia, even if they disagree with the methodology? How many fall into minority and grievance politics defending Islamists in the West? The analogy would be Bolsheviks, Mensheviks, and anti-anti-communist socialists. All are the enemy.
Only those Muslims who indicate that they do not want to see world wide Sharia and who denounce Islamists can be trusted.


14 posted on 12/31/2008 10:37:42 AM PST by rmlew (The loyal opposition to a regime dedicated to overthrowing the Constitution are accomplices.)
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To: dennisw; watchin; VOA; timestax; xJones; justshutupandtakeit; TopDog2; ThomasMore; Publius6961; ...
Perhaps there is even a broader lesson for all of us: If we are silent in the face of evil or injustice, we, too, become a force for evil and injustice

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15 posted on 12/31/2008 1:57:15 PM PST by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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To: Travis McGee

Thanks for the tip, have a Happy New Year friend!


16 posted on 12/31/2008 1:58:10 PM PST by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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To: knighthawk

Thank you for this ping Knighthawk! God bless you & all here!


17 posted on 12/31/2008 3:09:10 PM PST by MeekMom (God bless all our brave troops, their families and everyone here at FR!)
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To: jazusamo

Good post bump


18 posted on 12/31/2008 3:17:14 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: jazusamo
Wow - this deserves to be read broadly. Thank you for drawing attention to it. Either Muslims speak out against the extremes in Islam - or they really do deserve what the world will do to protect itself against these sick extremists. And we will protect ourselves and our families.
19 posted on 12/31/2008 4:02:48 PM PST by SeattleBruce
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To: rmlew

“It is not a good analogy...The analogy would be Bolsheviks, Mensheviks, and anti-anti-communist socialists. All are the enemy.

Only those Muslims who indicate that they do not want to see world wide Sharia and who denounce Islamists can be trusted.”

Although the post and Dr. Sultan are speaking more generally (and perhaps diplomatically) it helps to identify specifics also, as you start to do rmlew. The problem with just saying that most Muslims are just ‘the silent majority’ is that there are a huge number of ‘modern Muslims’ who still somehow support the idea or are symphathetic - as you suggest to sharia law. How can these ideas co-exist - that is to say sharia law and modernity? If they cannot co-exist, then these sympathizers must be called out and confronted openly in the modern societies at least (how can Great Britain allow these sharia groups such carte blanche footholds, for instance?)


20 posted on 12/31/2008 4:12:28 PM PST by SeattleBruce
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To: jazusamo; All
One important one he left out: Peace loving liberals are also irrelevant, as are peace loving Americans of other parties. We all set back and let it happen. I can remember, back in the early 1960s arguing with my fellow hunters, shooters and general gun enthusiasts that the left wing was trying to disarm America and we had better do something about it. Most of them didn't even belong to the NRA and they thought I was nuts. Recently one of them phoned me and said "I guess we should have listened to you and gotten involved!". Being right is cold comfort when you see all your rights melting away at light speed.

We still have time, but it will not be easy to win our freedoms back.

21 posted on 12/31/2008 4:20:52 PM PST by calex59
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To: rmlew
Only those Muslims who indicate that they do not want to see world wide Sharia and who denounce Islamists can be trusted.

I don't think any Muslim can be trusted because of taqiyya. At best I think "trust but verify" is as far as I'm willing to go.




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22 posted on 12/31/2008 4:30:02 PM PST by JCG
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To: rmlew

“Only those Muslims who indicate that they do not want to see world wide Sharia and who denounce Islamists can be trusted.”

Amen. A silent Muslim is a suspect, and has earned that status.

jazusamo, thanks for the post. This really is the sort of brilliant insight that crystalizes a person’s thinking.


23 posted on 12/31/2008 6:01:27 PM PST by Cincinnatus.45-70 (Patriotism to DemocRats is like sunlight to Dracula.)
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To: jazusamo

BFLR


24 posted on 01/01/2009 12:34:32 AM PST by Don W (People who think are a threat to socialism)
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To: jazusamo

The MSM is irrelevant. What would result if the MSM treated Islam with the same contempt they do every other religion.


25 posted on 01/01/2009 9:46:32 AM PST by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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