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Rampaging Islamists
Daniel Pipes Middle East Forum ^ | Wednesday, September 19, 2012 | Daniel Pipes

Posted on 09/19/2012 6:15:16 PM PDT by Jyotishi


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Rampaging Islamists

by Daniel Pipes
The Washington Times
September 19, 2012

WT title: "Islamic violence advances Shariah law: Is U.S. ready to accept second-class status?"; includes updates

When Muslims take to the streets in nearly 30 countries to engage in various degrees of anti-Western violence, something important is underway. Reflections on what this might mean:

The Rushdie Rules have gone viral: Ayatollah Khomeini's 1989 masterstroke of imposing a death edict on Salman Rushdie has now spread and become the hum-drum response of Islamists to perceived insults. By telling the West what can and cannot be said about Islam, Khomeini sought to impose Islamic law (the Shari'a) on it. The recent round of violence has mostly taken the form of demonstrations and violence against Western buildings (diplomatic, commercial, educational) in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel & the Palestinian Authority, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Sudan, Syria (including the American-backed rebels), Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen as well as in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. So far, about 30 people have lost their lives. The Iranian and Egyptian governments both want to get their hands on the filmmakers of Innocence of Muslims, an anti-Muhammad film on YouTube they blame for the violence.

Islamists took over parts of Sydney's Central Business District on Sep. 14.

Anti-Islamic provocations have proliferated: Rushdie had no idea what he was walking into, as he explains in a book published this week. Others, such as the American soldiers who burned Korans in Afghanistan in early 2012, likewise unwittingly set off Islamist disturbances. But Florida pastor Terry Jones, the group behind Innocence of Muslims, and the French weekly Charlie Hebdo, as well as anti-Islamic groups in Canada and Spain, overtly want to rile Muslims. Thus have Islamists and anti-Islam activists developed a symbiotic relationship in which the one spurs the other.

The new censor? Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey called Florida pastor Terry Jones on Sep. 12 to ask that he not support an anti-Islamic video.

Individuals hold government hostage: When Jones spoke of burning copies of the Koran in 2010, he received calls from no less than the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, the secretaries of defense and state, the attorney general, and the president of the United States, all pleading with him to desist. Last week, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff picked up the phone to chat with him. Never before could random individuals drive policy like this. French humorist Jean-Jacques Sempé drew a cartoon in 1989 capturing this reversal: as Rushdie is working furiously on his typewriter under the gaze of the fifteen policemen guarding him from Islamists, one Bobby yells into his walkie-talkie, "Close the airports!! He wants to write Volume Two!!!" If Rushdie never wrote a volume two, Jones returns repeatedly into the limelight.

Governments want to clamp down on free speech: More ominous yet than the calls to Jones was the suggestion from the White House to Google, owner of YouTube, that it "review whether [Innocence of Muslims] violates their terms of use." (Google kept it available except in four countries.) While arguments about the need to censor oneself so as not to stir the Islamist beast and jeopardize American lives may sound reasonable, such appeasement only invites more rage, intimidation, and violence.

A growing separation of civilizations: The famous clash of civilizations does not exist; in fact, a separation of civilizations is underway. It takes many forms, from Muslim-only enclaves in the West to matrimony, economics, education, culture, media, entertainment, travel, websites, and even time-keeping. How many tourists, for example, will sun themselves on Tunisian beaches or explore Egyptian antiquities any time soon?

"Obama, we love Osama": That's what a crowd in downtown Sydney, Australia chanted. Meanwhile Afghan, Indian, and Pakistani Islamists burned Barack Obama in effigy. Such hatred of Obama is the more remarkable given Obama's many childhood connections to Islam, his 2007 prediction that his presidency would witness a major improvement in relations with Muslims, his strenuous efforts to win over Muslim opinion on becoming president, and the initially favorable Muslim reaction to him. In fact, his standing has plunged to the point that he is as unpopular or more so than George W. Bush.

Afghans burn an effigy of Barack Obama in Khost on Sep. 15.

Minimal impact on U.S. presidential elections: Polls show that voter attitudes toward Obama and Mitt Romney have hardly budged over the past six months, suggesting that Islamists on the rampage will have little impact on the election results.

Western civilization in the balance: Islamist aspirations grow with improved communications and weakened Middle Eastern governments, ultimately posing an existential question for Westerners: Will we maintain our historic civilization against their challenge, or will we accept Muslim dominion and a second-class dhimmi status?

In sum, Islamists want to impose Shari'a, Westerners are divided, and the battle of wills is just getting started.

Mr. Pipes ( is president of the Middle East Forum. © 2012 by Daniel Pipes. All rights reserved.

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Separation means avoiding constant culture wars [224 words] Arthur Sep 19, 2012 18:12 198827
Clash of Civilizations [172 words] Abdul Ameer Sep 19, 2012 17:26 198826
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1 Will we maintain our historic civilization against their challenge, or will we accept Muslim dominion and a second-class dhimmi status? [3424 words] Bowman2062 Sep 19, 2012 10:12 198807
1 Ongoing Islamic Conquest of the West [252 words] Edward Cline Sep 19, 2012 09:43 198806
2 The need to update immigration laws after reading about the Australian example [79 words] PezDispenser Sep 19, 2012 09:16 198804

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