I have a dream, and I hope someone wakes me up

Martin Luther King, 1963:

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”

Egyptian Muslim representative Safwat Higaz, 2006:

When I said what I said, I was dreaming a beautiful dream, which I hope will come true, and that we all agree upon it. I dreamt that we are the Arab Islamic States, not just Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine. I was truly dreaming that we are the Arab Islamic States. Get a map of the Arab homeland, and erase the borders… Or maybe these can be borders between counties or states, like the USA, in which 49 states were united into one country. I had a dream that we were one country, called the Arab Islamic States. The capital of this country is Egypt, and the president of Egypt and its government head this country. This is the dream I dreamt. …

I said that these Israelis… I specified the Israeli Jew, not just any Jew. I said, word for word, that these are American Jews, Dutch Jews, and Jews from all other nationalities – and to them this does not apply. He must be a Jew and an Israeli, and not just any Israeli, because there are Israeli Arabs, there are Muslim Israelis from the 1948 Arabs, there are Christian Israelis… He must be an Israeli Jew, and, in parentheses – a Zionist. This was the first condition to my fatwa. The second condition is that he must be a combatant – in other words, a reserves soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces. …

The third condition was that this action must cause no damage. I even said that it was entirely forbidden for someone to wear an explosives belt and blow himself up, and destroy a car in the street, just in order to kill an Israeli. …

The fourth condition I mentioned was that no innocent person be killed. If we apply these four conditions of the fatwa in order to kill an Israeli, one must make sure that he is a Jew, an Israeli, and that he is between 21 and 54, the age of the reserves, and if she is a woman, she must be between 21 and 34, which is the age of the reserves [for women], and even then, he must make sure that she has no children, because a woman of this age with children is no longer a soldier in the IDF. …

Over to you defenders of the Muslim faith…. And please don’t bore me with the line Hiqazi merely represents the extremists and that real Muslims don’t agree with this type of rhetoric. The reality is that the real Muslims are spectacularly silent in the face of this blood-soaked, discriminatory, violent, hate-filled dream, so I’m beginning to think that the reality is that no real Muslims really exist. Unless these real Muslims start shouting loud enough to wake the uglies up, whether the real Muslims are a dream or a reality will be a purely academic question, because we’ll all be living the Caliphate nightmare.

[UPDATE:  I wrote that late at night, and made some pretty heinous typos, which I've corrected.  I've left the meaning unchanged.]

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  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    We are making real moderate Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq, conversion by the sword or by rhetoric, it matters not we are making them. Since Islam won’t reform itself, we’ll lend them a helping hand in certain locations where the writ of American power is hard to challenge.

    If Mohammed united the disparate Arab clans into one Caliphate… then technically it is very “Muslim” and dutiful to follow in Mohammed’s shoes and unite the whole of Arabia, once again.

    The Caliphate’s going to have to invade Iraq and Afghanistan first. With what we’ve given and taught the Kurds and other dudes the Spec ops had with Afghanistanis…. they are going to chewed up and spit out, even without American air and ground support.

    The only problem right now, is that Iraq and Afghanistan does not have a …. strong alliance, let’s just say that. They keep going through us, the US, and that’s not a good thing to have if the US is gone or distracted.

    Israel’s problem is of course, they don’t seem to be making alliance offers to Afghanistan and Iraq. Don’t count on America to be there always, you have to get your own power base up and running, you know. That is my advice for those interested in their national security. Israel, Iraq, and Afghanistan can create a powerful enough alliance that the Arabs would respect and fear.

    Too bad the State Department is too high on hate bush and moral high ground America, to do any real diplomacy.

  • http://ravana.wordpress.com/ ravana

    Bookworm,

    Last time we discussed this topic, you said that:

    “I also agree with you that there are many, many millions of Muslims who join the Judeo-Christian tradition of religious freedom and peaceable worship. Unfortunately, they’re not visible. What’s visible is a radical approach to Islam with loud, violent, fanatic adherents who are drowning out any others who are talking on the subject. Even worse, it doesn’t seem as if the moderate Muslims are doing much talking right now. They seemed as cowed by the fanatics as everyone else.

    You’ll notice that, in my posts, I’m always very careful to refer to “radical Islam,” or “fanatic Islam,” or “Islamic jihadists.” I do so precisely because, when I cast aspersions, I want to be very careful that those aspersions don’t drift onto benign religious practitioners, but head directly to those who have elevated violent religion to an art form.”

    Although the tone of this new post is somewhat more aggressive, do i take it your position has still not changed? What you want to know is why so many moderate Muslim’s appear silent? Is that it?

  • Danny Lemieux

    Ravana, this is an excellent point that goes to the heart of the problem we face. I believe that a big part of the problem is that we in the West come from a democratic traditions where “majority rules”. However, history is replete with instances where small minorities ruled (e.g. Naziism, Communism, Fascism) because the majority remained silent. Even our own American revolution was waged by a minority. I would like to submit the idea that the “silent majority” in Islam, however big or small, is irrelevant unless that “majority” stands up to be counted. Unfortunately, most if not all of Islam (which means “submission”) derives from cultures where minorities have lorded over submissive majorities for centuries. So, I don’t hold much hope for the Islamic mainstream except in areas such as Turkey, Iraq and Afghanistan, where the mainstream is learning to stand up and make itself heard. For most of the Islamic world, unfortunately, the mainstream remains and will remain irrelevant and the focus should be on destroying the extremist minorities. As Algeria demonstrated in the 1980s – 1990s, it can be done.

  • Danny Lemieux

    DQ – something has nagged me about your position on Iraq. If five years of ongoing struggle (in a 1,500-year struggle) against Islamic fundamentalists in Iraq is sufficient to convince you that we can’t “win” and it is time to leave, where should the next battleground be and what time frame should we allow?

  • http://bookwormroom.wordpress.com/ Bookworm

    Ravana: that’s exactly it. Believe it or not, although I don’t know many, I myself know some moderate Muslims — people who live quiet, decent, honorable middle class lives. But I think the honor starts draining away when you cede the public ground — acts and words — to the most violent representatives of your case.

    The other day, the kids and I were watching Fiddler on the Roof. A Russian officer feels friendly to the village, but that doesn’t stop him at the end from carrying out an order to vacate the village by force. My kids asked, “Is he evil?” “No,” I said, “he’s weak. It’s hard to take the risk of losing your job or getting into trouble. Lots of people are weak that way. But that doesn’t mean it’s all right to do something that is manifestly, absolutely wrong. And you’ve got a problem if you have too many people who go along to get along. Eventually, you end up with Nazi Germany.”

    The moderate Muslims must begin speaking loudly and clearly. I understand that they are as cowed as anyone else, but unlike a Jewish, Hindu or Christian person, they, sadly, for them, have the association problem — they belong to the same religion as the aggressive, violent ones; they complain that they’re being tarred by the same brush; yet they’re not doing anything to reclaim the marketplace of Islamic ideas.

  • http://www.kevincumblidge.com kevin

    ravana-

    Moderate Muslims in Islamic countries aside, I’m more curious as to the underwhelming response of (supposedly moderate) American Muslims.

    The all-Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team became one of the most highly decorated combat units in World War II. They were motivated by a desire to support their country in time of war despite the fact that the families of most of these soldiers were being held in relocation centers.

    Fast forward to today—I’ve yet to read anything about groups of American Muslims enlisting to fight the Islamic extremists. Do you suppose the national media chooses not to report on American Muslims enlisting or that they really aren’t enlisting because of a tacit approval on their part?