If you read nothing else today, please read Fouad Ajami’s devastating indictment of the Islamic culture, a culture that encourages perpetual disaffection and anger with the world at large:
‘A Muslim has no nationality except his belief,” the intellectual godfather of the Islamists, Egyptian Sayyid Qutb, wrote decades ago. Qutb’s “children” are everywhere now; they carry the nationalities of foreign lands and plot against them. The Pakistani born Faisal Shahzad is a devotee of Sayyid Qutb’s doctrine, and Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, was another.
Qutb was executed by the secular dictatorship of Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1966. But his thoughts and legacy endure. Globalization, the shaking up of continents, the ease of travel, and the doors for immigration flung wide open by Western liberal societies have given Qutb’s worldview greater power and relevance. What can we make of a young man like Shahzad working for Elizabeth Arden, receiving that all-American degree, the MBA, jogging in the evening in Bridgeport, then plotting mass mayhem in Times Square?
The Islamists are now within the gates. They fled the fires and the failures of the Islamic world but brought the ruin with them. They mock national borders and identities. A parliamentary report issued by Britain’s House of Commons on the London Underground bombings of July 7, 2005 lays bare this menace and the challenge it poses to a system of open borders and modern citizenship.
Read the rest here.
Contrary to the red-necked cretin liberals envision when they think of the average conservative, I’m sophisticated enough to understand that not all, or even most, Muslims are radical Islamists — but they certainly adhere to a faith that encourages a particularly malevolent radicalism that seeks to spread its tentacles throughout the world. And if you’re a silent Muslim, who doesn’t speak out against your religion’s excesses, you are complicit. In a PC world where no one but a group member can criticize the group itself, silent members are as bad as the active ones.