Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog
The great paradox of the War on Terror is that we are fighting an enemy that doesn’t exist. We are told incessantly that there is no such thing as a Muslim terrorist.
There may be a tiny minority of violent extremists, but they are only a tiny minority of no importance whatsoever. And yet we’ve been at war with this same infinitesimally tiny minority for decades.This tiny minority has killed thousands of Americans. It has the support of entire governments in tiny countries like Pakistan (182 million), Iran (77 million) and Syria (22 million). We are told that this tiny minority is no way representative of the world’s billion Muslims, and yet it’s hard to find a Muslim country that doesn’t support or harbor a terrorist group. We were told that the problems was their governments, but the Arab Spring showed us that democratic elections lead to governments that are even more supportive of tiny minority of extremists who are somehow taking over entire countries.
Everything we’ve been told is obviously a lie. And the best evidence comes from the liars themselves.
The media is howling that a bunch of cartoonists in Texas were irresponsible for sketching Islam’s dead warlord because they should have known that Muslim terrorists would come to kill them for it. But if the media is right and Islam is a religion of peace, then why should they have anticipated a terrorist attack?
And if Islam isn’t a religion of peace, then the media has been irresponsibly lying to us and the cartoonists have been risking their lives to warn us of that lie.
The talking heads on the television insist that the cartoon contest was irresponsible because there were bound to be “some crazies” who would “take the bait”. But if Islam is no more violent than any other religion, shouldn’t it be just as statistically likely that some Christian or Jewish crazies would attack one of the art exhibits, plays or musicals ridiculing and blaspheming against their religions?
Weren’t museums and galleries exhibiting “works of art” like Piss Christ or Shekhina provoking and baiting those Jewish and Christian crazies? And since there are more Christians than Muslims in America, isn’t it statistically far more likely that there should have been far more Christian terror attacks targeting blasphemous exhibits?
We can only conclude that there is a much higher proportion of “crazies” among Muslims than among Christians. How much higher? 78 percent of Americans identify as Christians. 0.6 percent claim to be Muslims. Only 0.3 percent appear to be Sunnis, who are responsible for ISIS and Al Qaeda attacks.
There is indeed a tiny minority of extremists in America. It’s known as Islam.
What keeps the lie alive is another paradox. Call it Schrödinger’s Jihad. The more famous Schrödinger’s Cat is a paradox in which a cat in a sealed box with poison that has a 50 percent chance of being released is in an indeterminate state. It is neither dead nor alive until someone opens the box.
In Schrödinger’s Jihad, the Muslim terrorist is in an indeterminate state until some Western observer opens the box, collapses his wave function and radicalizes him. The two Muslim Jihadists were in an indeterminate state until Pamela Geller and Bosch Fawstin and the other “provocateurs” suddenly turned them into terrorists in a matter of days or weeks. It didn’t matter that Elton Simpson, one of the Garland terrorists, had already been dragged into court for trying to link up with Jihadists in Africa.
Every Muslim is and isn’t a terrorist. He is both a peaceful spiritual person who is eager to embrace our way of life and a violent killer who can be set off by the slightest offense. Like the cat in the box that is neither dead nor alive, he is both violent and peaceful, moderate and extremist, a solid citizen and a terrorist. He does not choose which of these to be or to become; we decide what he will be.
The Jihadist paradox is that the Muslim terrorist is always defined by what we do, not by what he does.
Islamic terrorism does not exist independently of the Western observer. It is not a Jihad with deep historical and theological roots within Islam, but a reaction to our interactions with Muslims.
Obama insists that talking about Islamic terrorism ‘summons’ them into being. By admitting the existence of Islamic terrorists, we ‘radicalize’ Muslims. Even the words ‘Islamic terrorism’ creates Islamic terrorists who otherwise wouldn’t exist.
The real threat is not from the terrorists, it’s from the truth.
When we tell the truth, people die. The truth turns Muslims into terrorists while the lies soothe them back into non-existence. Underneath all the academic terminology is the dream logic of wishful thinking. If we believe that Islam is a religion of peace, it will be a peaceful religion, and if we accept the reality that it’s violent, then it will become violent. Islam does not define itself. We define it however we want. Our entire counterterrorism policy is based around the perverse ostrich belief that Islamic terrorism is a problem that we create by recognizing its existence. If we ignore it, it will go away.
The lies about Islam are sustained by a deep conviction among liberals that the “Other” minorities are not real people with real beliefs and cultures, but victims in a game of power played out in the West. Islamic terrorism, like gay marriage or Global Warming, is just another step in the progressive pilgrim’s progress. It’s a problem that we caused and need to atone for in our cosmic karmic journey.
Westerners are privileged observers who have power while those minorities they observe do not. The duel between the Western left and right is taking place outside the box to determine what will be in the box once it’s forced open, while the oppressed minorities are in a state of indeterminacy in the box.
The Schrödinger’s Jihad paradox has many other adjoining boxes. Some are filled with dictators and criminals. If the progressive observer can open the box and find the root cause, out comes a good person; if the right opens the box, then out will march the terrorists, drug dealers and warlords.
The other side of the rhetoric about oppression and colonization, of punching up and punching down is the conviction that those at the bottom do not have free will or agency. If the mugger chooses to mug, rather than being driven to it by poverty, if Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union gleefully chose conquest instead of being forced to it by Western imperialism, and if the Muslim terrorist is not a helpless victim, but an abuser, then the moral imperative of the left’s worldview collapses in a heap.
If Muslims are real people who are at least as capable of imperialism, racism, slavery and destroying the planet as any Westerner, and who have been doing all of these things a lot longer, then leftists would have to accept that they are tearing down the most progressive civilization on the planet on behalf of ridiculously reactionary civilizations. Not only would they no longer be the privileged observers in control of the future, but they would have to see themselves as destroyers of what is left of the future.
The left refuses to blame Islam or Muslims because that would mean admitting that they are people.
Schrödinger’s Jihad is a child’s toy box for overgrown children who view Muslims as social justice dolls and terrorist action figures instead of people as flawed and complicated as they are. The left refuses to take Islamic theology seriously because it is incapable of understanding different points of view.
It approaches Islam as a race, rather than a religion, because it refuses to delve into what its beliefs are. Instead it chooses to see Muslims as blank slates to be filled with its ideology, as indeterminate patterns that can be reshaped into whatever they want them to be. It does not want to know what it says in the Koran, because that ruins its wonderful fantasy of Muslims as an oppressed race, rather than a creed.
Lies that are based on what we want to be true are the hardest to disprove. A lie that is tied into identity cannot be touched without destroying the entire identity of an individual or a movement.
The lies about Islam run into the heart of what the left is. To the left, everything is indeterminate and everything can be reshaped. Existence flows from power and power is pitted against progress. By destroying that which exists, they can bring their dreams to life. The dream is stronger than reality.
The left doesn’t really believe that Muslim terrorists exist except when we bring them to life. The real animating force behind Al Qaeda was George W. Bush or Dick Cheney. The true power behind ISIS is Pamela Geller or the Pentagon. The Westerner opens the box and the Muslim terrorist comes out. When Western civilization as we know it is destroyed, then the left believes Muslim terrorism will end. Kill the observer and the cat never existed. Destroy the dreamer and the nightmare dies with him.
The truth is more dangerous than the terrorists. Terrorists can kill the body, but truth can kill the dream.
Elbert County has a cadre of Leftists who militate for control of the county by saturating county government affairs. Their coordinated harassments of every decision by non-Leftist elected and appointed officials show up on the internet and local fishwraps with monotonous regularity.
They find every official decision unwise, unfounded, untransparent, unplanned, uneconomic, environmentally unsound, undemocratic, ill-advised, ill-conceived, ill-informed, poorly executed, an abuse of authority, a blatant insult to all good things, and an affront to the health, safety and welfare of the people.
The structure of the Leftist script – the adjectives, adverbs, and accusations – never changes. Only the subjects and objects change as each new decision circumstance generates another turn on the organ grinders’ crank where the monkey dances and the tune replays.
This Leftist cadre of retired schoolteachers and lawyers aligned with The United Front have been running Elbert County for as long as I can remember. Oh they chirp about old guard Republicans a fair amount, but the ECR GOP is no match for the seasoned bureaucratic class of community organizers saturating the Elbert County gestalt with the high crimes and misdemeanors they “uncover” each day.
Complex problems never have simple solutions, never can be solved by only one solution, and the best solution in the fullness of time often won’t be obvious until time passes. Enter politics – the art of sounding authoritative about imponderably complex circumstances.
Years ago, politicians gave lip service to statesmanship, a throwback to antiquity to identify themselves with nobility. Now it’s all pragmatism, politics and legalese. Times change, but the natures of human problems do not. We need statesmen more than politicians now more than ever.
But with rabid United Front local Leftists occupying all of the public administrative head space, who would want to spend their days in public service constantly opposed by pathologically offensive community organizers? There is no reason behind the “mythomania” of their opposition agenda. No sound argument will satisfy the Front. No non-Leftist reasoning can scale the ramparts of the cult mind.
On a playing field of imponderably complex problems, armed with the pseudo power to morph reality into constructs without regard to causation, the United Front politiks on.
Any conservative running for elected office in Elbert County would sign up for a term of pure hell where their every published thought and every exposed bit of personality, history, family and life will be dragged through the mud on a daily basis by the United Front of unelectable Leftists.
Consider all of the government programs that subsidize and enable people enduring consequences from broken families. On the one hand a civil society has difficulty looking away from human tragedies. The urge is to do something. Human tragedy, however, is not a problem that government can fix. Broken people don’t mend very easily. But broken families may be prevented. Broken families have many causal influences. If politicians must spend money, a more sane set of spending targets would be to fund those behaviors in society that don’t cause broken families. The focus must shift to prevention because government remedies just make matters worse.
If we must attempt to practice social engineering, at least subsidize what we would like to see more of, not what we want to see less of.
Went looking for a picture of Pikes Peak this morning but the fog did not lift. Settled for a curious horse and donkey, a country lane, and a hare.
Marxist mobs throughout the U.S., not only in Baltimore, may suspend rioting long enough to scare up another ideological grievance, only upon hearing convictions of the Baltimore police.
Normally, a judge must make a conclusion of the existence of probable cause before an arrest can occur, however in Baltimore, they let a prosecutor make the call. A prosecutor is not a disinterested party in the enforcement of criminal law. That’s one problem.
The second problem is proving beyond a reasonable doubt all of the charges, to get convictions to mollify the Marxist mobs, which seems unlikely to occur on the facts of the case currently revealed.
I expect Baltimore may have bought itself, and the country, a little breathing room, but that the Marxist mobs will barely break stride in their long march to impose American communism.
Of course this is true. Affirmative action, quotas, special rights, and the condescension of lowered expectations, all enable rather than mitigate racism.
But American law is full of institutionalized preferences. (I was going to say “this shit.”)
Race, even broadly construed throughout education, hiring, contracting, etc., is only one class of preferences. Federal, state and local laws are full of preferences for products, activities, industries, healthcare, imports, exports, where you live, what you can do where you live, and almost any human action you can think of.
The progressive infection is not limited to race. I don’t expect you can cure one class of the progressive infection – racism – while leaving intact all the rest of the institutionalized preferences in American law.
You know, all that other shit.
The essence of the problem is that progressives don’t trust freedom. It really doesn’t matter how progressives came to control our free country through law. The laws exist, their apparatchik protectors are ensconced, and we are governed by them until those laws are removed.
So, federal, state, and local progressive regulatory law must be dismantled. And progressives will fight it every step of the way with every legal, political, and subversive means they can employ.
They are true believers, they are dead wrong, and they run the bureaucracy today. Progressives are the Leviathan.
“Hong Kong’s pursuit of democracy has entered a crucial stage. After almost 18 months of heated debate, the long-awaited reform package for the chief executive election in 2017 was finally unveiled yesterday. The details, unsurprisingly, dovetail with what Beijing had already decided last August. Imperfect as it is, the proposal is still a step forward.
The outlook, though, remains gloomy at this stage, despite efforts by the government to make the contest more competitive. As many as 10 hopefuls will be allowed to come forward for consideration by the future nominating committee under a threshold lower than the existing one for the chief executive race. But as mandated by Beijing, only two or three candidates who secure at least 50 per cent support from the committee at the second stage will advance to a popular vote.”
Sounds pretty much like Colorado’s caucus system, but the Chinese call it communism.