Monday, July 14, 2008

Islamofascism on the Move (or How I Learned to Love My Camel)

Just in case you, dear reader, think I've forgotten or lost interest in all things political, here's something to remind you that I haven't.

What do the Philippines, Kashmir, the Balkans, the Middle East, Sudan, Kenya (and other regions of north Africa), Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Great Britain, the USA, and France (just to name a few) all have in common?


Maybe we all need to have warning signs.


Now I know all the lilly-livered liberals feel that if we just sit down and talk to these people, or if we stop interfering in their affairs, the problem will just go away. What the lilly-livered liberals fail to realize is that, if you listen to the words of the jihadists, what really bothers them about our culture is (as they perceive) its permissiveness, open attitudes toward sex, and objectification of women - that is, most all things LIBERAL. They abhor our movies, music videos, and television shows that pervade most every corner of the globe, corrupting (again, as they see it) their children and their women - again, mostly all forms of LIBERAL media. So, while the liberals think that their tolerance will somehow put them in the good graces of these 7th century throwbacks, just the opposite would probably occur if the islamofascists ever get a REAL foothold in the West. The liberals would be the first group they would go after.

would be replaced by...
No, thanks (or, as they say here in NZ, "Bugger that!")

It seems that, with all that is happening in the world, matters pertaining to muslims and the (in)compatibility of islam and the West is an ever-increasingly popular topic of discussion. Last year I came across what is perhaps the most definitive study I have read to date on the compatibility of muslim and Western values and the red herring of multi-culturalism. This is not some poll conducted by a news organization, but a thorough study, complete with footnotes and references, conducted by the British non-profit, Policy Exchange, which describes itself as "an independent think tank whose mission is to develop and promote new policy ideas which will foster a free society based on strong communities, personal freedom, limited government, national self-confidence and an enterprise culture."

Some of what I read confirmed what I already know, but some of it offers a glimpse of hope. The basic conclusion was that among British muslims, the level of islamicism was directly proportional to one's age - the younger they are, the more militant they are. Here is a sample of the study's findings:
Our research into the attitudes of Muslims in Britain showed that there is a growing religiosity amongst the younger generation of Muslims. They feel that they have less in common with non-Muslims than do their parents and they show a stronger preference for Islamic schools and sharia law. Religiosity amongst younger Muslims is not about following their parents’ cultural traditions, but rather, their interest in religion is more politicised. There is a greater stress on asserting one’s identity in the public space, for example, by wearing the hijab. (emphasis mine)
Remember what I asserted above, using "visual aids" to make that point?
> 86% of Muslims feel that “my religion is the most important thing in my life”.

> 62% of 16-24 year olds feel they have as much in common with non-Muslims as Muslims, compared to 71% of 55+ year olds.

> 60% of Muslims would prefer to send their children to a mixed state school, compared to 35% who would prefer to send their child to an Islamic school.
There is a clear age difference. 37% of 16-24 year olds preferred to send their
children to Islamic state schools, compared to 25% of 45-54 year olds and 19% of 55+ year olds.

> 59% of Muslims would prefer to live under British law, compared to 28% who would prefer to live under sharia law. 37% of 16-24 year olds prefer sharia compared to 17% of 55+ year olds.

> 36% of 16-24 year olds believe if a Muslim converts to another religion they should be punished by death, compared to 19% of 55+ year olds.

> 7% “admire organisations like Al-Qaeda that are prepared to fight the West’. 13%
of 16-24 year olds agreed with this statement compared to 3% of 55+ year olds.

> 74% of 16-24 year olds would prefer Muslim women to choose to wear the veil, compared to only 28% of 55+ year olds.
One thing that seems crystal clear from those statistics is that the younger ones are more radical and inclined to extremist views (that is, stricter adherence to the fundamentalist ideologies of islam).

A few other findings are worth noting as well.
The authorities and some Muslim groups have exaggerated the problem of Islamophobia, which has fuelled a sense of victimhood amongst some Muslims.


> 41% named foreign policy as an important issue to Muslims but they are not necessarily more informed or engaged than the wider population. Only 18% of Muslims could name the president of the Palestinian National Authority and only 14% could name the Prime Minister of Israel.
One of the conclusions of the study made me chuckle wryly, confirming one of the things I already know: Many of the extremists who would be or have been involved in extremist/terrorist activities are not fundamentalists, but rather secularists, often educated in Western educational institutions; and that is where the seeds of anti-Western sentiment were planted. Yeah, all this bending over backwards to accommodate muslims is actually making things worse, as is all the Noam Chomsky-type clap-trap parroted by the plethora of self-loathing, guilt-ridden, leftist university professors over the last 40-or-so years.
Islamism is only one expression of a wider cultural problem of self-loathing and confusion in the West. One way to tackle this is to bring to an end the institutional attacks on national identity – the counterproductive cancellation of Christmas festivities, the neurotic bans on displays of national symbols, and the sometimes crude anti-Western bias of history lessons – which can create feelings of defensiveness and resentment.
Liberals/leftists, take note.
Marc Sageman’s study of 172 Al-Qaeda operatives around the world indicates that most Islamic extremists have not been brought up with a strong religious influence. Nor are they the products of economic deprivation. In fact, many come from relatively wealthy homes. Only 9.4% had a religious education, whilst 90.6% had a secular education. 17.6% were upper class, 54.9% were middle class and only 27.5% were lower class. 9% had a postgraduate degree and another 33.3% had a college degree. Significantly, 70% joined the jihad while away from home, many after being sent to study in foreign universities, often in the West.(3)
So, combining the self-loathing, anti-Western propaganda from their professors with the "Girls Gone Wild" social culture of the students at these universities has probably left a lot of these young jihadis and jihadi-wannabes with the idea that ours is a corrupt, decadent culture (to a point I actually agree with that, but the difference is that I'm not about to strap a bomb on my chest and take out a nightclub full of innocent people to make my point). Again, liberals and leftists, take note.
Sageman was able to identify three major consistencies, all of which appear counter-intuitive: the jihadists were usually radicalised in Western countries; they were likely to have had a relatively secular upbringing; and the majority were not recruited ‘top down’ but actively sought out terrorist networks.
The report, entitled "Living Apart Together: British Muslims and the Paradox of Multiculturalism", can be downloaded in PDF format. It is long, and I recommend that you actually print it out; that will make it much easier to navigate, as much of the information overlaps and repeats.

Here is something I found a while back in the comment section of another blog. It illustrates perfectly the concept of "creeping incrementalism", the "slippery slope", or that old addage, "Give 'em an inch and they'll take a mile."

Islam is not a religion nor is it a cult. It is a complete system.

Islam has religious, legal, political, economic and military components. The religious component is a beard for all the other components.

Islamization occurs when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their so-called “religious rights.”

When politically correct and culturally diverse societies agree to “the reasonable” Muslim demands for their “religious rights,” they also get the other components under the table.

Here’s how it works (percentages source - CIA: The World Fact Book (2007)).

As long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will be regarded as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to anyone. In fact, they may be featured in articles and films, stereotyped for their colorful uniqueness:

United States — Muslim 1.0%
Australia — Muslim 1.5%
Canada — Muslim 1.9%
China — Muslim 1%-2%
Italy — Muslim 1.5%
Norway — Muslim 1.8%

At 2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs:

Denmark — Muslim 2%
Germany — Muslim 3.7%
United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%
Spain — Muslim 4%
Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

From 5% on they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population.

They will push for the introduction of halaal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature it on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. (United States).

France — Muslim 8%
Philippines — Muslim 5%
Sweden — Muslim 5%
Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%
The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%
Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islam is not to convert the world but to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

When Muslims reach 10% of the population, they will increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions (Paris — car-burnings). Any non-Muslim action that offends Islam will result in uprisings and threats (Amsterdam — Mohammed cartoons).

Guyana — Muslim 10%
India — Muslim 13.4%
Israel — Muslim 16%
Kenya — Muslim 10%
Russia — Muslim 10-15%

After reaching 20% expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings and church and synagogue burning:

Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

At 40% you will find widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks and ongoing militia warfare:

Bosnia — Muslim 40%
Chad — Muslim 53.1%
Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

From 60% you may expect unfettered persecution of non-believers and other religions, sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels:

Albania — Muslim 70%
Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
Qatar — Muslim 77.5%
Sudan — Muslim 70%

After 80% expect State run ethnic cleansing and genocide:

Bangladesh — Muslim 83%
Egypt — Muslim 90%
Gaza — Muslim 98.7%
Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%
Iran — Muslim 98%
Iraq — Muslim 97%
Jordan — Muslim 92%
Morocco — Muslim 98.7%
Pakistan — Muslim 97%
Palestine — Muslim 99%
Syria — Muslim 90%
Tajikistan — Muslim 90%
Turkey — Muslim 99.8%
United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

100% will usher in the peace of “Dar-es-Salaam” — the Islamic House of Peace — there’s supposed to be peace because everybody is a Muslim:

Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
Somalia — Muslim 100%
Yemen — Muslim 99.9%

Of course, that’s not the case. To satisfy their blood lust, Muslims then start killing each other for a variety of reasons.

“Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; and the tribe against the world. And all of us against the infidel. — Leon Uris, “The Haj”

It is good to remember that in many, many countries, such as France, the Muslim populations are centered around ghettos based on their ethnicity. Muslims do not integrate into the community at large. Therefore, they exercise more power than their national average would indicate.

Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond’s book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat.
Cross-posted at It's A Matter of Opinion.


Blogger Oldcatman said...

I TAKE 'POT SHOTS' at the mooosies all the time.

This post is not a 'pot shot' it is a
complete "look" at the world and the effect of the moosies.

It's almost like a version of small "c" communism.

Now if in the mooosie world they would take the approach of the Amish--"we do our thing....just don't bother us!"

I am not a fan of religion--but pray to whoever, just doin't ask me to join you.

Good to have you back, Joe (and I'm
not getting that GOOGLE message anymore on your link!)

5:14 AM GMT+12  
Blogger BobF said...

"There is a greater stress on asserting one’s identity in the public space, for example, by wearing the hijab"

Back in the early 80's we flew Elf One missions out of Saudi Arabia. If you happened to fly on Saudi Airlines, you noticed that once the plane took off, the women would line up for the lavatory to change out of their hijab's. You never saw them wearing them in foreign countries. Now it's different, it seems more of an "in your face" thing.

10:23 AM GMT+12  
Blogger Joe Ramen said...

Bob, Like the study found, it's all about "asserting one’s identity in the public space."

OCM, I don't even care if I am asked; just respect my wishes and PERSONAL CHOICE when I refuse.

10:48 AM GMT+12  

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