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The All Too Evitable Backlash

Well, it happened again. Another crazed Baptist Jew Hindu Presybterian Zoroastrian Lutheran Animist Catholic Shinto Episcopalian Muslim went on a rampage. This time, the body count is 13 dead, 30 wounded.

Which means it's time to trot out the standard playbook for Muslim leaders to distract Americans from yet another Muslim-perpetrated atrocity.

(The order of these is somewhat fluid, to avoid appearing too obviously stock)

First up, condemn the atrocity in no uncertain terms. It was terrible, a tragedy, just awful, and our devout prayers go to Allah for the victims of this awful incident.

It's important to de-emphasize the details as much as possible. Words such as "tragedy" and "incident" work to disguise the sheer evil of the actions.

Next, start distancing Islam from the crime. Say that such things are abhorrent to "true" Muslims, that no "real" Muslim would ever do any such thing, and they find them as appalling and saddening (NOT enraging) as everyone else. If done right, the impression that is conveyed is that they are even more upset over it than everyone -- but they're too modest to say so clearly.

Then start rationalizing the deed itself. This must be done with a fine touch -- talk about how sick the individual must be to have done it, and talk about what sorts of things might have triggered the psychosis. Be careful, though; it's a fine line to tiptoe, between "what this guy did was justified" and "we need to know what caused it, so we might prevent it from happening again."

This is when you go into the Crazed Muslim Of The Week's line of excuses for why he did what he did and talk about how he was a bit off kilter, but there is some substance to his ravings. Muslims ARE being persecuted and oppressed around the world, and while it's terrible that such a tragic thing happened, perhaps some good can come of it if some attention is shone on these abuses of the adherents of the Religion Of Peace...

Then there's the final step. This one is the one that takes the biggest stones. (Which is entirely appropriate for a religion whose most sacred object is a big rock in the middle of the desert.) You have to pre-emptively claim victim status for yourselves.

Talk about how concerned you are that there will be a backlash against ordinary, peaceful Muslims around the nation. Oh, most Americans are fine, upstanding, decent folk who understand fully that this awful, awful tragedy in no way reflects on Islam (never mind what the nutcase was saying about his motives before, during, and after), but there are some who will wrongly blame Islam for it -- and lash out at the poor, innocent, peaceful Muslims.

One minor problem with that: there's never been a real backlash against Muslims in America.

When Muslims acting in the name of Allah tried to blow up the World Trade Center, there was no massive backlash.

When a Muslim acting in the name of Allah shot up the El Al ticket counter at LAX, there was no massive backlash.

When two Muslims acting in the name of Allah went on a sniping spree in and around DC, there was no massive backlash.

When a Muslim acting in the name of Allah drove his SUV through the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill, there was no massive backlash.

When a Muslim acting in the name of Allah ran down people all over San Francisco, there was no massive backlash.

When a Muslim acting in the name of Allah shot up the Seattle Jewish Federation, there was no massive backlash.

When a Muslim acting in the name of Allah shot seven people atop the Empire State Building, there was no massive backlash.

When a Muslim acting in the name of Allah shot up a movie theatre in Baltimore, there was no massive backlash.

When a Muslim acting in the name of Allah shot up a van filled with Orthodox Jews, there was no massive backlash.

When a Muslim acting in the name of Allah killed five people in a mall in Salt Lake City, there was no massive backlash.

And when Muslims acting in the name of Allah killed over 3,000 people on September 11, 2001, there certainly was no massive backlash whatsoever.

So now we have a United States Army Major and a licensed, trained, practicing physician choosing to betray his oaths to the Army, his profession, and his nation and instead honor what he sees as his duty to Allah -- by killing those he had sworn to serve and protect.

There's a part of me that is starting to wonder if the lack of backlash has been a bad thing. In the old days, Jews were oppressed by the fear that anything that they did would bring about collective punishment against the entire community.

Perhaps, if some of these would-be "Servants of Allah" had to take into account the possibility that as a response to their attacks, their loved ones and co-religionists might end up paying a hefty price in revenge, they might reconsider their plans.

No.

No, we shouldn't do that.

For two very differing reasons.

First, it probably wouldn't work. These nutcases are absolutely committed to a death cult. To them, dying in the service of Allah makes them martyrs, ensuring a heavenly reward for their fidelity. The possibility of making more martyrs would be a plus to them.

Second, and more importantly, it is repugnant to our very nature and culture. We don't punish the innocent for the crimes of the guilty. Marina Oswald was never tried for the crime of being the wife of a presidential assassin. The families of Timothy McVeigh and Jeffrey Dahmer were the objects of morbid curiosity and pity, but not revenge. Our Constitution explicitly forbids it -- Article III, Section 3 specifically rules out "corruption of blood."

We. Don't. Do. That.

But damn, it's a tempting thought.


And the one example I can think of for a terrorist attack carried out against Muslims by a non-Muslim is the 1994 shooting in the Cave of the Patriarchs. There, Baruch Goldstein killed 39 Palestinians and wounded 125 more -- before he was beaten to death. In response, the Israeli government outlawed Goldstein's political party, paid restitution to the victims' families, and in general treated the entire incident as a terrible black mark on the entire nation.

No, it's far more common for Muslims to be the victims of Muslim terrorism. Muslim terrorists kill more of their fellow Muslims than they do of any other group.

What the American Muslim community needs to do is what it has needed to do for a long, long time -- police itself. They need to start watching out for their brethren who start showing signs of Sudden Jihad Syndrome. They need to start practicing what they preach -- to demonstrate that terrorism is, indeed, repugnant to Islam and learn to cast aside their misguided loyalty to those who have betrayed what we are told are the true tenets of Islam. They need to show their allegiance to our society and our nation by turning in those who are on the verge of "bringing shame and disgrace on Islam."

That's what they've been promising to do for time immemorial.

I'm not holding my breath waiting


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Comments (31)

Try him. Then HANG him.</p... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Try him. Then HANG him.

"And the one example I can ... (Below threshold)
914:

"And the one example I can think of for a terrorist attack carried out against Muslims by a non-Muslim is the 1994 shooting in the Cave of the Patriarchs"

I can think of another Jay. The recent outbreak of Bear on muslim terrorism is very troubling to Me

Allahu ClarkBar, indeed. Bu... (Below threshold)

Allahu ClarkBar, indeed. But heaven forbid we stop coddling the Muslims in this audaciously hopeful nation, or practicing our ass-in-the-air "Barack Bow" to Koran-worshipping oil potentates. They're just ~misunderstood~. At least a patriotic woman like Nan Pelosi is (literally) brewing-up solutions to All Of It. See for yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm6p535SiTI

Keep up the good work (and keep chins up, too, I suppose).

"We. Don't. Do. That." yet.... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

"We. Don't. Do. That." yet...

I wonder just how fast atrocities like that would stop if it was a tit for tat situation. I would imagine the extremists would all get outed and thoroughly condemned by the mainstream adherents of said religion if suddenly they were at the same risk as the innocents those with SJS attack.

There will indeed come a time when the population will say "Enough" and be done with it.

They are empowered and enco... (Below threshold)

They are empowered and encouraged by our inaction! You don't respond passively to murderous thugs - you cream their asses repeatedly and definitively.

My belief is that there is ... (Below threshold)
mag:

My belief is that there is no such thing as a "moderate muslim".
Knowing/working with some of them I got to see some of their ways. Even if they are the type that would not get violent they still feel for the brotherhood...when you talk about OBL they will say "Allah will protect him" or they talk about American soldiers and how bad they are. Their mullahs tell them this. Takes a lot of control not to slap them. I don't mind a person's first loyality to God, but their loyality is to ALL muslims whether they are violent or not.
I just don't trust any of them. I mean look who they worship.

P.S. Excellent article, J... (Below threshold)
mag:

P.S. Excellent article, Jay!

Jay, the so called moderate... (Below threshold)
glenn:

Jay, the so called moderate Muslims, and the media guys and the pols are afraid of attracting the "interest" of the folks like Major Allah Akbar. These guys will kill you. The rest of us will just call you names.

I wonder just how ... (Below threshold)
jim m:
I wonder just how fast atrocities like that would stop if it was a tit for tat situation.

Immediately that's how fast. These people are cowards at heart. They attack the disarmed and the innocent. They run from those who are capable of defending themselves.

Oh, most Americans are fine, upstanding, decent folk who understand fully that this awful, awful tragedy in no way reflects on Islam (never mind what the nutcase was saying about his motives before, during, and after), but there are some who will wrongly blame Islam for it -- and lash out at the poor, innocent, peaceful Muslims.

Not to put too fine a point on it but Islam historically has spread through conquest and not via persuasion. It subjugates and enslaves those who do not convert in the nations that Islam conquers. That is the truth of the matter. We are fools to continue to ignore it. It is the historical nature of Islam to seek out conflict and aggressively overturn the indigenous governments. To say that acts and people such as this Major do not represent Islam is factually incorrect. They represent exactly how Islam has acted for 1400 years.

Islam is starting to look l... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Islam is starting to look like a foolish cult. A non-mainstream religion. Thank God our american Muslims are marching in the streets in Michigan to show their support of american's values and their abhorance of the terror act. What? No they didn't? Never had? Wow! They must support the actions deep in their soul. It is getting hard for me to be tolerant and trusting of this faith. ww

Since you mentioned it...</... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Since you mentioned it...

Earlier I was going to suggest that Hasan be killed. Hasan and as many family members as we can find. Hasan and as many family members as we can find and the little village in "Palestine" where they emigrated from. Want to bet they were fleeing persecution and violence?

I think that would send the proper message. It might be a death cult, but as family lines and tribes are erased, they'd start to catch on.
depp=true
notiz=You're over the line Matt.

SAUD - You'll notice that n... (Below threshold)
jim m:

SAUD - You'll notice that nobody marched then or now. Sorry but your straw man doesn't work in this case. As for the rest you should stop looking in the mirror.

Righteous post.Thi... (Below threshold)
gary gulrud:

Righteous post.

This was a devout, sound Muslim. The lovely, peace-loving Muslims are nominal Muslims. Mohammed did not preach "love your enemy" but "kill the infidel wherever you find him".

For every peaceful passage in the Koran(thought by Imams to originate in Mecca before his hiraj) there are definitive abrogations(thought to originate from Medina or his return to Mecca).

The abrogation recinds the early word of Allah. This world is divided into Dar al Harb and Dar al Islam. Any pretense, any deception is allowed in the war to realize the rule of Islam.

#10 "Islam is starti... (Below threshold)
Rance:

#10
"Islam is starting to look like a foolish cult."

To outsiders, every religion looks like a "foolish cult".

Rance, Not true. Mo... (Below threshold)
Grace:

Rance,
Not true. Most religions aim to help a person perfect themselves as much as possible, and by so doing, to help the world to become a better place.
Cults aim to control every aspect of their follower's lives including their thoughts and actions even by coersive means.
Only cults kill members if they do not follow the leader as he devolves into a sick and twisted shell of a human being.

<a href="http://tiny.cc/9IN... (Below threshold)

Domestic Terror attacks in USA

Nope... nothing to see here but 'random acts' by 'mentally unstable' individuals with no ties to international terrorism.

Every terrorist act prevented is a defeat because the apologists immediately claim that terrorist would not have committed the crime and was 'entrapped'.

Every successful terrorist attack is a defeat because the apologists claim it is a 'response' by powerless victims no matter how absurd those claims might be.


"But damn, it's a tempting ... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

"But damn, it's a tempting thought."

No, it's really not tempting at all. I'm not even sure why you would write that, unless you are just trying to make some rhetorical point.

Reducing this whole situation to a discussion about the fact that this guy is Muslim seriously oversimplifies the issue. I understand the fact that this appeals to your readership, but seriously, is that really your argument?

Are there no other factors that we should be looking at? Is his religious background the only issue at hand? Granted, this man's cultural and religious background is certainly part of the puzzle, but there is clearly more to the story. This is someone who was working with returning soldiers, someone who was supposed to help them--and someone who did help them. So what the hell happened?

This reminds me a little of the Camp Liberty shooting earlier this year, which was also associated in some way with military medical staff. How can these kinds of things happen? There are obvious stresses that come from constant exposure to violence, which is why some soldiers suffer PTSD...but I don't think that can explain what happened at Fort Hood OR what happened at Camp Liberty. Each case has its own factors, of course, but what can the military do about this sort of internal violence? What is being done about this? What can be done?

mag,"My belief is ... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

mag,

"My belief is that there is no such thing as a "moderate muslim"."

And your BELIEF about this is clearly clouding how your perceive this situation. But at least you are up front about that.

There are millions of Muslims who live in various countries. They do not all think the same, or act the same. The term "Muslim" refers to a MASS of people with various cultural and historical backgrounds--from Ghana to Indonesia to the US to Iran to England to India.

But sure, you just keep abiding by your beliefs.

"Islam is starting to look ... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

"Islam is starting to look like a foolish cult."

Using this guy as the litmus test for all of Islam is just stupid. I have no idea why this line of reasoning is so easily accepted around these parts.

"A non-mainstream religion. Thank God our american Muslims are marching in the streets in Michigan to show their support of american's values and their abhorance of the terror act"

Last time I checked, no other religious group is expected to march in the streets when some lunatic who professes to be of a certain faith goes on a shooting spree. Should we all look into the religious background of the Florida shooter and demand THAT religious "group" to march as well? What about the Camp Liberty shooter? What religion was he? More marches?

Are you serious with this stuff Willie?

Looking forward to the Orla... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Looking forward to the Orlando shooting follow up...but without these talking points, alas, it just might not happen.

jp2, I don't think that the... (Below threshold)

jp2, I don't think that there are any "big issues" with the Orlando shooting. At least, none that draw my interest. Another workplace shooting. I worry that with the economy the way it is, there may be more of these -- companies will downsize, workers with issues will be dismissed, and some may snap.

The Fort Hood shooting... that one has some serious big issues behind it. In 2003, Sgt. Asan Akbar tossed grenades into his commanding officers' tents, killing two and wounding 14.

Yes, that's two Muslims out of all those currently serving. But -- as far as I know -- they are the only two incidents of our troops being murdered by fellow US soldiers, so there's a 100% correlation there.

There's a saying: "not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims." It's a gross overgeneralization, but it's certainly true that the vast majority are Muslims.

And it holds true for those in the military, it seems.

J.

But -- as far as I... (Below threshold)
jp2:
But -- as far as I know -- they are the only two incidents of our troops being murdered by fellow US soldiers, so there's a 100% correlation there.

Ha. Quite the statistics there!

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/14/world/middleeast/14shooter.html

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/nationworld/stories/091808dnintsoldier.194cb0f.html

And you can factor in the highest suicide rate of any American war into those as well. Plus, with all the lies and cover-up regarding Pat Tillman, who knows what kind of info we are getting? Many, many other examples of violence/shootings when they return home:

http://www.idahostatesman.com/235/story/850012.html

Got to head out, but you get the point.


At some point, a line will ... (Below threshold)
Weegie:

At some point, a line will be crossed, with an attack so heinous and unforgivable that people will harden their hearts. The forbearance that has occurred so far will not continue indefinitely.

"And you can factor in the ... (Below threshold)
914:

"And you can factor in the highest suicide rate of any American war into those as well"

War is hell.

And you can factor in th... (Below threshold)
jim m:

And you can factor in the highest suicide rate of any American war into those as well.

Nice stat. Too bad it's pretty well meaningless (well, it's BS really). The Pentagon has only tracked suicide rates since 1980 so there is no comparison to how today's rate compares to any other serious conflict like Vietnam or WWII.

Additionally it has risen markedly in the last year (Yes it has climbed the last several years but really jumped this year) so perhaps we should blame The One for that increase.

It has only recently passed the national average so what do you say to the fact hat it has lagged the average all this time? I suppose you find that inconvenient so you ignore it.

Lastly, it is about 1/4th the rate of white male physicians. I don't hear anyone complaining that we should reduce stress for physicians. On the contrary the administration wants to cut their pay and increase their work load. Well after all, we're talking about white males so who gives a damn about them.

JP2 - Hypocrite! ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

JP2 -

Hypocrite! I love how you criticize Jay Tea for his anecdotal assessment and then present 3 anecdotal news stories and an unlinked statistical study (and a weak one at that) to support you argument.

Yes the sample is small but the only fools are the ones saying that we should not draw any conclusions about an individual who murders his comrades in arms when that individual happens to belong to the ethnic/religious group we are fighting and has made numerous public statements against our country and in support of our enemy and their philosophy.

The burden of proof stands with you and those who would have the rest of us ignore the obvious conclusion in favor of something else. If you have no substantial reason to suggest an alternative motivation then shut up. If you can't provide a plausible explanation for his actions in the light of his public pronouncements you can stop criticizing those who take the evidence at face value and draw extremely reasonable conclusions. You look like a fool suggesting that we are wrong when we look at the evidence and say that this was a religiously motivated terrorist act.

Your only argument so far has been that the military is bad and that we are racist for suggesting that this man acted out of religious/ethnic hatred. Well, we suggest that he acted that way because he provided evidence of his state of mind. You provide nothing to back up your position other than an appeal to false guilt.

Now it comes out that there... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Now it comes out that there have been no reports of racial/religious harassment of Muslims in the armed services. I guess that kind of ruins the "He snapped because of the bigoted harassment environment in the Army" meme.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,572588,00.html

One would think that if this really were such a problem that there would be some complaints. And while his family states that he claimed to have been harassed it apparently never stopped him from speaking his mind that non-believers should be beheaded.

Hey, maybe we should make t... (Below threshold)
Alfonso Paulista:

Hey, maybe we should make them wear gold crescents on their clothing to identify themselves as muslims?

Good idea, Alfonso. Then ma... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Good idea, Alfonso. Then make them live in cordoned-off areas that are definitely not to be referred to as ghettos. Herr WildWillie and Sturmgrenadier Mag can work the checkpoints. They'll get some shiny black boots and snappy-looking uniforms adorned with iron crosses (denoting their religious preference) and a bird of prey stitched onto the breast pocket just because falcons are bitchin'.

The Islamic problem: solved!

Hyper -Googling up... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Hyper -

Googling up "Alfonso Paulista" here at Wizbang doesn't show much. I think he's on your side, doing that hyperbole/sarcasm thing.

If not, he's a fuckhead.

I try to make comments only... (Below threshold)
tas:

I try to make comments only on non-political/current issues posts because I like to read and hate to troll, but..

When you say that there's no Muslim backlash in the US, I think Muslims would point to the fact that whenever a Muslim commits a crime, it always must be pointed out that the person committing the crime is a Muslim. That's a symptom of backlash because, essentially, a religion is being judged by the actions of one person. When Timothy McVeigh murdered numerous people, blame wasn't placed on all of Christianity. When David Koresh used Christian teachings to led a cult, eventually helping contribute to the deaths of many people, nobody called all of Christianity on the carpet. But whenever a Muslim commits a crime, all of Islam is called into question. This isn't really fair treatment.

What the American Muslim community needs to do is what it has needed to do for a long, long time -- police itself.

How? How does a whole religious community "police itself" to ensure that no members of the community commit crimes? Should mosques keep files on all of its members, and send out spies just to ensure they are being good citizens? Should the quiet members of the Muslim community be held in suspicion? How does a community prevent crimes?

This isn't to say that there hasn't been attempts within the Muslim community to police itself. On the macro scale, let's remember that Osama bin Laden was banned from Saudi Arabia, and pretty much everywhere else, before he found a hiding spot in Afghanistan -- which is barely a country, if the strength of its federal government is a standard to hold it by.

And why shouldn't Christians be held to the standard of policing their own communities? Hell, the Catholics kept back the child molestation happening within the church for years, and when government authorities wanted to investigate the church for criminal activity, the Catholics whined about their supposed sovereignty from government investigations.

Why don't Jews police their own? Wasn't Bernie Madoff a Jew? That guy fleeced many Americans of their retirement savings, couldn't the temple have stopped that? By the logic of asking Muslims to police themselves, yes. But if somebody looks at Madoff and asks why is it that Jewish people commit crimes, who quickly would the accusations of antisemitism start?

As I mentioned, nobody blames all of Christian (or Judaism) for the crimes of its followers. Yet when a Muslim commits a crime, the whole religion is called out. I'd say that's a sign of backlash.




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