Sunday, 31 January 2010
The Comments Are Getting Better
Have you noticed that in stories about Muslims in the West, or from the West, the comments by readers are becoming noticeably better informed, and hence far less sympathetic, and more intelligently alarmed, about the ideology of Islam, and about its adherents? It can be seen in American newspapers, in English newspapers, even in The Guardian. It's important for the well-prepared to share their knowledge and grasp of matters with others, to make those others feel that they are not in a minority, that despite the Official Line of Those Taking A Leadership Role all over the benighted West, intelligent people are figuring things out on their own, and won't be denied.
On January 27 The New York Times carried a story about one Omar Hammami, barefoot boy from Alabam, who is now running around Somalia, apparently, having a great tiime leading a band of Al-Shebaab, for him providing, apparently, a kind of cowboys-and-Indians excitement, and also a Complete Regulation of Life, of the kind so many seek nowadays. He knows "what to love" and "what to hate" because Islam tells him, gives him a guide, a gride, a list of Life's Dos and Dont's. You can find out more about Omar Hammami here, and the comments on the story are also of interest.
Here, for example, is one of them:
"It should be no surprise that the Founders simply did not contemplate Muslims living as citizens in the USA when they drafted the First Amendment. It also should be no surprise (although to many secular Americans, who just don't get it, I suppose it is a surprise) that religion orders a believer's life more than any other single factor, including nationality, ethnicity, gender, etc. Religion determines one's view of the origin of the world, the origin of life, one's duties to self and to one's fellow man, one's ultimate end, etc. I would suggest, for our own self-preservation, that we strongly discourage Muslim immigration to the USA. Muslim groups are already influencing the choice of school textbooks, influencing public policy, etc. Since there is no way we can count on their loyalty to their fellow US citizens above their loyalty to their religion, as this article so poignantly demonstrates, and mainstream elements of this religon are so crushingly cruel and violent, we are foolish to voluntarily continue increasing their numbers in the USA."
That would likely not have been written, and certainly would not have been echoed by others, nor allowed to stay up, just a few years ago.
Posted on 01/31/2010 8:13 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
31 Jan 2010
The gulf between readers and (mainly left-wing) journalists is particularly evident in The Guardian's Comment is Free pages. When, as so often happens, The Guardian puts up an apology for Islam, it is often inundated with comments pointing out the truth.
31 Jan 2010
Yes the comments are improving.
Perhaps we can also hold out hope for The New York Times.
It's difficult to understand how those Times editors and journalists who read this excellent article will continue to maintain the ostrich-like treatment of Islam that now dominates their pages.
But, alas, they'll probably ignore it.
31 Jan 2010
The New York Times has its own past, its own traditions, to which it must remain true.
Think of Pulitzer-Prize winning correspondent Walter Duranty, and the quality of his reporting on the Soviet Union, and especially about the famine in the Ukraine.
Think of how the New York Times gave such glancing and intermittent attention, usually in a tiny paragraph or two on an inside page, to the persecution and then the round-ups and then the aktions, and then the mass-murders, of Jews. The Sulzberger family was so busy being Harmonie-Club correct, making sure no one could conceivably think of it as engaged in special pleading for Jews, that its coverage was so poor that many tens of thousands who might have been saved, had their relatives in New York been properly alerted about the distant menace (alerted, beginning in 1933, with the ascension of Adolf Hitler), were not saved. There is blood on the hands of those who own the New York Times, and still no shame, as their nauseatingly inadequate coverage of Islam demonstrates.
For more on how the Times covered the Nazis and the Jews, see Laurel Leff's excellent" Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper," published by Cambridge University Press.
31 Jan 2010
I have noticed this also in the talkbacks to articles in the online version of Jerusalem Post, which I have been reading pretty much daily for the past four years. When I first started reading, many posters -Jews as well as those identifiably Arab or European - commenting on articles dealing with jihad terror raids upon Israel, or with the 'peace process' [TM] or with Muslim misbehaviour worldwide were still parroting the Arab [Muslim] Narrative, while those who dared to challenge such posters did so without showing much apparent awareness of the jihad doctrine of Islam, or of taqiyya, or of other relevant facts. But now the 'Arab Narrative' posters are fewer, and when they appear, they are often shot down in flames from all sides by persons who have clearly worked out that Islam, and the texts of Islam, explains Arab Muslim behaviour - and Muslim behaviour generally - not only toward Israel and the Jews but toward non-Muslims everywhere. And some of those knowledgeable posters join the debate from interesting places - not merely from Canada, Australia, the US, Israel, but from India, China, Philippines, Italy, and even the UK.
It has been most interesting to watch. I have done my own very small part to help it happen; and will continue to add my mite as opportunity presents.
31 Jan 2010
General Public AYS
I've been feeling happily surprised too recently. Not just by the existence of anti-Islam comments in what used to be my favourite newspaper but also the way in which the passing on of information, backed by solid evidence, has become a responsible pastime amongst posters.
The message is slowly getting through. I notice, for instance, my non-political friends becoming more animated -they even listen to me now, when before they had the tendency to yawn or come up with uninformed throwaway lines such as: "...what about the crusades?" , "all religions are the same" and so on.
My leftist acquaintances however are a harder nut to crack. They have invested so much in their own wall-poster ideology they dare not agree with their perceived political enemies. This is one powerful reason why they are such steadfast apologists for Islam.
There has also been a development in the ability to spot taqiyya whenever it occurs. As we become wiser to this and other islamic concepts we are able to determine for ourselves the reality of Islams many facets, and less liable to be confused or exhausted by them.