Friday, September 10, 2010

Never again, again

There's been a lot of talk about Islamophobia lately. But I wonder if that term is appropriate?

Sam Harris, famed atheist, NY Times Best-selling author and neuro-science Ph.D (in other words, NOT a Fox News spokesmouth) doesn't think so:

"There is no such thing as Islamophobia. Like all religions, Islam is a system of ideas and practices. It is not a form of bigotry or racism to observe that the specific tenets of the faith pose a special threat to civil society. Nor is it a sign of intolerance to notice when people are simply not being honest about what they and their co-religionists believe."

But isn't unfair to tar and feather an entire people because of the extremist actions of a relative few? That is unfair. Just as it would be unfair to cite Timothy McVeigh as being representative of Christianity or even the storied activities of the Irgun as being representative of Judaism. With that understanding, I'm only concerned with the terrorist activities of the "relative few."

I have yet to see anybody in the media, mainstream or otherwise, do the math to determine what constitutes the "relative few?" So let's apply a little objective deductive reasoning to the matter.

Moderate Muslims, we can all agree, are against terrorism, stoning women, female circumcision, homosexual persecution, suicide bombings, anti-semitism, etc, etc. Those barbaric activities are only condoned and supported by radical extremists.

But what percentage of Muslims are moderate?

Is it 50%? That's way too low. Despite the incredible polling support for Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban in countries like Pakistan, Syria, Libya, Iran, Afghanistan and Egypt. It can't be anywhere near that.

Fair enough. Let's say Moderate Muslims are in the 75 percentile range. That's a significant majority. Hogwash, you say, Islam is a religion of peace. It has to be much higher than that.

Fair enough again. I'm willing to go all in on this.

Let's say the people who sport the co-exist bumper stickers on their hybrid cars are right. Let's say that contrary to all appearances and the deafening silence on so many human rights issues, moderates account for 99% of all of Islam.

That still leaves 1%.

1% of 1.5 billion Muslims around the world equals 15, 000, 000. That's 15 million religious psychopaths who would gladly slice your infidel kaffir head from your body.

That might not give you concern, but 15 million is roughly equal to the total number of Nazi soldiers that fought for the Third Reich during World War II.

But maybe I'm wildly mistaken.

Maybe the number of jihadists is actually 1/10 of the previous stated 1%. In other words 99.9% of all Muslims are moderate. That still leaves 1.5 million active, zealous radicals that are fervently seeking the destruction of modern western civilization. By the way, 1.5 million is about the same total number of active soldiers wearing a United States uniform.

Being leery of a sizable, capable enemy of that size (that is not confined to one country and has no qualms about attacking civilians, particularly those of the Jewish variety) does not make me an Islamophobe.
It makes me a realist.

Just some thoughts from one canary in the coalmine.

1 comment:

plaidbus said...

Let's see the math with those nutty Christians, boy. I can't find my calculator...