President Barack Obama pointed out again Sunday in a speech to the nation that the overwhelming majority of Muslims are law-abiding, peace-loving people.
Most would agree. What we struggle with, however, is figuring out how many Muslims have crossed over to the dark side and are so brainwashed by an extremist view of Islam that it qualifies as mental illness. How else to explain a mind-set that sees the greater glory in mowing down as many “non-believers” as possible? Suicide in our culture is usually equated with mental illness. Militant Islam teaches that it is an honor, so long as infidels also are taken out in the process.
One would think that if any other worldwide religion had a similar “image problem,” its leaders would gather at a global conclave and inform the world that they are sickened by what is happening to Islam and clearly denounce such a perverted interpretation of the Koran. One of the reasons that is unlikely is because Muslim leaders speaking out in such a way would immediately have a bull’s-eye on their heads. Peaceful Imams standing up to these maniacs at a public gathering would quite possibly be blown to bits by someone wearing an explosive vest.
Islam may be religion of peace, but it doesn’t take much to tilt it in a violent direction. From 1980-88 Iraq and Iran were at war. According to history.com, at least 500,000 and possibly twice as many troops were killed on both sides, and another 500,000 became permanent invalids. The war was fueled in part by the longstanding hatred between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. Iran is dominated by Shiites, while Iraq at the time was controlled by Sunnis. That mindless rivalry continues to fester, as it has for centuries.
When President George W. Bush invaded Iraq in 2003 to oust Saddam Hussein, he and his team underestimated the power of militant Islam to quickly unite many against the U.S. “invaders,” a far cry from the reaction in 1944 when American troops liberated Paris.
This expensive lesson in both American lives lost and money wasted is that ruthless murderous dictators such as Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Muammar Gaddafi in Libya and others like them operated as they did because that was the only way they could keep the various factions from non-stop war.
ISIS continues to spew its hate on the Internet and recruit new members so eager to kill infidels that its latest celebrity and her husband went so far as to abandon their infant child and immediately inflict mass murder quickly followed by their own deaths. It doesn’t get much sicker and more evil than that.
We can’t prevent all “soft target” carnage. Any sick and hate-filled lunatic can pull it off if so inclined. What we can and should continue to do is work with our allies to constantly bombard militant Islamist strongholds, be ultra-cautious about who we let into this country, and be just as cautious with Americans who wish to travel to the Mideast and then come back with a mission to kill.
Some call such tactics “racial profiling.” Better terms are “common sense” and “erring on the side of caution.”
— Don Huebscher, editor