I tried read and comprehend the now-viral post of Canadian intellectual and well-known wingnut Mark Steyn, a true anti-muslim hit piece and all I could think about was changing the target people from muslims to jews or even to christians. It didn’t matter because it was all the same: our religion is best, yours sucks/we are peaceful/you are savages.
“When the Allahu Akbar boys opened fire, Paris was talking about the climate-change conference due to start later this month, when the world’s leaders will fly in to “solve” a “problem” that doesn’t exist rather than to address the one that does. But don’t worry: we already have a hashtag (#PrayForParis) and doubtless there’ll be another candlelight vigil of weepy tilty-headed wankers. Because as long as we all advertise how sad and sorrowful we are, who needs to do anything?
“…But that’s not true, is it? He’s right that it’s an attack not just on Paris or France. What it is is an attack on the west, on the civilization that built the modern world – an attack on one portion of “humanity” by those who claim to speak for another portion of “humanity”. And these are not “universal values” but values that spring from a relatively narrow segment of humanity. They were kinda sorta “universal” when the great powers were willing to enforce them around the world and the colonial subjects of ramshackle backwaters such as Aden, Sudan and the North-West Frontier Province were at least obliged to pay lip service to them. But the European empires retreated from the world, and those “universal values” are utterly alien to large parts of the map today.
“And then Europe decided to invite millions of Muslims to settle in their countries. Most of those people don’t want to participate actively in bringing about the death of diners and concertgoers and soccer fans, but at a certain level most of them either wish or are indifferent to the death of the societies in which they live – modern, pluralist, western societies and those “universal values” of which Barack Obama bleats. So, if you are either an active ISIS recruit or just a guy who’s been fired up by social media, you have a very large comfort zone in which to swim, and which the authorities find almost impossible to penetrate.
“And all Chancellor Merkel and the EU want to do is make that large comfort zone even larger by letting millions more “Syrian” “refugees” walk into the Continent and settle wherever they want…
“…To repeat what I said a few days ago, I’m Islamed out. I’m tired of Islam 24/7, at Colorado colleges, Marseilles synagogues, Sydney coffee shops, day after day after day. The west cannot win this thing with a schizophrenic strategy of targeting things and people but not targeting the ideology, of intervening ineffectually overseas and not intervening at all when it comes to the remorseless Islamization and self-segregation of large segments of their own countries.”
We’ve seen this demagoguery before and it is no prettier today than it was then.
The danger is always present with theocrats regardless of the religion, it’s the shock of seeing true believers whose only weapon is their confounding will to die.
Mark Steyn wants to collectively punish a billion-plus people who practice the world’s largest religion, literally wipe them out. He wants a new Crusade. It’s impossible to read this and not draw the same conclusion.
Frankly, I’m of the opposite mind: I think we need to welcome refugees into our country, we need to be kind to people who are fleeing terror, we need to show ISIS that we are better than them, we need to dry-up their greatest recruiting tool by recruiting their disaffected youth ourselves. We need to give them the American Dream, too. We need them to aspire to become us.
We need to welcome, educate, absorb them into our culture and learn about theirs. The closed gate is the target. Sorry Mark, I’m finding your intellectual argument intellectually dishonest.