Thursday, February 28, 2002
Mark Steyn of Canada's National Post has a great piece in today's paper about the murder or Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and the moderate Muslim world's complicity with radical Islamists.
Let's assume that all the chips fell the jihadis' way, that they recruited enough volunteers to be able to kidnap and decapitate every single Jew in Palestine. Then what? Muslims would still be, as General Musharraf told a conference the other day, "the poorest, the most illiterate, the most backward, the most unhealthy, the most unenlightened, the most deprived, and the weakest of all the human race." Who would "the victim of the world" blame next? The evidence of the Sudan, Nigeria, and other parts of Africa suggests that, when there are no Jews to hand, the Islamofascists happily make do with killing Christians. In Kashmir, it's the Hindus' fault. There's always someone.
Much of America rejects this whole idea of racial or religious victimhood (those few wackos who want reparations paid for slavery notably excepted), but it has been the norm for much of the Muslim world for decades. Always someone else (Jews and Americans) is to blame for poverty, decadence, etc.
It's not true, but until they figure out that they are responsible for themselves, radical Islamists will always have an open door and Americans and Israelis will have to live with terror.