Where are the Moderate Muslims?
Ilan Halimi’s revolting torture and murder at the hands of Muslims who called his family and read texts from the Quran as their child screamed in the background has revealed two further problems (beyond the sadistic anti-Semitism of some “extremist” Muslims).
The extreme reluctance of French officials, and more broadly the media to discuss the Muslim anti-Semitic dimension to this crime. Mark Steyn and Nidra Poller have, among other commentators, made the point. But the MSM continues to under-report the case. At most one can now hope that the media will report that Ilan was Jewish (hard to leave out after the massive demonstrations in Paris), but, as the BBC just did, one cannot expect them to mention that the perpetrators are Muslims. If this sounds like a form of Human Rights Complex — look to the perp, not the victim to know how much outrage to expect — then that’s because it probably is.
The utter silence of the Muslim community: Where are the cries of outrage? Where’s the eagerness of moderate, law-abiding Muslims to distance themselves from this horrific display of Islamic sadism? Where are the fatwas against this behavior from the imams of the Religion of Peace?
There is an interesting irony here. We’ve just seen Muslims the world over riot at the mere suggestion that Islam is a religion of violence, at the merest hint of criticism. And now, when Muslims have dishonered the name of peaceful Islam, not a peep. There are two possible readings to this, not mutually exclusive.
First, this kind of behavior Muslims do not consider shameful or humiliating. It is an expression of that primal aggression and “will to dominance” that Jihad tries so hard to tap into. This means that, in true demopathic style, some Muslims object to their image sullied by criticism, but not to the sentiments that are criticized; they want us not to discriminate against them, while they feel free to do far worse to us. The shame is not in the deeds, the shame is in the loss of face that comes from being criticized for the deeds.
Second, there are Muslims who are deeply troubled and shamed by this behavior, but they remain silent because they are intimidated by their fellow Muslims on the one hand, and because we infidels spare them any embarrassment by not highlighting the role of their religion in these awful deeds.
The more we continue to spare Muslims the shame they deserve, and offer them the absolution they need in order to continue morally badgering us about “stereotyping them,” the worse it’s going to get. As Ayaan Hirsi Ali makes it clear: we are afraid to criticize Islam and we need to criticize Islam. Islamophobia is not irrational.