Saturday, November 6, 2010

The EDL and their like as a forest fire

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There is a wildfire going on right now. It is above and beneath the surface of a great forest and exquisite flora. It is called Jihadism, Islamism, or simply, Islamic religious fanaticism. And it is consuming vast tracks of the great Islamic and Arab civilization that guided the world in science, literature, and philosophy, centuries ago.

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Its flames of hatred scorch nearby forests and civilizations forcing them to take drastic measures to defend themselves. Like park rangers who burn a patch of land so the wildfire will have nothing to cling to, defenders of democracy find themselves limiting some of its rights and liberties. But like those controlled burns these measures must be strictly supervised or else it will turn into a wildfire in it’s own right. Devastating democracy and western civilization in a way no different than that aspired by Jihadism.

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But this uncontrolled forest fire is what the EDL, the English Defense League, and like-minded organizations and individuals desire. Whether they vandalize a mosque in protest against the peace process or burn the Koran in the name free speech. Hate is hate, and as it burns books and the ideas they contain it will burn the people who believe in those ideas. No matter what belief system the hate filled person subscribes to.

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In an EDL demonstration in England Rabbi Nahum Shifren of California, was a guest speaker. In his speech he attacks the Israeli consulate, the liberal media, and everything else he considers liberal and tolerant. According to him, he has no problem with Al Qaeda and those advocating Sharia law, “they’re just doing their job,” he shouts. And calls the EDL to do theirs. The very same job: attacking the values of the democratic world they live in.

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When two forest fires conjoin, a ten thousand-fold hell unleashes at a lightning speed, with no way of telling one fire from the other. Leaving behind nothing but smoke and ashes. For us caught in between the work is twice as difficult. But someone has got to take on the duties a park ranger, whether as law enforcement agent, an educator, or a mere spoken voice of sanity. Or else the ashes will be us.

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7 comments:

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  2. Thanks snoop,
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  3. Thanks for this intelligent picture of the obnoxious EDL. Our opposition to Islamism and to the unsavoury aspects of Islam as a whole has to be expressed democratically or not at all.

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  4. Thank you deeply Mr. MacEoin for your compliment. I am greatly honored.
    However your closing sentence makes me a bit unease. You have said “Our opposition to Islamism and to the unsavory aspects of Islam as a whole has to be expressed democratically or not at all.” And I agree with the purpose and spirit of it, but it creates the impression that the undemocratic elements are about to hijack the fight against Islamism. I hope that is not the case.
    I know from my experience here in Israel that there is always this problem when it comes to fighting racism. The right is generally good at alerting from racism that exist at the Arab world, while the left is generally good at alerting from internal/Jewish expressions of racism. Judging from news and the Internet it seems that it is not much different in other western countries. As a result the fight against racism turns into a scoring point competition between politicians and not education and commitment for tolerance. And that is a good ground for making it easy for the undemocratic elements in the west to hijack the fight against Islamism.
    I hope that is not the case.

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  5. I like the analogies you used to sum up the situation. I believe it is positive that the EDL exists - public policy (government, academia, etc) had dropped the ball on Islamic immigration, and needed a kick up the bum to get moving on the issue.

    Muslim immigration to the West is going to be wrapped up. Muslim behavioural patterns guarantee this outcome. The only question is the manner in which this occurs, and the timeline.

    There can be a "soft-landing", a "hard-landing", or a combination of the two.

    A "soft-landing" on the Muslim problem is Western governments acting effectively & responsibly via the instruments of public policy. Ultimately, the only thing at stake will be Muslims get hurt feelings on the matter of Western immigration - they are politely denied this request on inquiry of the matter.

    An abdication of responsibility by Western governments ("it is all too hard") will result in the Muslim problem being resolved, but in a violent "hard-landing". With the EDL (only one manifestation of the depth of public counter-Muslim sentiment), people can see the first flickers of the flames of the hard-landing have begun at the street level.

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  6. The problem is not Muslim immigration, but Islamist ideologies.
    Your “hard landing” concept is crash landing, were everybody looses everything.

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