If Muslims can’t recognize the terrorists among them, how can we?
Hugh Fitzgerald points out how whenever a young Muslim turns into a suicide bomber, his friends and family express their shock at this event, since he had been a nice, quiet chap. Fitzgerald then asks some logical questions flowing from this fact:
And if Muslims themselves, in Iraq, in Israel, in Egypt, in Morocco, in Tunisia, in Algeria, and elsewhere, have expressed great surprise, not in all but in many cases, at the son or brother who ended up as a suicide killer, how much more difficult, how impossible, really, for Infidels, innocent of Muslim ways, innocent of the fantastic ability to conceal, overwhelmed and confused by Muslim apologetics and rhetoric, disinclined to see the scope or nature of the menace because to recognize it is simply too upsetting, then how nearly impossible it must be for those Infidels to avoid being deceived. And this happens all the time, individually, and collectively, about all sorts of matters….Since we cannot know which Muslims may turn from quiet peaceful types to terrorists, and since even the leading proponent of the “moderate” Islam idea says that 10 to 15 percent of the world Muslim population are either terrorists or supporters of terrorists (other observers make much higher estimates), we must, Fitzgerald concludes, radically restrict Muslim immigration. But Fitzgerald’s conclusion doesn’t go far enough. Based on his own, unanswerable logic, there is no way that we can be free of the specter of domestic Islamic terrorism as long as a large population of Muslims remains among us.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 01, 2006 06:03 PM | Send