Muslim immigrant in U.S. calls on West to deport all Muslims
Khudayr Taher, an Iraqi Shi’ite writer living in the U.S., is a man of refreshing honesty and unanswerable logic. Below is his statement at Elaph, a liberal, Arab language website. It is so remarkable that it may seem like a hoax, but it was translated and posted at MEMRI, and they are not known for gullibility. Also, if Taher had been looking to fool the public, it seems likely that he would have written his comment in English so as to assure a wider readership. Yes, it’s possible that the statement is a fraud and that it was posted in Arabic to make it seem genuine. However, my own feeling, based on the statement’s sincere tone, is that it’s real. I think that Taher simply wrote down his honest, unadorned thoughts about what the Western countries must do if they are to rid themselves of the terrorist threat—thoughts that any sensible person would have whose mind was not clouded by liberalism or twisted by hatred of the West. Here is what he said:
Countries have the right to defend themselves and assure their citizens’ safety from terrorism. Likewise, it is clear that the source of the terrorist crimes in Europe and America is the Muslims who live in these countries.Now, Khudayr (I hope he doesn’t mind if I call him by his first name, but my feeling of friendship for him overflows) has gone much farther in this area than I’ve ever gone. While I’ve called for a graduated process of forced and voluntary departures, starting with the deportation of non-citizen sharia supporters, then moving up to deporting naturalized citizen sharia supporters, and, if necessary, deporting native-born sharia supporters, and also closing down mosques so as to encourage other Muslims to leave the U.S. on their own, Khudayr cuts right through all those steps and simply says that the West should deport ALL Muslims, period. He would thus have us put into practice, without shillyshallying, my long-time idea that “significant numbers of Muslims do not belong in any Western society, period.”
An intriguing question is: how many Islamo-critical conservatives in America and Britain will quote Khudayr’s statement? Will it be too strong for them? Will they find it embarrassing? What an interesting world this is.
James P., who told me about the Khudayr Taher’s statement, writes:
When I first saw the passage he wrote, I posted at a web discussion that Khudayr was the greatest Muslim of all time, or at least since Ataturk, and that finally the search for the semi-mythical Moderate Muslim (TM) was over. Let’s hope this gets maximum publicity. I wonder if this will stiffen the spines of the Usual Suspects; maybe if a Muslim says it first they’ll work up the courage to parrot him.James P. continues:
That’s a good point, that it could be fake. I didn’t even think of that. The only other information I have on Khudayr is him saying that Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki is privately an anti-American Islamist. So that’s a good sign. I’m going to google him again—with my fingers crossed that he’s the real deal.James S. writes:
Have you googled his name? He was friends with Maliki according to this.Here is the item James S. mentioned. It was posted April 29, 2006 at Joshua Landis’s blog:
Here is a bit more information on Maliki provided by Sami Moubayed’s recent article:
I remain skeptical of Taher’s true intentions in advocating for the mass deportation of Muslims although I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with him. I say necessarily because Mr. Taher’s true intention could be the triggering of mass suicide attacks on American and the West. He is after all, a Muslim. And I can think of no better provocation than the swift and rapid acceptance of the mass deportation of Muslims amongst Europeans and Americans in triggering such potentially murderous suicide attacks.LA replies:
The man seems to be without fanaticism.Josh replies:
I agree that Taher may seem “without fanaticism.” But, he also says that we in the West “cannot know people’s intentions and sort out who is the noble immigrant and who is a terrorist criminal.” He then explains that “[a]mong those Muslims in Europe and America who do not practice terrorism, most of them do not have loyalty and sincere attachment to these countries that have offered them all of the means of life in dignity—housing, studies, work, and citizenship…” This means that even if Taher represents that very small slice of Muslims that may have some sense of loyalty to the Western countries that give them a livelihood, we cannot but guess as to whether he is really a “noble immigrant” or a terrorist sympathizer. These are his own words. He is arguing the idea that we should treat good Muslims in an equal manner to terrorist Muslims and mass deport all of them. Such an idea, if swiftly and rapidly accepted by the Western masses due to its advocacy by “good” Muslims, would undoubtedly be a provocation like no other and one could certainly imagine mass suicide attacks at a last ditch effort at establishing the caliphate in Western nations. I still remain skeptical of Taher’s intentions.
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