Barbarians kill as West drifts

August 25, 2007
Toronto Sun

There comes a point at which diminishing returns on most issues begin to go

Such a point in denouncing Islamist terrorism and equally the Muslim
majority’s silence against this menace was reached sometime ago.

As Islamist terrorism, however despicable, became mundane occurrence in the
daily news cycle, the deafening silence of Muslims — except for lonely
voices of feeble opposition — has given credence to growing numbers of
non-Muslims that Islam is as much a religion of peace as the Klanmen’s
politics is an expression of multiculturalism.

But there is another side to this abject reality. The Muslim majority’s
silence is greatly compounded by the appeasement mentality in the West of
the mainstream liberal-left media, politicians trolling for ethnic votes and
bureaucrats running public institutions.

An evidence of this comes from Scotland. Theodore Dalrymple, a retired
physician and prolific writer, in New York’s City Journal reports:

“In an effort to ensure that no Muslim doctors ever again try to bomb
Glasgow Airport, bureaucrats at Glasgow’s public hospitals have decreed that
henceforth no staff may eat lunch at their desks or in their offices during
the holy month of Ramadan, so that fasting Muslims shall not be offended by
the sight or smell of their food. Vending machines will also disappear from
the premises during that period.”

It is as if more diversity training for public officials, more accommodation
of demands made by fundamentalist Muslims, greater willingness to
self-flagellate for sins long past of western colonialism, more policing of
what might be politically incorrect speech and writing about Islamists or
Saudi Arabia’s official cult (Wahhabism) of bigotry masquerading as a world
religion, will somehow mysteriously translate into taming suicide-bombers
and their masters to reciprocate kindly to the liberal-left sensibilities of
people in the West.

Dalrymple observes stories such as the one from Scotland tell us something
about how civilizations commit suicide — they “collapse not because the
barbarians are so strong, but because they themselves are so morally

What do barbarians do? Kill indiscriminately as in the recent Aug. 14
massacre in northern Iraq reported by the New York Post with the headline
“Savages Kill 175 in Iraq Bombings.”

Four trucks were exploded west of Mosul — Iraq’s third largest city in the
Kurdish north — in an area predominantly inhabited by Yazidis, a people
practising pre-Islamic faith. The toll of dead and wounded among this poor
dwindling minority living at the edge of the Iraqi society far exceeds the
numbers first reported.

This savagery is the work of al-Qaida associates preparing more predictable
bombings ahead of the mid-September report in Washington to be given by Gen.
David Petraeus
, the top U.S. commander in Iraq.


There is now a pattern in al-Qaida bombings arranged to influence American
public opinion during key moments in public policy debates and general

But the liberal-left media, such as the New York Times, remains fixated with
faulting the Bush administration for the savagery of Islamists while
providing oxygen to apologists of terror spinning their endless refrain of
“root cause” being oil and Israel for violence originating in the Middle

How morally enfeebled, as Dalrymple opines, is the West? Imagine the uproar
denouncing any suggestion that the mainstream liberal-left media, in
appearance at least, is treasonously on side with the newest enemies of
freedom and democracy.

Salim Mansur is Senior Fellow at the Canadian Coalition for Democracies


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