Insofar as there’s any connection between the mugging of this vain buffoon and the murder of Daniel Pearl, it’s this: History repeats itself, but, in this instance, the usual order – tragedy’s recapitulation as farce – has been reversed. Is it too much to hope that militant Islam’s apologists might finally put an end to their own “misconceptions”? Islam is not “the victim of the world”, but the victim of itself. Omar Sheikh is a British public schoolboy, a graduate of the London School of Economics, and, like Osama and Mohammed Atta, a monument to the peculiar burdens of a non-deprived childhood in the Muslim world. Give ‘em an e-mail address and they use it for kidnap notes. Give ‘em a camcorder and they make a snuff video.
Let’s assume that all the chips fell the jihadis’ way, that they recruited enough volunteers to be able to kidnap and decapitate every single Jew in Palestine. Then what? Muslims would still be, as Pakistan’s General Musharraf told a conference the other day, “the poorest, the most illiterate, the most backward, the most unhealthy, the most unenlightened, the most deprived, and the weakest of all the human race.” Who would “the victim of the world” blame next? The evidence of the Sudan, Nigeria, and other parts of Africa suggests that, when there are no Jews to hand, the Islamofascists happily make do with killing Christians. In Kashmir, it’s the Hindus’ fault. There’s always someone.
The above is from my book The Face Of The Tiger. I concluded with a bit of advice to General Musharraf:
He can try to ride the tiger, or resolve to kill it and hang it in his trophy room.
But that applies to us, too. For thirteen years, we have shied away from directly confronting the ideology, preferring to disrupt only its symptoms – bomb plots, and airline attacks. And in that thirteen years the ideology has metastasized within the cocoon of western denial – so that the men barely out of short trousers on 9/11 now flock to fight for an organization that Obama assures us “has no place in the 21st century”. If the evasive pap spouted by the President the other day is the best the west can do, then we will lose.
And for some odd reason nobody ever seems to wonder why Muslims are “the poorest, the most illiterate, the most backward, the most unhealthy, the most unenlightened, the most deprived, and the weakest of all the human race.” Actually, I suspect that Sub-Saharan Africans may actually claim the world title in all those divisions, but its likely no accident that many of them are Muslims as well.