What really reached out and touched me when I watched cellphone video of the immediate aftermath of the Brussels bombing was the haunting sound of children crying. They are not words, they are more fundamental than that; it’s a primal scream, a heart-rending sob in the face of inexplicable savagery. It told me how utterly heartless these people are. But as I pondered on the depths of ideological depravity, it suddenly struck me at another level: What is much more strange than the pathological bombings are the global reactions of non-Muslims. The expected anti-Muslim backlash never happened. If anything, there has been an exaggerated sense of understanding and accommodation, and I really don’t know why.
Although I am not a Christian, I take my hat off to Christians, Jews, atheists, and other non-Muslims for their open-minded tolerance. After all, we are the real victims here, not the Muslims who rage against us.
And I’m still waiting for the so-called peaceful Muslims to cheer in the streets when an Islamic terrorist is killed or apprehended. As things stand, the logical assumption is that the majority of Muslims support the jihad. Only they can change that perception, but quite frankly, I’m not holding my breath. As we saw with notorious “white widow” Samantha Lethwaite when she paid an extensive visit to South Africa, Islamic terrorists are sheltered and protected by the society in which they move and share deep religious ties.
I’m tired of hearing imams protest that Islamic terrorists don’t really know much about Islam. That is patently not true. They are all to a fault scholars of Islam who can quote vast tracts of Muslim literature by heart, and who are devout in their observances.
An interesting technical point arises from this: If the radical jihadists are not “true Muslims” as many are claiming, then they are non-believers, kafirs, infidels. In terms of the Quran, sura 47, verse 4, the true believers are instructed by Allah as follows:
“So, when you meet (in fight Jihad in Allah’s Cause), those who disbelieve smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives). Thereafter (is the time) either for generosity (i.e. free them without ransom), or ransom (according to what benefits Islam), until the war lays down its burden. Thus [you are ordered by Allah to continue in carrying out Jihad against the disbelievers till they embrace Islam.”
Even in the midst of the horror of the Brussels bombing, a woman in a hijab was captured on French television ripping up an Israeli flag and replacing it with a Palestinian flag. This happened not in her home but at a memorial for those slaughtered by the jihad! What is perhaps even more telling was the Jewish response to this crass act – a Jew put another Israeli flag in the place of the one torn up, and did not harm or obscure the Palestinian flags there. There, in front of our eyes, is an explicit demonstration of where the hatred is coming from.
It’s time to be honest about this. Who in their right mind can fail to note the calls to violence and murder of infidels in the Quran? Who can deny that hatred of Jews in central to Islam? If what I have said here is untrue or an exaggeration, let’s see the defenders of peaceful Islam walk the walk instead of talking the talk while their comrades in arms plot our demise.
Pluck out the vile demons from your ranks and deliver them to justice! Nothing else will convince us.