Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Something to Think About....

I received the following forward from my uncle, who is a Philosophy professor, an avid Tai Chi student, an expert in Asian studies, and a very open-minded guy. He's interesting, introspective, and intelligent, and when he talks (though I do not always agree) I always listen.

This piece stirred me a bit...enough to take me out of my blog vacation for a moment. Please let me know what you think.....

This is an important message. We all know Muslim people who live among us as peace loving and family oriented. They are the majority. However, just read this text. It is the most succinct passage I've read in a long time.


A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave should guide our attitude toward fanaticism. 'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.'

These days, 'so-called experts and political talking heads' tell us repeatedly that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant somehow to diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.

The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder or honor kill. It is the fanatics that take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is that the 'peaceful majority,' the 'silent majority,' is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people. The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel and bayonet.

And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'? History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they do not speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun. Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghanis, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold; we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Lastly, at the risk of offending, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on. Let us hope that thousands, world wide, read this - think about it - and then send it on.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

I can't believe no one has commented on this yet. My father read it , I hope he comments. Here's my thoughts: I don't know much but I know I love my country and I love my freedom. Freedom that I recieved as a gift from many men/women over many many years dying and fighting. I'm voting for a president that I know will do everything in his power to keep our freedoms.(NOT BARACK) For people that think we are not at war and we have nothing to fear. You are wrong. I strongly feel that the only reason we have not had another 9/11 like instance is because of our President George Bush. So go ahead wire tap, I approve. Torture people that are withholding information, I approve. In these truly uncertain times we have to ensure the freedoms of our children.
God Bless America.
God Bless Our Troops.