How many of you watched the news unfold with poorly disguised disgust or in shocked silence when it was made known that Alton Nolen, a convert to Islam, cut the head of one of his co-workers with a 10 inch filet knife and stabbed another multiple times after being fired? I know I was a tad bit unprepared for that kind of news here in America. But then again, I guess the radical islamists are really starting to ramp it up now that ISIS/ISIL is busy preparing them a caliphate in the middle of Syria and Iraq.
The main stream media would have you believe that it was just another case of workplace violence much like how the government classified the Fort Hood shootings, even though again it was a radicalized muslim man shouting the ever ubiquitous “Allahu Akbar” while committing his crimes. By the way, cutting someone’s head off seems a bit much for workplace violence, but that is just me. But therein lies the problem with how we define terror attack versus workplace violence versus domestic violence or even hate crimes. We really fail to look at the underlying causes of what these people were interested in accomplishing with their rampages.
But the problem just isn’t in Moore or Fort Hood. Just this year 2014, there have been four other such incidents where a follower of Islam killed a stranger, co-worker, family member, or homosexual in the name of Allah. All of these meet the definition of terrorism in the basest sense of the word; honor killings, revenge killings, all of these are being used to inflict fear or to promote the political aims of Islam. That is what the media at their core don’t seem to understand.
Then they try to say that it isn’t all of the muslims, just the radical few, most muslims are moderates and have nothing to do with the terrible things that are going on in the world. They talk about the small minority of muslims who just happen to be terrorists. Well here is a news flash for you, it is not as small a minority as you think. Just look at these polls of muslims all over the world.
France. A poll shows 16% of French people have positive attitudes toward ISIS. That includes 27% of French between the ages of 18-24.
Britain. In 2006, a poll for the Sunday Telegraph found 40% of British Muslims wanted shariah law in the United Kingdom, and that 20% backed the 7/7 bombers, another poll showed 45% of British Muslims said that 9/11 was an American/Israeli conspiracy and 25% of British Muslims believed that the 7/7 bombings were justified.
Palestinian Areas. A 2011 poll 32% of Palestinians supported the brutal murder of five Israeli family members, including a three-month-old baby. In 2009, a poll showed that 78% of Palestinians had positive feelings about Osama Bin Laden. 40% of Palestinians support suicide bombings and attacks against civilians. 89% favored sharia law.
Pakistan. After the killing of Osama Bin Laden, a poll of Pakistanis found that 51% of them grieved for the terrorist mastermind, with 44% of them stating that he was a martyr. In 2009, 26% of Pakistanis approved of attacks on US troops in Iraq. That number was 29% for troops in Afghanistan. Overall, 76% of Pakistanis wanted strict shariah law in every Islamic country.
United States. A 2013 poll from Pew showed that 13% of American Muslims said that violence against civilians is often, sometimes or rarely justified to defend Islam. 19 percent of American Muslims as of 2011 said they were either favorable toward Al Qaeda or didn’t know.
If you take those trends and do some rough averages you are going to come up with a number somewhere between 15-18% of all muslims favor or are engaged in extremism. With 1.6 Billion followers of Islam in the world today that means there are roughly somewhere between 240 million and 288 million extremists, terrorists, and supporters of terror in the world. That is almost the size of the population of the United States. I think we generally have something to be worried about, especially as this terror encroaches further and further into our country under the guise of workplace violence and other crimes overlooked by the media.
The President has said that, “ISIL speaks for no religion.” While that may be true, it sure as hell is speaking for or to a whole hell of a lot of people around the world right now and they seem to have certain ideas about how their religion should be enforced and conducted, even right here in America. We had best start listening to what is going on and work to thwart extremism and those who would tacitly or actively support it everywhere, especially right here at home.
I’ll leave you with one last thought before I go today, and think about this; at the height of its popularity the Nazi party had a membership in Germany of 8.5 million people or 12.5% of the population. The Nazis murdered over 11 million people during their short existence, despite never making up a majority in Germany. How much damage and terror could 15-18% of a religion spread?