(Original meditation on this subject here.)So, now the social-political-confection of a peculiar sort of Islam have put one of their captives/hostages into an iron cage, publically and horrifically, burning him alive, making certain to video this, broadcast it locally, and to post it on the world-wide internet media; also to post materiel purporting to provide justification for this on the usual media channels. I presume the national Islamic media sycophants are breaking the sound barrier in rushing to assure us that those peculiar practitioners are not truly Islamic, and that this has been the actions of just a tiny and marginalized minority, not truly representative of the really-oh-and-truly-oh tolerant Muslim world, and who are we to judge because … Crusades and Inquisition.
So sayeth our President at an interfaith prayer breakfast, upon elements of the audience hearing this banal observation firsthand, appeared to not their heads sagely. Invitations to these shindigs must be as prized as in invitation to the the Sun King’s court at Versailles. Pointing out that one was 500 years ago, give or take, and the other several centuries before that, whereas the horrors committed by ISIS/ISIL/Boko Haram et cetera have been committed in the last weeks or months would most likely have drawn an indignant response, along the lines of ‘Shut up, you, you, you HATER! I also await the customary hand-wringing over the fondly-expected anti-Muslim backlash in the Western World, which backlash always seems to wind up landing on Jews or Third World Christians.
At least the Jordanians don’t seem to be constrained by any particularly First World guilt about unleashing hell on what must look very much like an existential threat. I daresay that ISIS/ISIL will be feeling the pinch sometime soon; we’ll know that they are really feeling it when they begin squealing about war crimes and appealing to the UN or some other useless international legal body for succor and redress.
However … I invite discussion of how close are the average American, (or even the average European) coming to have a private conviction that any but the most mild and perfunctory attachment to Islamic belief and rituals are somewhat akin to rabies in a dog. We might very well feel sorry for the dog – not its fault for contracting rabies, after all – but having a dismayingly large number of self-proclaimed representatives of that faith running around, foaming at the mouth and biting (or bombing, raping, stabbing, beheading, immolating, stoning, hanging, crucifying, throwing-from-a-tall-building, shooting-in-the-head-and-burying-in-a-trench-in-the-desert and all with a Koranic justification for same) is not something we really want to permit around our children. Discuss.
As a footnote – It is historically interesting to me that the Nazis did their best to hide their very worst mass-murdering excesses from public awareness … but ISIL/ISIS/Boko have no shame in putting it all out there on various secondary media outlets. Also discuss – how come?