Friday, September 16, 2005

Is Islam Infected with a Moral Virus?

Once again Jamie Glasnov posts a fascinating interview on Jamie sits down with Jack Wheeler - a publisher, philosopher, adventurer and businessman - for a disscussion on the Global Jihadist War.

Mr. Wheeler pulls no punches and makes connections between Islam and other failed ideologies in ways I have never heard before. According to Wheeler, Islam is as fatally flawed as communism and nazism. He cleverly and accurately ties these repressive ideologies together at a very base level.

from the interview:
All three of the great barbarisms of modern times have been pathologies of envy. Nazism, preaching race-envy toward “rich exploitative Jews”; Communism preaching class-envy toward “rich exploitative capitalists”; Jihadism preaching culture-envy toward “rich exploitative America/Israel/the West.”

Adding to this line of reasoning Mr. Wheeler explains the sickness of modern liberalism here:

the liberal left is motivated by the fear of being envied. It is a very ancient and primitive fear, exactly the same as a primitive tribesman’s fear of envious Black Magic or a peasant villager’s fear of the envious Evil Eye.

People in our society who are susceptible to this fear – such as heirs who inherited rather than earning their wealth and Hollywood celebrities who do so little to earn their millions – become liberals as a psychological strategy to avoid being envied. Liberalism is a not a political philosophy. It is the politicalization of envy-appeasement.

Thus liberals are masochists as well – for the more one fears being envied, the more one is driven to masochistic self-humiliation in attempts at envy appeasement. Liberals have a compulsion to apologize to those that envy them, apologize for being white, for being male, for being successful, for the success of their country, their culture, their civilization. This renders liberals incapable of passionately defending America.

No liberal will ever admit to these qualities to be sure, they will only lash out and attack anyone questioning their "patriotism". Bruce Springsteen comes to mind - a man of enormous wealth and yet pretends to commune with the downtrodden by railing against moneymen in fancy suits. Springsteen, who I have always enjoyed as an entertainer is the absolute epitomy of what Jack Wheeler has described. Already a multi-millionaire Springsteen has been known to allow ASCAP and BMI to use his name in lawsuits against small time bar and club owners who don't pay the licensing fees to these agencies. Bruce likes his royalty checks!

But I digress, the point of Mr. Wheeler is making here is that Islam should be discredited for the morally bankrupt ideology that it is. We would not treat slavery or cannibalism with kid gloves, making excuses for the horrendous nature of these practices then why do we pretend that the subjugation of women (treated as property of men and dismissed as equals to men) and the use of terrorism as a negotiating tool are acceptable in the 21st century?

Wheeler adds:

(The Wahhabis) have the Saudi billions to spread what we should be calling a perversion of Islam. You are certainly right, Jamie, to point out that most Moslems are not radical crazies, that we are at war with the latter not the former, whom we need not demonize.

Most Moslems are human beings first. However much they see their personal identity suffused with Islam, they want the same things as everyone else: a peaceful and productive life, safety and happiness for their children. Were most Germans under Hitler, Japanese under Tojo, Russians under Stalin? Probably – and irrelevantly. It was not our job to “reach out to them.” It was our job to defeat their rulers and true believers, to render them no longer capable of being a threat to us.

Wow, Wheeler is brutally honest here. I do, however, understand why President Bush could never say anything but " We are not at war with Islam, we are war with radical jihadists who have hijacked the religion of peace." If the President were honest he would conclude as Wheeler has the there needs to be a reformation of Islam if it is ever to peacefully coexist with the rest of the modern world.

Alas, the self loathing West is it's own worst enemy. Why do we bear the brunt of Islamic anger and like a battered woman automatically conclude that we must have done something to deserve it. Ask yourself why al Qaeda is targeting innocent Iraqi's now. What did the average Iraqi do to deserve daily car bombings? Hope for a better future? Well shame on them...



TJ Willms said...
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TJ Willms said...

I couldn't agree more strongly or say it more eloquently. Perhaps I could have just said ditto! Our fear of angering Muslims now does bear an eerie resemblance to our fear of angering the Soviets and Chinese throughout the cold war that lead directly to the disastrous stalemate in Korea, and the micro-mismanagement policies during the Vietnam war.

Thanks for pointing out the story.

Timothy Birdnow said...

Amen! That drove a steak right through the heart!