Update: Europe and Islamofascism
In his article Islam, the Marxism of Our Time, Theodore Dalrymple tells of the disturbing trend of radical Islamics who are using Stalinist tactics to influence moderate Muslims. It seems that for the extremists there is only one acceptable way for Muslims to practice their faith, and everything else is a deviation:
From an Islamist point of view, the news from Europe looks good. The Times of London, relying on a police report, recently observed that the Deobandis, a fundamentalist sect, now run nearly half of the 1,350 mosques in Britain and train the vast majority of the Muslim clerics who get their training in the country. The man who might become the sect’s spiritual leader in Britain, Riyadh ul Haq, believes that friendship with a Christian or a Jew makes “a mockery of Allah’s religion.” At least no one could accuse him of a shallow multiculturalism.
According to Le Figaro, 70 percent of Muslims in France intend to keep the fast during Ramadan, up from 60 percent in 1989. Better still, from the Islamist point of view, non-practicing Muslims feel increasing social pressure to comply with the fast, whether they want to or not. The tide is thus running in the Islamists’ favor.
Thus the Islamic extremists are forcing their fundamentalist will upon non-practicing and moderate Muslims through the use of psychological terror, this is a Stalinist tactic, and it shows the direction that this “beautiful religion” is headed.
Even new Muslim converts are pressured into committing acts of terror:
Two of the men that the German police arrested in early September for plotting a series of huge explosions in the country were young German converts to Islam. It is impossible to know how many such German converts there are, but it is thought to run into tens of thousands[…]
The man believed to be the leader of the little group, Fritz G… began to frequent the Islamic Information Center of Ulm, and also the comically named Multikultihaus in the neighboring town of Neu-Ulm, where young men of jihadist views, including Mohammed Atta, had long congregated. In 2004, he was spotted at the Ulm Islamic center, selling a journal called Think in the Islamic Way.
Hmm… “Think in the Islamic Way,” huh? That sounds so familiar…
Oh yes, the radical left-wing hate-site ThinkProgress has a similar name! And, coincidentally, both are anti-American!
Yes, like the Leftists at anti-Civilization blogs, like ThinkProgress, Islamo-Stalinists are spreading their message of hate via propaganda:
In December of that year, the police found propaganda in favor of Osama bin Laden in his car. In 2006, he went to a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.
His fellow conspirator, Daniel S., came from a well-off family and converted early in life to radical Islam. He traveled to Egypt to learn Arabic, and then returned to Germany, where he sometimes irritated his neighbors by praying loudly in Arabic three times a day.
All this suggests that Islam is fast becoming the Marxism of our times. Had Fritz G. and Daniel S. grown up a generation earlier, they would have become members of the Baader-Meinhof Gang rather than Islamic extremists. The dictatorship of the proletariat, it seems, has given way before the establishment of the Caliphate as the transcendent answer to some German youths’ personal angst.
This is good news indeed for Islamists, but not so good for the rest of us.
For the weak-willed and impressionable young generation of Europeans Islam offers a way to rebel against society. Radical Islamists have become aware of this, and are exploiting youths with Stalinesque psychological/social intimidation and pressure. As Dalrymple rightly notes, this is “not so good for the rest of us.”
(Hat Tip – Trajan75)