Over on Open Salon, someone asked me to comment on an article about the relative numbers of Islamic demonstrators compared to the total population of Islam.
It was a good piece:
But it instigated the following comment:
The numbers of Muslim demonstrators are minuscule....but their actions provide a pretext for further escalation. Those who wish to impugn a malignant motive to President Obama's handling of this event will, of course, always find a pretext to their imprecations, but we need not concern ourselves with them. They won't even realize that they've been contradicted so there's no point in addressing their concerns.
That said, I agree with your statistics and your conclusions....but we have to keep the context in mind:
In the West, we believe that the Crusades ended 700 years ago, when Christians started fighting each other in Europe instead of sending their armies to the Middle East.
In the East, they believe the Crusades have been going on for 1,000 years. They even call us "Crusaders."
The continuing efforts to inject Israel into the discussion conceals the reality that this conflict is about Christianity and Islam, not Islam and the United States.
In this conflict, the United States is viewed as the standard bearer for Christianity. We have dubbed ourselves - or, rather, the radical right, has dubbed us - a "Christian" nation, and the Muslim world believes that propaganda. England doesn't refer to itself as a Christian Nation, and neither does France, Spain, Italy, or any other country in Europe, nor any other country in the Western Hemisphere.
In fact, we have become the titular representative of the Christian world in this 1000 year long religious war....and that's the reason that the Muslims hate us, not because we happen to be there, or because we have oppressed them for the past 65 or 70 years, but because we represent another wave of Crusaders attacking the Holy Places of Islam.
Muslims have a peculiar habit of declaring every inch of ground over which their armies have ever passed as holy ground to them. That means much of Spain, parts of France, Sicily, and Turkey, along with chunks of Russia and China, as well as every square inch of ground in the Middle East itself.
It is not generally known in the West, but Islam operates under the assumption that all of the lands of the earth can be divided into two parcels: Dar al-Islam (land already conquered by Islam) and Dar al-Harb (land that still needs to be conquered by Islam.)
World domination is written into the Qur'an.
"The jihad is a global conception that divides the peoples of the world into two irreconcilable camps: that of the dar al-Harb, the “Territory of War,” which covers those regions controlled by the infidels; and the dar al-Islam, “the Territory of Islam,” the Muslim homeland where Islamic law reigns. The jihad is the normal and permanent state of war between the Muslims and the dar al-Harb, a war that can only end with the final domination over unbelievers and the absolute supremacy of Islam throughout the world."
from http://www.eretzyisroel.org/~jkatz/mainreason.html. quoting from page 45 of "The Dhimmi: Jews and Christians Under Islam" by Bat Ye'or, a widely-discredited Egyptian-Jewish author and human rights activist. (She's right on her facts, but that never matters to apologists.)
Now it may seem odd to quote a Muslim Sharia law from a Jewish source, but Muslim and Jewish scholars have been doing this for centuries. There's no disagreement, however, on the facts.
To offset claims of prejudice, here's a quote from a paper by two Muslim scholars on the same subject:
"These are lands of the territories whose people or inhabitants embraced Islam. This is automatically considered land owned by the Muslims and the Muslim jurists agree unanimously that it remains intact and nobody can take it away from them. It is left to its original owner and under the administration of the Islamic State. A hadith to support the above statement says that: A nation which embraces Islam secures its life and property."
In other words, it's a consequence of settled Islamic belief, written into the Qur'an, and subscribed to by all believing Muslims. (I am sorry but I lost the reference on this quote) that lands once conquered as always and forever belonging to the Umma, the people who comprise the Muslim community.
This is the reason that Islam doesn't accept, and can never accept, the state of Israel because the land on which Israel sits was once occupied by Islam and therefore belong to Islam forever.
Right now, in the present climate, I don't want to post an article on this premise where it will get too much attention because this isn't the time to challenge the assumption that what's going on the Middle East right now is an aberration but I want to make sure the information remains in circulatioin.
Here's the problem: either you believe in the Prophet Mohammed and in the inerrancy of the Qur'an or you don't and, if you don't, you're not a Muslim.
Therefore, as much as I wish it were otherwise, the fact remains that those who claim that the demonstrators are an aberration simply haven't actually read the source documents and the interpretations thereof.
Islam is bent upon world domination. Western capitalism is bent of world domination.
We're on a collision course.
And like the captain of the Titanic, we just can't see it coming.