My latest in PJ Media:
In his pre-taped remarks (how many takes were needed to get a coherent version?) on the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 jihad attacks that killed 2,977 people, Old Joe Biden lamented the fact, as Matt Margolis noted yesterday, that since that terrible day, “we also witnessed the dark forces of human nature. Fear and anger. Resentment and violence against Muslim-Americans — true and faithful followers of a peaceful religion.”
Of course. There is no justification whatsoever under any circumstances for violence against innocent Muslims, or any innocent people. But it was unfortunate that Biden once again repeated this hoary and easily disproven chestnut about Islam being a “peaceful religion”; at this point this idea is nothing more than a dogma of the Leftist faith, not to be questioned, and not subject to rational consideration.
Yet it has no basis in reality. One would think that Biden’s handlers, as they scripted this speech, might have been given pause by the fact that as the Taliban moved into Kabul last month, Taliban commander Muhammed Arif Mustafa told CNN: “It’s our belief that one day, mujahedin will have victory, and Islamic law will come not to just Afghanistan, but all over the world. We are not in a hurry. We believe it will come one day. Jihad will not end until the last day.” Or by another Taliban commander saying just last week, “We want Islamic law, and not just in Afghanistan.”
That commander did not have in mind millions of people going to the ballot box and voting for Islamic law; what he was envisioning was more violent jihad in the name of Islam and in accord with its teachings, in order to establish the hegemony of Sharia wherever possible.
No doubt Biden’s handlers, if they took any notice of such remarks from Taliban commanders at all, dismissed them as yet more evidence of the Taliban’s “misunderstanding” of Islam. It is taken for granted now among non-Muslim policymakers in the United States and Europe that groups such as the Taliban, ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, ash-Shabaab and so very many others twist and hijack the peaceful teachings of Islam; at the same time, these groups continue to grow in power and influence, making recruits among peaceful Muslims by presenting themselves as the authentic exponents of Islamic texts and teachings.
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