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Indeed: Our Ostrich Elite

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Submitted by Kepha (United States), Nov 23, 2019 at 15:29

Ignorance as tolerance--bingo.

One of the things that utterly disgusts me is this meme about "Islamic tolerance" and nurturance of civilization. Islam is tolerant as long as the Dhimmi know their [second-, third-, or fourth-class) place and acquiesce in extra taxes, periodic shakedowns, and the abductions of their most attractive daughters. As a high school history teacher, I am required to teach this as part of the curriculum; as if Ummayad Spain didn't ultimately give way to the Almoravids and Almohads, and Bajezet II wasn't the ancestor of the Sultan who launched the horrors against the Armenians, Anatolian Romaiots, and Assyrians. Indeed, my guess is that Bajezet welcomed the Iberian Jews not because he had any fondness for Jews, but because he saw more jizya for his treasury.

Oh, there's another time when Islam is tolerant: when Western countries are sufficiently strong and self-confident enough to make Barbary piracy a dangerous undertaking, and Sicilians and Calabrians feel it's safe to start moving off mountaintops and building villages on the sea.

I'd be all for an era when the West and the world of Islam are peacefully talking and trading; where there is no threat of demographic or armed jihad. But I believe recovering such an era will be extremely difficult, and our accommodating Western elites are only encouraging the worst in Islam.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
3Islam is Not just a religion [56 words]Michael Hanni Hanni MorcosNov 26, 2019 13:09256140
Paradigmatic [53 words]MalcolmNov 22, 2019 14:46256091
2Winston Churchill and his prescient words on the subject [229 words]Charles MartelNov 21, 2019 18:49256078
Ugh! [47 words]Dan SchnittkerNov 21, 2019 14:38256073
Consider the response to 1973 Arab oil embargo [302 words]DaveNov 20, 2019 12:18256068
Indeed: Our Ostrich Elite [222 words]KephaNov 23, 2019 15:29256068
1401, not 1400 [88 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
David RyanNov 20, 2019 08:01256065
Idealogy [21 words]Barry BlackNov 20, 2019 06:59256063
Apologists in Congress and U.S. Military [246 words]Mike RamirezNov 19, 2019 19:41256051

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