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'Islam Fatigue'

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Submitted by Joe (United States), Feb 28, 2006 at 14:19

As usual, Daniel Pipes makes excellent points about the Iraq situation in particular and the nature of Islam in general.

But I see a much larger issue looming, one that, while not yet well-articulated on the public radar, is in fact evident in the low approval numbers of President Bush, the gut-level opposition to the Dubai ports deal, the united front of Dershowitz/Bennett in criticizing the press over their capitulation during the cartoon riots, the public defection of Republican elected officials from the Bush camp, the stiffening of the French after the riots, etc.

I call it Islam Fatigue. And like it's predecessor, 'Homelessness fatigue', it is a product of a failed assessment of the nature of the problem, and a policy of 'institutional and state-sponsored codependence' that leaves ordinary people feeling abandoned by their leaders who want to 'rescue' people who do not want to be rescued, namely the toxic, superstitious and hate-filled Arab street who is more invested in death than in life.

While many are 'hopeful' to see a reform movement in Islam, or the rise of Islamic moderates, there is no evidence at all that this reform or moderation movement exists in terms of political power in the Islamic world. There are kings (Jordan), emirs (UAE), princes (Saudi Arabia), generals (Pakistan) and where there is a forceful American military presence (Iraq, Afghanistan) there is the appearance of moderation. But no Islamic moderate movement of any consequence.

The American and other western peoples are beginning to see through this chimera of Islamic moderation and the period of 'fatigue' and backlash are coming in which American leaders must redefine our position relative to Islam as a whole as a precondition to winning World War III. My own position, which I would characterize as one of the 'new westernism' is that Islam is the spiritual and emotional equivalent of the Neanderthal man, and like the Neanderthal man, it's DNA must not be passed on to Homo Sapiens. Show me an armed, jihadist-killing, Islamic moderate with any following and I'll be happy to change my mind.

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