Alpine Summit

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Those Who Have Expired, Inspire

I'm moved by the handful of people (women in this case) who literally put their necks on the line to say what needs to be said regarding Islamic terrorism. Michelle Malkin's new show "Hot Air" outlines such women and should serve as an inspiration to the rest of us. My favorite was from Wafa Sultan, an Arab-American journalist.

The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a clash of civilizations. It is a clash between two opposites, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the middle ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality. It is a clash between freedom and oppression, between democracy and dictatorship, it is a clash between human rights on the one hand, and the violation of these rights on the other hand. It is a clash between those who treat women like beasts, and those who treat them like human beings.

For this statement, she has received death threats. Tell me these people are just peaceful goat farmers, tell me this is just a matter of oil, tell me these people have a valid right to believe these things--I dare you. What Islamic terrorists have done is objectively immoral, and indefensible. What's more, it is with the full and unequivocal blessing from the Koran that these things take place. There are plenty of good people who follow the Koran and Islam. They have been deceived into thinking Islam is a religion of peace, yet fail to explain why nations built with Islam at their foundation are almost without exception totalitarian, human rights nightmares.