Reader Don De Mello commented on my "Fatuous Fatwa" post:
Have you ever noticed when competing against someone, someone who thinks he should win, that he has a certain unmistakable look about him? A demeaning look of superiority that broadcasts how inferior he thinks you are? How about in the work place with a co-worker or supervisor who talks down to you or acts as if you're not in the room? Or, how about a public figure (a politician, the media, your professor or teacher) who talks in circles and double-speak? Well, Islam is the same; most Muslims suffer from a Superiority Complex. How else can you explain their belief that the world belongs to them and their religion. Perhaps it is in the fact that they had their chance and blew it many, many, many centuries ago.
Now they are trying to reclaim their past (not that they are not living in it now which is the crux of the matter) by the same means that they acquired it before: By force (terrorism) and invasion (immigration) and indoctrination (religion). They are not a people to be introduced into a culture with the expectation that they will assimilate that culture's values. Rather, their goal is to feed off a culture to the point that a culture no longer exists as it was originally established. They drain a country’s resources in the form of welfare, housing, and education. They begin to diminish your freedoms, cultural and religious, by imposing their culture and religion which is completely opposite if not at odds with yours. If you do not agree with Islam, that is your problem not theirs. It is up to you to change, not them.
So why would the majority of Muslims, those who believe according to Islam that the world belongs to them, want the terrorists to stop being terrorists? Because in their heart of hearts they know the terrorist are helping them achieve their goal of dominating the world, to make all non-believers either believe in Allah or die.
The recent terrorist attacks in England and Egypt and the carnage being waged against innocent civilians in Iraq have elicited “fatwas” from so-called moderate Muslims against the terrorists, but talk is cheap and for the religion of peace fatwas are a dime a dozen. It takes real courage to take a stand against terrorism and those who dispense it. (Those who appease it will be consumed by it, Muslim or otherwise.) Those Muslims hiding in the safety of Western countries have demonstrated little if any courage against the outward hate of the terrorists and their vicious brand of barbarism. The war against terrorism does not end at the threshold of Islam’s many mosques, for it is in their house that evil resides, hides, and then creeps out to raise havoc in the rest of the world, a world that truly wants peace.
I posted the above unedited, except to add paragraph breaks where it appears that Mr. De Mello intended them. I don't plan to make a habit of posting reader comments, but Mr. De Mello makes so many excellent points that I made this exception. Thank you, sir.
Update 8/2/2005 5:15pm: Mr. De Mello has given his permission for me to edit his comments, which I have done. It's all just line-editing, but I should point out that the choice of the male/neutral pronoun in the first paragraph was mine. All anger over such a "sexist" choice should be aimed at me, not the commenter.