Fanatics who threaten our way of life

The following article was sent to me this morning.   Please read the whole thing before you make a judgement, then read my response at the bottom.



 I used to know a man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War Two. They owned a number of large industries and estates. I asked him how many German people were true Nazis, and the answer he gave has stuck with me and guided my attitude toward fanaticism ever since

 “Very few people were true Nazis “he said,” but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come

 My family lost everything I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.”

 We are told again and again by “experts” and “talking heads” that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace

 Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history

 It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout
Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is that the “peaceful majority” is the “silent majority” and it is cowed and extraneous

 Communist Russia comprised Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.
China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people

 The average Japanese individual prior to World War 2 was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across
South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And, who can forget
Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were “peace loving”?

 Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across
South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And, who can forget
Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were “peace loving”? History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:

 Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from
Germany, they will awake one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun

 Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late

 As for us who watch it all unfold; we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life

 Lastly, I wish to add: I sincerely think that anyone who rejects this as just another political rant, or doubts the seriousness of this issue or just deletes it without paying heed to it, or sending it on, is part of the problem. Let’s quit laughing at and forwarding the jokes and cartoons which denigrate and ridicule
America. WHO may be the last hope?


 My reponse…..I think that article hits the nail on the head. It’s usually a very small majority with a lot to gain from tyranny who create it. But it’s not just the Muslims and the Nazi’s and the Imperial Japanese. Let’s look honestly in the mirror and see the country that has used war and covert operations to overtrhow country after country in the last 100 years and put brutal dictators in charge.  If you think for a second that’s not accurate check out Overthrow by Steve Kinzer.   Hey neo-cons – this means you.  Look at the country that props up dicators in Saudi Arabia, who supported Sadam and who overthrew the democratically elected president of Iran and replaced him with the muderous Shah. Look at the country that felt as Truman said, the Viet-namese were ” not ready for independence”.  I believe in self-defense, but that’s a small part of what our govenrment does with it’s war machine.  I know you neo-cons will say I am blaming America first.  I say blame America when we deserve it.  The vast majority of American’s don’t deserve that blame- not directly anyway – but the government does.  Just like the Muslim fanatics or Nazi fanatics,  the fanatics that run our government, and have for at least 100 years,  rely on our apathy so they can pursue their statist agenda.  A neo-con agenda that is working so well for us, creating such a world of peace and freedom and small government.

I agree with the writer that America may be the last hope for freedom.  But that hope is fading.  It fades a little more every time a new law dimishes our free speech, or creates a new federal bureaucracy or bans some politcally incorrect behavior.  It fades a little more every time congress shirks it’s responsibility by voting to give a clue-less president de facto power to decalre war.  It fades a little more every time we pay nearly half our ouput to the statist-class war-machine.

It fades a great deal more every time we let fear and greed and racism and bigotry justify our unwillingness to live up to standards of peace and freedom and limited government that made this country great in the first place.  How do those few fanatics get control of so much power?  They get it because that power is centralized in the first place.  They get it because we accept the lies they tell us.  The get it because we allow them to take it.

So if the writer is worried about those “fanatics who threaten our way of life”  he need look no further than  City Hall, or Albany or Washington D.C.


3 thoughts on “Fanatics who threaten our way of life”

  1. I agree with the concept expressed here. However, I will always view the interventions and wars before fall of the SOVIET EMPIRE in light of the threat posed. US often wrong, but the alternative would have been like the French welcoming Nazis into Paris, and whimpering when Brits shot up their fleet! Earlier war would’ve been a benefit. Judgment counts.

    I find it counterproductive to critisize neo-cons, rather than the substance of the issue. I don’t particularly care about that stough!

    CURRENT PROBLEM: no plan to leave behind something in Iraq, other than US military, serving as protectors to fanatics on both sides. We need to leave ASAP.

  2. Patrick,

    Thanks for the tune-up. I always find your level headed-ness helps to keep my rant-factor down to a dull roar.

    Perfectly correct – no point in neo-con baiting. Since some convservatives share a desire for small government there is no point alienating them.

    Re: erring on the side of anti-communism (if i may paraphrase you that way) I think we need a higher standard. Truman opposed the overthrow of Mossadegh because he thought nationalist movements were the best defense against communism. Only after Eisenhower was elected were the Dulles brothers able to get the coup done and only because Ike turned a blind eye. If we had allowed a popularly elected democratic regime in Iran in the early 50’s – is it possible we would have a democratic middle-east today? Can it be argued that the US is one of the top few contributing factors to a middle east where the Islamic fanatics have credibility? Maybe if we had held ourselves to a higher standard peace and freedom would have won out. Is the same true of Viet-nam? The Phillipines? Cuba? ….

    Isn’t that what libertarians beleive?

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