Narrative and Taboo III

An eloquent and powerful piece by David Cole at TakiMag:

The notion that average Muslims teeter so precariously on the brink of “going jihad” that one speech by a businessman-politician could cause them to chuck their normal lives and throw in with a bunch of murderous sadists reflects, at its core, a truth—one that the apologists have for years been trying to avoid: “Ordinary” Muslims become radicalized far more readily and with greater frequency than the rest of us. Again and again we hear of Muslim terrorists who “only recently” embraced jihad, often with such speed that friends and family members barely had time to notice. In a previous piece, I likened the ease with which Muslims can become radicalized to the ease with which the elderly can get pneumonia. It doesn’t mean that only the elderly get pneumonia, or that all elderly people get pneumonia; it just means that they are more likely to get it.

It’s like having a compromised immune system, but rather than compromised immunity, Muslims appear to have compromised stability. They can, and do, go jihad at the drop of a hat. Physician, psychiatrist, soldier, rich man, poor man, husband, wife, father, teen; there’s no single profile for the ones most likely to snap, other than that they’re Muslim …

DeVega proved my point: Muslims are different. They do indeed have “compromised stability.” They can become radicalized due to the kinds of things the rest of us take in stride—hurtful Internet essays, mean words from a political figure, even a simple cartoon. Until this mass personality disorder is dealt with, extra caution is indeed warranted, especially when considering the importation of hundreds of thousands or millions of Muslims into non-Muslim nations.

This is not to say that white people can’t also become radicalized by reading things on the Internet, as the Dylann Roof case certainly proved. But it’s such an exception that even a hardcore antiwhite ideologue like Chauncey DeVega does not even consider it a possibility worth worrying about.

Their intentions may have been to attack Trump, but in the process, Clinton, Brokaw, Cuomo, and Koppel helped bring attention to the very serious problem of sudden Muslim radicalization, and we should thank them for that. Love Trump or hate him, it’s not his fault that Muslim terror “recruitment” is so easy. The blame lies with Muslims, and the solution, if there ever is one, will have to come from Muslims.

In the meantime, the worst thing the rest of the world can do is ignore the problem, or deny it. So (and I never thought I’d write these words) thank you, Hillary Clinton, for doing (if unintentionally) what liberals always say they love doing—“raising awareness” of a vitally important issue.

This essay’s publication is, unfortunately not evidence that the taboo prohibiting discussion of islamic terrorism – the provenance of which is, to me, unknown and its ubiquity utterly bizarre – is near to being overturned. TakiMag is not at the centre of debate in the West. But it is heartening to see that intelligent and brave people are willing to address the taboo with intelligent and informed criticism.

As was once said, of developments in overturning another world-historical challenge to freedom of thought: ‘This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.’



About Stebbing Heuer

A person interested in exploring human perception, reasoning, judgement and deciding, and in promoting clear, effective thinking and the making of good decisions.
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