Liberals don't get it when it comes to jihad

Sam Harris:

TWO YEARS AGO I published a book highly critical of religion, "The End of Faith." In it, I argued that the world's major religions are genuinely incompatible, inevitably cause conflict and now prevent the emergence of a viable, global civilization. In response, I have received many thousands of letters and e-mails from priests, journalists, scientists, politicians, soldiers, rabbis, actors, aid workers, students — from people young and old who occupy every point on the spectrum of belief and nonbelief.

This has offered me a special opportunity to see how people of all creeds and political persuasions react when religion is criticized. I am here to report that liberals and conservatives respond very differently to the notion that religion can be a direct cause of human conflict.

This difference does not bode well for the future of liberalism.

Perhaps I should establish my liberal bone fides at the outset....(Believe me, he is liberal.)

But my correspondence with liberals has convinced me that liberalism has grown dangerously out of touch with the realities of our world — specifically with what devout Muslims actually believe about the West, about paradise and about the ultimate ascendance of their faith.

On questions of national security, I am now as wary of my fellow liberals as I am of the religious demagogues on the Christian right.

This may seem like frank acquiescence to the charge that "liberals are soft on terrorism." It is, and they are.

A cult of death is forming in the Muslim world — for reasons that are perfectly explicable in terms of the Islamic doctrines of martyrdom and jihad. The truth is that we are not fighting a "war on terror." We are fighting a pestilential theology and a longing for paradise.

This is not to say that we are at war with all Muslims. But we are absolutely at war with those who believe that death in defense of the faith is the highest possible good, that cartoonists should be killed for caricaturing the prophet and that any Muslim who loses his faith should be butchered for apostasy.

Unfortunately, such religious extremism is not as fringe a phenomenon as we might hope. Numerous studies have found that the most radicalized Muslims tend to have better-than-average educations and economic opportunities.

...
There is more. The problem with most liberals is that they hate Republicans and Bush more than the dislike the enemy bent on killing thema nd chopping off their heads. They do not take his nuttiness seriously. Harris goes on to explain how liberial denial has led to nutty consipiracy theories that abrogate the need to confront the enemy. He also discusses the liberals attitude toward Israel:

...

In their analyses of U.S. and Israeli foreign policy, liberals can be relied on to overlook the most basic moral distinctions. For instance, they ignore the fact that Muslims intentionally murder noncombatants, while we and the Israelis (as a rule) seek to avoid doing so. Muslims routinely use human shields, and this accounts for much of the collateral damage we and the Israelis cause; the political discourse throughout much of the Muslim world, especially with respect to Jews, is explicitly and unabashedly genocidal.

Given these distinctions, there is no question that the Israelis now hold the moral high ground in their conflict with Hamas and Hezbollah. And yet liberals in the United States and Europe often speak as though the truth were otherwise.

...
Read it all.

Comments

  1. Great find, I'll be looking up his books. He is only wrong when he says that "the people who speak with the greatest moral clarity about the current wars in the Middle East are members of the Christian right...." The greatest moral clarity is not coming from religiosos of any stripe (Bush being the obvious example, childishly believing that spreading democracy is God's plan for him and the US) but from certain thinkers I've linked to before who are secular, and committed to reason and to US self-interest. Unfortunately they are not much more than a blip on the radar screen.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Ted Cruz appears to be headed to victory in Washington state delegates

Another one of those Trump stories Ted Cruz warned about