I fear those naïve Muslims who think that they are beating the West have now achieved their worst crime of all. The West is now going to war against not only Muslims, but also, sadly, Islam as a religion.He reminds me here of a Columbia scholar with whom I talked about a month after 9/11 who was outraged that there had been more than 300 instances reported in which Muslims in America had experienced fear or discomfort interacting with Americans. I noted at the time that in a population of 300 million people that was literally a one in a million occurance and that to date nobody had been killed. In fact, Americans since 9/11 have displayed almost superhuman restraint -- far more than Europeans. Americans at least [excepting some talk show morons] seem to have little trouble distinguishing between the Jihadi death cult and Muslims in general.
Whether or not their anxiety is real or just a rhetorical conceit, Muslims living in the West are at far less peril than those living in the Middle East or Asia.
On this, though, I agree with Ibrahim. When the West finally gets its act together, it will be unbeatable.
car bombs and suicide bombers here and there will be no match for the arsenal that those Westerners are putting together - an arsenal of laws, intelligence pooling, surveillance by satellites, armies of special forces and indeed, allies inside the Arab world who are tired of having their lives disrupted by demented so-called jihadis or those bearded preachers who, under the guise of preaching, do little to teach and much to ignite the fire, those who know little about Islam and nothing about humanity.As I have often said, this is not a clash of civilizations -- it is a war on civilization. Slowly but surely the civilized world (Muslim, Jew, Christian, Hindu, and secularist) is coming together to crush this virulent infestation that seeks to undo a millenium of human progress.