Let me share an observation with you which was inspired from recent visits to various blogs and their comments sections. As a reason/excuse/explanation (pick one) for recent plots and actual horrific attacks on “western interests” and innocent civilians by groups of Islamic terrorists, a few progressive bloggers plus some of their commenters have appointed themselves to be apologists for the Muslim faith and are going so far as to try to squelch any debate by employing offense as a substitute for defense. While most everyone knows that Islam is a respected world class religion with over a billion practitioners who just want to live in peace, it hardly needs these few individuals to defend it everytime its name is even mentioned. Many bloggers who follow current events and write about their fears and apprehensions are doing so because they are genuinely concerned. As concerned citizens of a country who has been singled out publicly by various Islamic inspired terror groups who are busily concocting ways to target and kill the largest amounts of innocent men, women and children, it is not unreasonable to see the results of this terror being made manifest in many fearsome dissertations by various bloggers and a multitude of commenters. Occasionally I am shocked and deeply saddened by a few commenters, mostly with anonymous and non-identifiable credentials, making light of these expressed fears and insulting the authors of same. Their modus operandi are varied but two methods are being utilized most often and effectively.
The first method I’ll call the “odds” argument. It goes; “Don’t you know that the chances of being a victim of these terror groups is “infinitesimally small”? “You have a better chance of drowning in your bathtub or getting hit by lightning than becoming a terror victim”.
The problem with this argument is that it only takes into consideration what has happened and is happening right now with absolutely no regard as to what may develop in the future if the problem is not addressed in some way. Here is a revelation; we do not live in a futureless dimension. As technology advances and many forms of WMD’s become readily available and buildable, those odds may start to become very worrisome indeed. A small compact “nuke” or dirty bomb can kill the inhabitants of a whole city. What are the odds that the terrorists will remain “insignificant”? Do we in the meantime do and say nothing?
The second method I’ll call the “bunching all of Islam” ploy. Here, whenever someone complains that these attacks are primarily by Islamic fanatics (which is true) with the hope that the overwhelming majority moderate Muslims will sympathize with the victims and join in condemning the terrorists, these apologists call us bigots, racists and hypocrites. This method utilizes the tactic of subversion by intentionally misinterpreting any mention of Islamic terrorists groups as a racist remark against all of Islam. So if one writes that a group of Islamic terrorists plotted to bomb an airliner they will completely disregard the words group and terrorists and claim this to be a racist slur and an insult against all of Islam.
Employing these tactics the apologists attempt to obfuscate the true intent and create an aura of confusion against entirely appropriate fears and concerns by those who are the legitimate intended targets of these Islamic terrorist groups and thereby hoping to nullify such concerns and dismiss them as unworthy of mention.
Instead of joining in the condemnation of these vile and horrific acts, these individuals add insult (literally) to injury.
These apologists have no faith in the ability of other bloggers and commenters to be able to discern the difference between the few fanatical Islamic terrorists which are sowing the seeds of terror and the overwhelming majority of peace loving Muslims. Another revelation; the vast majority of us bloggers are not ignorant misinformed cowboys but concerned citizens with genuine security issues for the future of our families and our way of life.
Most of us do understand that the few individuals who make the mistake of vilifying all Muslims for the actions of the few misguided terrorists need to be corrected immediately to prevent any kind of backlash from occurring but that does not apply to everyone who writes the word Islam or Muslim in the same sentence as the word terrorist.
An understanding of the basic fundamentals of law and order should be sufficient for all members of today's modern civilized society to vilify the terrorists instead of making ad hominem attacks on the intended victims.
I always thought this was an “understood given” but I guess I can’t assume anything anymore in this new and supposedly improved "progressive" age.