Islamophobia is a term thrown around these days to condemn anyone who dares to tell the truth about the source of global terrorism. The Organization of Islamic Conferences (OIC), for example, claims that it is “offensive," "irresponsible" and "insensitive" to describe the self-professed Muslim jihadists who kill in the name of Allah as Islamist fundamentalist extremists or Muslim terrorists. But that is exactly who they are.
Is the OIC right in saying that “Islam often conjures in the western minds images of authoritarian government, subjugation of women, cruel punishments of Sharia Law and violence in the popular Western mind?" Yes they are, but that is not evidence of Western bigotry or a “clash of ignorance,” as the OIC would have us believe. Every one of these images mirrors the truth about the unfortunate state of Muslim life in much of the Middle East, Asia and Africa today.
No amount of Islamo-propaganda can obscure the fact that extremist Muslims kill other Muslims with whom they disagree as well as the "infidels" whom they so despise. Moderate Muslim leaders who believe in more modern, pluralistic values and who would criticize the extremists if they had a chance cower in silence in fear of their lives. When a government run by strict adherence to Islamic law takes control, those who do not conform are jailed or executed. Women are treated like chattel. And, sadly, Islam has been used to justify legions of al Qaeda and Shiite fanatics to fight to the death – theirs and ours – in order to establish their vision of a global Muslim caliphate.
A phobia is defined in Webster’s dictionary as an “inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation.” Fear of Islamic extremism and its potentially catastrophic consequences is not inexplicable or illogical. It is a rational reaction to dangerous, irrational people who would use weapons of mass destruction to bring about their apocalyptic vision. Cold War strategies like containment and mutual assured destruction do not work with a psyche that revels in death rather than life. After all, it was Osama bin Laden who declared in one of his fatwahs against America that “Death is truth and ultimate destiny” and that “Death is better than life in humiliation!” He and his millions of followers have sought a return to Islam’s glory days when Islam was spread through force under the banner of revolution to become the dominating global presence. Since those glory days, the West has triumphed while much of the Muslim world remained frozen in time – tribal, theocratic and ruled by some form of autocracy. Failure bred humiliation, which led to the revival of religious fundamentalism of the most virulent kind that has metastasized into today’s terror cells.
The standard Islamo-propaganda line, by the secular left, is that Western foreign policy has caused the pent-up hostility of many Muslims. Israel and Iraq<
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