Dean Esmay is getting tired of some drivel coming from the Right:
This very statement–that Islam is incompatible with democracy–is why I fight so hard with many of my friends on the Right: accepting that statement means we have to declare war on the entire Muslim world if we’re to hope for human freedom to survive.
Other than pointing out that many on the Left say the exact same thing, using it as a reason why our efforts in the Middle East are doomed to failure, I pretty much agree with his post. As I noted yesterday, the fact that virtually everyone we’re currently at war with is Muslim doesn’t mean that we’re at war with all Muslims.
There are two very distinct groups: those that are our enemies and those that are not. Granted, sometimes it can be a bit difficult to tell them apart, but the fact remains that many Muslims are on our side and many more are not, yet still opposed to the jihadists who are trying to destroy civilization as we know it. I do truly wish that we’d see more open rejection of the jihadists by civilized Muslims, and I’m troubled that we don’t. Until we do, I fear that we’re going to have trouble making much more progress.
Yesterday I cautioned against thinking that the kinder, gentler approach we should be taking with the vast majority of Muslims must not be used with the fraction that is actively trying to kill us. Today I caution that we don’t let that fraction make us forget all about the kinder, gentler approach.
“Islam is incompatible with democracy” is an obvious lie and nothing more than bigoted ignorance. Or is it ignorant bigotry? Either way, it’s shameful.