A German’s View on Terrorism
I received this email, and have mixed emotions about it. There are some good and bad contents in this email.
This is by far the best explanation of the terrorism situation I have ever read, but it also can be used to look at what is going on here in American politics. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read. The author of this email is said to be Dr. Emanuel Tanay, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist.
A German’s View on Terrorism
A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’
This is where I have to cut off my support, because the rest of the email focuses on the Muslim religion. I again want to say that there have been just as many, if not more, “acts of terrorism” perpetrated by the Christian religion, which also includes Catholicism. I find it interesting that this email compares an act done by Christians (Lutherans – yes, Hitler was a claimed Christian, and still on the roll with the Catholic church. He was a radical, but since it seems that those who are uninformed feel the need to define entire Muslim world by its radicals, tit for tat.) with what is going on with Islam. The World War with Hitler was not the first time that Christians forced Jews into the situation that we saw in Germany. Did you know that previous to 1554, Jews were required to wear “distinctive badges in public”? That Christians blamed the Jews for the Black Plague, and that the Jews were the main focus of Spanish Inquisition? Probably not. What about the Native American genocide by this great “Christian” nation?
But I digress. Here is the rest of the email.
We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.
The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honour-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.
I suppose that if the Pagans, Native Americans, and anyone else of a non-Christian faith had emails and internet, they would have possibly said the same thing. I wonder if the millions of victims of retribution who refused to convert to Christianity since its conception would agree? It makes me furious that the hate has to continue. Exclusivity belongs to no one.
When we claim to be religious, are we not striving to be god-like? Are we not attempting to be close to God? To our higher power? God said he would be known by many names (even in the Bible). Nowhere, did I read that it said convert to Christianity or die.
I am not Christian. I believe in the One God, my holy father. I have a wonderful relationship with him. I have felt the wrath and isolation caused by not being in the mainstream religion of this nation. I have lost so-called friends because I am not a Christian. Jesus did preach love, or maybe I read that into the bible.
The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous.
And so was the Catholic church and the Christian world as the Native American population was pushed into near extinction. And then again when the Jewish population was gassed. A Muslim friend of mine explained why the “silent majority” doesn’t turn in the radicals. Like many Muslims, she has family and friends still in her homeland that are at the mercy of those radicals.
Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.
The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.
And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:
Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts–the fanatics who threaten our way of life.
So, can we say that the fanatics that are currently threatening our way of life are our politicians? Or are, perhaps, the three stooges (Pelosi, Obama, and Reid)? Or, are the fanatics the ones that are so obsessed with the differences in our fellow Americans, that they can’t see the REAL problems that America is facing…? Can the passive person who “doesn’t pay attention to politics” be seen as the “the ‘silent majority,’ who are cowed and extraneous” who have been made “irrelevant by their silence”? What about the person that just “goes with the flow”? The ones who forward the email without thinking, the one who created the email, can they be seen as fanatics, taking into consideration that passivity can also be as violently productive…? Or can I be seen as a fanatic because I step up and voice my opinion that is not necessarily yours?