Last week, television coverage of the brutal killing of an off-duty British soldier by Islamist fanatics stunned viewers in Europe and America. The unprovoked attack happened in broad daylight on a busy London street. Shocking. So shocking that none of the bystanders did anything to come to the aid of the victim. They watched as the two assailants continued their assault “in front of dozens of witnesses … After the killing, one of the men, believed to be a British-born Muslim convert, spoke calmly into a witness’ video phone.” Then, everyone waited around 20 minutes for the police to show up.
What kind of mindset is this?
Would this passive response have happened in America? In your town? Were those witnesses paralyzed? Why was their only reaction to pull out phones and shoot pictures and video? How could the bystanders then wait without any attempt to take down these terrorists? Something is wrong here, folks. That is the great tragedy of the incident.
I emailed a particular group of friends and acquaintances (scattered across our country) about the incident, and made the point that our tolerant approach to Islam poses a very great threat to our country. Yes, I was being intolerant, even judgmental. I didn’t intend to judge Islam, or Muslims as individuals or as a religion.
I got one response to my email. Ken wrote: So what, specifically, should we be advocating? What should we be asking our Congressmen to do? What should the policy of the US be regarding Islam? Islamic violence outside Islamic countries?
Sounds like we have a dilemma, if the killing of the young soldier on London’s mean streets is any indicator of what might be in store for us. After all, we’re called the Great Satan, because we support Israel, the forever enemy of Islam.
Ken’s questions force us to look at how we see ourselves. Let’s assume that the US on the one hand takes seriously the need to protect its citizens from extremists; yet on the other, it lifts tolerance and toleration of opposing viewpoints to an ultimate level. Something has to go.
Should we dispense with the political correctness of sparing Muslims’ sensibilities in order to protect our loved ones and our liberties? Is that even necessary?
What other options would you suggest?