When philosophy professor Tom Hickey, one of the initiators of the British academic boycott on Israel, was asked why he refrained from imposing a boycott on the US and Russia too over their actions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Chechnya, he responded without flinching that these states are too big and powerful, making such boycott ineffective.
Indeed, too often size dictates one’s position, even when it comes to philosophy professors, who on normal days would be horrified by the very thought that their students would seek to apply ethical principles based on considerations of size, power, and effectiveness.
And so, the greater the Islamic threat becomes, the more we see the Free World growing silent on the moral front. The clear tendency of Hickey and his ilk is to endorse almost any Islamist fanatic just to elicit some moderate tunes; for example, the growing Obama Administration’s tendency to “understand” the Muslims, among other things because “Islam is part of promoting global peace,” because “Jihad is about purifying,” and because “there is no connection between Islam and the murder of innocents.”
The above explains why people all over the world in recent days became so horrified by the pyromaniac fantasies of some crazy Florida minister, while completely ignoring Islamic threats to reignite America and the rest of the West, nine years after the September 11 attacks.
Killing other Muslims
The Islamic “let’s burn down the house” pattern had been realized in numerous locations: New York, Bali, Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Lebanon, Russia, Nigeria, Yemen, Thailand, Somalia, Uganda, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Sudan. This terror frenzy knows no limits or satisfaction. In July alone, Islamic terror killed no fewer than 3,582 of its Muslim brethren – a slight decline from the 4,323 killed in June.
Nine years after the attack on the Twin Towers, when almost all terrorism on earth is produced in the Islamic world, we see more than ever the flourishing blood pact between a bunch of liberal Western academicians and a bunch of determined Muslim fanatics, and all of it is undertaken in the name of progress, equality, and global reconciliation, of course.
This is how Oxford terror-supporting Professor Tariq Ramadan can enjoy wonderful Western hospitality, while being invited to almost every relevant academic forum in the West; similarly, this allows Moazzam Begg, characterized in Britain as the Taliban’s most well-known supporter, to be endorsed by Amnesty. This also enables Iqbal Sacranie, the former general secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain to be knighted, even after showing enthused support for Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa against Salman Rushdie. This also enables Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the initiator of the ground zero mosque plan, to serve as Obama’s emissary to the Persian Gulf even after arguing that US policy contributed to the September 11 attacks.
Dr. Shaul Rosenfeld is a philosophy lecturer
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