February 12, 2011
Re: Iraqi archbishop: West cannot fully grasp the danger of IslamizationTopics: Middle East News and Perspectives, Understanding Islam
As Robert Spencer notes, Archbishop Sako provides us the world with a clear, courageous and uncensored assessment of the danger of Sharia law and those who would inflict it on us: "West cannot understand risk of 'Islamization,' Iraqi archbishop warns":
Kirkuk, Iraq, Feb 11, 2011 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News) - The secular western world is incapable of fully understanding the threat of a "reawakening of Islam" in the Middle East, according to an Iraqi bishop beset by radical movements in his own archdiocese.Read the rest here ...
In an interview with the Italian bishops' SIR news agency, Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk, Iraq, called the Middle East a "scary volcano" because of the possible consequences of widespread unrest.
"There are Islamic forces and movements that wish to change the Middle East, creating Islamic States, caliphates, in which Shariah (law) rules," he warned.
Radical groups present in Iraq such as al-Qaida and Ansar al Islam are calling on citizens in other Middle Eastern nations to inject an Islamic influence into otherwise general protests in places like Tunisia and Egypt.
For Archbishop Sako these calls have "the clear intention of fueling ... a total religious change" in the area.
"They are voices that could find fertile ground in Egypt and elsewhere and therefore should not be underestimated, also because there are regional powers whose leaders have defined these revolts as the 'reawakening of Islam'," he said.
In practice, the goal of these fundamentalists is "to create a void to be able to fill it with religious themes, convinced ... that Islam is the solution to everything."
In Egypt, protesters insist that the widespread protests are not driven by religion or ethnicity, but rather a universal grievance against extremely poor social and political conditions.
Some fear, however, that organized Islamic associations such as the Muslim Brotherhood are in an optimal position to take advantage of the confusion for political benefit.
Because unrest could be manipulated by fundamentalist opportunists, Archbishop Sako called the Middle East "a scary volcano."
Should Egypt becoming an Islamic state, he said, it would be "a problem for all" and have "undeniable, negative aftershocks for Christian minorities."
According to the archbishop, Europe and North America are blind to the possibility of such an "Islamization" of the Middle East.
"The western mentality does not allow it to fully comprehend this risk," he said.
As Spencer points out, the West's inability to fully comprehend the risk only helps set up one sort of dhimmitude waiting to be replaced by another.
And with that, the only result will be nothing short of what Salim Mansur suggests in his must-read letter to Claire Berlinski: (The crew in Washington, and in most European capitals, and the left-leaning media) are glibly about to put the Lenins of our time into trains heading for Moscows of our time:
... Extremely distressed by the crew in Washington, and in most European capitals. Media is so corrupted by left-leaning thinking that there is not much of an analysis to be expected in the media that is now competing with facebook, twitters, etc. The dumbing down of thinking is itself a huge problem the West is facing now as it tries pathetically to undertstand/explain politics and history of other cultures when it no longer has faith in its own civilizational values. I despair, and so I follow Samuel Pepys who confined himself to his diaries while London burned and I am trying to devote my time to reading and writing of my own (that of course I might not be able to publish, and even if published few will read).Whether or not the West has now "gone over the tipping point," as Mansur fears, may very well depend on how Americans vote in 2012 and how we force our liberal politicians and media to face the reality of the Islamists threat to our culture and civilization.
I am more convinced now, as I wasn't when Paul Kennedy wrote about the rise and fall of great powers, that the West has gone over the tipping point in its terminal decline. That intelligent people, or people who claim to be intelligent, (I have in mind the talking heads in the U.S. media such as Chris Matthews or Fareed Zakaria) cannot make the difference between the sham of the Muslim Brotherhood talking about freedom and democracy and the generic thirst in man to be free. These are the people who have like the Bourbons learned nothing and forgotten nothing. They are glibly about to put the Lenins of our time into trains heading for Moscows of our time, they find nothing odd that they are pushing for the Muslim Brotherhood to be taken into governing when everything needs to be done to keep the Muslim Brotherhood out even as one carefully negotiate the long historic transition of Arab societies from tribal autorcracy and military dictatorships to representative rule and constitutionally limited government. I read you when I can, and I wish that you and others like you were closer to the main media control in the West, or in government.
Posted by Richard at February 12, 2011 3:12 PM
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