Friday, November 05, 2004

Myths and Politics: Origin of the Myth of a Tolerant Pluralistic Islamic Society

Powerful reading, which will go right over the ears of the political establishment which seeks to destroy Western civilization. Bat Ye'Or establishes the origin of the myth of a pluralistic and tolerant Islamic society. You just have to look at the fate of Christian communities in the Islamic world to see the true face of "Islamic tolerance". Unfortunately, leftists hate the idea of offending the Other, and rightists hate the idea that the Other might not want individualism and democracy. Realism, the recognition of the Muslims as what they are is the only viable course.



So while I was analyzing and writing about the processes of dhimmitude and the civilization of dhimmitude - while listening to the radio, watching television, reading the newspapers - I had the uncomfortable feeling that the clock was being turned back. Modern politicians, sophisticated writers - using phones, planes, computers and all the modern techniques - seemed to be returning several centuries back, with wigs or stiff collars, using exactly the same corrupting arguments, the same tortuous short-term politics that had previously contributed to the gradual Islamization of numerous non-Muslim peoples. I had to shake myself in an effort to distinguish the past from the present.

So, is the past always prologue? Are we doomed to remain perpetually prisoners of the same errors? Certainly, if we do not know the past. And this past - the long and agonizing process of Christian annihilation by the laws of jihad and dhimmitude - is a taboo history, not only in Islamic lands, but above all in the West. It has been buried beneath a myth, fabricated by Western politicians, religious leaders and scholars, in order to promote their own national, strategic, economic and personal interests.


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