Monday, December 08, 2008
The “Great Brown Hope” springs eternal
I have long maintained that Spencer is an asymptotic analyst—i.e., that he falls within the range of analysis that abstains from condemning Islam as a systemic whole and that abstains from the logical conclusion of defining all Muslims as agents of that systemic whole. I have also long maintained that Spencer’s analysis has a unique, or at least singular, twist, in that he sustains a non-position within that range by which it is impossible to tell whether he is on the high end or near the low end: this twist has been, most often, manifested in his repeated calls on Muslims to reform, and not infrequently has been expressed by the oddly simplistic formula that, to paraphrase the gist of it, “if Muslims would only renounce jihad and institute transparent measures to stop its propaganda, etc., then 'Islamophobia' would vanish”. (The problems with that formula are self-evident: first, the flimsy hope upon which it is predicated; and second, the ludicrous implication that we should let down our guard if Muslims simply do those things, as though they couldn’t do those things and continue to machinate Islamically all the while, merely a degree more stealthily.)
As some readers know, I spent a long time on my other blog, Jihad Watch Watch, writing many essays analyzing the particular type of asymptotic analysis formalized through the writings of Robert Spencer and Hugh Fitzgerald on Jihad Watch; and, after fairly well exhausting all the permutations of the problem, I retired that blog over seven months ago. Since that time, I have had occasion, here and there, on this blog—whose purview has always been broader than Jihad Watch Watch—to reiterate one of my critiques of Spencer or to point out a new wrinkle to one or more of them. For the most part, however, I have focused my attentions on this blog elsewhere.
But the opening paragraph by Spencer of a particular story on Jihad Watch about the aftermath of the Mumbai razzia just took the cake:
“Muslims in India denounce terrorism”
A welcome gesture, and there is no reason to doubt its sincerity whatsoever. I hope the demonstrators follow this up by renouncing the jihad ideology and Islamic supremacism, and working to establish a basis upon which Muslims can coexist peacefully with non-Muslims as equals on an indefinite basis, without seeking by any means to impose Sharia in whole or part upon those non-Muslims.
This egregiously counter-productive paragraph has two component parts, which we shall examine in reverse order:
1) A reiteration yet again by Spencer of the “Great Brown Hope”—the hope that Muslims will do some things that will help solve the problem they are causing.
2) The astonishingly naive assertion that, about this latest show of Muslims denouncing the terrorism of Mumbai, there is “no reason to doubt its sincerity whatsoever”.
As for #1, the reiteration of the “Great Brown Hope” by someone as influential as Spencer tends to serve the function of perpetuating the PC MC paradigm, when all our energies should rather be channelled toward the opposite vector—i.e., toward utterly giving up hope that Muslims are going to reform sufficiently, and instead steeling ourselves for the coming conflict that will unfold as two epochal sea changes play out in the decades ahead: 1) the slow dissolution of the mainstream dominance of PC MC throughout the West; and 2) the not-so-slow and rather precipitous crystallization of an Islam Redivivus with its obvious corollary of world conquest both by hook and by crook—i.e., both by violent jihad and by stealth jihad in intimate and necessary tandem.
These demonstrations of “denunciation of terrorism” by Muslims must be interpreted as in fact exertions of taqiyya by Muslims who know they are in a situation of disadvantage and thus cannot be as candid as their inveterately jingoistic pride would tempt them to be. As such, none of them are “welcome”—and the very extension of “welcome” to them only reinforces the PC MC paradigm and only emboldens the Muslims to continue their grand strategy. We must see that this show of “denunciation of terrorism” by Indian Muslims is in fact playing out the Bad Cop / Good Cop tactic: the Bad Cops slaughter some Infidels, the Good Cops come out afterwards and say “we denounce this terrorism”. This tactic requires the naive ignorance of the person being hoodwinked—and today, Spencer is playing along like a dupe.
As for #2: “there is no reason to doubt its sincerity whatsoever...” Au contraire: there is every reason to doubt its sincerity! This revealing rhetorical spasm by Spencer would seem to confirm that his long-standing reiteration of the “Great Brown Hope” has not been cleverly disingenuous after all (which might have redeemed it), nor analytically incoherent due to his singular typology of asymptotic analysis, but more or less as sincere as the Pipes Dream.
A few hours after the Jihad Watch article was published, I notice that among the 40-odd comments registered there so far, the overwhelming response is to contravene Spencer’s opening sentiments. All but one of those commenters, however, are too timid to openly take Spencer to task—and that one is, lo and behold, Hugh Fitzgerald. . .!
Even though Fitzgerald’s demurrer is a bit on the soft side, it is, to quote Spencer, a “welcome gesture”.