Saturday, March 27, 2010

Schematic Overview of the Problem of the Problem

[The following is a rough draft]

One of the biggest problems that continues to hobble the still inchoate Anti-Islam Movement is a general statistical imprecision behind some of our central claims.  In an ideal world, we could produce indisputable statistics that demonstrate beyond a doubt such claims as:

1) Muslims as a group are more violent than any other group.

2) Muslims as a group perpetrate more terrorism than any other group.

3) The disparities noted in (1) and (2) are astronomic in degree, due to two factors:

a) The problematic Muslims described by (1) and (2) (as well as (5)(b)(ii) -- see below) are an amorphously ill-defined part of a larger group numbering over a billion.

b) The problematic Muslims of (3)(a), while apparently a relative minority within the overall group of Muslims, are perpetrating, as well as discovered to be planning, violence of a quantitative and qualitative degree (cf. (4) below) sufficient to cause a variety of global problems of danger, expense, dislocation, threats to non-Muslim societies and laws.

4) Aside from the quantitative disparities noted in (1), (2) and (3), Muslim violence is also qualitatively worse than the violence of any other group (e.g., beheadings; ingenious attempts at maximizing casualties among relatively random innocent populations; potential for weapons of mass destruction).

5) The category as a group refers to four further features that distinguish Muslims from any other group:

a) Muslims -- and consequently the problems of (1), (2) and (3)-- have international presence and mobility.

b) The problems of (1), (2) and (3) are based in, structured by, and inspired by a totalistic ideology that is considered by Muslims according to that same ideology to be

i) the most important truth of life

ii) a system that must be imposed on the rest of the world both by subterfuge and by violence, insofar as the rest of the world or any parts thereof refuse to submit to that ideology.

c) The problems of (1), (2) and (3) -- and in their train the problem of (b)(ii) -- entail the goal of the imposition on everyone of laws that are totalistic and unjust.

d) The problematic Muslims reflected in all the points above pullulate out of a larger population of Muslims who more or less share the same ideology that is the source, guidelines and inspiration for the problematic Muslims, indicating a potentially larger problem even than the apparent minority of problematic Muslims presents -- a larger problem that remains nebulous due to our insufficient ability to produce reliable statistics.

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