Sunday, August 21, 2011
Hesperado's Third Law
I'm getting better at this -- better at making these "laws" more concise.
This one I've been saying for years, but it's an important part of the equation, of which these "laws" are crucial elements. Again, the pithy formulation is followed by an explanatory elaboration.
Hesperado's Third Law:
Given what we know about Islam, we cannot sufficiently tell the difference between the ostensibly harmless Muslims and the dangerous Muslims -- and therefore we must assume all Muslims are equally dangerous.
The explanatory elaboration would be:
Given what we know (or should know, by now) about Islam, we cannot discern, with an adequate margin of error, the difference between the putatively harmless Muslims (even granted that they exist in great numbers) and the actually or potentially dangerous Muslims -- and therefore, in order to protect our societies from the horrific consequences which the latter can cause us, we must treat all Muslims as equally dangerous.
(For my first two "laws", scroll immediately downward from here.)
(Note: Zenster in a comment on this "law" in its posting on the 1389 Counterjihad blog reminded me of the inadequacy of the formulation as I had it, where I had no "ostensibly" modifying the "harmless Muslims" -- so I inserted it here just now, as well as on the 1389 Counterjihad blog. Here, that nuance is adequately brought out in the "explanatory elaboration" which, for brevity's sake, I had not included in my version on the 1389 Counterjihad blog.)