Reading through the comments to a recent report on Jihad Watch by Robert Spencer summing up his rather punches-pulled misgivings of the latest attempt at moderation by the colubrine Maajid Nawaz, I must say I’m pleasantly stunned -- that pretty much all the comments by and large express the more rigorous skepticism that Robert Spencer should have hedged his bets with.
This latest Maajid Nawaz communiqué must be seen for what we must reasonably suppose it is (if our Reason, that is, has appropriately assimilated and digested the horrible mountain of data of Islam’s Twin Peaks of Violent Jihad & Stealth Jihad over the years): To wit, the sly Good Cop (who, we must recall, does not exist except as a tactical appendage in collusion with the Bad Cop) has upped his game.
Allow me to repeat more tersely for those Counter-Jihad readers who need punchy bromides:
The sly Good Cop has upped his game. That’s all that is happening here.
We may say Maajid is trying the uniform of the Better Cop on for size. It’s a phenomenon I have noted has been happening increasingly: As the global revival of Islam continues to unfold and metastasize, its naturally attendant effects of hatred, horror and terror and grotesquely ghoulish evil have had the result of chipping away at the massive ice shelf of Complacent PC MC Denial that immobilizes the West, and some more adroit and astute Stealth Jihadists, like Maajid Nawaz, seem to notice this with alarm, and decide to do their part in the Stealth Jihad by going daringly further in their Faux Moderation. In doing this extra Good Cop maneuver, above and beyond the call of Jihad Booty, their target audience is not the mainstream (the usual tried & true target of the classic Stealth Jihadist) -- but rather, precisely, the Counter-Jihad (or pale resemblances of it in the mainstream, like Megyn Kelly of FOX News).
And it is dismaying that Spencer entertains it at all and effectively lends it his imprimatur of credence, rather than summarily dispatching it to the outer darkness where there is weeping and wailing, the gnashing of teeth, and the biting of forked snake tongues. For that means that the Good Cop tactic works -- or has a chance of working (though it is salutary, again, that the comments thus far, by and large (with some rough edges of specious assumptions and axioms here and there that need sanding down with a few applications of a power sander) have shown a remarkable awareness of the thoroughly suspect nature of Nawaz.
One detects the likely reason for Spencer’s egregious lapse. Before I get to that, I note that I tend to think that by now, after all these years, I’ve been around the Jihad Block, utterly weary and jaded of all the cluelessness of the mainstream, and all the wrongheaded habits of the Counter-Jihad (against which I have been hitting my head for years now on my blog and in various lifetimes and incarnations here in JW comments as well as over across the hall in that camera non grata, the Gates of Vienna blog); and yet, darned if I can still be surprised. It hit me on reading Spencer’s analysis that he actually believes that the notion of calling for a change in the Muslim mindset about their religion is actually a realistic proposition! I guess I assumed he was being rhetorical all these years, in order to underscore and highlight what was monumentally NOT being done by Muslims. I.e., I guess I thought he was being rational about this. To think that Muslims en masse could actually reverse course of their 1,400-year warship of worship and turn it radically around in a uniquely unprecedented way for which there is not the slightest shred of an iota of a scintilla of evidence is even the remotest possibility -- at least, that is, if your Bullshit Detector is set on “Reasonably Ruthlessly Skeptical” rather than on “Asymptotically Gullible” (with the “Christian Wilsonian” switch, in this case, additionally activated)!
Sometimes clichés come in handy, and one comes desperately to mind now: something about a snowball, and its chances… in Hell, I believe…