Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The mild-mannered Moderate Muslim
Bosch Fawstin is a comic book artist who has devoted his career to producing counter-jihad comics. Jihad Watch recently showcased an interview with him, in which the viewer gets a thumbnail overview of his role in the war of ideas.
Given the inherent limitations of a brief interview calculated to hit only the punchy bullet points, Fawstin articulates well the overarching problem of Islam. However, he only makes passing allusions to what I consider to be the more important facet of that problem -- not so much Islam, and not so much the Extremists who ostentatiously broadcast their Extremism: but rather, the vast majority of seeming harmless Muslims, the so-called "Moderate Muslims". Now, Fawstin according to his interview grew up in a Muslim family -- a "moderate" Muslim family as he himself says. In this regard, one of his passing allusions near the beginning of his interview breezes by rather briefly, but it is startling: His own "moderate" Muslim family regularly evinced hatred of Jews, misogyny, and beating of women.
One reasonably surmises that had little Bosch as he was growing up in this family thought to examine and interrogate his family more closely, he would have found all the other ingredients of mainstream Islamic fanaticism, including seditious support for jihad (both stealth and terror jihads) along with the taqiyya deception that normally is used to try to conceal the aforementioned whenever it is deemed to be necessary to dissemble to the surrounding Kuffar in order to advance Islam.
As I put it in a comment in the thread of the Jihad Watch article:
"Given what this was, a relatively short interview with a (thankfully) respectful interviewer (exceedingly rare in the mainstream on this issue), I see no constructive criticism necessary; but I do most emphatically think that our general communication of this problem has to formulate a cogent and concise way to explain the problem of the moderate Muslim: I.e., we need to take the next step after explaining that Islam itself is not moderate — which BF did well — to explaining why there exist so many seemingly harmless Muslims out there (and all around us in the West), and why their harmlessness is only seeming.
"That is the subtler and more difficult challenge in the battle space of the war of ideas in which all of us, no matter how we do it and whether we even know it, are deputized as soldiers of one sort or another."
Now Bosch, in his admirable and brave role as a counter-jihad soldier through the medium of art, has created several counter-jihad comic characters, including most (in)famously Pigman, who, as he describes him in the interview:
"is... an ex-Muslim character... dress[ed] up in pigskin leather... [who] take[s] on the jihadist... go[es] to the Middle East and do[es] what our government is not doing..."
-- which, he goes on to imply, is to "wipe out the enemy".
My bright idea for Bosch at this point would be the creation of a new comic super antihero calculated to highlight my above-mentioned concern about the problem of the Moderate Muslim. Perhaps riff off of the gold standard of the comic superhero, and call the new character Supermuslim -- a blatantly extremist Muslim super-villain who wreaks the usual mayhem, misery & mass-murder that mainstream Islam has been fomenting for centuries right up to our present day -- and his alter ego: the mild-mannered Islamic Clark Kent, Moderate Muslim.
Alternately, the character vacillates from the one to the other, and the Western Mainstream, naturally, is nary the wiser as to the identity of the two as one person. When he's Supermuslim (aka "Saladin Akbar"), he beats his chest like Anjem Choudry and perpetrates super-terrorism around the world with his Mohammedan minions. When he disguises himself as his mild-mannered self, Moderate Muslim (aka "Sal Snackbar"), he dons glasses, Western attire, takes off his fake beard, and goes to work as a liberal professor in a Western college, teaching his classes about peaceful Islam and the golden age of Andalus, and regularly giving press interviews about how terrorism has "nothing to do with Islam".
It's just an idea.