Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Jihad Watch comments sometimes provides a kind of laboratory of chemical reactions between the Counter-Jihad Mainstream (dominated by the outdated, soft approach on the problem of Islam) and the broader Western Mainstream (dominated by PC MCs with an even more outdated, and even softer approach on the problem of Islam).
This was rather markedly demonstrated by a recent comments thread attached to an article about a Muslim demagogue in Canada whose recent public rant delivered to thouisands of Muslims gathered to hear him included such jeremiads as the following:
We must break down the borders that keep out migrants and refugees. We must tear down the prisons and the detention centers.
We will seize the farms and the factories. We must become the enemies, so that in this city everyone can live with food, shelter, dignity.
We must become the enemies that sow terror in their hearts so that laws like C-51 shredded away.
We must celebrate our way of life, what they called barbaric cultural practices on our streets and in our homes until their way of life dissipates under our feet.
Such demagoguery is daringly close to being an incitement of Islamic sedition, yet still a razor's edge this side of being clear enough for the typical PC MC or Leftist. The Jihad Watch comments section in question had such a typical specimen, by the name of "James Baron" who, in the past couple of days, has been a busy beaver fending off the Jihad Watchers left and right of him.
What I found interesting was that this character, James Baron, was trying to oppose the Jihad Watchers and their supposed bigotry by standing his ground on the old "tarring all Muslims with the same brush" argument. Unfortunately, the Counter-Jihad Softies who seem to make up the vast majority of Jihad Watchers have no way to confront this argument head-on -- because, in effect, they seem to agree with their opponent on that point. Where they run afoul of coherence is where their increasingly learned opposition to Islam logically leads to an open-ended condemnation of all Muslims. But, being deathly afraid of "going there", they stand their ground at various places short of that. Hence their incoherence.
And the black humor ensues.
As it has for the last Allahdamned 16 years.
This is not to say that the Counter-Jihad Softies in the civilian battalion never do anything of worth. Two notable attempts to knock some sense into this James Baron character were quite good -- by one "jayell" and by a longtime Jihad Watch regular (and Librarian for the "Rabbit Pack"), one "dumbledoresarmy". Their mounted attacks on James Baron's argument were quite substantive and cogent -- on the level of the Problem of Islam. However, when it comes to addressing the Problem of Muslims (directly related to the Problem of Islam), their commentary not only failed, but begged that question which the Counter-Jihad Mainstream has avoided for 16 years, and continues to avoid to this day.
This painfully scintillating point was glimpsed in one exchange between our PC MC character, James Baron, and one of the Counter-Jihad Softies (and a member of the "Rabbit Pack"), one "PRCS", whom we've met before:
James Baron: There is a long, rich history of Muslims living in peace in Canada. Sorry. I will never, ever hate the way you guys do.
PRCS: Islam is defined by its texts, not by the degree to which individual Muslims comply.