The Trump campaign against radical Islam doesn't pull any punches. And why should it? We're talking about a religion which has tens of millions (or more) adherents who'd love to blow the United States off the map. (That's after Israel, of course.)
However, according to the Washington Times, it's Trump and his advisers who believe in “civilizational conflict”. (Presumably after the analysis offered in Samuel Hutington's book, The Clash of Civilisations.)
Jackson Diehl, of the Washington Post, says that Trump's appointee, Stephen K. Bannon, speaks in terms of a “long history of the Judeo-Christian West's struggle against Islam”. Michael T. Flynn, the incoming national security adviser, is also in favor of “a world war against a messianic mass movement of evil people”.
Indeed Flynn has got the measure of things. He once wrote:
“I don’t believe that all cultures are morally equivalent, and I think the West, and especially America, is far more civilized, far more ethical and moral.”
Clearly, Jackson Diehl thinks that such “Islamophobic” words are counterproductive. That such words cause - rather than solve – problems. But is systematically lying about Islam a successful policy? Are there less Islamic terrorists today than there were twenty or even ten years ago? Are Muslims, as a whole, becoming more moderate? Is there a Muslim “reform movement” spreading across the world or even in Europe and the U.S?
So let's start telling the truth about Islam, as Flynn and millions of others are attempting to do.
Jackson Diehl lays his own cards on the table when he says that François Fillon's book, Conquering Islamic Totalitarianism, is an example of what he calls “anti-Muslim rhetoric”. Diehl even has a problem with the suicidal Islamophile Angela Merkel. He said that she “felt obliged to strike an anti-Islamic pose last week, proposing a crackdown on the minuscule number of German women who wear a burqa”.
Jackson Diehl also has a big problem with Egypt’s Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, whom Trump supports. Did Diehl prefer the Muslim Brotherhood regime? You know, the movement that has traditionally persecuted and bombed the Christian Copts of Egypt?
We can never win this “civilizational conflict” if we keep on insisting that Islam itself is blameless and that only some of its adherents are to blame. How many white swans do we need to see before we can say “All swans are white”?
Jackson Diehl finishes his story of blameless Islam by turning a positive into a negative. He writes:
“Trump’s aim will be to quarantine and repress the region and its religion. The worst foreseeable outcome is that he will succeed.”So Diehl wants yet more Islamophilia and thus more suicidal diplomacy (or sanctimonious interfaith). That is, he wants more of the same. And more of the same simply means more Islamic terror in Europe and the United States.
It has been weakness, Mr Diehl, that hasn't worked so far: not strength.
*) See Jackson Diehl's 'Trump’s coming war against Islam' here.