Who are you going to believe, me or your own lying eyes?
That seems to be the strange refrain we are hearing from apologists for genocidal Islamic violence all over the world – from Pope Francis to Khizr Khan.
They don’t want to call a jihadist a jihadist.
In fact, they don’t even want to admit that jihad, or holy war, is a central tenet of Islam.
“I do not believe it is right to identify Islam with violence,” said Pope Francis. “This is not right, and it is not true. I don’t like to speak about Islamic violence. There are violent Catholics! If I speak of Islamic violence, I must speak of Catholic violence.”
Of course there are violent Catholics. But when a bomb goes off in a café in Israel or a terrorist shoots up a café in Paris, we don’t think for one minute that the perpetrator is a Catholic.
That’s because Islamic terrorist acts are not only a reality, they have become the norm throughout the entire world.
Denying it’s true doesn’t change reality.
More importantly, denying it’s true makes dealing with it in a way that will save lives and liberty much less likely.
The man of the hour in the United States, thanks to the political exploitation of the Hillary Clinton campaign and a media establishment eager to help, is Khizr Khan, the father of a U.S. Muslim soldier killed in the line of duty in Iraq 12 years ago.
Kahn has been elevated to hero status for challenging Donald Trump’s efforts to slow Muslim immigration into the U.S., avoiding the mistake Europe made that has brought the continent to its knees.
Like the pope and Groucho Marx, too, Khan doesn’t think we should trust our own eyes or trust the statistics that show without question that 99 percent of terrorist violence in the world is committed by Muslims.
Khan says, “Muslims hate this menace of terrorism.”
I’m sure that’s true. I’m sure there are many millions and tens of millions of Muslims who hate this menace of terrorism. But is that relevant and meaningful at the end of the day? How does that intuition help us protect the lives of people who are being slaughtered on a daily basis around the globe by radical Islamic terrorists and even state-sponsored violence?
Like the pope, Kahn insists what we see every day “is not Islam at all!”
“I wish he (Trump) would have, somebody would have put something in his head that these are terrorists, these are criminals, these folks have nothing to do with Islam,” says Kahn.
Nothing to do with Islam?
Of course they have something to do with Islam. They identify with its name. They identify with the creed as it is preached all over the world – even in most mosques in the U.S. They identify with its prophet and swear faith in Allah.
How can we ignore that?
How can we just put our head in the sand?
Wasn’t that indeed the enemy Kahn’s own son was heroically fighting in Iraq – or was he just fighting an unidentified band of criminals?
Isn’t that the problem we have in our current fight with this vicious enemy – that we fear even to identify it and understand it?
I don’t know anyone on the planet who suggests all Muslims are jihadists or terrorists.
I don’t know anyone on the planet who suggests all Muslims are the enemy.
Does that mean we need to deny that jihadists are actually inspired by Islam?
That would be an obvious lie.
Would we be more likely to survive this peril by ignoring reality?
Or would we be more likely to triumph by looking truth squarely in the eye?