Thursday, February 09, 2006

The dreamers of the day are dangerous men

One can easily object to the reprinting of cartoons that reflect a disparaging view of Islam by invoking an alternative view of the prophet Mohammed. However, since he is the most cited reason by Muslims, by virtue of his messenger-to-the-god status, for all that they do, it would make sense for a cartoonist to focus on him as the pinion of purpose in a satirical criticism of Islam, purportedly a religion that has an enormous amount of apparent violence while professing peace at its core. Somehow, in light of Muslim behavior and rhetoric, to focusing on, let’s say… dietary customs and practices misses the point.

One might suspect that it isn’t entirely that the printing of images of Mohammad create the problem as much as it is that any criticism of Islam creates a problem for Muslims. Let’s face it honestly: their practices are rooted in the 7th century, replete with all of the violence and savagery that was more prevalent then than now (except at the hands of maybe an enforcer from a Columbian drug cartel). An enlightened view that is at all skeptical of the need to sexually mutilate young girls, behead the innocent for being different and destroy precious world art for the sake of hating it are worthy of world scrutiny. It would appear that it is this very scrutiny to which the Muslim world objects. Violently. Now that’s an interesting reaction from a peaceful religion that merely appears to be a savage political cult immersed in hatred and brutality.

As of late, some Muslim clerics have objected to the public display of hatred and violence that the world has come to know as “Islam in practice”. Joe Wilson objected toValerie Plame being “outed” as well. Covert operations don’t do very well when they suddenly become overt. Those Muslims that are objecting to the violence are the ones to watch for they are those that have the bigger picture in mind. To quote T.E. Lawrence, the great Lawrence of Arabia who knew so well the mind of the Muslim:

"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible." Seven Pillars of Wisdom

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