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Who Do the News Media Think You Are?

April 22nd, 2013 - 5:00 am

Now, I hold no brief against anyone’s religion. The standard disclaimer that there are millions of peaceful, decent Islamic people should go without saying — but it’s important enough to say anyway. Still, the fact is that Islam plays a primary role in violence, not just here, but around the world. In the words of the late Harvard professor Samuel P. Huntington, “Islam’s borders are bloody, and so are its innards.” A few quotes from his book The Clash of Civilization and the Remaking of World Order, written before 9-11:

The overwhelming majority of fault line conflicts… have taken place along the boundary looping across Eurasia and Africa that separates Muslims from non-Muslims….  Intense antagonisms and violent conflicts are pervasive between local Muslim and non-Muslim peoples…. Wherever one looks along the perimeter of Islam, Muslims have problems living peaceably with their neighbors. The question naturally rises as to whether this pattern of late-twentieth-century conflict between Muslim and non-Muslim groups is equally true of relations between groups from other civilizations. In fact, it is not. Muslims make up about one-fifth of the world’s population but in the 1990s they have been far more involved in intergroup violence than the people of any other civilization. The evidence is overwhelming.

Now this overwhelming evidence — which the book proceeds to supply — raises any number of questions: Is this violence inherent in Muslim beliefs? Is it part of a larger cultural phenomenon? Is it (like the unimaginable violence in Christendom during the 17th century) a prelude to reform? And how are we to deal with this violence without unduly penalizing the millions of non-violent Muslims? And so on.

But a news organization’s attempt to hide the evidence raises really only one question: Who the hell do these knuckleheads think they’re talking to? Who exactly do they think you are?

Do they think they’re fooling you? Do they think you haven’t noticed this cancer of violence spreading through the Islamic world? Or maybe they think you’re so full of rage and bigotry that you can’t handle the truth without — what? — turning on your decent, patriotic Islamic-American neighbor in a murderous Bad-Day-at-Black-Rock rage?

If that’s what they think of you, why do they even bother trying to push mis-information into your thick, troglodytic skull? If that’s what they think of you, why would they ever believe you could be smart enough to buy the wonderful products they try to sell you between bouts of lying?

And most importantly, if that’s what they think of you, why would you ever watch them at all?

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"You" are the people who need to be informed. Informed about the weather and the traffic. But also informed about how to think and speak and behave correctly. That means "instructed." The media believe they are instructing us on how to be proper Americans and citizens of the world. They believe that left to our own devices, without them to keep us on the right track, we would spontaneously descend into racism, xenophobia, religious superstition, and bestialism. They believe that they are all that stands between "the most vulnerable members of our society" and the utter barbarity of the average American. Regarding the Boston incident, they believe that if it were not for them constantly deflecting attention away from Islam, Americans would be lynching Muslims from lamp-posts.

They are desperately afraid of "You."
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“The standard disclaimer that there are millions of peaceful, decent Islamic people should go without saying...”

It should not be said ever again, for a single overriding reason: Muslims worldwide have done NOTHING to impede their more murderous co-religionists. The overwhelming majority of these so-called “peaceful, decent Islamic people” have functioned as passive defenders and enablers of the jihadists among them. Others have actively and willingly provided concealment and support, though they haven’t actually wielded the weapons or donned the suicide belts.

The strongest positive thing you’ll ever hear one of those “peaceful, decent” Muslims say is that they condemn “terrorism.” Yet the great majority of them support HAMAS and the Muslim Brotherhood, and virtually none of them will criticize an identified Muslim terrorist by name! Might there be just a drop of taqiyya and kitman in their personal definitions of “terrorism?”

Islam and a humane, life-respecting civilization are utterly incompatible. Ultimately it will come to quarantine or genocide; there are no other options.
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"like the unimaginable violence in Christendom during the 17th century"

Put it into perspective.

If one was to define the Crusades as any conflict born out of a defiant stand against Islamic geographical expansion, some hard truths become apparent. (BTW, remember that the Crusades began as a call to defend the Byzantines from the Islamic hordes.) Virtually everywhere you look, be it Africa, East and West Europe, and East and Central Asia, you will find landmark engagements where Islamic expansion was halted.

The Spanish weren't so lucky, it took them 774 years to remove the Moors from Western Europe. Reading how the Muslims treated their Christian subjects, I cannot say I am surprised at how vicious the Inquisition was in the wake of the Spanish victory.

It doesn't excuse it, but it does explain it.

But what happened? It was awfully convenient to have the Islamists all tied up under the Ottoman Empire, as it made it easier to quarantine them. WWI changed that, and here in the digital age, they can no longer be ignored. How do you fight a religious war when your own people don't see it as such?
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What I find politically incorrect is blowing a kid's legs off with a pot full of nails. I hope there's a long line of bull queers waiting on that POS when he gets to the Big House.
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Not all Muslims are terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims. I am sorry is this offends any moon cultists praying to their false prohet. Have a great jihad!
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How about this. Instead of "Nation Building", after throwing out their terrorist supporting regimes in the Middle East and/or the so called "Tribal Areas", let us try (preemptive) "Nation Renaming". Yes! Lets let them be known as "NukeStan" [pronounced: Nuke'-Es-Stan.] (Only until or unless they change their evil ways, of course.) Two or three examples should be enough. If not, then reduce to molten glass those places they hold most dear. (Mecca, Medina, etc. .. .)
I do have a serious question though: Have you ever stopped to examine why so many of you had the reaction to this thought you just did? The only reason I can come up with is the fear (based on reality) of real world, barbaric, pre-planned violence, committed against civilians where you and other innocents live. You are asking for civil, restrained "reactive defense" towards those who despise you for living and breathing on the very same planet as they. We, in the West, view reporters and artist's, women and children, Doctors and Nurses, their patients and the elderly, for example, as "hold harmless" bystanders and completely off limits in any combat. The radical terrorists, practicing the "Religion of Peace", as it is referred to by the politically correct in charge of leading us in this war declared on the West, do not so consider it to be. To Jihadist's, it is a holy call to arms. A call to subjugate or destroy all nonbelievers. It is a war which has been declared against all of humanity (not just the West) that either does not believe as they do or submit to their will. They only gain strength and power in their world, by our appearance of weakness, and revel in the throat-slitting, baby-killing, Mosque; Church; Synagogue; Temple; Alter desecration and marketplace bombings, as well as the suicide killings of any and everyone in or around such places committed by these vermin who hide behind women's skirts (or burkah's (sic)) and set up rocket launchers in or next to Mosques, schools and hospitals, et cetera.
The only difference between Christianity and Islam (other than the fact that Jesus and Mohammed were about as polar opposite as "Prophets" as one could get) is the fact that Christianity has undergone it's Reformation during the Age of Enlightenment and Islam has not. And It never will until it's so-called moderate coreligionists get over their extremely real fear of retribution and scourge the fanatics from their midst. Thus far, unfortunately, they seem "under motivated" to do so. It appears that without a very real consequence for their immoderate inaction, they will remain ineffectively on the sidelines, awaiting to see who will win so they may claim loudly and enthusiastically, they were with them all along. I, for one, intend it to be us and not the barbarians who are on the winning side. As I've noted before: "If you want to know what life would be like under a Caliphate, ask an Armenian".
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The teachings of The Prophet are for the faithful to either Rule, or Ruin (aka, destroy the Infidel).
There is no middle ground.
Why would we think that we can come to some sort of accommodation without becoming their slaves?
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Ah, well ... if the current administration media shills and presstitutes regard the American public with dislike and fear, that's nothing next to the contempt in which I hold them. I may have been born at night, but it was not last night, and I refused to be cajoled or talked down to, as if I were a serf or a Downs Sydrome child.
I am no end cheered by reading that mainstream media flagships are sinking faster than the Titanic.
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"Presstitutes"? ROFLMAO!!! Big time. What do they have for breakfast? "presstituties", of course.
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We are not fooled by the ignorant, lame-brained ill-informed, liberal MSM.
We know the enemy. It is radical Islam (Muslims) whose Sharia Laws dictate
the subversion and political/cultural/societal overthrow of western civilization.
And yes, they are quietly supported by all Muslims, who say nothing in defense
of America. If you are a Muslim, then you must adhere to and obey Sharia.
Islam is not a "religion of peace". It is a militaristic, political movement
akin to communism.
Until all Americans wake up to these facts and truths, then we shall be
lied to and bamboozled by the liberal MSM to believe that we have nothing
to fear from this "religion of peace".
Good luck, America.
1 year ago
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and this is what happens when the language gets corrupted.

We were told not to use terror, but what man made violence.

Maj. Hasan wasn't an Islamic radical murderer, but a case of work place violence.

And the list goes on and on, but you can't deal with a problem if you can't define the problem and sorry, but when those with ties to Islam blow up bombs killing and maiming so many, I know exactly where they are coming from.

They are from that religion of peace and understanding that kills, maims destroys and terrorizes so many to keep them in line.
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It seems that the media, which was supposed to be the watch dogs for the public, the voice of information, the unbiased balance to those in power, have lost their focus.

And for a delightful experience, try the evening news, and see if they have any different stories of news events for the evening. With all that is going on it is difficult to conceive that all news programs could have come from a central news source, with just the readers changed.

And then think of what they think is important.

Recently in Ca. 2 hikers got lost, and this became the major news story for all on all three news networks, even to the point of breaking into regular programming to talk about them being lost.

1 year ago
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They think we're children and talk to us as though we are. They are after all our Superiors.
1 year ago
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Who says you can't find "moderate" Muslims? They are the ones locked away in their jails, kept out of touch with the rest of the world, labeled political desenters or religious apostates. You can also find them hanging by their necks or just as bad, with their heads cut off at the neck for daring to speak out against the radicals in power. Those that aren't jailed or dead are terrified to speak out for fear they will be persecuted. Who can they talk to? Can they go to their Imams or their "elected" representatives? Can they go to their state owned media?

Now look at where we are headed you red necked, beer guzzling, gun clinging, woman hating, intolerant bigots! How dare you speak out against our all loving, benevolent liberal betters. Just shut up and do what you are told. /sarc
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I'm very confident that Dr Mohammed, the cardiologist that discovered the blocked artery (LAD) on my heart and immediately had me scheduled for surgery, was and is a moderate but very devout Muslim. I also hold him in high regard as I do several others I have known.
Not all Muslims are terrorists, but the vast majority of terrorists are Muslims.
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How would you feel if you found out that Dr. Mohammed took the money he got for your blocked artery and sent it via his Mosque to Al-Queda? Sadly this is all too often the case. Not all war is waged with bombs and guns, Dr. Mohammed by his public face is a useful weapon against infidels. He sows dissent and doubt amoung Westerners. Its easy to unite against a foe where every one you meet is a hate spewing antagonist, its not so easy to unite against the nice guy that lives down the street.
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