Why the Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant

I used to know a man whose family were German aristocracy prior to World War Two. They owned a number of large industries and estates. I asked him how many German people were true Nazis, and the answer he gave has stuck with me and guided my attitude toward fanaticism ever since.

“Very few people were true Nazis” he said, “but, many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.”

We are told again and again by “experts” and “talking heads” that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unquantified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is, that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars world wide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is, that the “peaceful majority” is the “silent majority” and it is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people. The Average Japanese individual prior to World War 2 was not a war mongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of Killing that included the systematic killing of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were “peace loving”.

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by the fanatics. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awake one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun. Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Bosnians, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others, have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

* Further Thoughts.


Anonymous said...

This is so true and I pray that the Canadian people, and especially the politicians, will wake up and realize this.

Anonymous said...

The question is how do we help this peaceful & silent majority, who are located near the fanatics, to see this point of view and take action. As for our politicians I feel Harper has shown that he is already in agreement the fanatics need to be stopped.

Anonymous said...

How very true your statements are. I only hope that the leaders of my country Australia will wake up and be so much stronger than they are. We have been so "politically correct" it is embarrassing. No one can really believe how dangerous the situation really is, just like your German friend's experience. Fay.

Jon said...

The points made are interesting but there are a couple of problems with the exapmples used. First , as the great empires collapsed at the end of the Great War , democracy had a slim foothold and fascist and communist movements did emerge in Russia, China, Japan and Germany. However, there were many countries with strong fascist movements, with communist parties , that did not go down that bloodly raod. By cherry picking the exapmles he used his point seems obvious but has to be more nuanced by explaining in countries like England that had a fascst party , why that did not happen,. Not saying it was the " Peaceful Majority' but he must use counterpoints to try and bolster his arguement otherwise this is merely propaganda

rick_randy said...

Flawed,blunt,brutally simplistic but straight to the point. Be it one sided for or against, the issue of a silent majority IS the problem in any group. the lack of action until it affects the rest of the group seems like the human nature if complacency.