|Everything will go away if I stick my head in here...|
Just about everyone even a little involved in politics has heard the term "Islamophobia." Usually defined to mean an irrational fear of Islam, the Left has taken to using the word much like they do racism - as a cudgel with which to beat opponents and stifle intellectual debate. The implication is always that someone is Islamophobic because Muslims are brown, and therefore anyone who Islamophobic is racist.
Conservatives are frequently the target of Islamophobic accusations. Want Syrian refugees background checked before they enter the country? Islamophobe. Think we should be profiling Middle Eastern men boarding planes? Islamophobe. Nevermind the fact that Middle Eastern Muslims are the only ones running around blowing up planes. In fact, nearly every major terrorist event in the last few decades can be laid squarely at the feet of radical Islam. The Paris attacks on Friday, the Charlie Hebdo attack, Benghazi, Fort Hood, Bali, 9-11, the USS Cole, the first WTC bombing; all of it was caused by radical Muslims.
What happens when there is a terror attack? Conservatives are the first ones to call for action. We pray, we share information, we demand the government take a stand. Conservatives on Twitter and elsewhere were among the first demanding that our government aid France in any way possible. Conservatives take a stand.
How do liberals respond to a terror attack? They hide. The liberal thrusts his head in the sand and says we shouldn't rush to judgement. They question the motives of a terrorist shouting "Allah Akbar" as he guns down innocent civilians. They mutter platitudes about how not all Muslims are terrorists. A liberal will blame the victims before blaming the terrorists. They will say that we must have caused this. It is our fault that the Muslim world is lashing out violently. If only we weren't so racist/colonialist/sexist/whatever everyone would be able to live in peace. The liberal desperately repeats this over and over again, as if the terrorists will spare them. What the liberal refuses to acknowledge, though, is that the jihadist will happily kick down their door and behead them in the middle of the night.
Let's look at this logically for a moment. The conservative calls for more action to fight radical Islam, where ever it may be found. The liberal says we need to understand the terrorist, and be more tolerant of their differing point of view. Rather than acting out of fear, it is clear that conservatives operate out of strength. A conservative recognizes the threat posed by radical Islam, and rides out to meet that threat.
A liberal, on the other hand, clearly operates out of fear. They project weakness because they think it will protect them from harm. Nowhere is this better seen than in the Left's response to the Charlie Hebdo massacres. Major liberal publications and networks refused to show even pictures of the offending cartoons lest they invite the wrath of Islamists upon themselves. They even went as far to state that Charlie Hebdo brought the attack upon themselves. The result was that Charlie Hebdo, alone in defending free speech, decided to pack it in. Of course the attacks on Paris Friday show how effective the Left's outreach strategy was.
Taking this information into account, the question then becomes which side is truly Islamophobic? Which side cowers in fear before the onslaught of the radical Muslim?
I think we all know the answer.