Guest column: A warning to the world from Tunisia
Tunisia may be the only success emerging from the Arab Spring. The people voted to form a secular government expressing by popular vote a desire to live free from the black banner of Islamism. But, on Thursday at a beach resort in Sousse, Tunisia, Islamic terrorists attacked with Kalashnikovs, killing 37. The same day, there were terrorist attacks in France and Kuwait. On March 18, 20 tourists visiting the Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia, were gunned down. The murderers’ affiliation with al-Qaida or the Islamic State group matters little. What matters is that extremists took aim at innocents. Boubakr Hakim, known as Abu Moqate, a prominent Tunisian militant, warned their country, “You will not live in safety as long as Tunisia is not ruled by Islam.” Said in terms most demonic and vicious, with action taken, this statement should be heard and acknowledged, especially in tolerant areas not now dominated by Islam.
It’s a warning to Europe, the European Union, the United Nations, Canada and America. Wherever you live, if free, expect horrific proclamations of Islam’s superiority to come to a museum, mall, theater, public square or other location. Islam isn’t a religion, it’s an ideology, and it is not an ideology of peace. No religion, no god, would order such destruction and the taking of lives of unsuspecting, unarmed, caring, inquisitive and tolerant people willing to visit a public place as part of a peaceful pluralistic group.
Where there are Muslim majorities with symptoms of wanting a better way to live than Islam under sharia, terrorist acts impose fear. It is easy for the armed insurgents of Allah to move among their own without suspicion. The cleansing of cultural Muslims not avid in their ideological roots is done to ensure only the Allah of the most deceptive and demonic rules. Islam is Islam is Islam. Even President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey makes this statement clear. There is no such thing as a moderate Muslim. The more moderate — the ones who move away from the tenets and literal interpretation of the Quran, Islam’s history and its teachings — are exposing their necks to the sword of Muhammad. They, too, are infidels, heretics and apostates drifting from the basics. To drift is to doubt and thus to die.
We are faced with an evil beyond comprehension. Many among those living today in Muslim-dominated countries cannot fathom the depth of despair they must suffer, the lack of hope or joy that prevails and the laws that compel them to bow to Allah and the authorities or suffer severe consequences. Any form of dissent can result, once exposed, in a jail sentence of an undefined term or the disappearance of a loved one without explanation. The landscape of Islam is as a cemetery covering hundreds of thousands who have been murdered in Allah’s name.
Political Islamist fundamentalists seeking to have their way as the only way continue to show the world, through their ongoing commitment to atrocities, the danger of Islam’s presence anywhere. Moderate Muslims, too, if not strict adherents to the conscripts of Islam, are fodder for the bombs, knives, swords, AK-47s and whatever weapon of Islam can be brought to bear in an effort to exterminate the infidels (heretics, too).
In free countries such as in the West, any acceptance of Islam is a mistake. Free people must be on guard. Sympathetic to common law when a minority, Muslims are reminded daily they are Muslim and their only objective is a world all for Allah. Mosques and schools are meeting grounds where the reminders are constant. Organizations such as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation bring money from oil to soften attitudes, alter Islam’s history and mute the militant means toward ideological imperialism, enabling this deceptive cancer to find a foundation upon which to metastasize. The efforts are masked in politically correct terms such as “multiculturalism” and “cultural equalization.” As the numbers increase, so do the cries of persecution and requests for Islamic law. Hints of the import of Islam into a new world arise with Halal foods being dispensed and the general resistance of Muslims to assimilate. To be kind to neighbor and tolerant as a human trait is not the same for a Muslim. The Quran tells Muslims not to be friends of non-Muslims. Love of neighbor does not exist in their scripture.
Heed the warnings.
Tom Balderston is the author of “The Damascus Quran,” “The Wonder of Terra,” “Wake Up! Wake Up! The Testimony of a Layman” and “The Proven God.” He lives in Snowmass.