Well, I had been planning to see United 93. I even told Tammy Bruce that I would see it and then come back on her show and talk about it. But now I'm not so sure that I want to plunk down ten bucks for a ticket, in light of this item from Horsefeathers.
It seems that the movie's director, Paul Greengrass, said this on the Rush Limbaugh Show:
"..Here's the thing. I think what they managed to do in this film,
something I'm so proud of them for doing, they convey something I think is really important for us. There were two hijacks on the morning of 9/11. There was the hijack that we know about, the hijack of the airplanes, of the innocent people, that flew into the buildings and all that terrible death and destruction that occurred as a result. But there was a second hijack that took place that day. The hijack of a religion by a bunch of young men who twisted and perverted it in order to create a creed and an ideology to justify the slaughter of innocent people, and that's a hijack that is still out there today. It's still going on today, and it's going to be very hard for us to work out what to do to deal with that..."
It is unfortunate, but not surprising, that Greengrass would think this way. After all, it is still the prevailing mainstream view. But it is founded on a fiction. The twisting and perverting of Islam by terrorists is something that virtually everyone assumes, and no one has ever proven. As I have established again and again and again, the jihadists are the ones who use detailed arguments from the Qur'an and Sunnah to justify their positions, and the putative moderates have never refuted those arguments.
Why does this matter? Because we cannot win this great war if we fail to see the enemy realistically. If we deceive ourselves into thinking that we can count on tens of millions or even hundreds of millions of Muslim allies, we will be surprised and possibly dangerously compromised. Certainly hundreds of millions of Muslims are not waging the jihad today. But it has never been established even that a majority disapproves of it, or that there even exists any established form of Islam that teaches that non-Muslims and Muslims should live together as equals on an indefinite basis.
Until we come to grips with the implications of that fact, we will be much more vulnerable than we should be.