Jihad Watch is often taken by the inattentive and non-English-speaking for a pro-jihad site. This message comes from Pakistan:
asllma alkum im form pakistan kaqachi
my paryer with inshllha your victory very qouick and finish usa and uk
other kufar inshllha alhha hafiz sabiluna sabiluna al jihad al jihad
Meanwhile, a gentleman in the UK has attempted (unsuccessfully) to get the site shut down, on the basis of a few quotes taken from reader comments — not on the basis of a single word from me. (However, with unsurprising mendacity, he told Hosting Matters that he had corresponded with me and that my views were even more extreme than the examples he provided from commenters.) I reminded him that I always delete comments that call for nuking Mecca, generalize about “all Muslims,” are genocidal, etc., when they are brought to my attention, but comments continue to be largely unmoderated — I don’t have at this point the time or resources to monitor them.
And I have to wonder about this man’s priorities when jihadists are plotting and carrying out violence all over the world, and he would rather direct his energies to shutting down a site that tries to educate people to mount an intelligent resistance to that jihad within the laws of the governments under which they live.
Muslim leaders themselves have acknowledged on numerous occasions that important aspects of Islamic law contradict the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, particularly in regard to rights for women and freedom of conscience for non-Muslim minorities in Islamic states.
So what are we to make of someone who opposes efforts to resist, in the name of universal human rights, the violent imposition of that law upon non-Muslim societies? Theo van Gogh’s murder is eloquent testimony to the fact that such efforts are continuing to advance in Western countries. Someone who tries to stamp out resistance to the global jihad is in the exact same position as those who in the 1930s decried anti-Nazi efforts as somehow “anti-German.” If such a man was not a Nazi himself, he was certainly helpful to the Nazi cause.
I remember reading, during the Cold War, a supercilious article sneering at a conservative politician who had been seen at a concert of Russian music — Prokofiev or Rachmaninov, I believe. The article was surprised that this staunch anti-Soviet could enjoy something Russian — as if his anti-Communism meant ipso facto that he hated Russians and all things Russian.
That was puerile, stupid stuff then, and it is now. To resist the jihad is not in the least identical to hating Muslims, and this charge is at bottom only a tactic of the jihadists and their fat, preening, self-satisfied, morally bankrupt useful idiots. I will not give in to it, any more than I will to the jihadists themselves.