It is absurd to think that Muslim hearts and minds can be won. They can be rented, not bought, and rented only for the shortest of periods. Meanwhile, the rent — that is the further transfer of wealth from the Camp of the Infidels to the Camp of Islam — only helps to pay for mosques, madrasas, worldwide campaigns of Da’wa, and armies of Western hirelings who conduct public relations and disinformation efforts on behalf of Saudi Arabia, the Arabs and Muslims more generally, and Islam itself.
Sixty billion dollars has been given by successive American governments to Egypt. Egypt today has still failed to honor any of its solemn commitments under the Camp David Accords (save for that not to engage in open warfare, a commitment that it keeps for the same reason that Syria does not attack Israel — because of the likely consequences). Tens of billions have over many decades gone from the American government to Pakistan, a country whose military actively encouraged A. Q. Khan in his theft from Western laboratories of nuclear secrets and his subsequent effort to share those secrets with, inter alios, North Korea and Iran.
That same Pakistan was not deterred by Western aid from nurturing the Taliban, and then helping its fighters to take over Afghanistan, giving them diplomatic and other kinds of support. Nor has it been deterred from today, Janus-faced, continuing to protect or support the Taliban members in Pakistan.
The billions sent by European countries and the United States to the “Palestinian” Authority has been used to fill the private coffers of Arafat and then of his widow and his associates, and to allow them to live in luxury in apartments bought outside the area, and also to the subventions to a dozen different groups of armed men, so-called “security services,” all of which are dedicated to attacking Israel in any way they can, whatever jostling for money and power among themselves they may also engage in.
Where is the evidence that more such payments will help, since there is not the slightest evidence that the payment of a disguised Jizyah does anything except encourage Muslim attitudes that this Infidel aid must be given, is given as a duty? And what is even more sinister, the Infidel donors behave as if this is indeed the case — that they cannot stop such payments for fear of the reaction of the Muslim donees.
This is madness from top to bottom. That some in the government think this way, even for a second, shows how little they comprehend of Islam, of its unambiguous tenets and the natural attitudes that flow from them, in any society suffused with Islam. This involves ignorance of so much history — some 1350 years of it, and over such a wide swath of different territories once held by so many different peoples, all of them conquered and subjugated and forced to endure the status of dhimmi. That lasted up until the last half of the 19th century, when Western power forced a change upon a most reluctant Ottoman Empire. In Muslim countries today, the reversion to persecution of non-Muslims has everywhere led to a great reduction in their numbers — in the Arab countries (both Jews and Christians have left), and in Pakistan and Bangladesh (where it is primarily Hindus whose percentage of the population has gone down to about a fifth, in Bangladesh, and a tenth, in Pakistan, of what it was at Partition).
Then there is the slow demographic conquest of Malaysia, where Muslims now lord it over Hindus and Chinese, and force the local indigenous tribes to accept Islam wherever possible. And the persecution of Christians in the Moluccas, and East Timor, and of Hindus in all the islands where they continue to live except possibly Bali, and sometimes even there, shows that even in supposedly “moderate” Indonesia the mistreatment of non-Muslims continues.
It is not right that those whose ignorance explains their policy prescriptions should be listened to with respect, or should be listened to at all. They have no right to make the rest of us, to make the entire Western world, suffer because they cannot spare the time, or lack the intelligence, to study and to comprehend Islam as a total system.
They should be mocked out of whatever offices, and whatever power or unearned authority, they may currently be said to possess.