Malaysia has proposed that a large-scale international convention sponsored by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) be held as early as next year to tackle the anti-Islam movement which is rearing its ugly head in several developed nations. — from this news article
The “anti-Islam movement” does not exist. There are those non-Muslims who know something about Islam. Some of them grew up in Muslim-dominated lands, and their lifelong experience of Islam and of Muslims when Muslims do not have to worry about what non-Muslims think has given them an unforgettable lesson in Islam. They are now joined by those who, having taken in all of the acts of violent Jihad, in many cases first prompted to become more attentive to such acts (whether or not they are covered sufficiently, or at all, in the Western press) by the famous 9/11/2001 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, are no longer to be fooled.
And among these are a growing number of people who have managed to see through the smiles and wiles and apologetics of spokesmen for Islam, whether it is a plausible Imam holding a “Mosque Outreach Night” where the main course is always Taqiyya-And-Tu-Quoque, and the dessert the spicy-chicken-in-pita and the baklava, or whether it is a Muslim or non-Muslim apologist for Islam.
Such apologists now make up almost the entire membership of MESA (see my article on “MESA Nostra” here). They are careful to hire, and then promote, one another, and to keep out all those whom they suspect — and their antennae are always out — who might not be such willing collaborators with the official line on poor, misunderstood Islam, the “religion of peace” and tolerance and all the rest.
These people can only grow in number, because they no longer respect authority. And why should they? They know, in other areas of life, what little good and what great bad has been done by our insufficient leaders, or rather, by those who in this canting age slightly more timidly take merely a “leadership role.” We have evidence that mounts higher every day of their foolishness and their disastrous negligence: see Wall Street, Meltdown. And of course, when it comes to Islam, which is not elementary particle physics, the intelligent autodidact who is unencumbered mentally by propaganda and who has no need to curry favor with Muslim colleagues or, as the Bush Administration may think, with Muslim states or leaders (there is no such need, if the oil market were properly understood) can do much better than all kinds of soi-disant “experts” on “terrorism.” For the palpable insufficiency of those “experts,” see Peter Bergen, who has now been dining out for a decade on his interview with Bin Laden — an interview that now makes him, apparently, an “internationally-known journalist, writer, and speaker.” See also Mark LaVine; see Carl Ernst; see Noah Feldman; see see see.
The cat is out of the bag and can’t be put back. The question now is one of speed: how many people, how many non-Muslims will learn enough about Islam in time to counter, to check, its main instruments of Jihad? How many non-Muslims will learn enough in Israel and in India, in Thailand and in the Philippines, and in the countries of Western Europe and North America? How many Muslims will learn enough about Islam, in short, everywhere that non-Muslims are still in control and yet are threatened — as they all are — by the workings of the same ideology? In most cases these non-Muslims are facing the same instruments of Jihad — the Money Weapon, campaigns of Da’wa, and demographic conquest, while here and there qitaal (combat) or terrorism plays its part. How many of them will learn enough to counter all this before it is too late?
Progress has been made, but how much? And the progress has so far been made through the efforts of many lone wolves who are acting despite governments, or outside of governments, when it is the governments that ought to be paying for and organizing and doing all this themselves. But they are too fearful, too inhibited. And that can’t go on.