Anthony Small, a convert to Islam in Britain, thinks it’s “insensitive” to hold memorials for jihad victims, since he believes that as non-Muslims, they’re burning in hell. Those who think we should be especially solicitous of Muslim sensibilities, above and beyond those of other groups, and that doing so will bring peace, should take careful note of this.
He also argues here that British authorities could end the jihad terror threat by ending their supposed military atrocities in Muslim lands. He ignores, not surprisingly, the Qur’an’s imperatives to “fight them until religion is all for Allah” (Qur’an 8:39) and the like. But there is little doubt that he knows they’re there. Muslim spokesmen commonly blame jihad terror on supposed enormities of the West. Faizan Syed of Hamas-linked CAIR did the same thing a couple of weeks ago when he spoke before I did at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. That there was jihad long before there was a United States, and jihad before Britain became a colonial power or ever put any troops in Afghanistan or Iraq — well, that is something people such as Small and Syed don’t want you to think about.