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Friend of FLAME:
I want to tell you about an incident that happened at the University
of California Irvine campus several weeks ago that is both deeply
disturbing and profoundly instructive.
Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren was introduced to speak to an assembly
of students and faculty at UC Irvine, but within minutes of his beginning
to speak, he was loudly and continuously interrupted by series
of Arab students, one after the other, each of whom was summarily
led from the room by campus security. It was obvious that a
large group of these students---reportedly members of the Muslim Students
Association---had methodically planned to disrupt Mr. Oren's speech
in this way.
Words cannot describe this unsettling scene, so I invite you to view
the video before continuing to read my letter and the short article
that follows. Just click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w96UR79TBw.
I don't know about you, but when I first watched this video, I was
livid---literally shaking with anger. I feared that if
I had been in the auditorium that evening, I might have done violence.
While watching, I kept muttering to myself that this kind of outrageous
behavior---to deny someone's right to free speech---is simply un-American.
This week's FLAME Hotline offers a message to us as passionate supporters
of Israel and to moderate Muslims---both of whom too often
choose to keep our thoughts to ourselves: We often resist the
temptation to speak too loudly about what we believe is right . .
. and what is terribly wrong.
The article below, by Paul Marek, a Canadian citizen whose grandparents
fled Czechoslovakia just prior to the Nazi takeover, warns moderate
Muslims (the majority of Muslims, we may hope) of the dangers of Islamic
fanatics and those who suffer and observe their crimes in silence.
We supporters of Israel and of free speech might take the same message
to heart. Are we, each of us, doing everything we can to support
Israel and the United States in our fight against Islamist fanatics---through
our voices, our efforts, and our financial resources? I urge
you to read this short piece and send it on to others.
Anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this
email without sending it on is contributing to the passiveness that
allows these problems to expand. So, please extend yourself
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thousands worldwide read it and think about it, and send it on further---before
it's too late. Please review this classic article, then use the forward
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Am Yisrael chai! Long live the people Israel!
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in the face of Islamic bigotry and hate? When will moderate
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anti-Semitic fanaticism and the reluctance of "peace-loving"
Muslims to fight back against it. This article is about
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||The brief article below is circulating on the Internet,
erroneously attributed to Dr. Emanuel Tanay, a Canadian psychiatrist.
Dr. Tanay has denied being the author and has identified Mr. Marek
as the author. We tracked the original publication of the
piece in 2007---still amazingly relevant today---and so publish
it under Mr. Marek's by-line.
Why the Peaceful Majority
by Paul E. Marek, March 18, 2007, Arutz Sheva — IsraelNationalNews.com
History lessons are often incredibly simple. I
used to know a man whose family were German aristocracy prior to World
War II. They owned a number of large industries and estates. I asked
him how many German people were true Nazis, and the answer he gave
has stuck with me and guided my attitude toward fanaticism ever since.
"Very few people were true Nazis," he said, "but many enjoyed the
return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was
one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So,
the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we
knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the
world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration
camp and the Allies destroyed my factories."
We are told again and again by experts and talking heads that Islam
is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just
want to live in peace. Although this unquantified assertion may be
true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to
make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of
fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.
The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in
history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics
who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics
who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout
Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic
wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or execute honor
killings. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It
is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape
victims and homosexuals. The hard, quantifiable fact is that the "peaceful
majority" is the "silent majority," and it is cowed and extraneous.
Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live
in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder
of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.
China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists
managed to kill a staggering 70 million people. The average Japanese
individual prior to World War II was not a war-mongering sadist. Yet,
Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across Southeast Asia in an
orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million
Chinese civilians—most killed by sword, shovel and bayonet.
And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery? Could it
not be said that the majority of Rwandans were "peace loving"?
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt;
yet, for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and
uncomplicated of points. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant
by the fanatics. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by
their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they
don't speak up, because, like my friend from Germany, they will awaken
one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their
world will have begun.
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Bosnians,
Afghanis, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians and
many others, have died because the peaceful majority did not speak
up until it was too late. As for us, watching it all unfold, we must
pay attention to the only group that counts: the fanatics who threaten
our way of life.
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