Mass murder in New Zealand, and the history of Islam and the West

Four gunmen opened fire at a mosque in New Zealand, killing at least 49 Muslim worshippers:

One person has been charged in connection with a “well-planned” terrorist attack that killed 49 people and injured dozens more in two New Zealand mosques on Friday, authorities said.

The New Zealand police said four people — three men and one woman — were in custody in connection with the mass shooting at both places of worship in the city of Christchurch. The charged male suspect is expected to appear in court Saturday, Police Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters at a news conference. He said the principal suspect was a 28-year-old Australian-born citizen who earlier claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said none of the suspects were on any security watch lists.

“These are people who I would describe as having extremist views, that have absolutely no place in New Zealand,” Ardern said.

Bush clarified that police found two improvised explosive devices in one vehicle after the shooting. One was disabled and police were working to defuse the second Friday night.

Needless to say, this is tragic and horrific. And yet, we might have seen it coming.

For going on twenty years, we have witnessed extremist Islamic attacks on non-Muslims throughout the West…beginning with 9/11 in 2001, and continuing with the more recent ISIS-inspired attacks.

We have seen second-generation, supposedly assimilated Muslims riot in Paris. In Stockholm and Cologne, young Muslim males have sexually assaulted “infidel” unveiled women.

None of these things in any way justifies what happened in New Zealand.

Nevertheless, human nature being what it is, it was only a matter of time before a lone band of extremists in the West responded in kind. (Frankly, I am surprised that it took twenty years.)

Now there will be a violent backlash from Islamic quarters, of course. And another backlash from some hothead in the West. That is the way these things always go. The cycle of violence. History tells us as much.

History also tells us that Islam and the West don’t mix. Read the history of interaction between Islam and the West, from the Muslim invasions of outer (Christian) Byzantium in 638, to the Frankish atrocities in Muslim Jerusalem in 1099.

In 1990 the United States sent troops to Saudi Arabia to check  the ambitions of Saddam Hussein, who had just absorbed Kuwait. We went at the invitation of the Saudi king. But this infuriated many Muslims who objected to “infidel” troops on the holy Arabian peninsula. The ultimate result, a decade later, was al Qaeda, and the 9/11 attacks.

A few years after that, the US attempt to build “democracy”in Iraq was a failure. Iraqis, by and large, did not want democracy…or at least our version of it.

Mass Muslim migration into Europe has been an unmitigated disaster.

The lesson of all of this is that Islam and the West are best kept apart. I repeat: Islam and the West don’t mix. The multiculturalist experiment was based on the premise that you could place two mutually hostile cultures side-by-side, in close juxtaposition, and everyone would hold hands and sing Kumbaya. The headlines tell us otherwise.

As we discovered on September 11, 2001, placing large numbers of Westerners in Muslim territory results in a violent backlash. We have since discovered that placing large numbers of Muslims in the West is a recipe for violence, too.


Amazon drops Tommy Robinson’s book, ‘Mohammed’s Koran’

Egads, another free speech controversy involving a tech giant. This time, it’s Amazon:

It’s the British government and the BBC, rather than CAIR, that are likely behind this, but Amazon has just dropped the book Mohammed’s Koran by the renowned British activist Tommy Robinson and Peter McLoughlin — and apparently only because its censors dislike Robinson.

Amazon should sell any tome that doesn’t incite violence (which might, incidentally, require them to ban sales of the actual Quran….oops!).

Yes, I understand that Amazon is not the government. Amazon is a private corporation, blah, blah, blah.

But there is a bit more to it than that, in 2019: Amazon’s increasing monopoly power in the book retailing sector now gives it near governmental powers. Fifteen years ago, there were three Borders bookstores within a short drive of my house. Now there are none.

For a growing number of consumers, Amazon is the only (practical) option for purchasing books.

This means that Amazon has a responsibility to act beyond narrow partisan considerations. We can certainly make the case that neither Facebook nor Twitter are essential to the intellectual life of the nation. Book retailing is different.

I understand that among folks of a certain political persuasion, pointing out the links between Islam and violence is regarded as a not-very-nice thing to do. We are all supposed to join hands and sing Kumbaya, then tap our heels together and repeat in unison, “Diversity is our strength.”

But the headlines of the last 30 years (beginning with the Salman Rushdie affair in 1989 provide evidence for another interpretation. If we must live with Islam, so be it, but we should also be able to frankly discuss and critique Islam…just like we can frankly discuss and critique Christianity, atheism, or any other worldview.

It’s called: the free marketplace of ideas…and it’s a wonderful thing, when either corporate or government censors don’t get in the way.

If Mr. Robinson, et al’s book is pure bunk, then I’m sure that will come out in the reader reviews. If his book makes worthwhile arguments, well…that will come out, too.

But we’ll never know, because Amazon’s corporate censors have arbitrarily banned it.

Amazon, do your duty as the world’s largest bookseller, and allow Mr. Robinson to sell his book at your store.