Thursday, August 11, 2005

Being "Moderate" doesn't cut it

I grew up in the segregated South. For years respectable "moderate" Southerners would admit that Jim Crow was perhaps not fair, but that the culture would change slowly. Eventually the problem would be solved, but we couldn't rush it. Nothing changed; no progress was made toward solving the annoying Jim Crow problem.

Then something happened. There were race riots and new laws. The "moderates" realized that if things didn't change and soon, there would be hell to pay. They stopped being moderates and started trying to make integration work. Racism hasn't been wiped out anywhere, but life is different now than it was 50 years ago.

So why are we so in love with Moslem "moderates"? The ones who say things will change if we just ease our way out of Iraq and Afghanistan and Palestine. If only we will understand the frustration of Islamic supremacists. If only we will understand the wisdom of letting Islamic law rule the world.

Nothing will change if "moderation" from Moslems is the most we can hope for. We need Moslems who will stop with the "moderation" and start making Islam work in the 21st century. If they don't appear there will be hell to pay for everyone.

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