Sunday, July 17, 2016

Citizen Warrior: The Achilles' Heel of the West

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ACHILLES WAS invincible, so the story goes. He was strong and lightning fast, and in every battle he was undefeatable. But when he was shot with an arrow through the back of his heel, he was momentarily disabled, and that gave his enemies enough time to finish him off.
The West seems invincible too. We have superior technology and war-making know-how. We seem undefeatable. But we have a weakness. It is known in North America as "white guilt." In Europe it's called "post-colonial guilt."


As long as we are paralyzed by this arrow through our heel, orthodox Muslims have the upper hand. We are vulnerable.
Many of us have familiarized ourselves with Islamic doctrine, and we seek to educate our fellow non-Muslims about the information, and we seek to propose solutions to the problem, but we are oftenlabeled as "racists." It is an oxymoron. It doesn't make any sense. It's crazy. But it is effectively making many people in prominent places — politicians and news commentators, for example — back off from saying anything honest about Islam. Very few people have examined the guilt clearly enough to recognize the unarticulated, mistaken assumption it is based on, so a public charge of racism can be devastating to a person's career.