Friday, June 09, 2017

Citizen Warrior: Inch by Inch, Our Fellow Countrymen are Getting Educated

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The day after Osama bin Laden was killed, I was talking to a friend of mine at work. He is a dedicated multiculturalist who hopes what I've been saying about the Koran and Islam isn't true. We were talking about the news, and I quoted Osama bin Laden: "We love death. The U.S. loves life. That is the big difference between us."

My friend looked baffled as to why bin Laden — or any human being — would say such a strange and horrible thing. And this just confirmed for him that bin Laden was an animal, a cruel murderer who would have been a murderer no matter what religion he was.

But then I said something that I could tell really caught him. I said, "Well, it's a sentiment Muhammad expressed. He said unbelievers love the life of this world better than the hereafter, and because of that, they are rejected by Allah. A lot of Muslim leaders have said the same thing in pretty much the same words as bin Laden — Nidal M. Hasan, the Ayatola Khomeni, hell, it's even the Hamas motto!"

My friend looked like I just jolted him with a Taser for a second. He knows I've read the Koran twice, so he took what I said as a shocking fact.

I don't like to make people squirm, and I wanted to give that indigestible tidbit a little time to integrate into his worldview, so I went on about my business as if nothing happened. It was just a casual remark, a simple matter of fact, and my demeanor revealed no more than that. But I have the feeling he stayed up late that night thinking about it. I think he might come around.


Just a little at a time does the trick. Let them come to it on their own terms. As Dale Carnegie says in his book, How to Win Friends and Influence People — a book every counterjihadist should study — when trying to change someone's mind, it's best to let them think it was their idea, and the gradual approach is one way to do that.