Friday, April 27, 2007

The Schwartz Enigma is the war on terror endless

Stephen Schwartz is a man of vision and courage. He is a muslim american patriot who cares about his faith and his country. We make a severe mistake when many of us assume CAIR seaks for every Muslim.

Many of us assumed that Communist terror in Western Europe would last forever. However, Schwartz points out the Red Army groups folded after a combined effort of cutting off the funds, police work and divide and conquer.

Hezbollah and the Taliban derive their money from heroin as well as from familiar Saudi sources. Are we prepared to apply defoliants agressively to kill the source of financing. Are we prepared to use the big stick policy on Saudi Arabia?

Shwartz does miss a minor point about Utopianism and Cult dynamics. The variant of Islam Schwartz embodies is a cosmopolitan variety. Yet the radicals envision a form of totalitarian hegemony. A true theocracy ( not advocated by Schwartz) must be totalitarian on a day to day basis. Can a variant of a Utopian cult accept being part of a larger whole.

Utopians by natire think that as possesors of a divine wisdom their actions serve a higher purpose. The mindset often includes a supreme leader who is treated as almost divine or as the representative of God on earth. This allows the supreme leader to violate all norms of humanity and decent behavior.

Ultimately we may under estimate the importance of the Charisma factor. Taking out the very top leaders creates power struggles that benefit us. Middle managers may be replaceable but cult like figures are not replaced quickly.

Beamish in 08

10 comments:

Always On Watch Two said...

In all of Islam except the most secular (cosmopolitan) form, tribal warfare is an important part of the dynamic. In the earliest days of Islam when MTP died, there was a power struggle over "succession." That struggle continues today--Sunnis vs. Shi'ites, and even Arab Muslims trying to hold sway over African Muslims. Sufis, the Islamic sect to which Schwartz adheres, has not had much of an influence on "mainstream" Islam.

Add to the above what you said toward the end of this commentary:

Ultimately we may under estimate the importance of the Charisma factor. Taking out the very top leaders creates power struggles that benefit us.

I also note that individuals like Schwartz are not well received by CAIR. No surprise there as CAIR faults other Muslims for not being "true Muslims."

Ducky's here said...

"We make a severe mistake when many of us assume CAIR seaks for every Muslim."

Other than yourself and assorted far right drama quuens who makes that assumption?

Ducky's here said...

Many of us assumed that Communist terror in Western Europe would last forever?

Don't you mean Eastern?

beakerkin said...

Ducky

The post was about the Red army terrorists who opperated in Western Europe. The former memers of the Red Army should have been deported. Similarly Bill Ayers and Dorn should be pushing up daisies. The Old Bolshevik network becomes more obvious with those two clowns in faculty positions.

Robert Bayn said...

Beak, it's good that you point out that there are Muslims who are not associated with terrorism or hating America. I live in a part of the United States where we have many Muslims, and it's also one of the more peaceful areas in ALL of Detroit! The far right likes to group all Muslims as terrorist, I believe this is a result of inherited closed mindedness, and inability to think rationally and honest.

Urban Infidel said...

I recently made a new friend who is the President of the NY chapter of the Free Muslims Coalition Against Terror. He routinely gets snide, gloating and nasty emails from Ibrahim Hooper the head ferret at CAIR that he shares with me.
So, no. CAIR certainly does not speak for all Muslims and they are painfully aware of the dissenting voices and watch all the blogs very carefully.

Farmer John said...

I say we need to secure the energy flank before taking on the Saudi's. Of course, Harry and Nancy think we should surrender it...

Graeme said...

what the hell Beak? Being a moderate doesn't suit you well.

beakerkin said...

Graeme

Stephen Schwartz envisions a more cosmipolitan form of Islam. He has advanced that Muslims are making a serious error by aligning themselves with the far left.

Do note I have never said there is no such thing as a Muslim American Patriot. Schwartz is concerned about his country and his faith and I respect those convictions and his integrity.

Even those who feel he is on a Don Quixote type of quest fighting windmills must respect his courage.
The bottom line is I am a mere infidel albeit it a Jew and I know my risks. Those that would threaten me would behead Schwartz first for his humanity, compasion and vision first as an apostate.

Even when I disagree with Schwartz it is impossible not to respect his intellect and integrity.

Maybe someday you will understand why Schwartz walked away from the path you are on now. Schwartz is a giant among men but woe unto the person that gives on of his books a bad review. He has an amazing sense of humor and you don't want to be the recipient of his barbs.
Justin Raimondo has tire tracks from the Great Stephen Schwartz Humvee.

Always On Watch Two said...

Urban Infidel mentioned Free Muslims Coalition Against Terror. CAIR absolutely not will support that group. Says a lot about CAIR, I think.