Robert Spencer's brilliant rebuttal to Peters' tripe is here. Bostom has written about the forced conversions of Centanni and Wiig here, and the increasing problem of violent Muslim Jew hatred in Western Europe today here.
"The long overdue liberal reformation within the Islamic world can only be carried out by Muslims themselves".
And yet, Ralph Peters' snide aspersion calls those like Andrew Bostom and Robert Spencer and Bat Ye'or and the wildly brave secular Muslim "apostate" Ibn Warraq hatemongering racists sowing the seeds of genocide.
Jerry of Israpundit weighs in;
Ralph Peters column perplexed me. Like him, I served a tour as an Army Intelligence officer during the Viet Nam Era.
I have found resonance in his views about defending US ally Kurdistant in sectarian violence prone Irag. I have found his comments on the mismanagement by Israel's political and military leaders during the recent inconclusive mini-wave in Lebanon spot on, especially after interviewing former IDF COS, "Bogie" Yaalon with other fellow bloggers.
But when he goes out of his way to attack in a smarmy fashion friends of scholarly persuasion on Islam and castigate them for their pioneering efforts to warn us in the west about radical Islam, that's where I part company.
If Peters read some of the books by Bat Ye'or, Robert Spencer, Andrew Bostom, apostate Ibn Warraq, survivor of Jihad and colleague Brigitte Gabriel, former Muslims Nonie Darwish and Walid Shoebat, he might be less judgemental.They want Islam to reform, if it can, because that would raise the humanity of hundreds of millions of women, gays, children above the level of being shehadas-martyrs- in the radical cults of death within Islam.
As a retired university president who appointed Muslims to senior positions in the university I led, I take the strongest possible exception to Ralph Peters's irresponsible column about those he characterizes as "Islam-Haters" and his irresponsible innuendo in arguing that the greatest damage to Western interests is being done by those who assert Islam cannot be reformed. The question of reform in Islam is a matter of debate among responsible scholars. Those who argue that Islam cannot be reformed perform an important service in forcing Muslims and non-Muslims alike to consider a worst possible case scenario. We did too little of that before 9/11. We no longer have the luxury of sleepwalking through dangers that could last for decades. Moreover, a responsible writer would identify his opponents. The crisis is too grave to rest content with one-sided opinions. Finally, Peters fails to consider the possibility that the Muslims majority could be hijacked by extremists who are as willing to kill dissenting Muslims as non-Muslims. Most Lebanese did not want war with Israel. Hizbullah did and it had its way. Whatever his motives, Peters has the wrong target. The real danger comes from those who fail to take account of the full complexity of the crisis. I see little, if anything, of that in Peters' column.
Richard L. Rubenstein Fairfield, CT
UPDATE: SHOCKA! CAIR is thrilled with Peters' piece. From their latest alert:
* Hadith: Love Each Other and Enmity Will Disappear
* Islam-Haters: An Enemy Within (NY Post)
- CAIR-CA: Prejudice Against Muslims Shows Who We Really Are
- CNN Host Warns Muslims of 'Razor Wire Fence'
* CAIR: In U.S. Visit, Iran's Khatami Urges Dialogue (LA Times)
* CAIR-FL: Muslims Suffer Increase in Hate Crimes (Sun-Sentinel)
From Fjordman: Why We Cannot Rely on Moderate Muslims
UPDATE: Andrew Bostom's priceless .02 cents:
Please read excerpts from Peters' incredible immoral equivalence in the Weekly Standard from Feb. 2006 (more evidence that he is in fact unhinged), and continue down down to the discussion of Indonesia (which Peters lionized), as well...
During an appearance on the Friday, September, 8, 2006 Laura Ingraham Show, Mr. Peters' response to an e-mail question asking him about the number of fatwas issued to condemn the forced conversion of kidnapped Fox News reporters Centanni and Wiig, spoke volumes. Peter’s stated that he didn’t know of any such fatwas issued, specifically, but he was certain there must have been many.
We have written about the forced conversions of Centanni and Wiig, and the same day Mr. Peters appeared on the Laura Ingraham Show, Dr. Bostom’s essay describing the burgeoning problem of violent Muslim Jew hatred in Western Europe was published. It is ironic (and depressing) that what Dr. Bostom called for today (Vatican II style reforms of Islam itself) is reiterated by Mr. Peters himself, in a slightly different (and less specific, less informed) idiom, “The long overdue liberal reformation within the Islamic world can only be carried out by Muslims themselves". Yet for expressing the same sentiments as Peters', his repugnant innuendo labels us as hatemongering bigots, fomenting genocide.
Finally, we have two questions for Mr. Peters regarding the obscene immoral equivalence he made in a February 2006 essay published in the Weekly Standard, glorifying jihad terrorists. Peters wrote,We write off the suicide bomber as a criminal, a wanton butcher, a terrorist. Yet, within his spiritual universe, he's more heroic than the American soldier who throws himself atop a grenade to spare his comrades: He isn't merely protecting other men, but defending his god.
- Who is Peters to say that the American soldier's act of true self-sacrifice isn't “defending his god” by Loving His Neighbor?
Peters comparison of jihad terrorists and American soldiers in this thoughtless essay is as heinous as it is dangerously unhinged—about as unhinged as the crude innuendos in his New York Post piece, which the jihadist front Council on American-Islamic Relations enjoyed enough to include in its “American Muslim New Briefs” of 9/8/06.
- Is saving comrades really comparable to killing and maiming innocents, the latter in pursuit of an imagined heavenly harem of compliant Muslim virgins?