Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Fjordman: Irrational Fear of Islam?


Fjordman’s latest essay has been published at FrontPage Mag. He includes this note with excerpts from the article:

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Update: Read also Andrew Bostom’s take on the Islamophobia commanded by Allah and the Koran:

“The Koran, hadith, and sira — Islam’s most important foundational sources — thus mandate Islamophobia to be inculcated amongst non-Muslims as a ‘sacralized’ objective.”


In his book How the West Was Lost, the Russian-born author Alexander Boot suggested that Westerners no longer live in a democracy but in a glossocracy, the government of the word, by the word and for the word.

One could posit that we live in a world dominated at least as much by images, especially moving images in the form of television and movies, as by words, but words clearly matter. In many cases, those who coin new words, or manage to force the public to accept their definition of old words, win the struggle. In practice, this is done by those who control the propaganda flow, in the education system and the mass media.

We now have a term for an imaginary problem: Islamophobia. It has become the subject of international conferences and is treated as a threat to world peace. In contrast, racist violence against people of European origins, a very real problem from South Africa via North America to Western European suburbs, does not exist because we have no special word for it. This is word magic. “Tolerance” and “diversity” mean dispossessing Europeans from the countries their ancestors created, whereas “intolerance,” “hate” and “racism” imply any opposition by Europeans to their own dispossession and organized national destruction.


Having rabbitophobia, a paralyzing fear of rabbits, could with considerable justification be classified as an irrational fear. Rabbits can potentially carry diseases, as can mice and many other animals, but apart from that they hardly constitute much of a threat to humans. Likewise, it is hard to find any rational justification for coulrophobia, a fear of clowns, apart from some bad childhood experience that somehow stuck to adulthood.

However, one could not sensibly be said to suffer similarly from greatwhitesharkophobia or crocodilophobia. That’s because big sharks and crocodiles are large predators that are genuinely dangerous. Having some healthy fear of them is perfectly sane and may help you stay alive. This doesn’t mean that great white sharks or big crocodiles will attack and kill humans every time they have the opportunity to do so, but they are perfectly capable of carrying out such attacks, and sometimes they do.

The same principle applies to so-called Islamophobia. An ideology that has as its stated goal to put the entire world under its eternal rule, by force if necessary, and to kill those who stand in its way, criticize it or leave it, is genuinely dangerous. Having some healthy doses of fear and skepticism of such a force is perfectly rational.

Read the rest at FrontPage Mag.

For a complete archive of Fjordman’s writings, see the multi-index listing in the Fjordman Files.


Lawrence said...

Most fear is irrational, because for most of us, when we can rationalize something we no longer fear it.

This is not the same thing as rationalizing an enemy trying to kill us and being cautious of their attacks, that is a different type of fear.

Most people fear Islamist Terrorist aggression because they cannot bring themselves to accept the obvious facts of Islamist hatred of non-Islamists. It doesn't make sense in the Western P/C mindset.

Anonymous said...

Most people that I meet are much more afraid of the counter-jihad than the actual jihad.

Perhaps the right word would be Fjordmanophia? Ha!

"Let me sleep! I do NOT want to wake up! Let me sleep!"


Anonymous said...

Labour leader Ed Milliband the Marxist or Millie the Muppet as he is know has pledged to make Britain one nation as Disraeli did.

He obviously thinks he is going to be Britain's second, I am sure that's right, Jewish prime minister.

Unfortunately at the time of Disraeli Britain was 99.9% indigenous with a handful of Jews as the bulk of the present figure of 0.5 million only arrived at the end of the 19th century here or like Millie's Marxist lot either during or after World War 2. The divide in Britain then was between rich and poor only.

This is going to be a tricky one Millie as the Muslims aim to wipe out you and your fellow Jews in Europe first, followed here probably by the Hindus and the Sikhs and of course the dwindling number of indigenous Christians.

And we haven't started on the hatred between blacks and muslims, blacks and whites, Hindus and Sikhs etc. The best of luck Millie.

Wasn't it a bit simpler in Poland, too, as it probably still is?

Anonymous said...

Its not a phobia if you know why you dont like it.

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