By A Khokar
While Marriot at Islamabad was engulfed in flames; I was sitting thousands of miles away from my home land– Pakistan and watching this horrific scenes on TV. Saddened and bemused; I remembered an old man, who belonged to an aristocrat German family. Prior to World War II, he owned a number of industries and estates.
It was Nazis-Era; when asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward the—Fanaticism. ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’
We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely– ‘irrelevant’.
It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or carry out honour-killing in Asia. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.
The hard quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were ‘irrelevant’. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people. The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: The Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun. Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.
As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the ‘Fanatics’ who threaten our way of life; in the name of God. It is the Satan trying to preach us, using the religion as his weapon. But it is our contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand.
* Kabhee Rehmatain thi nazaal es khitta e zameen par- wohee khitta e zameen hey keh azaab uter rahey hain
* Koi aour tou naheen hey; passay khanjar aazmaie—-Humeen qatal kar rahey hain; Hameen qatal hou rahey hain
(Obaid Ullah Aleem )
(Affiliate blog: The Pakistani Spectator;http://www.pakspectator.com/while-marriot-at-islamabad-was-burning/