The most efficient way to solve a problem is to first break it down to its simplest parts—its bare-bone elements.
This was the ultimate point of a recent article in which I asserted that:
When it comes to the connection between Islam and violence against non-Muslims, one fact must be embraced: the majority of those in positions of leadership and authority in the West are either liars or fools, or both.
No other alternative exists.
Both in the comments section on my site as well as those of other websites that carried the article, and through emails, many begged to differ. They argued that there are other alternatives and my distinction—fool, liar, or both—is too simple.
Some argue that those Western leaders who refuse to connect Islam to violence and terrorism are simply being “politically correct,” or are “cowards,” or are bought-and-paid-for “traitors,” or are worried about their careers, or are intentionally trying to defuse a potential world conflict, i.e., a “clash of civilizations.”
Others argue that many Western leaders sincerely believe that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism because they cannot think outside the box—because they cannot transcend their own Western epistemology; or because they are “delusional,” or overly “optimistic,” etc., etc.
To be sure: Depending on which Western leader and/or talking head is claiming that Islam has no connection to violence—that is, judging on a case by case basis—all of these explanations may be true.
Still, they are only just that—explanations as to why these people are claiming what they are claiming about Islam. None of these explanations changes the fact that what they end up saying is either a direct lie or a product of a soft brain.
Whether it’s due to “political correctness,” “cowardice,” “treason,” or even sincere fear of international conflict, those who claim Islam is free of violence are, in the end, still liars.
Likewise, whether it’s due to mistaken “optimism,” or the inability to think out of the Western epistemic box, or simple delusional thinking, those who cannot accept that Islam is connected to violence are, in the end, still fools.
Incidentally, others argue that “Damage done by deceit is worse than damage done by stupidity, because it is done deliberately.” I beg to differ: damage is damage, irrespective of cause. If someone intentionally runs you over, or if someone accidentally runs you over, the end result is one: you’re dead.
It’s important to understand these distinctions in order to see through the fog. Whatever their motivations, anyone who claims Islam does not teach violence and intolerance against non-Muslims is ultimately a liar or a fool, or a little bit of both—and nothing else.