Middle East paradoxes

Have you noticed how many ways liberals can avoid calling a spade a spade in when it comes to talking about Islam? 

Prof. Paul Eidelberg, | updated: 11:17

Paul Eidelberg
Paul Eidelberg

Has it ever occurred to you that the explosion of information produced by Internet could not but have resulted in an explosion of disinformation, hence, of mendacity? This is especially true in the Arab-Islamic world where the art of taqiyya or deception or dissimulation is a virtue.

1. Is it not ironic that when speaking of Islam, whose faithful are skilled in taqiyya, you must be "politically correct" and you must therefore engage in dissimulation?

2. That "political correctness" has entered into the vocabulary of public discourse concerning the Middle East suggests that current discourse about this region is permeated by mendacity. 

3.  Since it's impolite to say that “so and so” is being "insincere or intellectually dishonest" about Islam, you need only say he's being "politically correct."  But if you say he's being "politically correct" about Islam when you really mean he's being insincere or intellectually dishonest, you too are insincere or intellectually dishonest!

What's the difference between "Islamophobes" and "Islamophiles"?
4.  Have you noticed how many ways one can avoid calling a spade a spade when it comes to talking about Islam?  Since you don’t want to suggest that Islam per se is abhorrent, you employ a variety of soft substitutes such as "radical" Islam, "fundamentalist" Islam, or "militant" Islam; and you refer to its practitioners as "Islamists" or "extremists" who have "hijacked" Islam.  Hardly anyone wants to say that Islam and Islamism and Islamic extremism are one and the same thing. That's politically incorrect!

5.  It has been said by the intrepid Middle East expert Daniel Pipes that Islam is compatible with democracy!  If this is true, why is it so difficult to persuade Muslim leaders to become democratic?

6.  What's the difference between "Islamophobes" and "Islamophiles"?  Islamophobes contend that 50 percent of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims support Jihad, whereas Islamophiles reassure us it's only 10 percent.

7. Whereas Muslims believe in "concealment" – witness the veil – Americans believe in "transparency" – witness the clothes favored by the West.  Even though this makes any negotiations between the two indecisive, the outcome cannot but favor the veiled the transparent!

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