Here in the United States, (where we lost over 2,000 souls to Islamist terrorists – or have we forgotten?), our leaders can’t find within themselves the courage to mention the word “Islam” let alone harshly condemn those who perpetrate such acts or seek to subvert our way of life.
We shall leave the discussion as to why that is for another article, but that nagging question continues to persist, especially given our obvious absence in solidarity with erstwhile allies this past weekend in France.
Nonetheless, it is refreshing and astounding when voices of courage ring out from within the Muslim community. The latest comes from Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, a Moroccan-born citizen of the Netherlands who arrived in that country at the age of 15.
As the UK Daily Mail Reports, while speaking on live television just hours after the Paris attacks, Mayor Aboutaleb told Dutch current affairs program Nieuwsuur (Newhour):
“It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom. But if you don’t like freedom, for heaven’s sake pack your bags and leave. If you do not like it here because some humorists you don’t like are making a newspaper, may I then say you can f*** off.”
The Daily Mail says “Mayor Aboutaleb grew up the son of an imam in northern Morocco, but moved to the Netherlands in 1976.”
“After working as a reporter he became a civil servant before being appointed State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment in 2007.”
As we reported recently, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi gave a stirring speech a few weeks ago saying it is has reached the point that “this (ideaology) is hostile to the entire world. Is it conceivable that 1.6 billion (Muslims) would kill the world’s population of 7 billion, so that they could live (on their own)? This is inconceivable.”
Perhaps, but that is what the radical Islamists are attempting. Speaking out against it is one thing. At least we are beginning to hear more courageous voices willing to take a stand.
But at some point, the world is going to need something a lot stronger than words. We’re going to need firepower.
The question is who will provide it?