Saturday, January 7, 2017

Mark Armstrong Slurring Muslim Immigrants Again

Mark Armstrong has released his latest weekly update (January 6, 2017). Usually he mentions several topics but this time he devotes the main narrative of this update to scare mongering about Muslims. Various violent attacks in several different countries on behalf of several differing groups are presented as a common problem and Muslims in general are then slurred as a threat.
There have already been some 25 terrorist attacks in the last six days.  Many of those have taken place in the Middle East, some in Africa and Asia, and our news has largely spared us the upset of these incidents.  Two shootings, one in Pakistan and one in Ivory Coast, and another bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan have occurred today, January 6.  Yesterday there were car bombings and shootings that took place in Iraq, Syria and Turkey with a death toll of 40 some odd, and nearly one hundred others wounded.  The day before that saw two terrorist shooting incidents in Afghanistan, one of which killed two U. S. military personnel.  Three girls in Nigeria were killed while attempting to detonate their suicide vests at a marketplace.  Authorities believe they were put up to it by Boko Haram (or whatever).

Three suicide bombings took place on January 2, two in Iraq and one in Somalia.  One of those was in Baghdad.  It killed 56 and wounded 122, and ISIS gets the credit.  Eight bombings and shootings took place on January 1st in Pakistan, Algeria, Afghanistan, Syria, Bahrain, Turkey and Iraq.  Three of those are credited to ISIS, one to al Qaeda, one to Hezbollah, another to the Taliban and one to the always mysterious “lone wolf.”
Here he mentions various violent incidents some of which are in differing countries in different conflicts. Some are connected to each others. Others not so much. But he then clumsily labels all these violent attacks as having just one cause, namely a certain religion he views negatively, which has the effect of slurring all Muslims everywhere under an unfair cloud of suspicion instead of distinguishing between the innocent and the guilty.
What might it take before even the most casual of observers realizes there is a trend here?  It's not because ISIS is suffering setbacks, as we've been told by the White House spokesman and others.  It's not because Israel has built settlements in (gasp!) Judea and Samaria. [He means the West Bank which was never annexed by the State of Israel.]  It's not because the U. S. “intervened” in Afghanistan or Iraq.

It's because the high holy men of Islam are quoting the words of the Muslim prophet, and they're crystal clear.  Convert all nations, kill the infidels.  That's it.
And because Islamophobia is often used to slur liberals and leftists as well he then alleges that government restrictions and liberal values such as respecting the freedom of religion are preventing the prosecution of Al Qaeda like extremists. He even acknowledges that some Muslims are not like the scary stereotype but he dismiss that important fact by alluding to events that occurred fourteen hundred years ago. It is absurd to slur people today concerning events that happened so long ago. (He also bizarrely and crudely accuses Muslims of "inbreeding".)
Nothing can be done about it, by the United States or especially in the U. S., because that would be a violation of religious freedom.  Sure enough, there are moderate Muslims who wouldn't dream of carrying out mass murder.  That doesn't change what their beloved “prophet” left behind as scripture. There will never be a shortage of those who, having not lived up to their “religious” ideals (and slightly touched due to generations of inbreeding), will attempt to secure their future in paradise by murdering dozens or hundreds of otherwise innocent “infidels.” 
He proves the paranoid style is alive and well by insinuating that there is a conspiracy in Europe to hide alleged violent behavior by recent Muslim immigrants from the white European population.
Everything possible has been done, and is being done (particularly in Europe) to keep the general public in the dark as to the extent of the problem, and the dangers that exist all over Europe.  Again, and again we've heard the experts remind us that it's only “a very small percentage” of religious Muslims that would do such a thing.  And no actual figure is ever assigned to the claim.  When you're talking about well over a million having recently arrived in Europe, adding to a population of tens of millions, even the smallest percentage can terrorize the people of any country.  When one bad guy can take out fifty or a hundred at a time as they do routinely, this could turn out to be devastating.
And immediately after scare mongering about Muslim immigrants in Europe he then scare mongers about Muslims in the United States.
Thirty-eight thousand were admitted into the United States as “refugees” in the year just ended.  Over one million “green cards” have been issued to Muslim immigrants during the two terms of the outgoing president.  They come from Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia …  Let’s just say all the places that saw terrorist attacks in the LAST SEVEN DAYS, and then some.  Oh, and it might interest you to know that the U. S. is home to an estimated 3.3 million.  A small percentage means big trouble.
What if he talked like this about any other ethnic or religious group? What if he was talking about Jews? What if he was talking about African Americans? Also such fear based thinking erodes the distinction between the innocent and the guilty.

He also neglects to note that the countries he mention are all experiencing several political crises at present. Pakistan is near war torn Afghanistan and the elements of the Taliban operate in Pakistani territory in Waziristan. Iraq has been at war since 2003. Afghanistan has been at war since 1978 after Afghan Communists came to power in a coup. Syria has been at war since 2011. Somalia witnessed an armed uprising against the dictatorial rule of Siad Barre arise in the late 1980s which by 1991 succeeded in overthrowing him but the war has raged on ever since.

To just blame all these different things on one religion is absurd. It is unfair to slur people who had been accepted as refugees by the US government as a threat just for coming from countries afflicted with several problems.

He also adds a postscript announcing the cancellation of services due to cold weather during which he mocks activists who warn about climate change.
Even those who demand that global warming will kill us all are bundled against the freeze, and this time it's swept very far south. 
And so it is evident that Mark Armstrong continues to incite fear and loathing among his followers of Muslims in general and their alleged allies among the left.

1 comment:

  1. He totally forgets about the good ones, the good hearted ones, doesn't he? Racists nearly always construct straw men from the worst stereotypes or criminal types.

    I wonder if Mark has any non-white friends whatsoever. I guess that's what makes me different from him. Circumstances have lead me to having friends and allies of all racial backgrounds. Personally, I feel far richer as a human being as a result of these alliances, and the love that is possible amongst one's fellow human beings. Beats the heck out of dismissiveness and blind hatred.