JLH has translated an article from Politically Incorrect about an essay by Oliver Jeges in Die Welt. The PI article included excerpts from the Jeges essay, but instead of including those, the translator has appended the entire piece after the text from PI.
(Photo caption: “A young Palestinian in Berlin demonstrates against Israel”)
Why Do Muslims Not Demonstrate When Muslims Are Killing Muslims?
by Michael Stürzenberger
Today WELT-online published the outstanding commentary: “Are Muslims really Incapable of Self-Criticism?” The author is Oliver Jeges, the son of an Austrian mother and an Egyptian father. He emphasizes the absolute necessity of criticism of Islam, and faults the West for exculpating this “religion” of its responsibility for terrorism. “Current opinion in Europe decrees that terrorism in the name of Islam is not connected to Islam. That is as absurd as maintaining that religious wars have nothing to do with religion.” We are drawing ever closer to public discussion of the heart of the matter.
[Excerpt 1, see full article below]
The author, a graduate of the Axel Springer Academy, also addresses the ironclad cohesion of the Ummah — the worldwide community of all Muslims. They are demonstrating everywhere for their co-religionists in Gaza:
Another important point is that Muslims never see themselves as the perpetrators, but only as the pitiable victims:
To come to the point, here is the whole article in WELT:
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Commentary on Islam
Are Muslims Really Incapable of Self-Criticism?
by Oliver Jeges
Nine years have gone by since several cartoons almost unleashed World War III. On September 30, 2005, the Danish daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 small caricatures on one page, which, among other things, depicted the Prophet Mohammed as a terrorist.
The best-known drawing was a full-bearded face with a bomb as a turban. It was by Kurt Westergaard — seventy years old at the time — who has since then been under police protection and only just escaped assassination in his own house by fleeing into a panic room built for that purpose.
Far more horrifying than this close shave is the fury which exploded all over the Islamic world because of these twelve drawings. For many Muslims, the satiric representation of their religion’s founder was a cue for unreasoning hatred and uncontrolled violence. Danish embassies in Islamic countries were stormed and their diplomats expelled.
Streets from Jakarta to London were the scene of violent riots, for the one and only reason that Muslims felt provoked and their honor wounded. As a result of the worldwide protests, 139 people were killed and 800 seriously injured. There were similar upsurges of violence after the announced Koran burnings by American preacher Terry Jones, as well as at the opening of the low-budget, Islam-critical film, “Innocence of Muslims.”
How is that proportional?
The impression that arises in the world because of this is devastating. There are protests in the Islamic world and in Arab communities only when Muslims are the victims of the West, America or the “Zionists.” But if Muslims are the perpetrators, there is silence.
For instance, when Israel insists on its right of self-defense after months of Hamas rocket attacks, there is a wave of protests throughout the Islamic world. On the other hand, when a terrorist militia like IS (formerly ISIS) terrorizes half of the Levant, bestially slaughtering Shi’ites as well as Sunnis and destroying sacred places, it seldom occurs to Muslims to raise their voices in protest.