The following video is a joint Vlad Tepes/Baron production. It was inspired by the convergence of the coercive “narrative” proposed by the OSCE with the “narrative” peddled by Capt. Mona Shindy of the Royal Australian Navy.
While I was going through Capt. Shindy’s paper in preparation for my post, I noticed the fundamental incoherence of her “narrative”, which is essentially the same as the line used by Muslim Brotherhood spokesmen throughout the West:
- Violence and terrorism have nothing to do with Islam. Terrorists are not Muslims.
- If we insult Muslims and don’t treat them nicely, they may radicalize and become terrorists.
That is: Our bad behavior towards Muslims offends them and makes them stop being Muslims.
As they say around here, that don’t make no sense.
Many thanks to Vlad for creating and uploading this video:
The script that Vlad and I put together for the video is below the fold. The part spoken by “Len the Lens Cleaner” (wearing hijab in the video) is condensed from what Capt. Shindy wrote in her paper for the journal of the Royal United Services Institute of New South Wales. To demonstrate that my précis has not altered or distorted the meaning of what she wrote, several paragraphs from her paper are included below the script (each listed under its section header), with relevant sentences and phrases highlighted in red.
These people are Muslims. [picture/clip of nice tame Muslims]
These people have nothing to do with Islam. [picture/clip of ISIS violence]
Mona Shindy [pic] is the most senior Muslim in the Royal Australian Navy. She recently wrote a paper for the journal of the Royal United Services Institute of New South Wales explaining to Australians how they can improve relations with Muslims.
Terrorists who claim to be Muslims are magnified by the media, who constantly link terrorism with Islam. The word “Islamic” should not be used to describe these extremists. Call them “separatists” or “militants” instead. Don’t use the name of the religion they falsely claim to follow. The word “Islam” should not be associated with ISIS. Their ideology has nothing to do with Islam.
Censorship, marginalization, victimization, and disenfranchisement affect the mental health of certain elements of the Muslim community, driving them to extremism and radicalization.
In other words:
The people who commit terrorist acts are not Muslims. [picture/clip of ISIS violence]
These are Muslims. [picture/clip of nice tame Muslims]
When Islamophobes talk about extremists as if they were Muslims, [picture/clip of Geert, or Tommy, Pamela etc.] they insult Muslims [tame Muslims], causing them to radicalize [picture/clip of “Islam will dominate” demo] and become non-Muslims. [ISIS]
This is why Islam executes apostates, [custom graphic] in order to prevent them from becoming non-Muslims. [ISIS]
This is also why we should stop provoking and insulting Muslims, [Geert, Tommy, etc.] so they will remain Muslims and be nice to us [tame Muslims] and not kill us. [ISIS]
IS THAT CLEAR?
Excerpts from “Islam in Australia in 2015: an Australian Muslim perspective” by Capt. Mona Shindy (section headings included to help locate the excerpted text):
Islam and Muslims
Islam teaches that the killing of innocent people is a sin. Why then have Muslims been linked to terrorism? Terrorism is an unjustifiable, abhorrent act that has nothing to do with Islam. The extremist behaviour of groups purporting to be Muslims has been overplayed by the media for years constantly linking terrorist behaviours to Islam, e.g. use of the description ‘Islamist’, rather than separatist or militant. Of course, such groups claiming authority for their actions under a banner of ‘Islam’ has not helped, but it is not legitimate to associate the politically-driven behaviours of unsavoury individuals or groups with the teachings of a religion they claim to follow. Extremist groups have emanated from many religious communities over the years.
Root Causes and Triggers
The same argument holds true when governments seek to muzzle organisations that to them hold distasteful, radical views and use violent rhetoric. These groups, however, perceive such government actions as double standards. Censorship forces these groups underground, where they are even less able to be monitored or understood, exacerbating the very problems the governments wish to solve. When, however, freedom of speech moves into the realm of incitement or harassment, limits need to be set. I believe this is no more complicated than the message many children get from their parents or at school about the inappropriateness of bullying and harassment.
Breaking the Terrorist Cycle
Any attempts to break the terrorist cycle must involve communication, education and equity. International government responses have been simplistic and ineffective; and there are arguably double standards and hypocrisy in both international and national policies in world institutions and governments. There is also a need to understand why elements of the Muslim community are vulnerable to extremism and radicalisation. Islam calls Muslims to jihad to stop oppression. So once the idea of Muslim ‘oppression’ is planted in the minds of at-risk individuals, it is easier to move them to extremist actions.
It is also important that, in the public rhetoric, terrorism and Islam are de-linked. Constant negative media reporting on apparent Muslim behaviour provides ammunition for terrorist recruiters enabling them to convince impressionable Muslims that there is an agenda against them and their religion – again, supporting a call for armed jihad.
Indeed, the word ‘Islam’ needs to be removed from reporting on ISIS/ISIL or Daesh. The barbaric nature and ideology of these groups has nothing to do with Islam and we should work to limit their appeal to vulnerable Muslims, preventing the use and advertising of ‘Islam’ in their name. This would also limit the adverse impact they are having on the reputation and quality of life of the true peaceful Muslim majority. This must be coupled with frank, fearless, fair, respectful and honest debate addressing the root causes of grievances with a view to arresting the vicious cycle.
Muslim victimisation and disenfranchisement, real or perceived, puts the Muslim community under great strain. It erodes its confidence and self-esteem, and promotes a victim mentality, leading parts of the community to withdraw from the wider society. Indeed, segments of the Muslim community in Australia now struggle to integrate, to effectively communicate their true nature, and to reach their full potential. This, in turn, has impacted on the mental health of some within the Muslim community, and is a social phenomenon which needs serious and empathetic attention. Effective strategies are needed to address it.