Totalitarianism: we have become comfortably numb - Part 11

“The matter is summed up for every person alive: either submit, or live under the suzerainty of Islam, or die… Such, then, is the basis of the relationship between the infidel and the Muslim. Battle, animosity and hatred—directed from the Muslim to the infidel—is the foundation of our religion.” AQR

Totalitarianism: we have become comfortably numb - Part 11
The futile quest for the "Moderate Islam" Grail

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10

The pertinaciousness with which Western commentators avoid alienating "moderate Muslims, our allies in the fight against the radical extremists," drove them into a futile campaign of obfuscation to stay ahead of a truth that just will not abolish itself: Islam is a monstrous catastrophe and Muslims have everything to do with it; the one defines the other. Thus unfolded an unseemly spectacle of semantic acrobatics to protect the fantasy of Islam from the reality of Islam and the fantasy of Muslims from the reality of Muslims. To prop up and defend Muslims is not easy while Muslims reject such sanitisation of their perfect religion with contempt, and continue to kill both others and themselves with urgency to salvage and restore Islam to its prescribed barbaric perfection. Against this ultimate spoiler, the obscurantists find themselves compelled to continuously patch up the corral within which they seek to protect their "moderate Muslims". As reality topples each enclosure, another is quickly knocked up to take its place. Consider where this flight from reality is up to in the Great Islam Feelgood Stakes:

“Fundamentalist Islam” > “Extremist Islam” > “Violent extremism” > “Radical Islam” > “Political Islam” > “Islamism” > “Radical Extremism” > “Extremist Political Islam” > “Jihadism” > “Violent Jihadism” > anything, anything, so long as a spade is not called a spade. The list that keeps on listing...

The purveyors of terms like "Islamism", "moderate Muslims", "violent extremists", etc., will never acknowledge, let alone address, the capital that the practitioners of taqiyya extract from their self-righteous folly. Muslim leaders like Mahatir Mohamed, Recep Tayyib Erdoğan, and many others, use the contrivance of "moderate Islam" to advance that there is no such thing as "radical Islam". In other words, they resolve the false dichotomy created and maintained by people such as Alex Schmid[1] and Daniel Pipes[2], by subsuming "radical Islam" into "moderate Islam", and then claiming that there is no such thing as this, that or the other Islam, since all Islam is moderate. From there it is a small step to taking what would have been Islamic terrorism and spreading it evenly over all religions.