Our reaction to this is about the same as Ace’s reaction to Mark Steyn’s National Review piece on Sunday…
Mark Steyn writes a great column about the recent Islamic terrorism.
Of course, when I say this, I mean “Mark Steyn writes essentially the same great column about recent Islamic terrorism that he’s been writing for twelve years, because not a thing has changed, except the West’s capacity for self-delusion has, if anything, grown.“
Condell is a pretty reliable purveyor of reason on the subject of radical Islam – which is to say, Islam.
But this might well be his greatest hit. Because in the wake of the beheading of a British soldier in broad daylight on a London street by Muslim barbarians who shouted “Allahu Akbar!” while doing the deed and stood around to bloviate about what they’d done to bystanders to leave no question about whether they attacked the soldier out of a sense of pique about British tax rates or gun rights or the Falklands or whether they were, in fact, violent jihadists, Condell does something truly necessary here.
Namely, he demands, unequivocally, that Muslims – and in particular, “moderate” Muslims – renounce violent jihad as part of their faith. Not through equivocation, and no more “yes, buts” but a full-on, clear renunciation of violence as a means to further the interests of their faith. Condell demands that heretofore when there’s an imam in a mosque preaching violent jihad the congregants should immediately denounce that call – not just in the mosque but to the police.
Because anything less than that is complicity. And we’ve allowed that to go on in the West for far too long.