The Great Treadmill of Muslim Extremism
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.
Back in 2008, Latma not only predicted the rise of ISIS but also the newly moderate Hamas and Al Qaeda. This comedy clip from Latma (Hebrew with subtitles) nicely illustrates what I call the “Great Treadmill of Muslim Extremism”.
No matter what awful thing a Muslim terrorist group does, a new even more horrifying Muslim atrocity will make it seem moderate. Even though I’m transcribing some of it, the clip is worth watching for the punchline, which I won’t include here.
Host: Mr. Fadiha, could you explain the background of the current fights among the various extremist factions in Gaza to us?
Palestinian Minister of Uncontrollable Rage: They aren’t extremists! What you don’t understand is that Hamas are moderates.
Host: But both Hamas and Fatah hate us?
Palestinian Minister of Uncontrollable Rage: Many make that mistake. We in Fatah do hate you and want you to die, that’s true. But Hamas really hates you and wants you to die. That’s why they call us traitors.
Do you see the subtle distinction?
Host: So Hamas are extremists?
Palestinian Minister of Uncontrollable Rage: Who says that? They are moderates. That’s why they are fighting the Jaih el Islam from Al Qaeda. They don’t just want to destroy Israel, they want to destroy Israel and get hysterical and parade down the street hitting themselves in the head until they bleed.
Host: So that means that…
Palestinian Minister of Uncontrollable Rage: But they are moderate! Because there’s the “Itbach al Alam” (kill the world). They say Israel should be destroyed and hit their heads in the streets until they are bloody and chant “Death to Israel” and “Death to America”.
And therefore Jaih el Islam is a bunch of traitors!
Host: So Jaih el Islam, I mean…
Palestinian Minister of Uncontrollable Rage: And what of “Al Jihad fil Kul and Itbach al itbach il”? (Fight and kill everyone) They say to destroy Israel and America and everyone and hit their heads in the street and burn flags with great anger and are for blowing up all sorts of things.
That’s why they say “Itbach al Alam” are traitors who must be liquidated.
This cycle can go on forever. Each more insanely violent terrorist group will be succeeded by Jihadists who are even more bloodthirsty. And that means yesterday’s monsters become tomorrow’s moderates.
Before too long the New York Times will be running articles about negotiating with moderate ISIS factions.
It goes well with this Latma clip, unfortunately not translated, about Islamophobia. “We’ll keep killing them until they realize we’re not dangerous.”
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