First Published 2007 Republished February 2013
I remember reading the White House announcement of August 22, 2003, which stated that Daniel Pipes had been appointed by President Bush to the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace, thinking then that Daniel Pipes, by virtue of this political birdlime imparted to him by an American president, was no longer in the running as a defender of Israel and an unbiased critic of Islam. Of course, Mr. Pipes cannot openly state that he is a defender of Israel - not when he is given such a mandate by an American president who maintains friendships with Saudi princes who in turn, it may certainly be assumed, maintain friendships with Wahabbist Muslims. And now I read in Canada's National Post (May 8, 2007) years later Mr. Pipes denigrating all those who have worked so hard at exposing the darker and eminently dangerous side of Islam as "blind" and "ignorant non-Muslim busybodies."
The god Daniel Pipes has spoken.
My Pipes, always obscure on the real character-demanding issues, like the latent, myopic anti-Jewish hatred incubated by Islam proper - an inconspicuous reality of the moderates, a blatant manifestation of the jihadists - has now exposed himself as a political opportunist and a reactionary equal to the type Franklin D. Roosevelt once described as "a somnambulist walking backwards." That a million Turkish Muslims are antipathetic to having the zealots of their country's predominant religion rule over them is nothing short of a national repudiation of veridical Islam and in no way exculpates the so-called "moderates" of this religion from what has become their proverbial silence regarding the "extremist thugs" in "their mosques and their communities."
Mr. Pipes writes, "Radical Islam is the problem. Moderate Islam is the answer." Wrong answer, Mr. Pipes: Islam is the problem; the "radicals" are merely a spiritual progression from the "moderate" mother lode of this religion. In short, just as the Islamic terrorist is a direct manifestation of Islam, so is the moderate. And the West must eventually face up to the reality that the "moderate Muslim" is at most nothing more than Islam's equivocation of the malefic and rampageous behaviour of the less attractive other millions of its adherents, clerics included. It is the modern myth of the "moderate Muslim" and the faith politically hobbled media-addicts like Daniel Pipes put into it that ensconces and encourages the Muslim terrorist within our midst. As Sir William Hunter wrote, "Treason can thus safely walk under a religious habit."
So many non-Muslims are blind, Mr. Pipes? I don't think so. In my opinion, any academic who interprets a protest in Pakistan as proof that "moderate Islam" is the answer to radical Islam needs to study the history of Islam all over again - this time with the lights on.
"It is said he was preaching murder, but he was actually preaching from the Koran itself." -- Edward Fitzgerald, Defence lawyer for Abu Hamza of Finsbury Park, London
Editorial Note: This article was originally published on May 11, 2007. Being relevant to issues raised in today's issue of the Newspaper, it was thought appropriate to republish.