In every group of people – nation, religion, Rotary Club, PTA, etc. – three major subgroups exist: Leaders/Activists, Followers and Change Agents. The largest group, Followers, as expected by the definition, is too apathetic to support outright either the Leaders or the Change Agents, but implicitly is supportive of the Leaders by not joining the Change Agents, by not ruffling any feathers and by letting the Leader/Activist cohort take the group wherever it wants.
This is pretty pedestrian stuff: Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way.
In islam these three groups can be defined as:
- Leaders/Activists: ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hamas, the PLO, etc. – and those who provide moral and material/materiel support (Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, Democrats, etc.)
- Change Agents: a group in islam which may exist only anecdotally, as in “some of my best neighbors/doctors/friends are muslim,” but, as per definition, is too small to effect change (if it exists at all).
- Followers: those in basic agreement with the Leaders/Activists, the majority in every Western survey of muslims regarding the place of sharia over Western Civilization and the Rule of Law, but too lazy to participate. They are not leading and they are not changing.
The point is that the idea that moderate muslims exist is based on the erroneous idea that the large Follower cohort is part of the Change Agent group when, in fact, it supports the Leader/Activist cohort via inertia. The goal which Followers implicitly support is islamism, sharia, and the overturning of Western Rule of Law, Self-government, Individual Liberty and Human Rights.
If Followers were, as Western progs demand, “moderate”, and so interested in getting along with, rather than conquering, the West, they’d be Change Agents. By their numbers alone we’d see change, perhaps an Enlightenment bringing islam into modernity and out of the Dark Ages to which its Leaders/Activists have, for centuries, demanded it return (see What Went Wrong, by Bernard Lewis), against which the Followers have put up negligible resistance, and the only Change Agent of note, Ataturk, is dead and Erdogan is busy overturning his every change.
By not being Change Agents, Followers support the Leaders, whose goal is the 7th-Century world of barbaric totalitarianism the West has fought millennia to leave behind. (Why progs think another millennia of carnage to get back to where we are now is a good idea is never explained.)
The West must acknowledge that the overwhelming supermajority of this cult of islam is opposed to Western Civilization, and that the only salient difference between the Leader/Activist and Follower cohorts is the level of violence to which they are – today – willing to subject the greater world.
For moral and material progress to continue islam must change. Lacking Change Agents, it cannot, so must be removed. For the entire civilized world, the sooner the better. Erasing their major centers of funding and ideology can do this. Nothing else will or can in any competitive timeframe. “Competitive” as in the competition between islam and the Rest (West, China, Russia, India), which is accelerating and which will have only one winner.
The West can continue to lose irreplaceable human capital by fighting dumb, localized combat with conventional weapons and strategies & tactics, and lose any war of attrition with a people having nothing better to do. (We always lose our wars of attrition; why would this one be any different?)
Or we can annihilate these centers and allow the remainder of the cult to evaporate over a few generations. The indisputable fact that Followers – are, and that no Change Agents exist in the proper target locales (Mecca, Medina, Qom, Quetta, etc.), removes any justification for not annihilating these centers of ideology immediately. There are no “innocent bystanders” in the Follower cohort.
The former is what we are doing now.
The latter is the mature, moral and responsible answer.
A Third choice exists: China or Russia annihilating islam as an existential threat to them or, as they modernize, to their needed Western markets. Unless America wants world leadership to move East, it would be good if we became the necessary Change Agent before they do.