Caleb: There’s no virtue in dying, Leela.
Leela: That rather depends on what you do to avoid it.

Doctor Who: The Face of Evil 1977

The cycle has begun again, a bunch of Islamists slaughter a bunch of Brits and even as the blood is still flowing the media lashes out, not at those who are killing the innocent, but at those who would unapologetically name those who kill them while insisting that we must take into account the feelings of Muslims who had nothing to do with the carnage.

The most frustrating thing about the situation is it doesn’t seem to matter how many times a Pam Geller, or a Robert Spencer warn people about what’s happening, it doesn’t matter how many attacks from all over the world are listed by the Religion of Peace website (all documented) the greater public simply refuses to acknowledge the reality.

Furthermore the real problem in a sense is the so called “moderate” followers of Islam which supposedly outnumber the radicals by far, yet somehow they never seem inclined to purge this cancer from their religion or restrain their fellows. Furthermore they are not forthcoming concerning their fellows and terror, indeed there have been reports of people being advised not to corporate with the FBI and police investigating radicals within their midst.

Perhaps it’s a lost cause, but let me try one more time to explain the situation in a way our liberal friends might understand.

Moderate Muslims are the German baker in the 9th episode of Band of Brothers.

Let me set up the clip. A patrol from easy company is going through the woods the scene suddenly changes to Sgt. Perconte running into town has come across their first death camp.

Perconte: Major Wintes, sir…We found something out on patrol and…We came across this–
Major Winters: What? What? Frank? Frank what is it?
Perconte: I don’t know sir

They come to the camp, shocked what they see and when they question prisoners in the camp they discover what it’s about:

Joseph Liebgott: He says it’s a work camp for…”Unerwuenschter.” I’m not sure what the word means, sir. Uh, “unwanted,” “disliked,” maybe?
Cpt. Nixon: “Criminals?”
Joseph Liebgott: I don’t think “criminals,” sir. Verbrecher?
Camp prisoner: Verbrecher? Nein, nein.
Joseph Liebgott: No.
Camp prisoner: Ärzte, Musiker, Beamter, Bauern…
Joseph Liebgott: Doctors, musicians…
Camp prisoner: Schreiber, Schneider, Intellektuelle…
Joseph Liebgott: Tailors, clerks, farmers, intellectuals. I mean, normal people.
Camp prisoner: Juden. Juden. Juden.
Joseph Liebgott: [softly] They’re Jews.
Camp prisoner: Pole, Ziegeuner.
Joseph Liebgott: Poles and Gypsies.

The people in the camp are starving so the troops immediately head into town and start grabbing all the food they can carry and that is where we see the German Baker who is outraged that all of his wares that he worked so hard to bake are being taken but Pvt Webster is having none of it. Here is the text of their exchange:

David Webster: Shut up! I said, shut up, you Nazi fuck! [grabs baker]
German Baker: Ich-ich bin kein Nazi! (I’m not a Nazi)
David Webster: Oh, you’re not a Nazi? My mistake, you fat fucking prick. What about a human being? Are you one of those, or are you going to tell me that you never smelt the fucking stench? [of the nearby concentration camp]
German Baker: Toten sie mich nicht! Bitte toten sie mich nicht! (“Don’t kill me! Please don’t kill me!”)   Ich verstehe nicht was du da sagst! (I do not understand what you say)
Pvt. Joseph Lesniewski: Leave him alone, Web. He says he doesn’t know what the hell you’re talking about.
David Webster: Bullshit.

Naturally we as Americans are with Webster here and have nothing but disgust for the German Baker, but just for a moment consider the situation the Baker was in.

He is a German, living in a city of Germans, in a culture that has completely embraced the values of Nazism. We don’t know what he actually thinks about any of this stuff, so let’s ask the one basic question obvious question:

Even if the Baker had a moral objection to what was going on, was there any way, said Baker could, act on that objection to the what was being done at the camp without ending up either dead or in the camp himself?

Short answer: There isn’t!

There is a reason why we celebrate those who resisted the Nazi’s because it took a huge amount of moral courage to take a step the could die or (and many did). That kind of courage is not the norm, it’s the exception.

And that brings us to our “moderate Muslims” in the west and elsewhere.

The vast majority of said Muslims, particularly in Europe may be in the west, but have not assimilated. They remain within their enclaves, within a culture that still embraces Sharia, in which the values of radical Islam are openly expressed (in languages other than English of course) furthermore large portions of their families still live in the Arab world.

What happens if such a person sees some within that community preaching or embracing jihad and decide to talk?

Will such a person be rejected by their community, their family both here or in the old country? Will their family either at home or in the old country be subject to retaliation for talking? Will they fear for their lives? After all right now life is cheap in Libya, or Syria, or Iraq or elsewhere in the Arab world.

And if this is a risk in the west, multiply that risk by 100 back in the Arab world when something like the attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt.

That’s the reality, we aren’t counting on the average Muslim to help us stop terror, we are counting on Muslims immersed in a different cultural norm to not only have our moral norm, but have the courage to act on those norms in the face of extraordinary risk.

For all the increased policing, better security or improved surveillance that’s the bottom line. Unless we consider one other thing about that German Baker.

He was ready to deny the Nazi’s when he was more afraid of the Americans than he was of his fellow Germans.

If you want to get the average unassimilated Muslim to take the risk necessary to stop terrorists within their community, they have to be less afraid of what their fellows will do if they talk then they are of what we will do if they remain silent.


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