Not likely. In speaking about Vilks and Sweden’s alleged “war on Islam,” Al-Abdaly was aligning himself with the efforts of the 57-government Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to compel Western governments to outlaw “incitement to religious hatred” – that is, any honest discussion of the ways in which Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism. That would render the West mute and hence defenseless in the face of the advancing jihad.
This effort has already been a smashing success. The Obama Administration and the Bush Administration before it have both been careful not to speak about Islam or jihad in connection with what the perpetrators consistently and universally refer to as acts of Islamic jihad – no matter what mental contortions they have to go through in order to ignore or obfuscate that fact. They have been so intent on showing that the U.S. is not at war with Islam that they have taken a sanguine and supportive attitude toward Islamic supremacist groups that are dedicated – in the words of a captured Muslim Brotherhood internal strategy document – to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within.”
So if this effort succeeds entirely, and it becomes illegal in Sweden to speak critically of Islam or Muhammad (if that isn’t functionally the case there now already), will there be no more acts of jihad against Sweden?
Again, this is unlikely. For behind all these shifting pretexts is an imperative that cannot be placated: the mandate, rooted in Islamic doctrine, to wage war against unbelievers until they either convert to Islam or submit as inferiors to the rule of Islamic law. The pretexts always shift, and are useful to stir up a righteous anger against Infidels that is useful for making recruits among peaceful Muslims, but if one cause of that anger is taken away, the anger itself will not dissipate. Instead, it will just find another object, and manufacture a grievance to use for that purpose if necessary. The anger itself, and the resultant jihad, are the only thing that is constant.
So while the audio file sent to the Swedish news agency spoke of Afghanistan, insults to Muhammad, and Lars Vilks, the biggest mistake embattled Swedish Infidels could make would be to think that if reasonable accommodation were made in Sweden’s military posture and attitude toward speech about Islam, a lasting peace with the Muslims in their midst would then ensue. A prediction: a period of calm may indeed come in that case, but it would only be the calm before a greater storm than ever, as Islamic supremacists newly emboldened by Sweden’s show of weakness in making these accommodations would press forward even more fiercely than before.
And one thing is certain: Western governments, possibly including Sweden itself, will amply prove the truth of that prediction by the policies they adopt and pursue in the next few years.
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