Posted by: Winslie Gomez | 15/01/2008

A German’s point of view on Islam.

I may not agree with every word, but have copied the transcript in its entirety.

Dr. Emanual Tanay is a well known and well respected psychiatrist.

I have included the topic for the only reason, that, here is a person who recounts from personal experience.

If a Christian can speak about his/her experience and call it witnessing, then I feel Dr Tannay has as much a right to be heard.

A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War ll owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

‘Very few people were true Nazis ‘he said,’ but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’

We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history.

It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is that the ‘peaceful majority’, the ‘silent majority’, is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War ll owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. ‘Very few people were true Nazis ‘he said,’ but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’ We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is that the ‘peaceful majority’, the ‘silent majority’, is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managaed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War ll was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:

Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghanis, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.

As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Lastly, at the risk of offending, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems of expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands, world wide, read this – think about it – and send it on.

Emanuel Tanay, M.D. 2980 Provincial St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 734-997-0256 drtanay@umich.edu

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Responses

  1. Just to clarify, for you and your readers, this article, minus the final paragraph, was originally penned by my blogging cohort Paul at Celestial Junk, here

    http://cjunk.blogspot.com/2006/02/why-peaceful-majority-is-irrelevant.html

    When the article started getting bumped around via email, its proper credit somehow got lost, although this mis-credit has mostly been corrected now.

    The article itself really snowballed, and has been picked up by several mainstream media outlets, here:

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=8CB42C7C-F9A1-4672-BA06-42DF76A1E2DC

    and here:

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/6996

    I think Paul’s point is very well made, although few others have made it. Something everyone should think about.

  2. We must look at the USA in the same light. A few fanatics are driving that country down an evil road, which will not end well.

  3. Junker
    Thanks for the update.

    As you say, I too got it as an email but only acted on it because the message, I felt, applied to me. The last para urges the reader for their action, be it delete or print.

  4. DB
    Thank you for dropping by!
    Appreciate your comment.
    Fanatics everywhere are a danger to decent, quiet and passive people.

  5. Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from it’s death throws? He has a new book, and here are some excerpts that echo the same sentiment:
    _____________________________________________________________
    Lee Iacocca Says:

    ‘Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where
    the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder.
    We’ve got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a
    cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even
    clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of
    getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians
    say, ‘Stay the course’

    Stay the course? You’ve got to be kidding. This is America , not the damned
    ‘Titanic’. I’ll give you a sound bite: ‘Throw all the bums out!’

    You might think I’m getting senile, that I’ve gone off my rocker, and maybe
    I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country
    anymore.

    The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in
    handcuffs. While we’re fiddling in Iraq , the Middle East is burning and
    nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving ‘pom-poms’ instead
    of asking hard questions. That’s not the promise of the ‘ America ‘ my
    parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I’ve had enough. How about
    you?

    I’ll go a step further. You can’t call yourself a patriot if you’re not
    outraged. This is a fight I’m ready and willing to have. The Biggest ‘C’ is
    Crisis!
    Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It’s
    easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory. Or send
    someone else’s kids off to war when you’ve never seen a battlefield
    yourself. It’s another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.

    On September 11, 2001 , we needed a strong leader more than any other time
    in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes.

    A Hell of a Mess

    So here’s where we stand. We’re immersed in a bloody war with no plan for
    winning and no plan for leaving. We’re running the biggest deficit in the
    history of the country. We’re losing the manufacturing edge to Asia , while
    our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs Gas
    prices are skyrocketing, and nobody in power has a coherent energy policy.
    Our schools are in trouble. Our borders are like sieves.
    The middle class is being squeezed every which way. These are times that cry
    out for leadership.

    But when you look around, you’ve got to ask: ‘Where have all the leaders
    gone?’ Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are the people
    of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may be
    a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.

    Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us
    take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo?
    We’ve spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we
    know how to do is react to things that have already happened.

    Name me one leader who emerged from the crisis of Hurricane Katrina.
    Congress has yet to spend a single day evaluating the response to the
    hurricane, or demanding accountability for the decisions that were made in
    the crucial hours after the storm.

    Everyone’s hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping it doesn’t happen again.
    Now, that’s just crazy. Storms happen. Deal with it. Make a plan.
    Figure out what you’re going to do the next time.

    Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can
    restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed
    that there could ever be a time when ‘The Big Three’ referred to Japanese
    car companies? How did this happen, and more important, what are we
    going to do about it?

    Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the
    debt, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem. The
    silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our
    country and milking the middle class dry.

    I have news for the gang in Congress. We didn’t elect you to sit on your
    asses and do nothing and remain silent while our democracy is being hijacked
    and our greatness is being replaced with mediocrity. What is everybody so
    afraid of? That some bonehead on Fox News will call them a name? Give me a
    break. Why don’t you guys show some spine for a change?

    Had Enough?

    Hey, I’m not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I’m trying to
    light a fire. I’m speaking out because I have hope, I believe in America .
    In my lifetime I’ve had the privilege of living through some of America ‘s
    greatest moments. I’ve also experienced some of our worst crises: the
    ‘Great Depression’, ‘World War II’, the ‘Korean War’, the ‘Kennedy
    Assassination’, the ‘Vietnam War’, the 1970s oil crisis, and the struggles
    of recent years culminating with 9/11. If I’ve learned one thing, it’s this:
    ‘You don’t get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody
    else to take action. Whether it’s building a better car or building a better
    future for our children, we all have a role to play. That’s the challenge
    I’m raising in this book. It’s a call to ‘Action’ for people who, like me,
    believe in America . It’s not too late, but it’s getting pretty close. So
    let’s shake off the crap and go to work. Let’s tell ’em all we’ve had
    ‘enough.’

    Excerpted from ‘Where Have All the Leaders Gone?’.
    Copyright (c) 2007 by Lee Iacocca. All rights reserved.

  6. What the article ignores is Christianity. Why was the Inquisition not mentioned? The 400 years of mindless, Christian driven atrocities between Catholic and Prodesent in Ireland. Any one could go on with endless examples of atrocities carried out by people hiding behind a Christian belief. Education is destroying the belief in the control by religious leaders of doctrine born out of the dark ages. Let’s hope that all countries can deliver a secular education so that individuals can have the ability to form their own opinion and feel free to speak out about Hitler’s and Saddam Hussein’s and Bush’s and countless other people in power who are driven by lust for power and religious dogma.

  7. B Frankham
    You are right to point out the atrocities of Christians and I am in complete agreement with your last statement of educating the young minds against all forms of oppression.

    None of us, regardless of whether we follow a religion or are an atheist should stand by when atrocities are committed against a fellow human.

    The problem appears to be how do we protest and not become the “peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late”.
    That to me is the salient point of the message.

    The peaceful majority need to raise their voice unanimously, devoid of hate in their hearts..

  8. Peace loving Muslims do exist! What’s sad is that the western media focuses solely on the few fanatics who have declared war. The rest of us are not heard. We don’t sell as a story. We are silenced by the regimes that support dictators like Musharraf who have allowed extremists to flourish in a land that never had religious fanatics before.

    We do exist, and we are not silent. The world chooses not to hear us. It makes one uncomfortable to have one’s rather narrow world view of evil, turban-wearing, sword yielding terrorists challenged by the real face of Islam- tolerant people who just want to live in peace… like everyone else… we too are human… seems like people like to forget that.

  9. Nabiha
    I am pleased to hear that in your part of the world, you, as peace loving Muslims, are not silent.

    From a UK perspective, I am referring to the majority EU population who see themselves as Christian but have silently allowed horrendous crimes to go unchallenged.

    Dr Tanay is appealing against all fanatics.

  10. vI did not write the article attributed to me; I have forwarded it to some friends. Someone put my name as the author. I am not German but a Holocaust survivor from Poland. Obviously, I am aware of the danger of fanaticism. My book Passport to Life (Amazon.com) gives some of my reflections on the subject of fanaticism.
    The author of the article you are referring to was Paul E. Marek of Saskatoon, Canada. The original Title was Why The Peaceful Majority Is Irrelevant. Paul E. Marek is a second-generation Canadian, whose grandparents fled Czechoslovakia just prior to the Nazi takeover. He wrote it in February of 2006.
    See http://inrepair.wordpress.com/2008/01/20/why-the-peaceful-majority-is-irrelevant/
    Also http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/6996

    Emanuel Tanay

  11. I like this article & have posted it on my own blog. I received it from a friend in my email & decided to see who else liked it enough to post.

    Thanks for helping spread the word when good articles come out.

    My blog is at http://voice4fact.blogspot.com/

    in case you would like to see some of my other articles.

  12. A sage has said: ‘All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing’. In the UK at present the ‘good men’ are treated as fanatics if they speak out, but speak they must.


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