Friday, July 31, 2009

A German's View Of Fanaticism

By Emanuel Tanay, M.D.

A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, 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. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.

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 managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II 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, Afghans, 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, 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 to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands, world wide, read this and think about it, and send it on - before it's too late.

The author of this email is a well-respected German psychiatrist.It is well-written,short and precise. Hantu Laut


SM said...


How true! Unfortunately, we humans NEVER learn from History (just look at Malaysian Politics!) & I don't see any change in sight (as an example, there are still Germans to deny the Holocaust...the current Iranian President has also denied it & I remember seeing comments some time ago when some of the comments from your readers also supported this view!).
Most of us will adopt the typical "it's none of my business" & the very Malaysian "tidak apa" attitude & get on with our lives!
I really wonder how Malaysians feel about Nordin Top (I have a bad feeling that he's probably looked upon as a Hero!...I hope I'm wrong!).

Anonymous said...

The sentence of caning for a woman for drinking beer and the acceptance of this by the educated malaysian muslim is an illustration of this point here as well. It can only get worse for all of us.


eddy said...

1. I do not know how well other countries deals with political or religious fanatics be they Muslim, Hindu or Christians or Jews.

I do know and am very thankful to Allah Al-Mighty, that, in Malaysia the Internal Security Act ISA can and will be used with high certainty on any fanatics who gets out of line and attempts to disturb the peace and harmony of this country before they get the chance to put their plans in motion.

2. SM, Nordin Mat Top is not a hero, he is a bloody terrorist disguised as a religious fanatic, if caught he deserves to be hanged until he die. His bombs do not differentiate whether you are a muslim, christians, hindu or a jew.

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SM said...


I'm glad you think Nordin Top is not a hero.
However, how can you use the word "Allah" & ISA in the same sentence? ISA goes against all that is true & good about Allah (being detained without being given a chance of defending yourself is not Religiously right...let alone your basic human rights to defend yourself). How can we ever aspire to Vision 2020 & Develpoed Nation Status when we still have something like the ISA.
Even Nordin Top has the right to defend himself in an open Court of Law.
If our Judiciary is "clean" & "impartial" (& we ALL know that's not true) then doesn't matter what, Religious Fanatics or whoever should be able to stand trial for their deeds.