I simply want to give a bit of attention and honor to Lee Rigby, the twenty-five-year-old father of two-year-old Jack, whom a couple of Islamist fanatics hacked to death yesterday on a busy London street. He was a member of the Corps of Drums, posted to the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Apart from the fact that he was a soldier, he was apparently chosen pretty much at random.
Only Muslims can ultimately cure the disease of violent Islamist extremism that now afflicts not only their community but the rest of the world. I’m heartened to see that at least some Muslim leaders recognize this and are taking action.
“Law enforcement should handle the criminality and not the ideology,” says Dr. Maher Hathout (a prominent Muslim leader based in Southern California whom I have met and whom I respect). “The ideological battle is ours.”
Indeed, it is. And I wish the Muslim community well in this struggle. The image of Islam in the West is being destroyed not by anti-Islamic propagandists (though those exist and certainly don’t help matters), but by the acts of members of the Muslim community itself. That community’s good name depends upon the success of moderate Muslims in neutralizing the appeal of Islamic radicalism to their youth — as does, much more importantly, not only our safety but theirs.