Several U.S. citizens are running for office on a "Quit Being Soft on Islam" platform. Consider Rick Barber's new commercial.
Western nations are understandably sick of politicians bowing to Islam. When a U.S. soldier opens fire on his own soldiers, shouting "Allahu Akbar," and the government won't even consider the possibility that the attack was motivated by his Islamic faith, people take note. Americans, the media, and the government have tried, with every ounce of strength, to view Islam in a positive light, despite the violence, oppression, rapes, acid attacks, wife-beating, and honor killings we hear about constantly. But the dam of Western tolerance is starting to crack. And yet many Muslims continue to do the very things that are causing concern among non-Muslims. This is leading, inevitably, to a spiral. The steps are as follows:
(1) Before the next elections, Muslims will launch several more terrorist attacks, possibly even here in the U.S.
(2) Sickened by the apathy of Western political leaders, citizens will elect officials who promise to get tough on terrorism.
(3) Outraged that Westerners would think of becoming more aggressive towards Islamic imperialism, many Muslims will become even more hostile towards the West, leading to further terrorist attacks.
(4) Concerned about the increase in terrorist attacks, citizens will elect officials who promise to get even tougher on terrorism.
(5) Muslims will be outraged even more, which will lead to additional terrorist attacks.
(6) And so on.
At some point in this process, I suspect that one of the major news channels will stop defending Islam and submitting to organizations like CAIR. They will begin turning to Muslim sources to explain Muslim violence. Citizens will be elated that someone is finally telling the truth about Islam, and the channel's ratings will go through the roof. In order to survive, the other news channels will also start pointing a finger at Islamic teachings.
The new knowledge of Islam will cause massive concern about Muhammad's teachings, and an even stronger desire to confront it. This, of course, will outrage Muslims, who will call for more violence in response. Events like "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" will become more and more common, giving rise to more and more Muslim outbursts.
Unless something changes, the spiral won't stop until one of the sides collapses. Most people (including me) don't want to see this, but that's just where we're headed. What are Muslims doing to stop the spiral? Getting angry over cartoons?
Remember, my Muslim friends, that we live in a democracy. The actions of political leaders are strongly influenced by the will of the people. If Muslims upset enough Westerners, those Westerners will eventually take action. And for those Muslims who think that the Muslim world is strong enough to win a victory over the West, a quick history lesson is in order. Muslim nations have repeatedly joined forces to attack Israel, and have repeatedly been crushed by a very tiny nation. Hundreds of millions of Muslims detest a few million Jews, and yet are powerless to defeat them. What would happen if the entire Western world decided that the West will no longer put up with Islamic attempts to conquer the world?
Now is not the time to build mosques at Ground Zero. Now is not the time to throw tantrums over cartoons. Now is not the time to call for the destruction of Israel. This is the time when Muslims need to show the West that they believe in peace (real peace, not Islamic peace) and justice (real justice, not Islamic justice), that they have more to contribute to the world than honor killings and acid attacks, and that there are more important things to Muslims than the scribbles of a twelve year old. If Muslims continue to care more about cartoons than about women who are being kidnapped, raped, and forced to convert to Islam; if Muslims keep demanding concessions from Western nations while turning a blind eye towards the horrific oppression of non-Muslims in Muslim lands; if Muslims can't come up with a better way of dealing with problems than perpetual violence--I don't foresee a positive end to this spiral.
The ball is in your court, my Muslim friends. The calls for minaret-bans and burka-bans in Europe did not begin in a void. The soaring popularity of politicians like Geert Wilders is no coincidence. People are getting fed up. You can either show them that they are wrong, or you can continue trying their patience. The choice is yours.