But do we have the nerve to follow through to the conclusion?
…Did you know that, — 99% of the Japanese did not attack Pearl Harbor? — 99% of the Nazis did not kill Jews or Gypsies, or invade Poland? — 99% of the Communists did not engage in Stalin’s or Mao’s purges? — 99% of the Germans killed in Dresden had never bombed England? — 99% of the Italians did not invade Ethiopia? — 99% of the Iranians did not occupy the US embassy in Teheran? — 99% of the Al Qaeda membership did not fly airplanes into the World Trade Center or the Pentagon?
And so on, and on, and so what? What does that “99%” prove? Just one thing: There are consequences in the real world to belonging to organizations or following ideologies and leaders that commit atrocities. That’s the way it works. If 99% of Muslims are not terrorists, and do not support terrorism (that’s the big “if”) where are they? Why can’t they control the crazies and murderers and rioters in their midst? If they can’t they will find that they might just pay the price, even if they did not pull the trigger, or drop the cyanide gas. The Germans and the Japanese discovered that during World War II.
So whether you’re in Boston or Fort Hood, London, Paris or Benghazi, at some point you have to face the fact that this is a cultural struggle we are causing ourselves to lose. Either the terrorists and those who enable them are held accountable by the civilized, or the civilization itself will fall. Do we as a culture have the stones to make the correct decision? I honestly don’t see much evidence of it- we no longer even hold our own leaders to any traditional moral standard, much less those who attack us.
Only by each individual taking a stand- “This far, no further”- will this ever change. You’ll have to look inside yourselves for the answer to that.