Islam & the West: Irreconcilable Conflict?

By Pat Buchanan

Omar Mateen
Muslin Terrorist, Omar Mateen – Dead
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -( On Saturday night, Omar Mateen was a loner and a loser.

Sunday, he was immortal, by his standards, a hero. Mateen had ended his life in a blaze of gunfire and glory. Now everybody knew his name.

He had been embraced by ISIS. His face was on every TV screen. His 911 call to Orlando police identifying with the Islamic State and the Tsarnaev brothers of the Boston Marathon massacre was being heard across America.

He was being called the most successful Islamist terrorist since 9/11. A hater of homosexuals, Mateen had, all alone, massacred more than four dozen patrons at a gay Florida nightclub, wounded 53, and driven deeper the wedges breaking up America.

When it was learned that he used an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, (the most popular gun in all of America) America's gun wars were reignited.

And make no mistake. There are out there in society some few looking at what Mateen did, and how he left this world, not in revulsion and disgust but admiration and awe.

Omar Mateen will not lack for emulators. While we see him as a sick and crazed mass murderer, some will see him, as he surely saw himself, as a warrior for Islam and Muslim martyr who earned paradise.

Yet, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama seemed either unable to recognize the roots of Mateen's malice, or they were inhibited from identifying those roots by the commands of political correctness.

The president called this “an act of hate,” but declined to name the source of the hatred or motive for the massacre.

Where did Omar Mateen learn to hate not just homosexuality but the homosexuals themselves? Where did he come to believe that they deserved to die and he had a right to kill them?

Where might he have gotten such ideas? Who teaches this?

Well, not only do the Taliban and ISIS hurl homosexuals off buildings and stone them to death but 10 nations — Mauritania, Niger, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Yemen and Pakistan — impose the death penalty for homosexual acts.

Peoples of these nations approve, for such laws find sanction in the holy book, the Quran. Sharia teaches that homosexuality is a vile form of fornication, punishable by death.

Clinton declared that we must redouble our efforts to work with “our allies and partners” to go after international terror groups.

Did she have in mind the Saudis and Gulf Arabs?

For they have on their books laws calling for beheading the same sort of people Mateen shot to death at the Pulse club in Orlando, and for the same reason — what it is they do.

A co-worker said Mateen had an abiding rage over the behavior of American women. Where did Mateen get that idea?

After San Bernardino, where an ISIS-adoring Pakistani woman and her husband perpetrated a massacre, Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, until they could be better vetted, and we “can figure out what the hell is going on,”

This was regarded as quintessentially un-American.

But “refugees” from the Syrian war have been found abetting Islamist atrocities in Paris. Terror cells containing “refugees” from Syria's civil war have been discovered in Angela Merkel's Germany.

We are learning that second-generation Muslims like Mateen seem susceptible to Islamist imams preaching terror against the West to advance the restoration of the caliphate.

Does this not suggest a pause, and a long hard look before we continue with a policy of warmly welcoming all refugees fleeing the half-dozen wars roiling the Islamic world?

After World War II, we vetted German and East European migrants to ensure they were not fleeing Nazis or Soviet saboteurs or spies.

No one seemed to regard that as outrageous.

Devout Muslims believe there is “no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his Prophet.” Logically then, Muslim nations reject a “First Amendment” in their own societies that would protect a right of Christians to convert Muslims, or any “freedom of speech” that permits the mockery of Muhammad.

The iconoclasts at Charlie Hebdo learned that the penalty for blasphemy against Islam or insulting the prophet can be severe.

“East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat.”

So wrote Kipling. Islam, not only in its extremist forms but in its pure form, is incompatible with modern Western democracy.

And the conflict appears irreconcilable.

The policy that should result from this reality is that while we fight side-by-side to annihilate our common enemies, ISIS and al-Qaida, the West should give up the idea of democratization and secularization of the Islamic world.

And those who believe Islam is the one true faith, to which all of mankind must eventually submit, should be told that they are welcome as visitors — but not as immigrants. For that would ensure endless conflict.

The more Islamic the West becomes, the less it remains the West.


Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 11 thoughts on “Islam & the West: Irreconcilable Conflict?

    1. What has ticked me off (again) recently is the use of the term “lone wolf.”
      The power of the misuse of “naming” reminded me (again) of Ms Leora Tanenbaum”s editorial for the Boston Globe. The subject was the shaming of women and thus undermining their safety on campus.
      The quote that caught my eye is, “To stop thinking of young women as sluts, we need to stop calling them sluts.”

      In recent months, we’ve seen the excess publicity, negative or positive, that surrounds drastic public actions.
      Consciously or not, electronic or print media influence – even induce or dissuade – “copycat” behavior, especially from our more impressionable, unstable individuals.
      The problem, if it is a problem, arises when the publicity shows some brainless psychotic as a serious person (the Mastermind!!), and grants significance and respect to his pronouncements, or treats his every notion as worth attention.
      We see this E.G. because of the constant references to a killer as a “lone wolf.” And the appellation is being used to glorify all kinds of insane punks in Europe and in the US.
      In our heritage, and in many other cultures, the “lone wolf” is perceived as a stalwart, brooding hero figure.
      Look at almost any Clint Eastwood character – (Dirty) Harry Callahan et al, or watch Five Easy Pieces, Pale Rider, etc, etc.
      Or John Wayne’s heroic figures, or Jack Nicholson’s, Gary Cooper’s. How about Lawrence of Arabia, or El Cid? The Batman?
      The “ lone wolf” is inspirational; he triggers noble aspirations in every “red-blooded” male.
      Yes, attend to the anchors and the news talkers; listen to the awe – admiration? envy? – in their voices as they tell us about the exotic, heroic “lone wolf” martyrs.
      This can fire up society’s most pathetic, ignorant “losers,” many of whom long to see themselves as valiant “ lone wolves.”
      My point this time is this; Why don’t all of those yakkers and talking heads and “journalists” and bloggers, whatever, play down these idiots’ episodes, instead of making them the lead news story for weeks, instead of keeping their celebrity as brief as possible?
      Why not refer to those imbeciles not as “lone wolves,” but as “lone skunks” or better yet, as “lone cowards” or “lone pigs”? Or just plain punks.
      I mean, what th’ Hell, why reward the psychosis?
      It’s just possible that the long-term result of judicious selection of words would be a decline in the number of such “copycat” episodes.
      Of course, no evidence of that would be found, proving a negative being impossible.
      However, at no expense to law-enforcement, anti-terrorism or broadcasting, it’s worth a try.
      The consistent appellation “Lone Pig” might possibly make some insane Islamist hesitate in his sick ambitions.

    2. STOP STOP STOP Mr. Buchanan when will all of you media a*sholes stop glamorizing and sucking up these sick perverts. Their names should be Assh*le or Dip*hit when published. When you publish their names it is slap in the face of those they Killed. Their real names should be illegal to Publish
      DON’T DON”T publish their names Don’t give them name recognition.If they know that they will never get their names in the paper or be called what they are Insane Lunatic’s.
      Their pictures should be Published with a butt hole in place of their face.
      In fact that’s what we should do with all of the Succubus Bottom Feeding Politicians that abuse our Constitution.
      P.S Don’t ask me how I really feel about giving the scum of the earth name recognition. I WON’T BE SO POLITE.

    3. It is time to go Old Testament on all these fuc&ing radical islamist. Matteen’s family, friends and neighbors should all be deported today. Better yet would be to get some blood revenge on his family.

      1. Gil, Christian policy is to love our brothers and sisters even when they sin, but hate the sin. That is so basic, that it makes me wonder if you know anything about Christianity at all. But don’t get the wrong impression about me, Gil, I am not a perfect Christian. I find it impossible to shed tears for perverts and their supporters.

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