WHEN A BULLY wants to pick a fight with someone, what does he do? He could just come up and hit his victim. But usually that's not what happens. More likely, a bully will call him names, insult his mother, insult his manhood, "accidentally" knock his books out of his hands, trip him, embarrass him — a bully will do anything and everything he can think of to get a rise out of his victim — and then when he tries to defend himself, he uses the victim's hostility as an excuse to beat him up.
He puts his victim in a painful double-bind. If he stays silent or runs away, he is publicly humiliated. If he fights to defend himself, he risks losing his teeth and getting expelled from school for being a troublemaker.
This is the same double-bind technique used by Muslims since the time of Mohammad.
In Mecca, even before Mohammad had a huge, well-armed following, he provoked others in the city, criticizing them in public. They responded by criticizing Mohammad and Islam, which Mohammad said was an attack on the one true religion — an attack that must be defended.
While he was in Mecca, Mohammad was protected by his uncle, a powerful and influential elder, so his detractors didn't go too far. But when Mohammad's uncle died, the Meccans basically threw Mohammad out of their town. Mecca was known far and wide for its religious tolerance, but what can you do with someone who is so intolerant of anyone else's religion?
Later Mohammad attacked the caravans of Mecca, killing the camel drivers and carrying off the booty, which he justified because the Meccans had censored him and rejected Allah. In other words, they had "attacked" Islam, and Mohammad was merely avenging Allah and defending Islam. He eventually used the same justification for attacking and capturing the entire city of Mecca.
So let's look at the big picture here. Mohammad provoked the Meccans, antagonized them, called them names, embarrassed them, defamed their religions, and when they tried to defend their religions, he used their defensive hostility as an excuse to beat them up.
Every devout Muslim knows he should follow Mohammad's example, so we see Islamic supremacists doing the very same thing today.
Islam tries to spread. When anyone tries to hinder Islam's aggressive encroachment, Muslims consider it an "attack" on the one true religion, and "defend" the attack. It's schoolyard bullies on a bigger scale.
So what's the solution? What's the best way to deal with bullies? Either you need an authority to intervene — an authority with enough power to enforce their authority — or you need to have a strong enough deterrent so the bully doesn't want to mess with you. If you are carrying a baseball bat in one of your hands, for example, a bully is not likely to knock the books out of your other hand.
A willingness to use force will often deter a bully. But you had better not be bluffing. As Lee Harris said, "In a world full of bluffers, the ruthless will rule." Someone will eventually call your bluff and then they will really bully you.
Of course, dealing with Islamic supremacists, part of this "willingness to use force" means military force. But there are many ways to use force. Here are some examples:
A group of Islamic supremacists tried to intimidate people into silence with lawsuits. Recently, they have been served with a lawsuit by the people at Mapping Sharia.
Islamic supremacists have organized and lobbied, and they exerted a strong influence on politicians who are afraid of offending such an organized lobby. ACT! For America has organized to defeat them.
Islamic supremacists have rioted and violently tried to intimidate newspapers. But some defied them, and the more newspapers and bloggers that defied them, the more the violence defeated its own purpose by promoting defiance to their suppression.
When we can see what Islamic supremacists are doing as simple bullying, the solution to the problem becomes clear and even obvious. We do not need appeasement, bluffing, or propitiation because those will only encourage the bullies. We need strength, unity, firmness, and a willingness to use force if necessary.
Here is a list of things you can do to exert strength, to help unify non-Muslims, to act with firmness, and to wield force in the fight against Islamic supremacism: What Can a Civilian Do To Stop Islam's Relentless Encroachment?