The Gaza Imam couldn’t have issued a more clearer statement on the issue of Christian-Muslim dialogue from the perspective of an Islamist, “there is to be no dialogue with non-Muslims”, period. It reminds me (somewhat) of a scene from the movie “Independence Day“, in which US President, Thomas Whitmore asks the captive alien about the possibility of co-existence, and receives his reply in the form of a no, just “DIE”.
Like the imaginary alien, the Islamist cannot co-exist (long term) with any other system other than its [own], which they believe to embody the perfect religious and political solution for mankind. No other ideology is allowed to exist within the Islamist’s realm, as well as the realms lost (Andulas and Palestine) and in those yet to be conquered.
In short, co-existence with Islamist extremism is a fantasy, an extremely naive view held by a portion of society in the liberal West, which shuns any form of confrontation. Choosing rather, to believe steadfastly in dialogue as being the only way to solve anything and everything.
But Sheikh Abu Saqer’s Salafist ideology forces us to confront the obvious, that being, how can any “meaningful dialogue” be acheived with the proponents of an ideology that considers its belief system as being “supreme” and therefore,.. beyond critique ?
A Scene from “Independence Day”:
“President Thomas Whitmore: I saw… its thoughts. I saw what they’re planning to do. They’re like locusts. They’re moving from planet to planet… their whole civilization. After they’ve consumed every natural resource they move on… and we’re next. “
If they can’t be persuaded to amend their extremist beliefs, then what’s next, conversion or confrontation? Pres.Whitmore: “Nuke ’em. Let’s nuke the bastards.”
I think that in the end, Islamism will have to be confronted within Islam itself, what we in the West need to in the mean time, is resist the temptation to both excuse and “co-exist” with it. KGS