Just over a year ago the US led the effort for tsunami relief in Indonesia.
Today we see this:
Muslims Target U.S. Embassy in Indonesia
Hundreds of Muslims protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad tried to storm the U.S. Embassy on Sunday, smashing the windows of a guard post but failing to push through the gates. Several people were injured…
A protest organizer said the West, and particularly the United States, is attacking Islam.
“They want to destroy Islam through the issue of terrorism … and all those things are engineered by the United States,” said Maksuni, who only uses one name.
“We are fighting America fiercely this time,” he said. “And we also are fighting Denmark.”
The US Government committed $950 million. American charities are estimated to have given over a billion dollars of private money – money raised by Christians, Jews, homosexuals, and others of questionable moral virtue in the eyes of Islam (the MTV effort for tsunami relief come quickest to mind).
Yet that hasn’t stopped Maksuni from believing America hates him.
Scanning my posts from around that time I am unusually quiet about the relief effort. I also can admit now that I did not donate to that effort – unlike the Katrina Effort which I supported with my hard-earned cash. I knew that many in the USA were donating because they believed that their dollars would show the Indonesians that America was generous and not their enemy, winning the battle of “hearts and minds” in the area.
However I knew deep down that wasn’t possible. The hearts and minds of Muslims in that area are so tainted by the propaganda of extremism that change cannot occur. Such a metanoia could only occur in hearts and minds open to it – and the only way I see that happening is for them to suffer the complete failure of their doctrine. Muslims have become the masters of the art of cognitive dissonance, and I don’t see any way that can break that from the outside. Such a change can only occur from a complete and total breakdown within.
So was that $2 billion wasted? It was on Maksuni and many like him. I can only hope that eventually the mythical “moderates” that exist in Islam assert themselves and deal with the likes of Maksuni – before the next tsunami comes.