German-Turkish author Zafer Senocak writes in the German weekly Die Welt:
Even if most Muslims refuse to face this truth, terrorism comes from the very heart of Islam, arriving straight from the Koran. It targets all those who do not live, do not act in accordance with Koranic rules, whether they be against democracy, against thinkers and scientists inspired by the West, or against agnostics and atheists. And it targets above all women. It is the product of an exclusively masculine Islam, that aspires with all its might to prevent women from obtaining equal rights and from at last breaking the centuries-old bonds.
You do not encounter the true face of Islam at the Conference of German Islam. You find it in countries like Pakistan. That Islam launched a world war. But the world acts as if it never heard anything about it. For many of our contemporaries, the battle is being waged far beyond Turkey. But in the modern planetary village, there is no “far beyond”. There is only a “right on your doorstep.” The totalitarianism of the Taliban and the Islamic terrorist cells is in all probability worse than Fascism, because it is not the result of a process within civilization. Rather it develops in a context where there is no reminder at all of the progress of civilization.
The Muslims of the world today have painted themselves into a corner. They are paying the price of the negligence of past generations. The spiritual decline and the incapacity to communicate with the modern world have thus led to the appalling current situation. Now it is necessary to act in a concerted way by uniting all the forces of reason. But while terrorism has become a world-wide network, the opposing forces are indolent or block each other out. In the Islamic world, where good common sense ought to prevail against the blind hatred of fanatics, hatred is spreading even more throughout the populations. Worse still, a number of illegitimate leaders are collaborating with this hatred in order to preserve their thrones. Faced with this situation, most Muslims stick to their rhetoric. And they avoid the decisive question, which is to ascertain whether or not their religion is capable of giving birth to a civilization.
But the free world only watches, paralyzed. American policies in Iraq set off and continue to feed much disdain in Europe. When it comes to criticism, Europeans are really unsurpassable. But when it comes to new ideas and political concepts, there is a vacuum. European politics confronted with Muslim terrorism wears itself out trying to undermine all concrete actions. Some want to negotiate – with Hamas, with the Talibans. They offer nuclear reactors to Qadhafi, they roll out the red carpet for the Saudi sovereign. And finally, everything is counted in petrodollars. The West does not even notice how far it has disintegrated, while terrorists of Islam win one victory after another.
Precisely. Why doesn’t any Western politician have the balls to say what is plainly obvious? Their silence and appeasement of Islamism is not a sign of sophistication and multicultural awareness but spinelessness and cowardice.
English translation here.