Egyptian TV: Free speech causes terrorism

You really have to watch this clip, archived by MEMRI, to get a full flavor of the Arab taste for conspiracy theories.  The colloquy that occurs in this clip doesn’t take the form of shouting mullahs or insane cartoons or puppets on children’s shows, but between two apparently rational analysts.  The takeaway?  The West provokes “unusual responses” with its insistence on free speech and open criticism:

A. The goal of the enemies of Islam is to drive the 20-30 million (Muslims) out of Europe or to provoke them in a way that would lead to their banishment. If they remain in Europe, this will be dangerous, so they must leave.

Q. So you are making a very important claim – that there are intentional and premeditated provocations in order to drive the Muslims out of their current home – Europe.

A. Yes. When the offensive cartoons first appeared, it was strange to see that the button they press (to provoke) the Muslims — the Koran and the Prophet Muhammad, which are sacred to them — is the same button that is sacred to the West — freedom of speech. …

Therefore, their solution is to continue the provocation (against the Muslims) and to continue to do things that would provoke the Muslims, who would make mistakes, such as the bombings and other unusual responses.

Got it?  Criticizing Islam is a “provocation”, while murdering people is merely a “mistake” or an “unusual response”.  The commentators believe that Europe deliberately provokes Muslims into committing terrorist acts as an excuse to drive out the Muslims that they predict will become the majority in the next 20 years.  Oddly enough, they use Bosnia as an example of anti-Muslim animus among the nations of Europe, even though NATO fought the Serbian Christians in defense of Bosnian Muslims in the 1990s.

As far as their demographic calculations go, Egyptians need better math instruction.  Currently, Europe has 20-25 million Muslims — out of a total population of over 600 million people.  Even if Muslims did nothing but procreate for the next 20 years, they wouldn’t gain a majority in Europe in that time frame.

The most unsettling part of this video, though, is the rational tone in which this discussion takes place.  If this is the state of Arab thinking among the cognoscenti, then we have a long road ahead of us.