A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’
We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.
The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march… It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.
The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous.
Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.
The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.
And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:
Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts — the fanatics who threaten our way of life.
Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands, world-wide, read this and think about it, and send it on – before it’s too late.
Emanuel Tanay, M.D. 2980 Provincial St. Ann Arbor , MI 48104
*Dr. Emanuel Tanay MD<; is a well-known forensic psychiatrist who has been an expert witness in many famous cases. He has served as an officer or committee member on the Michigan Psychiatric Society, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and others. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and of the American Board of Forensic Psychiatry and a distinguished fellow of the APA and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFC).
A Holocaust survivor himself, Dr Tanay coauthored a book about the survivors of the Holocaust and was asked by the German governmen t to consult on just compensation for the Holocaust survivors. Dr. Tanay has served on several journal editorial boards, authored many publications, and presented countless times on forensic medicine. His efforts have also produced many awards and commendations from groups such as the Michigan State Medical Society, APA, the Detroit Institute of Technology, and AAFC, among others.
I hope this letter gets read by millions of people all across the USA, Canada and the rest of the civilised world.
Posted by johnhouk on Jan 13, 2009
Apparently SlantRight.com has come up in a series of email exchanges between people. Burton H. Wolfe has been gracious enough to send me a copy of an answer to a query asked of him. Working backwards from the most recent exchange (i.e. mine) to the earliest emails (e.g. as Mr. Wolfe sent them to me) are the exchanges.
I have made an effort to keep everyone’s email address private.
Mr. Wolfe you are saying it an awesome essay but you are uncertain if a Dr. Tanay exists at all?
Please let me know if you come across any information to make the post more accurate.
Thanks for sending a copy of your email to me.
From: Burton H Wolfe [mailto:*****]
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 12:34 PM
To: Schmieman, Michael
Subject: This is NOT from Dr. Tanay
Although this appears to have been something I might have written, and in many ways conveys my thoughts, it would have not come from me because I would not use terms such as “Communist Russia… Chinese Communists…Japan murdered…Palestinians…staggering 70 million people.” Those terms are all literal, grammatical, factual, unsupportable atrocities. More importantly, it appears that the author of this essay is not Emanuel Tanay, M.D., who is identified on the internet as a clinical professor of psychiatry at Wayne State University – though I cannot find a listing or address for him on the Wayne State University web site. (I have added the email address of the chairman of the Psychiatry Department there, Dr. Manuel Tancer, to this message, in the event he wants to pass it on to Dr. Tanay, if indeed there is a Dr. Tanay.)
So far as I can determine, the author of this essay in its original form is a guy named Paul E. Marek. I cannot find any contact address for him, either; but since he posts articles on the Blogger News Network, I have included the given email address for the editor of that internet operation, “Simon,” to the recipients, so that if “Simon” cares to do so, he can relay this message to Marek.
The national Israeli news network Arutz Sheva published this essay by Marek almost two years ago, but whether or not its version was the original I do not know.
Among those who have revealed the misidentification is a guy named John Houk, who runs a blog or online journal, using the web site http://slantstraight.com.
You might want to do an article for the Tribune papers on the many misidentifications of articles and essays that are routinely found on the internet, which, along with valuable material not found in the mass media, has unfortunately also become a gigantic fount of misinformation – not the least of which is Wikipedia. That online encyclopedia is full of errors and in many instances the authors of its articles have done nothing less than rewrite history.
Thanks, in any event, for showing me this essay. In its fundamental aspects it is devastatingly accurate. – Burton
—– Original Message —–
From: Schmieman, Michael
To: **** Burton H. Wolfe
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 2:02 PM