Why the Pessimism?

61:9 It is He Who sent His Messenger forth with the guidance and the religion of truth, to make it triumph over every religion ...

Allah's Apostle said, "I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,' ...

Bukhari 52.196

Both extremists and moderates, if they are sincere believers, must seek to make Islam triumphant everywhere at every opportunity.

Many authors have pointed out that it is problematic to speak of Muslim "fundamentalism" because it suggests that there are large doctrinaire differences between fundamentalist Muslims and the mainstream.

The truth, however, is that most Muslims appear to be "fundamentalist" in the Western sense of the world—in that even "moderate" approaches to Islam generally consider the Koran to be the literal and inerrant word of the one true God …

The only future devout Muslims can envisage—as Muslims—is one where all infidels have been converted to Islam, subjugated, or killed. The tenets of Islam simply do not admit of anything but a temporary sharing of power with the "enemies of God" …

Sam Harris author of the New York Times bestseller, End of Faith, W. W. Norton, 2004.

The moderates believe that Islamic supremacy can be achieved through peaceful means. These peaceful means, for the likes of the deceased Gaddafi, include drowning the West in babies.  For Tariq Ramadan, it is invading the public space with Islamic symbols such as the hijab and demanding special treatment for the superior believers from ostensibly secular governments, which must eventually give way altogether.

Harris again:

At this point in their history, give most Muslims the freedom to vote, and they will freely vote to tear out their political freedoms by the root. We should not for a moment lose sight of the possibility that they would curtail our freedoms as well, if they only had the power to do so …

There efforts to Islamisize the West through peaceful means are already causing a backlash. It can only get worse, and will drive the moderates into the arms of the extremists.

We are facing an increasingly bloody and violent future, a future made even bloodier by Islamic rituals and scriptures which condition believers, from childhood onward not only to accept that killing unbelievers is a good thing but teaches them to kill them with just a knife and to enjoy and celebrate their murder.

Militants rejoiced as Canadians were beheaded ...

Abu Sayyaf extremists rejoiced as they watched two Canadians being beheaded in the jungles of the southern Philippines, said a still-shocked Filipino hostage who was freed Friday.

Marites Flor tearfully recalled to reporters the moments when Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall were handcuffed and led away to a nearby jungle clearing to be separately decapitated ...

“They were watching it and they were happy,” she said of the militants,

Philippines — The Associated Press, June 24

Can we hope to break this cycle of unending wars and massacres that seem to follow Islam everywhere?

We in the West find it incomprehensible that theological ideas still inflame the minds of men, stirring up messianic passions that can leave societies in ruin. We had assumed that this was no longer possible, that human beings had learned to separate religious questions from political ones, that political theology died in 16th-century Europe. We were wrong.

After centuries of strife, the West has learned to separate religion and politics – to establish the legitimacy of its leaders without referring to divine command. There is little reason to expect the rest of the world – the Islamic world in particular – will follow.

Mark Lilla, professor of the humanities at Columbia University in The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics and the Modern West (2007)

The End of Faith is how Harris would break the cycle and avoid the worse. He would do this by getting people to accept, what someone else said about faith, that it is believing in something we know to be untrue, and to just stop believing in what we know to be a lie.

Not about to happen. Expect the worse!

It does not seem much of an exaggeration to say that the fate of civilization lies largely in the hands of "moderate" Muslims.

Unless Muslims can reshape their religion into an ideology which is basically benign—or outgrow altogether—it is difficult to see how Islam and the West can avoid falling into a continual state of war, and on innumerable fronts.

Nuclear, biological and chemical weapons cannot be uninvented … weapons of mass destruction will soon be available to anyone who wants them.

Sam Harris

Bernard Payeur, June 25, 2016