Good for nothing silent majority
Mike Ghouse, July 28, 2007
Edmund Burke, a philosopher from the 17th Century had said, The only thing
necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. And a similar
message was communicated by spiritual leaders of all faiths through out the
course of human history.
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because
of those who look on and do nothing." -- Albert Einstein.
in the world because of good people. The good people's silence, silently gives a
tacit approval to the bad guys to continue to do bad things. I believe Martin
Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi had expressed similar sentiments.
Indeed, the problem is not with the evil men, it is with us. I'm least worried
about what bad people can do than what good people don't. The majority of
Americans do not want war, yet the few are carrying it out. We silently sat by
and let 3,500 of our sons and daughters and some 650000 Iraqis slaughtered.
If we can recall our class room scenario, our work place, or our extended
family, there was always a tyrant, who got away bullying every one. No one dared
him or said anything to him, due to fear or not having the stomach to stand up
to him or her. Had you stopped that tyrant in the tract, things would have
stopped long ago, but no one dared it and simply endured it for a long time. As
a larger society, we are allowing those tyrants to go on terrorizing all of us.
You and I regardless of our faiths face the same evil.
That brings us to Terrorism, go ahead and make my day, call it Muslim terrorism
and beam me up.
Did you know that a Muslim is more vulnerable to terrorism than a Christian, Jew
or a Hindu?
A Muslim get the shaft three different ways; i) the bullying fear from the
extremists Muslims, Christians, Jews and Hindus, ii) the idiotic media and iii)
and the denigration of his/her religion where as the others get only one way.
Silent no more, speak up is our mission, not just for Muslims, but for all. The
peaceful majority sounds like good for nothing crowd. We believe they will wake
when pushed to the corner. As we Americans spoke up during the last days of
Vietnam, then we spoke up on Tuesday, November 7th 2006 and we still have not
taken actions to the death and destructions we are causing in Iraq, we will, and
the Muslims will do their chore as well.
Everyday, I go through many articles and at least 80% of them border on finger
pointing and blaming the others with no particular goal to pursue a solution.
One of the biggest mistakes we make is to give a religious label to the bad
people. It is a shame to call those bad boys Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews,
Christian or otherwise. It is our gutlessness to face the evil that prevents us
from facing the problem squarely. If we can recall a dialogue with our mother,
father, uncle or some one powerful over us. We find that when we disagreed with
them we whispered it quietly or even mumbled; we did not want a fight. However
when they screamed What did you say? We shuddered and quietly denied saying any
such thing, or depending on the strength of the voice of the opposite person, we
even slighted our response and said "oh nothing" or something irrelevant we did
not want to invoke the wrath of the tyrant facing us.
When Osama Bin Laden brought hell on all of us, what did our president do? He
did not face the tyrant squarely like many, he found it convenient to blame
Muslims and Islam, just like you may act when you face a real tyrant (family or
community) and start blaming the world when you could not laser bark at the bad
dog any more.
If a TV
anchor blames you for the wrongs you do, most people would let you handle it on
your own terms, but when he suggests that those people are messing our nation. I
can guarantee that all of us would be offended and are less likely to listen to
the anchor. By calling Muslims the terrorists, they have invariably barked at
the wrong tree and they continue to do so.
terrorists are Muslims! When you watch some of the Neocon websites, CNN and Fox
network: Every kidnapping and every individual vandalism done by the Muslims is
jumped at; rightfully so. Indeed all of us should jump at it. But when similar
crimes are happening in the same breath, they are reported as a regular crime
that is wrong by any sense of morality.
Thanks God the V-tech crazy was not a Muslim, if it was, the bad guys would have
feasted on it for months, it feeds them and they are eager to be the first. The
TV, Radio and the papers would have stretched the food for months.
city there is a murder and rape every day, like Iraq, why don't we call them
Christian terrorists or if it is in India call it Hindu Terrorism or other one,
then why call Muslim Terrorism for similar crimes on the street?
No terrorists should be given respect by adding a religion to his crime. Any one
who commits a crime, disturbs the peace, should be punished for his acts.
Religion should not be a factor at all, if we do that, we find excuses not to
take the action. We should get the individual criminal for his act and punish
according to the law. Let law be not taken any any one's hands including the
Chief Executive. Let us not give an opportunity to any one to become terrorist
What if we do not point the gun, and just shoot what surrounds that criminal?
What is the difference between them and us. It is this dual sense of morality
that we need to avoid. Mother Teresa's wisdom is eternal "if you want to make
peace, You don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
In the fight between the good and the bad, the average man gets killed. We
should care for human life, whether we are Muslims, Hindus, Christians or
Zoroastrians. All evil must be condemned whether it is my brother or any one. If
each one of us adopts the posture of a just position “ we can find peace, peace
comes through you in your language. Each one of us has to find solutions.
Let's take a principle stand and call the evil for simply what it is; Evil.
Let's use the same yardstick to judge all criminals.Each one of us should focus
on building peace, hate and blame does not take any one anywhere, the first
casualty is ones own peace and then others. One cannot point fingers at other
others to be peaceful while he himself is not.
begins with a dialogue as does the war.
Mike Ghouse is a Speaker, Thinker, Writer and a Moderator. He is president of
the Foundation for Pluralism and is a frequent guest on talk radio and local TV
networks discussing interfaith, political and civic issues. He founded the World
Muslim Congress with a simple theme: "good for Muslims and good for the world."
His personal Website is
www.MikeGhouse.net and his articles can be
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MikeGhouse@gmail.com. Mike is a Dallasite
for nearly three decades and Carrollton is his home town.