Bill Maher continues to hit the nail on the head when it comes to worldwide Islam (Islam and Political Correctness are pretty much the only two things that Maher ever gets right). This past Friday on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the host pointed out a glaring problem with the argument that moderate Muslims hate terrorism as much as everyone else does.
“I mean, why aren’t any ‘moderate Muslims’ ever going to fight ISIS? I’m saying if ISIS is so anathema to ‘moderate Muslims’ how come 0 have gone to fight them?” Maher asked.
It’s a perfectly reasonable question, but don’t hold your breath waiting for an answer because I doubt that any is forthcoming.
(As always – be forewarned this is HBO, so the language gets salty.)
Bill Maher: Chris, what explains the phenomenon of young men and women in Europe and America leaving their homes to go join ISIS?
Christopher Caldwell: Well, I don’t know, that’s a deep, deep one.
Bill Maher: It’s a book.
Christopher Caldwell: I think it’s sort of similar to what led certain Americans in the 70s and 80s to support the IRA, people of Irish background. They have this romantic and I think to the foolhardy. They’re deracinated, they’re adrift, they feel —
Bill Maher: Did they actually go over to Ireland and join?
Christopher Caldwell: No. There were some who did. But you’re right, this is a more intense phenomenon.
Bill Maher: I always ask why isn’t the opposite happening? I mean, why aren’t any “moderate Muslims” ever going to fight ISIS? I’ve never heard —
Christopher Caldwell: Well, no, they’re going the opposite direction.
Bill Maher: They are?
Christopher Caldwell: Well, no, they’re going from Muslims countries into the West.
Bill Maher: Right, but I’m saying if ISIS is so anathema to “moderate Muslims” how come 0 have gone to fight them and they attract —
Christopher Caldwell: Who do you fight with, really? When you think about the people who went to fight in the Spanish Civil War, those are mostly communists I would say and they were hooked up with people. There were groups there who were bringing American communists into contract with the republican forces in Spain and you also had Stalin who was backing them as well. There was an infrastructure there. I don’t know what the moderate Muslim infrastructure is.