One CIA estimate puts ISIS’ total manpower at 31,500, about one-third the capacity of Rose Bowl stadium, or roughly, 0.0019% of the world’s total Muslim population when you round down to 1.6 billion. The idea that the remaining 1,599,965,000 Muslims ought to immediately jump on Twitter and condemn ISIS isn’t just silly, it’s the definition of prejudice. But here we are. Another attack, another round of people calling on moderate Muslims to condemn something they had nothing to do with. Or as Mohamed Ghilan tweeted last year:
Asking me to condemn the obviously condemnable presumes my basic moral code is in question. I refuse to take part in this,
Nevertheless, Muslims from around the world are making it clear ISIS does not represent their values. Iran’s Supreme Leader Hassan Rouhani denounced the attacks, postponing his trip to Europe to renew peace talks on the Syrian conflict. Iran and Iran-backed Hezbollah fight ISIS and other extremists in Syria (as well as non-Salafists). The day before the Paris attacks, militants claiming allegiance to ISIS bombed a civilian area of Beirut in an effort to undermine Hezbollah’s support there.
Joko Widodo, president of Indonesia, the largest Muslim country on earth, roundly condemned the attacks, telling reporters, “Indonesia condemns the violence that took place in Paris.” In a now-viral video on YouTube, a Moroccan man expressed his condolences to the victims, saying, “These so-called jihadists only represent themselves.”
The governments of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Egypt have all condemned the attacks, though it should be noted, the unelected rulers who run the Saudi Kingdom and Qatar have themselves routinely funded and armed jihadists in Syria and elsewhere.
The largest Muslim group in the United States, CAIR, quickly condemned the attacks, insisting,
These savage and despicable attacks on civilians, whether they occur in Paris, Beirut or any other city, are outrageous and without justification.
The US Council of Muslim Organizations released a statement also condemning the attack.
Meanwhile, human-shaped pile of shit Ted Cruz wasted no time after the attacks in Paris to issue a bellicose statement insisting President Obama is a little too concerned with civilian casualties in Syria.
It will not be appeased by outreach or declarations of tolerance. It will not be deterred by targeted airstrikes with zero tolerance for civilian casualties, when the terrorists have such utter disregard for innocent life. We must make it crystal clear that affiliation with ISIS and related terrorist groups brings with it the undying enmity of America—that it is, in effect, signing your own death warrant.
Cruz also took time to go on Fox News last night to demagogue against Syrian refugees seeking asylum. He also pushed for an Expatriate Act that automatically strips any American of citizenship if they are accused of joining ISIS or other extremist groups. The idea of “returning foreign fighters” committing acts of terrorism in the United States remains entirely hypothetical since it has never happened or even been attempted.
So there you have it, Muslims around the world nearly universally condemning an act of terrible violence while right-wingers in America call for more violence with even less regard for civilian deaths, which is the exact over-reaction the terrorists wanted incidentally.