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The Influence of the Few Over the Many

It only takes a few to influence the many

It only takes a few to influence the many

Published on: Jul 16, 2009

This email was forwarded to me a few days ago. It is a thoughtful read. Even though it compares Islam to the Nazi’s from one who was in Germany during Hitler’s days, the point applies to any venue. A fanatical few influences many who do not agree with the few, but do not speak up.

A GERMAN’S VIEW ON ISLAM:

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 spectra 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 in cluded 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 posers 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, worldwide, read this and think about it, and send it on before it’s too late.

[Editor’s addendum 1-25-10]

When this post was originally posted the author was attributed to Dr. Tanay. Readers through the comment pointed out that this was actually written by Paul E. Marek of Saskatoon, Canada. The original Title wasWhy The Peaceful Majority Is Irrelevant” . Paul E. Marek is a second-generation Canadian, whose grandparents fled Czechoslovakia just prior to the Nazi takeover. He wrote it in February of 2006.

Comments to Original Post

AL Harper
Submitted on 09/17/2009

Hello, Dr.Tanay, My name is AL and I recently received and email about your comments on Islam, and I would like to respond, I was raised Muslim and I was taught in the ways of Islam as well as I read the Qua-ran daily, so that being said, even though I am no longer a Muslim as I find all religion to have many flaws, I find this email to be a very offensive and very Disturbing, However let me just take time out to educate you and others on this fact, There are good and bad in all religions, the Nazis use proper gander like this email to turn the world against the Jews, Hitler sited some Facts: such as through out history as well as the Torah and the Bible, the Jews have slaughtered, millions including woman n children and were very successful Conquers in the biblical times, all in the name of GOD, Fact: the Jews financial backing started the slave trade in Africa in the year 1515ad, Fact: the Jews are held largely responsible for the Blood Diamond trade in Africa today as they the Jews are the Biggest Merchants of South African Blood Diamonds in the world. Now I could go on but what would be the point? Here is mine, History shows us that there are good and bad in all people regardless of there race, greed, gender, color or religion. I don’t hold the entire Jewish race responsible for the rape and demise of Africa, I hold those who did the deed, as most Jewish people that I have meet are very good people, and anyone that knows me could tell you, I hold the Jewish people the Highest Esteem as they are the most successful people in the world on many different levels and should be emulated! But according to so many non-Muslims they should be wiped out of Existence! Don’t let me get started on the Christians, for if you know your History and I think you do, they are the biggest, rapists, plunders, murders and Hippocrates, among other things in recorded History! Fact: the Catholic Church helped and supported the Nazis in so many ways, that there are books on it and Pope John Paul II, apologized for there involvement. So Dr. Tanay, Please don’t listen to this proper gander or create it as the truth is most of the Islamic World are way to poor to wage war on anyone, thus the words, Islamic extremist and radical Muslims, that is there personal believes, and it is the Minority not the Majority! When I see email like this, I think how the Jews in Europe must have felt, when the Nazis dropped those Anti-Jew paper leaflets from planes, all over Europe. Think About it…

Thank You
AL…

Alexander Douglas
Submitted on 09/17/2009

Al Harper,
I am not Dr. Tanay, but I used his email as an example of how the few sway the many. I agree with the fallen nature of man brings abuse in every religion, Christianity included. The point in posting the email was remind everyone to be alert of how the few bring abuse. In the Church it can be found in the leadership. In governments it is often people behind the scenes that few know about. Thank you for your comments.

alan heidenreich
Submitted on 10/12/2009

While none of the content is much of a surprise to me and I agree that no race and/or religion is without guilt in regards to atrocities throughout history,I request clarification on the e-mail/article concerned. (1) Who is the German family parapharsed in the article ? (2) How are Dr.Tanay and Mr. Douglas associated ? (3) Is any of the e-mail or article copywrited or can it be reprinteed without permission ? Many thanks.

Alexander Douglas
Submitted on 10/13/2009

Alan,
I have no relationship with Dr. Tanay. This was emailed to me as I stated in the beginning of the post. However, in follow up research I have found that Dr. Tanay did not write this article, but rather “The author of the article you are referring to was Paul E. Marek of Saskatoon, Canada. The original Title was Why The Peaceful Majority Is
Irrelevant. Paul E. Marek is a second-generation Canadian, whose grandparents fled Czechoslovakia just prior to the Nazi takeover. He wrote it in February of 2006.

I have noticed that it has been reprinted on many websites, nor is there a copyright affixed to the article. This is considered viral marketing and is usually desired by writers. I posted it because it makes the point (that I believe) that an elite few actually call the shots in the political arena.

As for the family mentioned, I do not know who it is.

Dr. Bruce D. Martin
Submitted on 12/31/2009

The essay attributed here to Emmanuel Tanay, M.D., may be interesting reading but the attribution appears to be bogus. Emmanuel Tanay appears not to exist at either location mentioned, neither Wayne State University in Detroit nor the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I’m curious as to what sources you used to verify the existence and credentials of Emanuel Tanay.

Alexander Douglas
Submitted on 12/31/2009

Dr. Martin,
As I found out at a later time, the article was not written by Emannuel Tanay, but by Paul E. Marek of Saskatoon, Canada as I stated above.

My point in posting it was not that it is the truth regarding Islam, but as an example of how a few can influence many.

Kevin
Submitted on 01/03/2010

Hi Alexander.
I understand your reasoning for posting this email but it still concerns me a bit.
On first reading, I interpreted this email to be an unfair attack on Islam. On second reading, I saw another common theme to the historical facts (similar to what you saw)- the power of an elite few(but in any arena)and the consequences of complacency by the peaceful majority, regardless of race religion or politics.
In this respect it serves a useful purpose, but I think it could too easily incite some people to go and do a bit of “Muslim bashing”, and to incite some Muslims to become radical. In other words, it could do more harm than good.

My opinion is that Islamic radicalism is more a reaction to poverty created by unfair exploitation of people and resources by the (mostly Christian) wealthy, and not a result of the Islamic religion itself. In part it’s also a reaction to tyrannical leaders like Saddam Hussein and the lack of democracy in many Islamic countries.

Throughout history so much bad has been done in the name of religion that it outweighs the good, and it sadly continues today. My sentiments are similar to Al’s. I was brought up a Christian, but I too have foresaken all religions. Some of the rules of some of the religions are good ones to live by though.

Most of the members of most of the religions are also good people too.

Alexander Douglas
Submitted on 01/04/2010

Kevin,
I am sorry, but I completely disagree with you. All religion is wrong, including Islam. Christianity as a religion is also wrong, but has the door to the Truth which is the new birth in Christ.

I do not see the writer as bashing Islam, but only showing how a fanatical few control the mass of Islam. Why aren’t you concern about “German” bashing, since Hitler is a German? Islam is not a religion that needs defending.

Yes, of course, the majority of Muslims do not fall into the fanatical category, but neither do the Germans. Poverty has nothing to do with the cause of problems in Islam. It is their fanatical rulers who keep the wealth to themselves, which is the point of the letter.

Nor is this new to them. North Africa and the Middle East were lush tropical paradises at one time. The Sahara Desert is not an accident of nature, but the result of abuse by Muslims of the land. No one cared about Israel while it was part of the Ottoman Empire. Even when Zionism began, there was little conflict between the Jews and Arabs.

Only after the industry of the Jews made the land blossom and the place became a viable place for a Jewish State did the Arabs care. They had the land for over a thousand years and turned it into a desert, whereas the Jews have had it for a century and have made the land arable.

The article does not bash Islam, but points out how a fanatical few control the many. I posted the article because that is what we have in Western society, too. Instead of religion, however, it is money. International bankers and international corporations are steering the world into a global government so they can dictate to all the world how we are to live, and to fleece the whole world of our livelihoods to make us all feudal serfs in the same poverty of Islam.

Kenric L. Ashe
kenric.com
Submitted on 03/09/2010

Alexander, you hit the nail on the head with that last part about the problem of a fanatical few controlling the many applying to Western society as well. It would have been much better if you had mentioned that at the very beginning.

The biggest problem with the email is that it doesn’t include the USA and Christianity in the long list of countries and religions of peaceful people who allow bad things to happen. And it’s ironic because that problem is MUCH bigger in the USA right now than anywhere else in the world. Our government’s military budget is the largest in the world, equivalent to the ENTIRE rest of the world combined, and it’s been that way even before the so called “war on terror”. We’ve spent a TRILLION dollars on Iraq and Afghanistan, and that doesn’t even count the $2.3 TRILLION that Rumsfeld, the day BEFORE 9/11, admitted was “unnaccounted” for. That’s 25% of the Pentagon’s budget that just somehow goes missing. And then people wonder why our economy is in such bad shape, as though Big Banks and Wall Street are the only culprits.

Plus Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11 and Bin Laden, plus there is way more than enough evidence showing that the 9/11 Commission Report was controlled by the Bush/Cheney administration. They obviously have a lot to hide, and they lied about WMD’s, torture, and secret prisons. Cheney’s Halliburton made quite a hefty profit and they did NOT rebuild Iraq as promised.

They’re not fighting us because they hate our freedom. They’re fighting us because the war profiteers have been stealing from them and carpet bombing their loved ones long before and since 9/11.

The other main problem is that it’s just another one of those emails that gets spread around and so many people take these things for granted. Most people don’t even do their own research to verify the authenticity. I always do, which is how I found this page. At least you did eventually put up the notice about it not being written by Tanay, which I had already suspected because of the usual false tone of the email that’s omnipresent in chain letters. The whole point of claiming to be Tanay seems to be to make it legitimate, but that turned out to be a lie, so how can ANY of it be trusted?

These major flaws make it seem much more like an anti-Muslim propaganda piece than a thoughtful essay.

Alexander Douglas
Submitted on 03/10/2010

Kenric,
I absolutely agree with you. I have read much on both world history and what is currently going on today. I address the elitist banking dynasties who run the world behind the scenes and feel the need to address this in my next post. However, while I address these issues, the point of my website and blog is to edify the body of Christ with the truth and help them to be free. Too many in the church are suckered into believing that the church system and the government serve them, when in truth they only do so in limited ways. More so than not they are manipulating believers to be good citizens of their systems instead of being free people. The sad part is that many in both systems are not consciously aware of their manipulating others because they genuinely believe in what they are doing.

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