Joan of Argghh at Primordial Slack has written a post that everyone MUST read. Right now. And read all the links, mostly to Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish, who is also brilliant.
This is where she nails it:
The Muslim dilemma is as old as time itself, and their corporate history is our own spiritual condition writ personal. Much of that condition may be ascribed to generational abuses and cruelties, but so much of it is chosen freely, or mindlessly. However arrived at, it’s easily preferred because it requires so little accountability, so little thought or self-reflection. It’s an on/off switch that reacts to one thing: power.
To the outside observer accustomed to self-direction, the Muslim way of life seems miserable, cruel and oppressive. Inside that Borg-swarm mentality, however, it is an uncomplicated life when it’s not a hungry one. To be a part of the swarm is to move on pure reflex. No need to tax the thought processes, the auto-pilot of the culture is much to be preferred to the exhaustion of thoughtful reflection upon one’s existential dilemma.
I have spent far too many hours contemplating how whole nations could become so absorbed by a belief that they could allow it to take them down into Hell and not pause, just for a minute, and ask, "Hey, this doesn't even FEEL good? What are we doing?"
I believe adamantly that every single thing we do as creatures, mammals, humans is because we belief there is some benefit. No matter how crazy, self-destructive, non-productive or just plain nutty something is, we do it because we believe it has a benefit to us. No one ever does anything that is absolutely believed to be without benefit. Even Jeffrey Dahmer had his reasons.
So when you look at a belief system like Islam which has delivered nothing but misery to its followers for CENTURIES, you have to start wondering, "What is UP with that?"
Joan nails it.
Islam provides the sweet absolution of absolute conformity to the collective. Nothing is your fault because nothing is under your control. Therefore nothing requires any effort; there is no risk. And all rewards imaginable are promised if you just lose yourself to the group. Sweet submission. It is no wonder that Islam does not mean "peace", it means "submission."
So go read it. All of it.