This is what an ‘Islamophobic backlash’ really looks like

A Sri Lankan soldier looks on as he stands guard by a damaged shop after a mob attack in Minuwangoda

Every outbreak of Islamic mayhem in the West is instantly followed by a flurry of op-eds and social media hand-wringing about a supposed “Islamophobic backlash”. Virtue-signalling leaders rush to don hijabs, and witless hashtags proliferate. Anyone daring to suggest that there might be the slightest connection between the doctrines of Islam and the violent proclivities of some of its followers is instantly shouted down as a big ol’ hater.

The folk of Sri Lanka apparently didn’t get to see the hashtags. quote.

Sri Lanka is under curfew again after rampaging mobs from the majority Buddhist population ­attacked Muslim communities, ­igniting fears of a new phase of ­violence in the country following deadly church bombings on Easter Sunday claimed by Islamic State.

Muslim residents said they huddled inside as the mobs ­approached, while others fled their homes into fields and jungle. The mobs ransacked homes, burned vehicles and looted shops. They vandalised some mosques, burned Korans and urinated in water stored for ritual washing, residents said. end quote.

While it’s understandable that Sri Lankans are furious at the horrific violence, and while there might be some temptation toward schaedenfreude after decades of repeated Islamic attacks, there can be no justification for this kind of retaliatory violence. quote.

Police said they had arrested 33 people for Monday’s attacks and were still trying to verify the number of victims injured or killed. At least one Muslim man was stabbed to death on Monday night, north of the capital Colombo, the local hospital said. Police said they were working with the army to restore calm, as they enforced­ a curfew. end quote.

These attacks also dismantle the narrative of the likes of Sam Harris, that Buddhism is somehow uniquely disinclined to violence. quote.

In some areas, the attackers arrived by bus and local Buddhists pointed out Muslim homes and businesses to strike, the witnesses said. Muslim organisations said the violence seemed to be organ­ised. Among the arrests made by police on Tuesday was the leader of an extreme Buddhist group previously blamed for spreading hate speech against Muslims. end quote.

In contrast to the too-often equivocal response of Muslim leadership in the West, at least in Sri Lanka, there was a more upfront response. quote.

Muslim organisations in Sri Lanka vehemently condemned [the Easter] attack, which had helped ease tensions.

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Some of Sri Lanka’s Muslims even advocated the kind of action that apologists in the West decry as “Islamophobic”. quote.

On Sunday, a group of Muslim leaders called on community members to refrain from wearing [Islamic] clothing in a manner that obstructs identification.

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For all the elite fretting about ‘backlash’, the truth is that Western society has been remarkably forbearing in the face of intolerable violence from Islamic extremists.