Is the USA an Islamophobic country?

The West's Fear of Islam - The Demise of an Enemy

Status: 08/29/19 3:34 p.m.

Islamic world of states in dissolution

The serious new problems do not consist in ever new Islamist movements that oppose the invaders and their helpers and strike with ever increasing brutality in the countries of the West. They consist in the disruption of entire societies, in the dissolution of regional structures and in the collapse of once more or less sovereign states.

In the chaos, those who have somehow made their way up to this point can appear strong. In addition to Israel, this includes the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Domestically, the mullahs are walking on thin ice, but in terms of foreign and regional policy, they manage to exploit the weaknesses of their main adversary, the USA, and the alliances they lead. Iran has mobilized large-scale Shiite allies. The conflict between Shiites and Sunnis has a strong impact on the Middle East today. But here, too, people were mistaken if one ascribes the regional successes of the Islamic Republic to the power of Shiite fundamentalism, another form of "political Islam". In the chaos, Iran appears - despite or because of its anti-American rulers - to some as a regulatory power, whose claim to regional leadership is accepted as the lesser evil.

Islam dismantles itself and is no longer suitable as an enemy image. Donald Trump understood this faster than the leadership of the CDU and those who oppose the "Islamization of the West". At the beginning of his presidency, the entry restrictions for citizens of certain Islamic countries were in the foreground of his identity policy. In the meantime, his furor tends to hit black people who live in "rat-infested dirt holes" and "Hispanics" who want to cross the border from Mexico or who live "illegally" in the USA and are supposed to be deported.

Dissolution in racism

Islamophobia dissolves in good old racism. People of different colors, people who speak differently or who are otherwise judged to be of inferior quality represent the new image of the enemy of Western identity politics. Racism has the advantage of being broader. Of course, it also affects Muslims.

The trend has long since spilled over to Europe. The criminality of Arab clans, the frightening fertility of Africans, unrestrained by civilization, or their genetic predisposition to push a child in front of a moving ICE: a shift in the discourse on the question of identity is obvious.

The hairdresser Alaa S. from Chemnitz was sentenced not to nine and a half years in prison for an alleged but unproven knife attack because he is a Muslim, but because he is an asylum seeker and a refugee. Without prior racist dehumanization, it would not be possible to drown refugees in the Mediterranean Sea or to turn rescued people away from Europe's coasts for days and weeks. The duplicity of events on America's and Europe's southern borders has already been noted, and rightly so.

Of course, the new racism evokes resistance. Those affected raise their voices. Many citizens reject this identity politics, also because of the historical experiences in America and Europe. They are aware of the fact that the prosperity of our middle classes is bought with the misery in other parts of the world. Climate change threatens to make this truth even clearer.

In good time, one could say cynically, there will be a further intensification of the discourse. The American journalist James Kirchick is talking about the "racial war of the left". He sees the "white men" as victims of a new racism of progressive forces. Kirchick turns perpetrators into victims and victims into perpetrators. He is exactly on the line of Donald Trump, who has taken on "the slaughter" (carnage), from which his white supporters are allegedly suffering, and to restore them to their rights.

Kirchick's essay on the "racial war of the left" was published on August 15th under exactly this heading on the website of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" (FAZ). That's not a good sign. "Race war" was an important term in Adolf Hitler's vocabulary. In doing so, he described the National Socialists' political program early on. What intentions do Kirchick and the "FAZ" assume "the left"? The author had addressed the "political debate in the United States, which was also carried out with racist arguments," said the FAZ on request. The newspaper thinks "the text is an important contribution to the debate."

As is well known, the victory of global capitalism and liberal democracy are at the end of history. So that this end, so to speak as an eternal coronation celebration, continues as undisturbed as possible under "white supremacy", every means seems to some to be right.

This text first appeared on the web portal "qantara.de".