Food for thought

July 4, 2007

The silent majority

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do

nothing”   quoted from Edmund Burke a British  Philosopher.


A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War Two 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 spectre 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 honour 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. The hard quantifiable fact is that the “peaceful majority” the “silent majority” is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia comprised 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, it was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War 2 was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included 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 powers 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 awake 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.


My Personal Background

March 8, 2007


My name is Hendrik (Hennie) Jan van Dyk

I was born in Holland 78 years ago in a town named Ede, but lived most of my life in New Zealand and the past 19 in Australia, most of the time in Brisbane, 8 years in Cornubia, Logan City (near Brisbane) and since November 2002 at Tullamore Downs, Gleneagle, semi rural, near Beaudesert, Queensland.

My wife’s name is Margaret and she was born in London, England, and like me lived most of her life in New Zealand. We have been together for over 20 years.

I fully retired many years ago, most of my business life having been in Administration Management, the latter part (over 10 years) as General Manager and Chief Executive of a Building Society.

I have three children (and four grand children). My oldest son, ‘Tony’, lives in Philadelphia, USA, Richard and Julie live in the North Island of New Zealand.

I have had a life long interest in Community affairs in one form or other over the years, current and past interests are recorded on my website.

Still interested in woodturning althought that’s on the backburner as is stamp collecting.

Currently my main interest is computer based, html programming, my personal website and developing websites for friends.

We both enjoy walking, gardening and playing golf, although not active with the latter at present.

Hennie van Dyk