Hysteria needs its voices and Stephen Schwartz is only one of them. As
the antithesis of clear thinking and good writing he is like a reverse
guide to authentic anti-Wahhabi writers such as Abd al-Hakim Murad.
The comparison of Schwartz to Pipes and Emerson is extremely apt, add
the creators of such sites as Jihad Watch and many others. Such people
are the writing equivalent of callous policy-making on the ground. So
the sayings apply to them as well, that "We all have to be concerned
about terrorism, but you will never end terrorism by terrorizing
others" (Martin Luther King III); "Everybody's worried about stopping
terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it"
Both the literate terrorism of ostensibly anti-Wahhabi Islamophobes
and the literal terrorism of ostensibly anti-Wahhabi policies pour
into a single result in the end: to make of all Muslims, by hook or
by crook, public enemy Number One. In their eyes we are all Wahhabis,
so it may well be that this is what we shall become in their face.
As for the attacks on the person of Shaykh Hamza, in earlier times
it would have been enough to treat them the way of Imam al-Shafi`i's
advice in the face of barking dogs: "silence them by ignoring them."
However, since we live in a dishonorable age which thrives on the
systematic propagation of lies and opportunism at the cost of truth,
defenders of truth cannot remain silent.