How Radical Islamic speakers win arguments

5 Nov

Radical Islamic speakers are masters of the use of Tu Quoque. ” Tu Quoque” is Latin for “You Also”.  It is a well known, if fallacious, form of argument.

They avoid dealing with a criticism by reponding with a “You also” criticism. Then the questioner is seduced into a defensive position.  The better response is that two wrongs don’t make a right, then to return to the original point.

Here is a good example.

Q: Now, the United States government says that you are still funding military training camps here in Afghanistan for militant, Islamic fighters and that you’re a sponsor of international terrorism.… Are these accusations true? …
Osama Bin Laden: …At the time that they condemn any Muslim who calls for his right, they receive the highest top official of the Irish Republican Army at the White House as a political leader, while woe, all woe is the Muslims if they cry out for their rights. Wherever we look, we find the US as the leader of terrorism and crime in the world. The US does not consider it a terrorist act to throw atomic bombs at nations thousands of miles away, when it would not be possible for those bombs to hit military troops only. These bombs were rather thrown at entire nations, including women, children and elderly people and up to this day the traces of those bombs remain in Japan. The US does not consider it terrorism when hundreds of thousands of our sons and brothers in Iraq died for lack of food or medicine. So, there is no base for what the US says and this saying does not affect us.…
Source: “CNN March 1997 Interview with Osama bin Laden” (PDF)

Tu quoque was widely used as a way for the Muslim community in Rotherham to avoid criticising their Muslim brothers for grooming and raping 1400 underage girls over a 10 year period.  Their response was outrageous.  See the link below.

https://thoughtsforourtimes.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/islam/

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