Thursday, October 13, 2005

Peaceful Muslims Need to Make Some Changes

The following letter lays bare a crucial issue facing the civilized West in its battle to defeat Islamofascist terrorism, which, as of today’s date, had carried out 3078 murderous terrorist acts around the world since 9/11. That issue is: are Muslims in general supportive of these acts, given the cheering we witnessed on September 11, 2001 and given the many calls to violence against infidels in their Koran – or are Muslims in general a peaceful people who abhor these barbarisms?

"Jihad Watch", October 13, 2005
“The United States Wednesday made public a letter from a senior al-Qaida figure to the group's chief operative in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, that, among other things, questions his tactic of attacking Iraqi Shiite mosques. The State Department said the letter reveals al-Qaida as a confederacy of evil, and a perverter of Islam....
It says ordinary Muslims find tape footage of the al-Zarkawi group's slaughter of hostages in Iraq unpalatable, and also says they cannot accept its bomb attacks on Iraqi Shiite mosques, remarking that public aversion to the tactic will continue.
The letter further says that more than half the battle is taking place in the media, and that it is a race for the hearts and minds of the Islamic world.

At a news briefing, State Department Deputy Spokesman Adam Ereli said the letter shows the media-savvy of al-Qaida, but also clearly reveals the evil nature of the enemy being faced in Iraq:
"This isn't a question of hearts and minds, it's a question of bodies and gore, quite frankly. Meaning that this is a network and this is a confederacy of evil that will stop at nothing to advance its radical agenda. And that agenda was made very clear: it's a caliphate that will start in Iraq and move to take over Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, and practice the kind of abuse and intolerance and perfidy that we saw under the Taleban in Afghanistan, which was in cahoots with these guys," Mr. Ereli says.

Mr. Ereli said the best evidence of what al-Qaida and its allies are all about is their own writing.
He said the United States released the letter so that those claiming to be speaking in the name of Islam can be seen by Muslims for what they are, in his words, perverters of that religion.” "Jihad Watch"

My opinion is that overwhelmingly the general Muslim population around the world and here in the U.S.A. deplores the violence and yearns for peace, modernity and freedom. The things we see that disturb us can be likened to the general population cheering for the gangsters during the 1920’s; they didn’t really support crime and violence, they just take their heroes where they can find them. Every survey I have seen bears this out, and our situation in fighting this war would be 100 times worse if the general Muslim population supported terrorists.

There is no question, however, that the Koran contains hundreds of references to the killing of infidels, and that the actions of CAIR, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, are reprehensible and unfathomable, given the circumstances. This organization has defended terrorists and tried in every way to subvert activities aimed at stopping terrorist acts. For these and other reasons, the FBI's former chief of counterterrorism, Steven Pomerantz, concludes that "CAIR, its leaders and its activities effectively give aid to international terrorist groups." The millions of peaceful Muslims here and abroad clearly have to do much more to change this situation.

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At 7:00 AM, Anonymous steve said...

I'm not sure I agree completely. I'll separate foreign muslims from the locals for this...their response of joy in seeing the 9/11 horror is telling. They revel in our defeats no matter the size. Perhaps it is their indoctrined hatred created over decades. This could be from our support for Israel or our presense in Arab countries or our lifestyle...or their lack of it. But I think it different than the comparison to the gangsters. The cheering for gangsters probably (hopefully) lessened if there were scenes of murder of police. It's one thing to rejoice in success of bank robbery or bootlegging, it's another to revel in murder.

I pray I'm wrong...but I fear there is a longstanding hatred in many foreign muslims against westerners that will take decades to correct. I'm concerned with the very-telling fact "the Koran contains hundreds of references to the killing of infidels"

The US and the west needs MUCH more from the non-terrorist muslims. We don't necessarily need them hailing democracy...or the virtues of the US...we DO need them condeming the murder of innocent civilians and children.
We need them condeming terrorism whether they are "regular" terrorists or terrorists with some false religious claim.
There cannot be a default loyalty to (fellow)Islam (over the west) even when it's distorted Islam.
The default loyalty must be to the well-intentioned regardless of their religion or nationality.

At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We could start by putting some teeth in our laws like Tony Blair has advocated. If they aid and abet the Terrorists, then they should be jailed and then deported back to where they came from. You also mentioned the fact the there was a lot of cheering going on by these Muslim Islamists. I also remember that a group of Chinese dignitaries were waiting to see the President at the White house at the time that the Twin Towers were being attacked, and they also cheered while seeing it on TV. Richard Armatage blew his top at them and sent their sorry asses back where they came from. God Bless you Mr. Armitage. We need more people like you in this country, and less people like Jim Moran and yellow cowards like Phil Donahue.


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