Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Dhimmis At The WaPo

Via Jihad Watch (emphases mine):
In "5 Myths About Terrorism" in the [September 11, 2007] Washington Post (thanks to Steve), Alan B. Krueger provides a sterling example of the politically correct myopia that prevents an accurate analysis of the global jihad and Islamic supremacism. And he does so in such a clumsy way that it is remarkable that no one at the paper caught this before it was printed:
4. Terrorism is mainly perpetrated by Muslims.
Wrong. No religion has a monopoly on terrorism. Every major religious faith has had followers involved in terrorism. (Sri Lanka, for instance, has grappled for decades with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a separatist group that pioneered suicide bombing as a terrorist tactic and hopes to create a homeland for the country's mostly Tamil minority, who are largely Hindu.) Although radical Islamic terrorists are the worry du jour because of 9/11 and Iraq, the data show pretty clearly that the predominant religion of a country is not a good predictor of whether its people will become involved in terrorism.

After all, it was not long ago that homegrown villains such as Timothy McVeigh and the so-called Unabomber were the most notorious terrorists. That makes sense; the vast majority of terrorist incidents are local, motivated by local concerns and carried out by natives. Even international terrorist events tend to be local affairs, most frequently carried out by local militants who target foreigners who happen to be in their country. (Just think of last week's foiled plot to attack U.S. targets in Germany.) This suggests that the likelihood of attack by homegrown terrorists is far greater than the threat of another 9/11-style attack by foreigners.
Did you catch that? Terrorism isn't "mainly perpetrated by Muslims" because "no religion has a monopoly on terrorism." This doesn't even establish what Krueger wants it to establish, because the fact that people of all religions have committed terrorist acts doesn't disprove the contention that terrorism is mainly perpetrated by Muslims. If one group is responsible for something, say, 80% of the time, it is mainly responsible for it: you can't point to the existence of the other 20% as if it were proof that the 80% group is not mainly responsible.

Also, it should be obviously absurd to everyone at this point, but of course it isn't, to drag out poor old McVeigh, and the Unabomber to boot, and stack them up as equivalent to the plethora of armed Islamic organizations that can be found all over the planet, and the more the 9,000 terror attacks committed in the name of Islam since 9/11. But of course since the overwhelming majority of those have not been reported by Krueger's friends with any significant mention or exploration of the Islamic texts and teachings that the perpetrators used to justify them, most Americans don't realize that they have anything to do with Islam in the first place -- while every schoolchild knows that McVeigh was a Christian (he wasn't).

Finally, it is in no way relevant to a discussion of terrorism in general, much less Islamic jihad terrorism in particular, to assert that "every major religious faith has had followers involved in terrorism." It's a shame that such superficial analysis is so dominant these days. While the statement may be broadly true, it brushes by the central question: does Islamic theology and tradition contain any elements that encourage its followers to be involved in terrorism? Do other religions? This is a central consideration of my book Religion of Peace?, and it is a question media and policymakers should be asking. They don't, of course, because CAIR and others have mau-maued them into thinking that even to ask such questions promotes "bigotry" and "intolerance," as well as that trumped-up concept "Islamophobia." It never occurs to them that such discussions would actually aid the moderate Muslims they profess to support, being a necessary step toward the self-criticism that would have to be an essential component of any genuine Islamic reform.
Today's WaPo on September 15, 2007, is promoting "7th Heaven," an interfaith game for middle schoolers. Article here. CAIR has approved the game. Sample question:
8. On what two levels does Islam seek to promote peace?
Answer: "Peace within one's self and peace with others."

Apparently, the creators of the game have chosen to ignore the last "revelation" of Allah: Sura 9. An excellent explanation of that Sura is HERE. An explanation of the concept of abrogation of verses is HERE. You can find even more about abrogation HERE.

4 comments:

Edip said...

If Muslims are terrorists than Christians are terrorists to the factor of 666.

I would like to give you one example:

Bush is a re-born Evangelical Christian who received overwhelming support from Christian voters.

Bush, based on a series of lies waged a pre-emptive (iron rule!) war against a small country that was under the oppression of one of USA-Inc's former puppet, Saddam.

Since the war, about ONE MILLION Iraqi's killed as a direct or direct result of this occupation.

If terror means terrorizing people, then the Christianists are number one.

If terror means killing civillians or throug covert operations creating sectarian civil wars, then Christianists are number one.

The world sees what Christianists are doing. They are not brave or honest enough to shed blood like their Crusader ancestors. Now, they are using proxies, such as governments, to satisfy their unending desire to inflict suffering and shed blood.

I invite you to open your mind and read some of the articles I have written at 19.org, yuksel.org and islamicreform.org.

Peace,
Edip Yuksel
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Always On Watch said...

I am not a Bushie. Just so you know.

GWB claims to be an evangelical Christian, at times, but he attends a Methodist church, which is not evangelical.

The New Testament does not in any way advocate violence or genocide. Can you say the same about the Koran? After all, the Medinan verses abrogate the peaceful Meccan verses.

As I see it, therein lies a significant difference between Islam and Christianity. Is Islamic reform possible without excising certain portions of the Koran and the Haditha?

As a Christian, I am certainly not a "Christianist." And neither are many other Christians whom I know.

Always On Watch said...

Edip,
Your first link ( 19.org, yuksel.org ) doesn't work. Perhaps you can leave a working link for that.

Canadian Sentinel said...

Well, that's the first time I've encountered the term "Christianist".

I assume that Edip means the term to mean "Christian imperialist" or something similar. Well, FYI, Edip, imperialism is something that happens by force, and that's Islam- always has been. The Crusades, you may be unaware, were the result of four centuries of Muslim attacks on the Christian world. So I'd say the restraint and patience was rather significant, but of course, Christians will not simply submit and be butchered, as God doesn't want that and thus blessed us with the ability to defend ourselves.

And I'd like to point out that, yes, many Christians did vote Republican. So what? Anything wrong with that? Is it bad to be Christian? Nope.

Christians "terrorists"? Yeah, sure. Find in the Bible anything that recommends terrorism as opposed to self-defence.

Besides, it's a new tactic of the terrorists to call US terrorists. I see thru it immediately.

Don't know about Edip, but I suspect he/she's been affected by the propagandists, jammed to the point of submission, even believing lies...

And, as a Christian myself, I'm not a "Christianist", either. I don't think there's any, and if there are, then they aren't real Christians at all, in my opinion, thus cannot be called "Christian" in the context of slandering the entire faith. We don't force ourselves, nor our faith, on anyone, though we're allowed to invite folks to open their minds and we'll be happy to introduce them, answer questions... you see, Christianity is good for one... I know this for a fact.

The Muslims, according to the Koran, must invite Infidels to convert. Should the answer be no, then there's two options: slavery or death. Know that, Edip? Didn't you get told of this?