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ISLAMIC TERROR VERSUS NORWAY MASSACRE: CHICKEN OR EGG?
By Raymond Ibrahim

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TERRORISM & ISLAMIC TEACHINGS:  NON-MUSLIMS PROSELYTIZING MUSLIMS & MAINSTREAM INTERPRETATIONS OF SHARIA LAW -- ISLAMIC DOCTRINAL SUPPORT FOR MUSLIMS WHO KILL CHRISTIANS ACCUSED OF PROSELYTISM -- LIABILITY OF CHRISTIAN PROSELYTIZERS TO THE DEATH PENALTY FOR CONTUMACY & SEDITION
FULL STORY:   Ever since last year's Norway massacre, when Anders Breivik killed some 70 people, the relativists and Muslim apologists of the world felt exonerated: for here at last, thought they, was proof positive that terrorism had nothing to do with Islamic teachings per se. If Christianity cannot be blamed for Breivik, why blame Islam for al-Qa'ida?

This question was restated in a recent email to me from Gehan D. Sabry, Editor of Cross Cultures, a website dedicated to "Promoting Harmony Through Knowledge and Better Understanding." Regarding my recent article, "A Tale of Two American Martyrs," where I discussed the slayings of two American Christians in the Muslim world, due to allegations of proselytizing, she wrote:

    "[] I know enough fellow Christians who agree with me that the majority of Muslims and Christians, in fact the moderates of ALL religions ... get along just fine, and only the radicals of each are the ones who make the news, and cause turmoil and tragedy in this world ... when I read this article of yours, I immediately remembered the psycho from Norway who killed over 70 youth recently ... why don't you try to explain that away for me?"

My explanation, which may be of general interest this question of moral equivalency plagues the many who think on superficial terms follows:

First, the two murdered American teachers were killed by Muslims under accusations of proselytism. As it happens, according to mainstream Islamic interpretations of Sharia, proselytizing Muslims is a capital offence. In fact, it is mentioned as far back as the socalled Pact of Umar, which Muslim doctrinaires still quote from, and which delineates what non-Muslims (it was first made with Christians in Syria) must and must not do to safeguard their blood.

One of the stipulations they had to agree to was, "We shall not manifest our religion publicly nor convert anyone to it." At the very end of the pact, they had to agree that "If we in any way violate these undertakings for which we ourselves stand surety, we forfeit our covenant, and we become liable to the penalties for contumacy and sedition," which is death.

Thus the Muslims who killed the American teachers accused of Christian proselytism had doctrinal backing from Islam one that, by the way, has manifested itself regularly throughout the course of Muslim history.

On the other hand, Anders Breivik had absolutely no Christian support doctrinal or scriptural for his shooting spree. Nor did he articulate his terror in the name of religion, the way Koran-waving Islamic terrorists do daily. The importance of this contrast should be clear to objective thinkers.

Also, as earlier explained, the terror campaign of Breivik who openly confessed that al-Qa'ida was his "inspiration" to the point that he tried to emulate its tactics by beheading and videotaping his victims was influenced, consciously or subconsciously, by Islamic-style jihad and terror.

Finally, let us not overlook the fact that the American teachers who were killed by Muslims, and the 70 Norwegians who were killed by Breivik, were all killed in response to Islam the former directly, the latter indirectly.

Along with the countless non-Muslims daily persecuted under Islam, the Americans were slain in direct accordance with Islam's anti-infidel laws. Conversely, though only Breivik is directly responsible for his murderous spree, it was, nonetheless, indirectly prompted by his conviction (shared among many Europeans) that Islam from mass and illegal immigration, to calls for Sharia and death for cartoon publishers is making cataclysmic inroads in Europe.

Without removing the sole responsibility from Breivik, the question is: Would there have been a Norway massacre if there was no Islam in Europe with all the troubles associated with it?


LINKS TO RELATED TOPICS:
Islamism & Jihadism -- The Threat of Radical Islam
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Middle East -- Arabs, Arab States,
& Their Middle Eastern Neighbors

American Foreign Policy -- The Middle East

International Politics & World Disorder:
War, Peace, & Geopolitics in the Real World:
Foreign Affairs & U.S. National Security

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Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.

Osama bin Laden & the Islamist Declaration of War
Against the U.S.A. & Western Civilization

Islamist International Terrorism &
U.S. Intelligence Agencies

Counterterrorism & U.S. National Security

U.S. National Security Strategy



Raymond Ibrahim, a historian of Islam, Islamism and the Middle East, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum, a guest lecturer at the National Defense Intelligence College, and the editor of The Al-Qa'ida Reader, a collection of tranlations of key texts and documents of the Islamist movement. Ibrahim's translations of the religious texts and political propaganda comprising this collection help readers comprehend the origins, development, history, and serious danger of the Islamist war doctrines of Usama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Founders of Al-Qa'ida.


The foregoing article by Raymond Ibrahim was originally published in Jihad Watch, June 14, 2012 and can be found on the Internet website maintained by the Middle East Forum, a foreign policy think tank which seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East, defining U.S. interests to include fighting radical Islam, working for Palestinian Arab acceptance of the State of Israel, improving the management of U.S. efforts to promote constitutional democracy in the Middle East, reducing America's energy dependence on the Middle East, more robustly asserting U.S. interests vis--vis Saudi Arabia, and countering the Iranian threat. (URL: http://www.meforum.org/3263/islamic-terror-norway-massacre)


Republished with Permission of the Middle East Forum
Reprinted from the Middle East Forum News
mefnews@meforum.org (MEF NEWS)
June 15, 2012




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