ISLAMIC TERROR VERSUS NORWAY MASSACRE: CHICKEN OR EGG?
By Raymond Ibrahim
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:
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?
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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-à-vis Saudi Arabia, and countering the Iranian threat. (URL: http://www.meforum.org/3263/islamic-terror-norway-massacre)
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