TERRORISTS? NOT US, SAY MUSLIMS
By Alan Caruba
While the memory of September 11, 2001 recedes for Americans, our British cousins have been subjected to a number of Islamic terrorist acts since then. On July 7, 2005, there were four separate suicide bombings in London that killed 56 people and injured 700. More recently, on June 30, 2007, there was the attack on the Glasgow International Airport in Scotland.
On December 27, 2007, I received an email from the London School of Islamics with a text by Iftkhar Ahmad titled Terrorist V Terrorism. It is a window into the mind of Muslims living in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
“The recent events have strengthened the prejudiced belief that ‘Islam is the religion of the sword,” said Ahmad, who asserted that, “Islamophobia is not only a cause of discrimination against Muslims, but also an open threat to world peace.” The peace of the Middle East has once again been put in jeopardy by the instability of Pakistan. One might conclude that American and British troops are in Afghanistan because of an open threat to world peace posed by al-Qa'ida and the spread of Islamism, but not Ahmad.
So far as he was concerned, “There is not a single day when Islam and Muslims are not attacked by the mainstream news media outlets.” Apparently, reporting on Muslim atrocities around the world constitutes an attack. It is worth noting, at this point, that no Muslim community in America has suffered an attack, and I cannot recall any reports of comparable attacks in Britain. Who then is afraid of another suicide bombing? It is Americans and British citizens who are not Muslim.
With considerable irony, on December 13, 2007, a Federal judge in Miami declared a mistrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict in the trial of six men accused in 2006 of plotting to bomb the Sears Tower in Chicago and several government buildings. A seventh suspect was acquitted in what analysts describe as a setback for the US government's domestic counterterrorism program. Jury selection for a retrial of the other six suspects will start next month. The group was described as being “inspired” by al-Qa'ida. A new trial will try to find a jury that will look at the overwhelming proof of their intentions.
Meanwhile, in Britain, according to Ahmad,
A person has to be seriously deluded or making a serious effort to delude others to conclude that, “Islam is all peace.” Just consider the victims of Islamist attacks from Bali to London to New York, to name just a few places where Jihadists have killed people who were not at war with them.
Ahmad, like a great number of Middle Eastern Muslims, is easily offended by anything. He cited that uniforms of the Milan, Italy, soccer team whose uniforms sport “Crusader-Style red crosses which is offensive to Muslims.” In his view, the crosses “symbolized ‘western racist superiority over Islam.” He also railed against the “republication of Danish cartoons (that) clearly shows the prevalent ignorance about Islam.” It is hard to be ignorant of the many Islamist terror attacks in recent years.
Ahmad concluded: “It is the fundamental duty of Muslims settled in the West to raise awareness of [the] spirit and core of Islam.” I think the terrorist attacks have done that.
Ahmad was far from finished in his diatribe. He attacked the United Kingdom’s National Curriculum, in which “There is no mention of [the] Muslim contribution in the world.” And what might that contribution be, given the centuries of oppression that have existed wherever Islam is the dominant religion. These days, Arab Christians are literally fleeing for their lives from Iraq and other nations where they are under constant attack, including murder.
Ahmad concluded with the proposal that, in “those state schools [in Britain] where Muslim pupils are in majority may be designated as Muslim Community Schools, managed and controlled by Muslim Educational Trusts and Charities.”
There’s a Yiddish word for this. It’s called chutzpah! (The meaning of "chutzpah": unmitigated effrontery or impudence; gall; audacity; nerve.)
The Islamists in Britain, throughout Europe, and here in America do not lack for nerve. Indeed, they are carrying out a process by which Islam has imposed its will wherever the Muslim community has achieved majority or near majority status.
Muslim gall reflects the intention of Islam to subjugate any nation-state in which Muslims gain a population foothold. Where Islam is the dominant religion, it expects to be the law of the land, rejecting a secular approach to government. This is its threat to Western nation-states whose tradition of tolerance permits juries to deadlock over trials of terrorists, whose loss commitment to their own religious beliefs allows the nation to be undermined by claims of prejudice.
Islam was never the religion of Britain, though the schism between Catholics and Protestants had its bloody chapters. The British, by any definition, are Christians. If Ahmad and his deceptions succeed, the British may yet see their constitutional democratic Kingdom fall into the pit of ignorance, corruption, and oppression that defines Muslim countries to this day.
Finally, it should be noted that many of the terrorist acts perpetrated in Britain were by Muslims who were born and raised there. It’s a warning sign to all of Europe, and to America as well.
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Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, and Founder of the National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly commentary, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center, which is located at www.anxietycenter.com.
Caruba has a daily blog at http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com.
Caruba’s new book, Right Answers: Separating Fact from Fantasy, has been published by Merril Press.
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