By Alan Caruba
In lieu of the assassination of Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto, it is necessary once again for those in the West to gain some insight into the culture of Islam and, in particular, of the Middle East. What can be easily observed is the abject refusal to take any responsibility for anything done in the name of Islam.
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 27th 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.
“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 Qaeda 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 England. Who then is afraid of another suicide bombing? It is Americans and British citizens who are not Muslim.
With considerable irony, on December 13, 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 other 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 Qaeda. A new trial will try to find a jury that will look at the overwhelming proof of their intentions.
Meanwhile, in England, according to Ahmad, “There is an undeclared World War III going on in the name of (the) War on Terrorism. The fact of the matter is that Islam is all peace and hence this war is (a) war of terrorism and not against terrorism.” 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 that, “It is the fundamental duty of Muslims settled in the west to raise awareness of spirit and core of Islam.” I think the terrorist attacks have done that.
Ahmad was far from finished in his diatribe. He attacked the UK’s National Curriculum in which “There is no mention of (the) Muslim contribution in the world.” And what might that 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 England) 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 Islamists in England, 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 a near majority or majority status.
It is reflects the intention of Islam to subjugate any nation in which Muslims gain a population foothold. Where Islam is the dominant religion, it also expects to be the law of the land, rejecting a secular approach to government. This is its threat to Western nations 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 England, though the schism between Catholics and Protestants had its bloody chapters. The English by any definition are Christians. If Ahmad and his deceptions succeed, they may yet see their nation fall into the pit of ignorance, corruption, and oppression that defines Muslim nations to this day.
Finally, it should be noted that many of the terrorist acts perpetrated in England were by Muslims who were born and raised there. It’s a warning sign to all of Europe and to America as well.
Alan Caruba writes a weekly column posted on the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center, http://www.anxietycenter.com/. His blog is http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com/.
© Alan Caruba, January 2007