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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

It's a start

I have previously commented on the irony of many muslims reacting with shock and anguish to such "tragedies" as the Qu'ran being treated badly while the same muslims react not at all, or cheer enthusiastically, when muslim terrorist thugs kill innocent people. So this was a pleasant suprise. We can only hope that more of the Islamic world will begin to embrace Massoud Shadjareh's words that, "A criminal is a criminal, is a criminal, full stop." Shadjareh is the chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission.

One denunciation isn't exactly a resounding repudiation of terrorist tactics by muslims, but it's more than has been heard in the past. Events in history seem to revolve around tipping points, and while it's easy to see such tipping points in retrospect, it is nearly impossible to determine where and when they will occur in real time. Any actions that push Islam away from terroristic violence and jihad and toward cooperation and tolerance is a good thing.


When are we going to see another Artie chapter?
It's nice, but on the other hand, it's the Islamic Council of Britain, and they may have personal motives for expressing 'shock and anguish' at the attacks (i.e., fear of reprisal at home). I recall after 9/11 many of the domestic Islamic groups here were very critical of the WTC attacks. Though I didn't doubt their sincerity, part of me wondered if their public displays of outrage were not motivated at least in part by nervousness that there would be retaliation (admittedly unjustified) by nonmuslims against US muslim citizens, must like there was retaliation against Japanese americans in California during WWII.

Yeah, it's nice to see them questioning the actions of their more radical counterparts, but I'd like to see the outrage coming from the middle-east before I jump to the conclusion that anything profound is changing in the fundamental Islamic mind-set.
I'll believe it if they continue to express their horror and distress at the actions of the terrorists, at the words of the British Imams who are spewing venom in the local mosques, and when they start turning over the terrorists and those who abet the terrorists still in their midst. Until then they can pull their hair and rend their garments all they would like, but they will still come off like Captain Renault in Casablanca:

"I'm shocked, shocked to find that some of the terrorists were amongst us!"

"The key to the bomb factory, Massoud."

"Oh, thank you very much."

I don't buy it, I don't trust him, and until their actions match their words, it's just a CYA move using crafty speech to me.

Cuncti Islami delenda est.
Other signs of muslim moderation in the United Kingdom, or regarding the July 7th terror attacks in London, also include:

Dilpazier Aslam, who has been allowed to report on the London bombings from Leeds and was also given space to write a column in last Wednesday's edition of The Guardian, is a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a radical world organisation which seeks to form a global islamic state regulated by sharia law. This is the writer who suggested that the British shouldn't be shocked by the terror attacks in London on July 7, 2005 because "Shocked would also be to suggest that the bombings happened through no responsibility of our own."

A muslim cleric who defends suicide bombers: Yusuf al-Qaradawi, 79, who has a visa to come to Britian but is banned from entering the United States, has been asked to attend the conference in Manchester.

London based Hani Al-Siba’i, an Egyptian-born academic, described the attacks that killed at least 55 people as “a great victory” that rubbed the noses of G8 countries in the mud.

Friends of Shahzad Tanweer, one of the islamic terrorists who died in the process of the July 7th terror bombings in London, explained why he did what he did. "He was a Muslim and he had to fight for Islam. This is called jihad," said Asif Iqbal. Another friend, Adnan Samir, nodded in agreement. "They're crying over 50 people while 100 people are dying every day in Iraq and Palestine," said Iqbal. "If they are indeed the ones who did it, it's because they believed it was right. They're in heaven."

Hanif Malik, head of the main Islamic community center in Beeston, said, "Yes, everyone agrees the muslim leaders must be more pro-active in fighting radical thought, but it's just empty words when muslims feel the world is against them. You can say it's not true. I don't believe it's true. But for those who do, the call of the radical side is strong. We all know that this is not over."

Listening to the other voices regarding that lovely "religion of peace," I'm guessing that Massoud Shadjareh is in the minority, or at least rather powerless to effect change.

Cuncti Islami delenda est.
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