five questions 11.14.2005

Five questions non-Muslims would like answered
The rioting in France by primarily Muslim youths and the hotel bombings in Jordan are the latest events to prompt sincere questions that law-abiding Muslims need to answer for Islam's sake, as well as for the sake of worried non-Muslims.

Here are five of them:

(1) Why are you so quiet?...

We are constantly told by both various muslim advocacy groups (such as CAIR) and various press sources that the terrorism now occuring in the middle east has nothing to do with Islam. We are told that this has nothing to do with a clash of cultures or a desire by muslims to achieve religious dominion over the world, or to repress and do literal battle with non-muslims.


Yet only someone living with their head in the sand cannot see that there is a pattern that betrays this assertion.

I will grant--because I'm a great believer in the fundamental goodness of mankind--that there is a silent majority of Muslims who are like the silent majority anywhere: they parrot what they have been told, but otherwise want to be left alone, hang out with friends, do a little work to keep a roof over their heads and food on their tables, raise children, and otherwise be good individuals and good neighbors within the constraints their culture forces them to live in. This is the nature of humanity everywhere, and I cannot believe Arabs and Muslims through the world are any different than the rest of us.

However, there is a very clear pattern by the leaders and agitators in the Muslim world who apparently show us the face of a people who hate us for no better reason than the fact that we do not collectively worship five times a day facing Mecca, or are at least subjugated to a Muslim majority.

The Muslim world's silence is defeaning.

When bombers in Jordan blow up a Muslim wedding party, the Jordanian people turned out in force to protest Zaquari, so it's not as if Muslims are incapable of protesting. So where are the protests when Hammas blows up a bus full of Jews? The Israeli population has certainly protested it's own government when Israel doesn't act to protect Palestinians, or when the Israeli government oversteps in it's reactions to Palestinian attrocities. But do the Palestinians turn out on the streets in great numbers to ever do anything other than celebrate the mass murder of Americans on 9/11 or to protest Israeli responses to attacks by Palestinians?

From an outsider's perspective, based purely upon the actions made in the Muslim world, there is overwelming evidence that the Muslim people (a) see this as a war of cultures, and (b) wish only to either exterminate non-muslims or subjugate us. And the protests in Jordan speak volumes: when protesters complain not that terrorists are striking innocent civilians--but protest when they attack innocent muslims, it tells us that the protesters consider non-muslims lesser beings.

posted by William Woody at 9:04 AM

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