Leaving Islam



Let’s Blame Everyone But the Muslims

By Alan Caruba  

The latest whipping boy for the mess in Mesopotamia is Newsweek. According to one mullah over there, printing anything that might offend Muslims is sufficient reason for some of them to riot in the streets and end up killing one another.  

That is, when they are not blowing up each other’s mosques or innocent civilians in the marketplace. Or those Iraqis who risk their lives to become police or military to bring order to societies where bombings, kidnappings and beheadings lead the daily news.  

Muslims never have to look to themselves for their problems. Since the founding of Islam by Muhammad when he received his first revelations in 610 CE and its spread beginning in 630 CE, Muslims could always rely on the Koran to blame anything on the Jews and still do to this day. When the fanatical Islamic Revolution began in earnest in the 1970s, imposing Sharia law on Iran, the United States of America became the next to blame for its failures.  

In Israel, where the Sharon government has turned around 180 degrees to appease the Palestinians, agreeing to pull thousands of its people from Gaza and parts of the West Bank, the response has been Hezbollah’s mortars from Lebanon and those fired by Islamic Jihad from Gaza. Muslims provide daily evidence that violence is the only answer to the Israeli offer of negotiations and statehood in exchange for peace.  

It never seems to occur to Americans that most of the active conflicts in the world today involve Muslims, whether they are at war with Russia in Chechnya or fighting the governments of the Philippines or Indonesia. Or the continuing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead, Americans are encouraged to believe we are the bad guys because we have some Muslim terrorists under lock and key in Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib.  

Meanwhile, millions of US dollars are transferred to the Palestinians to help establish some kind of government despite his obvious failure to assert any control over those who prefer bullets and bombs to peace. Billions more pour into Iraq as the US attempts to bring democracy to a nation emerging from thirty years of the most oppressive regime of the modern era.  

And, if a single newspaper or news magazine makes a stupid mistake reporting inaccurately on how evil the US treatment of terrorists is, the blame shifts back to us.  

There are an estimated 1.2 billion Muslims in the world and most are described as “moderates”, but a tenth of that number is estimated to support the Islamic Revolution. That adds up to a hundred million! I keep waiting to hear from the “moderates”, but I doubt they will unite to deal with those who believe that Islam should replace all other religions and Sharia law should rule everyone’s life.  

Those that try the route of peace always seem to end up being assassinated, like the Egyptian president, Anwar Sadat, who ended the conflict with Israel.  

I ran out of any patience I might have had with Muslim apologists back in 1979 when Iranian revolutionaries held US diplomats hostage for 444 days. I understood the threat of Palestinian “freedom fighters” when they killed Israeli athletes during the 1972 Olympic games in Munich after several wars against Israel failed to annihilate that nation.  

Then, of course, on 9-11, everyone presumably got the message.  

Too many Americans and others around the world apparently have very short memories. We can hope Muslims eventually grow up and except a world in which other religions have a right to exist and where innocent people can expect to live out their lives without being killed in the name of Allah, but Islam has been around now for some 1,400 years and there’s been no Reformation, no modernization, no tolerance.  

Wherever Muslims immigrate and begin to grow in numbers, they do not integrate into new societies. Instead, they begin to demand those nations such as Great Britain or in Europe, and elsewhere re-write their laws to accommodate the delicate sensitivities of the Muslim population. Even in Muslim nations like Algeria, they are prepared to kill thousands to achieve the very definition of Islam, submission.  

So, when seventeen Muslims died in riots after the Newsweek error of judgment and reporting, why is anyone surprised?  

Alan Caruba writes a weekly column, “Warning Signs”, posted on the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center, www.anxietycenter.com.


© Alan Caruba, 2005






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