Cleric Anti-Terrorism Follows Bush’s Lead
Grant Swank, Jr.
It is United
States President George W. Bush who, more than any other national leader
on the planet, has waged the war against global terrorism. Other
countries’ leaderships have balked and hampered. The Democratic Party
has scolded and crippled. But the President, without hesitation, has
kept on course.
He has warned
that anti-terrorism is every nation’s business. Killers international
are just that — international. They have no care for corner or climb.
They are creeping into everyone’s closet, ready to take over — to
murder and maim without care, without counting the cost to themselves.
Terrorists are on foot, in the air, sailing the seas. They are
infiltrating all opportunities vulnerable to their slithery entrances.
Some think the
President is overstating the case. If they continue in such denial,
remind them of 9/11 and repeat the reminder until they get the reality
quotient firmly grasped.
Some think the
President is quagmired in a well-worn repeat speech. If they continue
such yammering, send them into the heart of the murderers’ tents,
challenging them to stop all such carnage — potential and actual.
President has talked up the danger as well as waged Iraqi Freedom
Operation against terrorism, we have the likes of Saudi Arabia’s chief
cleric Sheik Abdul Aziz al-Sheik addressing 2 million Muslims. Does he
wind them up for the kill? Does he rev up their gunfire? Does he hoist
the bloody flag, calling on the disciples to see through the Koran
dictate to enslave or slay every non-Muslim?
No. He does not.
At Mount Arafat, Saudi Arabia, the chief Saudi religious voice on
January 31 "decries terrorism in a Hajj sermon," according to
the Associated Press. He declares that Muslims around the world are to
give up on killers international. They are to put down terrorists —
just as vigorously as murderers are seeking to enslave and slaughter. He
proclaimed that "those who claim to be holy warriors were an
affront to the faith."
This is one of
the firsts. The peace-loving world has been waiting with bated breath
for this declaration. Why oh why have we not heard from Muslim religious
leaders regarding what their devotees are doing to endanger the planet?
Why have we not heard the voice of reason come from mosques, prayer
towers, seminaries? Why oh why? Are they all bent on destroying
civilization and spilling innocent blood? Where are the sane,
levelheaded clerics in all this terrible melee?
Now today we hear
from Sheik Abdul Aziz al-Sheik as he speaks, not from one mosque in a
distant land, but to the milling masses via a televised sermon seen
throughout Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. The Muslims gathered
for the climax of their yearly journey.
"Is it holy
war to shed Muslim blood? Is it holy war to shed the blood of
non-Muslims given sanctuary in Muslim lands? Is it holy war to destroy
the possession of Muslims?" he asked. Many slain have been Muslims,
victims of homicide attacks. "Islam forbids all forms of injustice,
killing without just cause, treachery ... hijacking of planes, boats and
According to the
AP, "Liberal intellectuals in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait also called
for such revisions in the teaching of Islam in schools and mosques.
Governments in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan have taken steps toward
purging schoolbooks of terms offensive to other religions, and reformers
argue that change should start by lessening the religious grip on
education. The minds of youth in the Islamic nation need to be shielded
with Islamic sharia and good manners and deeds. The nation's future
generations will only be reformed by what reformed the past
note: Because US President George W. Bush has waged war against global
terrorism day after day, we now have the world’s chief Muslim cleric
echoing the same to his own disciples.
Thank you, Mr.