“if they want our
acceptance, then Muslims, and not our opinion about them, have to
Massacre in Beslan
In the name of Allah the
merciful and the kind
By Jan Willem van der Hoeven,
Why not call a spade a spade?
Why such a childish reluctance among most
political commentators to tell it like it is that neither
"mercenaries" nor 'international terrorism' was responsible
for the dastardly and murderous attack on school girls and boys, and
their parents and teachers, in
What united those cruel and cowardly
terrorists was that THEY WERE ALL FELLOW MUSLIMS, and for that reason
came to one another's aid.
Why can't we, or daren't we, say this?
It is so absolutely clear, whether in
Beslan, or in the horrifying and ongoing genocidal murder of the South
Sudanese - many of them Christian - or at the terrifying attack on the
and the Pentagon, that it is Muslims who are behind these massacres and
responsible for them.
When we look to the
and the massacres suffered there by the poor Philippine, we see that the
perpetrators are Muslims.
When we look to the massacres in Bali, or
, on the Metro in
which cost 200 Spaniards their lives - again, those responsible for
these beastly deed were all Muslims.
Not mercenaries, not international
terrorists - but Muslims. Not even just extremist Muslims - just
Until we are prepared to say it in this brutally honest way - there will
never be reform in thought, philosophy or practice of what Islam has
sanctified from its very inception: war and the sword, which it
unashamedly calls "holy war".
Unless there is repentance and a total foreswearing of the
sanctification of this gory terrorism and jihad in the name of
Allah, (as, today, multitudes of Christians who have foresworn and
repented of the bloodshed of their crusades, the Spanish Inquisition,
the Holocaust and other black pages in Church history) - we need to
speak out this message loudly and clearly:
That unless ISLAM and ISLAMIC scholars condemn, not only in words but in
forceful resolutions, the use of terror and killing as a means to force
the nations of the world to submit to the will of Islam, there will be
no accommodation with such an ideology.
It is them that have to change, not those of us who tell them what we
see - ugly terror in the name of ISLAMIC brotherhood designed to bring
the whole world into submission to Allah.
Now if some people would object - and sadly there are many such nitwits
- that this terror has nothing to do with the ISLAMIC religion as such,
but only with some extremist elements in ISLAM, and furthermore that
ISLAM itself is a peaceful and tolerant religion, I think we need to be
absolutely clear and straight about it - also if we want any chance to
win this huge, all encompassing fight.
I think we all owe it to the countless
men, women and children already brutally and mercilessly massacred, (and
this in the name of the, repeatedly called, all merciful Allah) all over
So, let us ask some questions here:
Wasn't Yasir Arafat, after all his terrorism, considered a moderate by
the stupid, self-deceived western world, when in
he was awarded the Nobel prize of peace?
Wasn't the same argument used then that
is used today, that he, albeit a Muslim and a master and initiator of
terror, was not so much the problem, but that it was his even more
dangerous fellows, the Hammas and Hizbollah - "the
Wasn't Saddam Hussein, a Muslim who called himself "the most
faithful servant of Allah", considered a moderate, so that in the
beginning, seen through these rosy spectacles by the West, he received
weapons from France (the nuclear reactor!) and even the United States,
because the real fanatics then were seen as belonging to camp of
Khomeini and Iran?
Ayatollah Khomeini, who at his beginning
was described by President Carter as 'a holy man,' and by his spokesmen
in the United Nations, Andrew Young, as "a saint," before the
eyes of at least some honest people were opened to see that he was more
of a devil.
The Chechen Muslim rebels, are they moderate?
What about the Bosnian Muslims?
Who are the Muslim moderates?
Arafat, Khomeini, Saddam Hussein, Muammar
Gadaffi, the Saudi government, which has been funding and supporting
much Muslim terror all over the world, also because of the strong Wahabi
influence in Saudi Arabia?
Fifteen of the 19 suicide terrorists
involved in the 11 September were Saudi Muslims.
Now, I do believe, that by stating these realities we actually bring
this terrifying problem of ISLAMIC terror one step nearer to its
solution, because we are willing to put ISLAM on the defensive, so that
it knows that its game is up; if they want our acceptance, then Muslims,
and not our opinion about them, have to change.
And they have to change drastically in
order to win our shocked and deeply wounded confidence.
We owe it to the immense suffering just experienced by the Russian
children, mothers, fathers and teachers.
We owe it to the multitude of others -
, and Spaniards; the Americans who threw themselves, in pure agony, out
of the skyscrapers rather than be burnt alive; we owe it to all those
sitting in planes or quietly eating their pizzas in Israeli restaurants;
we owe it to those who, from now on, have to live as semi-invalids,
crushed and in deep sorrow because they never again will be able -
except by divine miracle - to enjoy life with their crippled bodies.
If, therefore, there are Muslims and Muslim leaders who still wish to
insist that they are peace-loving and tolerant, and absolutely against
these Muslim-perpetrated acts of hate-filled genocide and massacre, then
they have a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate this today, by forming
a united, Muslim military force from these moderate Muslim countries,
and stop the genocide of South Sudanese Christians by the Muslim
Then they can prove to the world that,
indeed, there are Muslim nations that are willing to fight against
Muslim terror and genocide.
Let us wait and see how many, truly moderate, peace-loving, Muslim
leaders will come forward for this.
Finally, one would truly hope that, after this terrifying experience of
terror which especially these Russian children had to go through, Russia
will heed the voice of the international community and no longer play
with fire by giving Iran, the very sponsor of such terrorism, the
nuclear help and know-how to make its much desired ISLAMIC nuclear bomb,
thus threatening the whole region, not just with terror as Iran already
does today, but also with genocide; all in the name of its blend of
think for a moment after this massacre that it can play both sides with
It will have to choose - either it is for
terror or against it.
cannot have it both ways.