on Islamic terrorism
Guest: Nonie Darwish
In view of the fact that Islamic terrorism is not going to
go away any time soon and realizing that our politicians, just like the rest of
the population have no clue about what causes terrorism and how to deal with it,
in the coming weeks I am going to ask the experts to tell us what they think. I
invite you also to ask your questions and if you have comments and suggestions
please feel free to express them. You can use the forum for this purpose.
My guest today, is Mrs.Nonie Darwish. Mrs. Darwish is an
Arab. Her father joined the fight against the Israelis and was killed when she
was only a child. Mrs. Darwish does not hide her disappointment and anger over
what happened by the very culture she grew up in. This is not disloyalty but
love for her culture of origin. She realizes that many in the Mideast and
need to do much honest soul-searching. Many need to recognize the magnitude of
the horrific events of 9/11, and cease the denial of Arab/Muslim responsibility.
Ms. Darwish cherishes her Mideast background but she will defend
and its Constitution as all
citizens should. She takes her pledge of allegiance to the
flag seriously. Nonie Darwish is a writer, former editor and translator. She
was born and raised in the Middle East and lived in the
for over two decades. She is married with 3 children.
Thank you for accepting this invitation and
and agreeing to take part in this symposium. The first question most of us have
and I would like you to answer is:
What the terrorists want?
Terrorists only care for
the after life. They hate and do not mind destroying life on earth.
So basically what you are saying is that Islamic terrorism is a
religious act and has nothing to do with Israel, land, occupation, Iraq,
Afghanistan or any other excuses that Muslims make?
you please tell us, Is Islamic terrorism an aberration or are the terrorists the
ones who interpret Islam the right way?
There is enough
quotations in the Quran that support terrorism. Islam is in desperate need of
reformation. It is not possible to predict if reformation will take place in the
way Islam is interpreted.
But reformation possible? Can the moderate Islam win over the extremist Islam?
extremist Islam is winning and moderates are silent. I predict a civil war in
but the outcome is unpredictable.
How and when do you foresee this war will end?
This war will
end only if the West unite and realize that Islam is not just a religion. It is
an ideology that can destroy Western civilization and democracy. Even if the
West is united it will not be an easy fight since they own the world oil
reserves. But we have to fight the good fight for the preservation of democracy
Can Islamic terrorism be defeated? If yes, how? If no, what
should be done?
Yes, but the
West has to take off the gloves. They have to get ready not only to loose lives
but also not be threatened with oil boycotts. If Western economy suffers for a
while then so be it.
will have no revenue to finance terrorism without selling oil. They need to
sell it as much as we need to buy it. The West has to
put aside their political differences, political correctness and policy of
appeasement for a while and concentrate on winning the war on terrorism? We have
to take our fight to the Muslim world. Nations who produce terrorists have to be
named and pressured. Highest on the list is
. Western media has to be shamed in the way they are handling this war on
terror. They should be scolded when they refuse to call terrorists as
terrorists. Let us all boycott the leftist media that sympathize with terrorists
and call them freedom fighters. The way Western media
is blaming the West and accusing
of being the aggressor is self defeating and encourage terrorists.
The West has
to demand access for access. If Muslim countries have access to preach,
build mosques and influence our culture and political system we should demand
the same from Muslim countries. Just like trade balance, we need cultural
should have the same right to build churches, synagogues and preach other
religions in the Arab world. If that is unacceptable for them then we should not
allow them access into our society either.
tourist visas to the
from Muslim countries should be limited. Terrorists love to operate in Western
freedoms. We have to stop the importation of Muslim clerics and Islamic and
Middle East studies professors with shady characters. Many of them are jihadists,
terror sympathizers or at least are working in harmony to the goals of
Islamizing America. American Muslims should be able to find Muslim preachers
from ‘within’ the
. US public universities should not be allowed to accept funds from radical
Politicians and the media
tell us we’re in a ‘War on Terror’. This phrase is not sufficient for the
conduct of a war. After 9/11, we need to be specific in defining our enemy by
name and location. We need to hold the nations that produce terrorists
responsible especially Saudi Arabia,
The West is giving too much
weight on how terrorists interpret the Quran. It does not matter any more what
the Quran say or does not say. Terrorism is a crime against humanity and is
being promoted by religious extremists and supported overtly or covertly by many
The UN should take a break
from covering up the Oil-for-Food scandal and stand up to those who bribe them.
The UN should call on Muslim nations to immediately reform their religious and
political education. Muslims nations who do not reform should suffer serious
consequence and international condemnation.