Monday, July 02, 2007

Mosques and Madness

They're talking about building a mosque just down the road from me.

Being that this country was founded on religious freedom, I have no strong objections to it. I would, of course, like to know first that the mosque was not comprised of radicals who have plans to destroy the infadels. Before you accuse me of shoot first, ask questions later, I just am a little uncertain about the state of Islam these days.

I am not advocating that Islam be banned from our shores. I am not advocating that Islamic citizens be held to a higher level of scrutiny.

I just want some more information. I don't want to come across as paranoid---just practical. Pardon my supicions--I know that most Muslims are law-abiding citizens-- but after the latest rounds of terrorist attacks, I am a little wary.

What concerns me is that of the latest UK bomb plot, all of the Muslim men were highly educated doctors. This flies in the face of the idea that Muslim terrorists are all comprised of disaffected, angry young men with nothing to lose. After watching a news report on CNN, I was informed that Saudi Arabia is breeding a virulent new form of Islam that is intolerant of anything other than itself, with no regard for Western laws. I wonder if the idea of what a terrorist is is itself an evolving concept. I do not wish for America to be a safe haven for Islamic fundamentalism as Britain has become.

I am reminded of just how intolerant a place the Middle East can be. It is no surprise that there is open conflict in that region of the world. Only mosques can exist in Saudi Arabia. There is no concept of a wealth of religious doctrines as exists in the Western world. Complete tolerance, like Democracy, is an idea seemingly foreign to the Middle Eastern mindset. We can argue that Israel is a liberal democracy, yet Israel will not allow Palestinians to co-exist peacefully and live within its borders. This flies in the face of American Democracy, being that American has not severely limited the migration of a people to such a degree as has Israel.

Are all Palestinians terrorists? Certainly not. But it becomes tough in such circumstances to separate friend from foe.

To expand the example further, I am not in support of Saudi Arabia because I know it is not a friend and is envious of what we have in this country. It enjoys our money and our support but I find it to be two-faced as hell.

I wonder if we have another 11 September, that a nuclear conflageration between ourselves and Radical Islam will not be a foregone conclusion. I am not arguing whether it would be right or wrong, I'm just stating what I feel may very well happen.

6 comments:

Steve Caldwell said...

Comrade Kevin wrote:
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"What concerns me is that of the latest UK bomb plot, all of the Muslim men were highly educated doctors. This flies in the face of the idea that Muslim terrorists are all comprised of disaffected, angry young men with nothing to lose.


This is not really news. The persons directly responsible for the 9/11 attacks were angry and disaffected. But they didn't have "nothing to lose."

The reality that many Muslim terrorists are highly educated and come from lives of relative privilege. And at least one of them did have aspects in his life that would be lost during a suicidal attack.

Here's a biographical sketch for the pilot/hijacker Ziad Jarrah on United 93:

"After a wealthy and secular upbringing, Jarrah became involved in the planning for the September 11 attacks in college. Unique among the hijackers, he had a German girlfriend and was close to his family."

Many of the other hijackers such as Mohamed Atta also came from backgrounds of privilege too.

Will said...

"Complete tolerance, like Democracy, is an idea seemingly foreign to the Middle Eastern mindset."

Religious tolerance is not merely foreign to Sharia law, it is not tolerated.

DJD said...

I share your concerns. I'd like to be respectful of Islam. But when practically 100% of all (if not most) terrorists are, well, Muslim, it makes me stop and think. Some people are just scum bags, and sometimes they go and screw up a religion. It's a shame.

Steve Caldwell said...

DJD wrote:
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"I share your concerns. I'd like to be respectful of Islam. But when practically 100% of all (if not most) terrorists are, well, Muslim, it makes me stop and think."

I'm thinking of the famous Muslim terrorists Paul Hill and Timothy McVeigh -- oh, wait a minute.

Hill was a Presbyterian minister who murdered a doctor and a clinic escort in Florida.

McVeigh was a Roman Catholic who blew up the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City.

Keep in mind that terroist groups like the KKK require their members to be Christian. But I've never heard them described as Christian terroists.

There's a detailed article on Christian terrorism on Wikipedia:

Christian terrorism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_terrorism

If we're going to talk about Islamic radicals and Muslim terrorists, perhaps we should describe racist and anti-abortion groups as Christian terrorists.

Seems like that would be the fair thing to do.

Robin Edgar said...

Ministers and Madness. . .

Comrade Kevin said...

By all means, Christian terrorists should be persecuted and held accountable to the same standards.

And you can be sure that if Fred Phelps were to open a church down the road from me, I'd be out there protesting.

You were right to call me out. I should have said (100% of all Jihadists) are terrorists. Timothy McVeigh and Eric Rudolph were Christian terrorists as well.

These are just scary times and these days I'm not sure who I can trust and who I cannot trust.