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September 07, 2004

Islamic Savagery: We Must No Longer Tolerate It Nor Tolerate Its Defenders

No, I'm not saying that Muslims are savages, although clearly some are.

What I'm saying is that while savagery is generally condemned by all of humanity, savagery committed by Muslims is often minimized and excused away.

No one, save Gore Vidal, attempts to "contextualize" the mass murder perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh, nor seeks to minimize the vileness of his crime by suggesting that "We must understand that Timothy McVeigh did not like American foreign policy."

And yet there is no act of bestial ferocity committed by a Muslim that cannot be mitigated or even justified by bringing up the Palestinians.

Or Iraq. Or the Crusades. Or Vienna, or Spain, or any other historical grievance.

Dennis Prager's had enough.

As has Christopher Hitchens.

And David Brooks, too.

And, sanguinely, so has the general manager of Al-Arabiya television, who writes:

It is a certain fact that not all Muslims are terrorists, but it is equally certain, and exceptionally painful, that almost all terrorists are Muslims.

The hostage-takers of children in Beslan, North Ossetia, were Muslims. The other hostage-takers and subsequent murderers of the Nepalese chefs and workers in Iraq were also Muslims. Those involved in rape and murder in Darfur, Sudan, are Muslims, with other Muslims chosen to be their victims.

Those responsible for the attacks on residential towers in Riyadh and Khobar were Muslims. The two women who crashed two airliners last week were also Muslims.

Bin Laden is a Muslim. The majority of those who manned the suicide bombings against buses, vehicles, schools, houses and buildings, all over the world, were Muslim.

What a pathetic record. What an abominable "achievement". Does all this tell us anything about ourselves, our societies and our culture?

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For it would be easy to cure ourselves if we realise the seriousness of our sickness. Self-cure starts with self-realisation and confession. We should then run after our terrorist sons, in the full knowledge that they are the sour grapes of a deformed culture.
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We cannot clear our names unless we own up to the shameful fact that terrorism has become an Islamic enterprise; an almost exclusive monopoly, implemented by Muslim men and women.

We cannot redeem our extremist youths, who commit all these heinous crimes, without confronting the Sheikhs who thought it ennobling to re-invent themselves as revolutionary ideologues, sending other people's sons and daughters to certain death, while sending their own children to European and American schools and colleges.


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