Who can stop Islamic terrorism

Who can stop Islamic terrorism

: We can’t stop Islamic terrorism. But Muslims can. Oh, we can fight them and hunt them down and wipe them out wherever we find them — we have absolutely no choice. But to truly stop them before they start, Muslims of influence and Muslims as a people must rise up and tell these slime to stop.

I don’t have much hope of that happening.

But occasionally, we see a glimmer of civility and hope. Tragically, it occurs only after the Islamic terrorists have mined new depths of hell.

Now, after the murder of children in Russia, the Muslim press is at last — at long damned last — expressing the revulsion any civilized soul should. A few days ago, I found some outrage here. And today the Times finds “self-criticism” from the Muslim press. Andrew Sullivan finds a longer version of the money quote in that story at Memri:

Obviously not all Muslims are terrorists but, regrettably, the majority of the terrorists in the world are Muslims. The kidnappers of the students in Ossetia are Muslims. The kidnappers and killers of the Nepalese workers and cooks are also Muslims. Those who rape and murder in Darfour are Muslims, and their victims are Muslims as well. Those who blew up the residential complexes in Riyadh and Al-Khobar are Muslims. Those who kidnapped the two French journalists are Muslims. The two [women] who blew up the two planes [over Russia] a week ago are Muslims. Bin Laden is a Muslim and Al-Houthi [the head of a terrorist group in Yemen] is a Muslim. The majority of those who carried out suicide operations against buses, schools, houses, and buildings around the world in the last ten years are also Muslims.

What a terrible record. Does this not say something about us, about our society and our culture? …

Islam has suffered an injustice at the hands of the new Muslims… We will only be able to clear our reputation once we have admitted the clear and shameful fact that most of the terrorist acts in the world today are carried out by Muslims. We have to realize that we cannot correct the condition of our youth who carry out these disgraceful operations until we have treated the minds of our sheikhs who have turned themselves into pulpit revolutionaries who send the children of others to fight while they send their own children to European schools.

– Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed, former editor of the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat.

This is even better. Iraqi columnist Aziz Al-Hajj wrote:

The Islamic-Arab terrorism has turned into the greatest danger in the world, and threatens civilization, security, and life everywhere. It is today the symbol of evil, religious fanaticism, and moral degradation, and it is the essence of political crime in today’s world

  • Sigh

    The muslim world generally does disapprove of terrorist tactics – the problem is, they agree with the political agenda of the terrorists, so they are conflicted. Hard to partially criticize a party – see how hard it is for the republicans and democrats on this blog to ever confess that their side has a flaw.
    America has to win the hearts and minds of the muslim world, in order to win that battle. Which is actually a remarkably easy thing to do. America’s values have always polled well in the ME, even if our policies have not or are viewed as hypocritical. Unfortunately this is a battle the current administration has completely lost.

  • Sigh

    “And we need to get tough on our end: We need to condemn those who refuse to condemn.”
    We can try to, but we’ll be seen as hypocritical, because of our support of Israel. It’ll be viewed as the pot calling the kettle black. I’m not saying we should or shouldn’t support Israel — i think that’s a false choice. We have to support peace in Israel/Palestine, which arguably isn’t happening. There is a reason the US was viewed much more favorably in the ME during the Clinton years, he was viewed as making an effort.

  • Angelos

    How is supporting Israel hypocritical? They’re practicing self-defense.

  • Mike

    Yes Sigh, it’s all Bush’s fault that the terrorists hate us. During the Clinton years, while he was making an effort for peace in Israel, there weren’t any terrorist attacks against us. We were viewed very favorable by the people of Iraq, Syria, Suadi Arabia and others during those times. I’m sure they weren’t planning the most devastating attack on American soil during those years.

  • Ditto, Jeff. Only Muslims can change this drying cement of impression.

  • HE

    The entire Muslim world needs a period of enlightenment. When the clerics and mullahs drag themselves out of the dark ages, terrorism will stop.
    Until then we’re all just whistling past the graveyard.

  • I wholeheartedly agree that we need to condemn those who refuse to condemn. I also appreciate that comments by first author quoted, that “We will only be able to clear our reputation once we have admitted the clear and shameful fact that most of the terrorist acts in the world today are carried out by Muslims.” Too often the media has ignored this fact.
    Related thoughts here: http://dmobley.blogspot.com/2004/09/muslim-outrage-about-terrorism.html

  • Jeff,
    Thanks for the link. It IS personal with me, and I’m very encouraged by this.
    The best analogy is this. Terrorism is like a big infection on the body of the world. We can attack it directly with all the tools of modern medicine (weapons), but it’ll continue to fester unless and until it’s treated systemically. I view this as the (potential) beginning of a giant shot of antibiotics that will clean the infection from the inside out.

  • Kim

    I can relate to Terry’s point of view. My husbands family is Palestinian and therefore so are my children. I still think it will get so much worse before we see the actual split within the Muslim world. The world will run out of patience before this happens. That includes the anit-war people. There will come a time when their justification for inhumane acts can no longer be justified. This just happened today:
    A car bomb exploded outside the gates of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta on Thursday, killing eight people and wounding more than 160 in an attack police blamed on al-Qaida-linked terrorists.
    http://jihadwatch.org/ has done an incredible job keeping up. They reported on the MEMRI article a few days ago. It’s worth a bookmark.

  • Richard Aubrey

    It is reported that the Beslan terrorists were assisted by weapons and other necessities pre-positioned during a previous renovation. If true, this means there were some guys involved who probably were not the shooters. In fact, they may have been locals. Who did this. Or who saw other locals doing this. And kept quiet.
    It appears that, whatever the crime, most Muslims would strongly prefer to allow the perp, if Muslim, to escape. Being Muslim provides a requirement for solidarity which trumps any horror the perp has perped on the innocent–as long as the innocent are infidels.
    The mass of Muslims may have kind hearts, but that doesn’t extend to inconveniencing brothers in their murderous missions.
    There are two possibilities. They take care of it. Or we take care of it. They won’t like it if we take care of it.

  • miranda

    This will only end with the Muslim world renounces Palestinian terrorism aimed at Israeli citizens. The Palestinians deserve a fair and just settlement short of a right of return. Take a look at the photograph posted this afternoon on LGF of a Hamas militant surrounded by children, this must come to an end. I yearn for the day when Muslim world decries suicide bombings as a legitimate tactic in Israel.
    Kim is right, this world is running out of patience.

  • Terrorism is a plague. Plague was spread by bacteria. Once we got our hygene together we saw less plague. The current plague will probably have to run it’s course, but we can still try to get our hygene together so we can prevent future outbursts, and here is where Jeff is on the money, it’s the Muslim world that has the hygene problem.

  • Yes – those muslims really should do the civilized thing and bomb children from a safe distance like we do.

  • Andy

    This form of terror is only the most recent and most organized, most violent. Each generation from Black September to the PLO, Red Brigades, Red Army Faction, to the celebrity status of Che and the Black Panthers finds reasons to kill and maim.
    The Vietnam Veterans Against the War plotted to asassinate US Senators. The Weathermen blew up college labs and robbed banks. McVeigh and Nichols blew up a building. The Arayan Nations have attacked banks and armored cars. The ELF and similar safe-the-animals have upped their tactics to include firebombings, harassment of employees, family members, bankers, creditors, vendors of research labs. Soon someone will be killed. In the meantime they are not terrorists.
    Terror comes in all forms. What it takes to stop the killing is for society to be mature enough to declare “No Killing. No Destruction” period. When we stop justifying evil, we will make progress. As long as we grant a pass to some of those who prey on us, we will find their numbers growing.
    The cult of the terrorist as hero must be abolished. That can start in Hollywood. We can stop portraying police and authority figures as liars, corrupt and venal. We can stop justifying, glamorizing the killers because they ran into a bad cop or had a bad experience.
    Other cultures see these movies and expand, extrapolate, are influenced against their authority figures as well as against American authority.
    The problem with terrorism lies in those salons and among those elites who use their wealth and power to support “causes”. Those who condone criminal behavior are the cause of more criminal behavior.
    Thomas Wolfe wrote a story about Leonard Bernstein and the Black Panthers that captured the essence of the terrorist as cult icon.
    Painting the outlaw as hero in colors of moral certitude does not make them any less the outlaw. It just confuses, delays and frustrates those who would stop them before they kill again.
    I find it strange that the same NYC culture who oppose Islamoterrorism can condone and forgive the Weatherman Faction for killing armored car guards and police officers.
    It is time to stop forgiving some and condeming others based on color of skin, religion or moral standing. We need to condemn ALL killers, bombmakers, hijackers, terrorists.

  • Kat

    Andy, that was a lovely sugar coating of islamic terrorism by simply implying–oh well, there are lots of others–get off these poor bastards’ backs. Allah thanks you. The truth is that there is not any other religion which can be compared with t Islam today. There is no religion that DESERVES to be compared to islam. I doubt that muslims learn terrorizing from movies–they follow the instructions in the koran. Islam is like a large-scale terrorist cult which does not recognize any other religion. The Koran teaches that muslims must kill or convert all non muslims. And Andy, Tim Mcveigh was funded by muslims–Clinton covered up. Flight TWA 800 was muslamic terror–Clinton covered it up. No more cover–let’s lift the masks off these slime and expose their true faces–scum killers. No frigging excuses.

  • the Muslim press is at last — at long damned last — expressing the revulsion any civilized soul should.
    And, some religious leaders will no doubt call them apostates. Those religious leaders would have to be discredited, but apparently they are left to spread their ideology. And, they’re bolstered by those countries that teach extremist ideologies.
    What we should be seeing is every civilized leader in the nonterrorist world demanding that leaders in the Islamic world — government, political, religious, media, academic, business — take care of their own.
    And, if they won’t do that voluntarily,…

  • Kat

    Well, it’s about time.
    Muslim group takes responsibility for 9-11: ‘We are so sorry’
    Special to World Tribune.com
    Friday, September 10, 2004
    We Are So Sorry for 9-11
    This September 11 marks the third unforgettable anniversary of the worst mass murder in American history.
    After September 11, many in the Muslim world chose denial and hallucination rather than face up to the sad fact that Muslims perpetrated the 9-11 terrorist acts and that we have an enormous problem with extremism and support for terrorism. Many Muslims, including religious leaders, and