< link rel="DCTERMS.isreplacedby" href="http://bokertov.typepad.com/ btb/" >

Monday, September 06, 2004

This appeared Saturday in pan-Arabic newspaper al Sharq al Awsat

The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists are Muslims


by Abdulrahamn al Rashed, general manager of the al Arabiya news channel
reprinted in the Telegraph (UK):

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?

These images, when put together, or taken separately, are shameful and degrading. But let us start with putting an end to a history of denial. Let us acknowledge their reality, instead of denying them and seeking to justify them with sound and fury signifying nothing.

Continue . . .

As Charles said at LGF, keep in mind that the Arab satellite TV channel managed by this author frequently promotes the cause of global jihad. Still, what al Rashed says is nothing short of miraculous, and the moment -however fleeting- should be appreciated.