Saturday, January 17, 2015

Blame terror attacks on anything but Islam

For some, the increasing number of terror assaults by Islamic Jihadists around the world are a result of the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition.

Some blame Christopher Columbus and the slaughter of American Indians.

More recently there was President George Bush’s Iraq war and search for non-existent weapons of mass destruction. Don’t forget water-boarding.

Muslims are killing because Christians won’t leave them alone, said one of the three killers last week in France. Historians credit Mohammed himself for motivating suicidal bravery in his followers, writes Harry Richardson in “The Story of Mohammed _ Islam Unveiled.” Previously existing tribal rules making it taboo for residents of Mecca and Medina to kill each other were revised. Anyone seen to be stopping proselytizing by Muslims could be killed, even relatives.

Nigerian-American Teju Cole gives this theory, that the West is getting what it asked for, one of its more articulate expressions in a New Yorker article whose headline about Charlie Hebdo’s dead says: “Unmournable bodies.”

Mohammed himself could not have said it better.

Those who defend Islam have a timeline that doesn’t go back as far as the religion’s founder, and certainly not to Jesus Christ himself. The latter never attacked anyone, the former led the first Jihad, attacks on caravans, in 623.

He established rules in the Koran that required women to breed like rabbits, resulting in over-population that would result in a diaspora that would spread the faith.

Also key to the spread of his religion was to convince victims to blame themselves for their deaths, persuading those who lived that it was trying to stop the spread of Islam that led to their deaths.

Less than a century later Muslims invaded Spain, conquering Iberia and only were stopped in France by Charles “the Hammer” Martel at the Battle of Tours in 732. The Muslims retreated but held on to Spain; all or most of Spain for 600 years. Moors still held Spain during the first half dozen Crusades into Jerusalem, and were attacking Christians in Constantinople.

In fact, the timeline of the British comedy show Monty Python is more complete than that often presented to judge whether Islam is inherently violent.

The website says nearly 25,000 deadly Islamic terrorist attacks have been carried out since 9/11, the vast majority in countries with Muslim majorities or very large Islamic populations.

Boko Haram has killed thousands in Nigeria. Teju Cole blames it on the Nigerian government’s incompetence. The BBC rarely misses an opportunity to blame U.S. President Barack Obama for not doing enough to #bringbackourgirls.”

It is widely reported that more people are killed each year by Islamic terrorists than in all 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition combined.

The Guardian said the Global Terrorism Index reported 18,000 deaths last year, a 60 percent increase from the previous year.

While only a small fraction of these attacks occur in developed nations, each gains much more publicity for the Jihadists.

The 300,000 deaths in Syria’s Civil War rarely makes the news. Neither does fighting between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

Still, Islam hasn’t taken any territory in the West. Russian President Vladimir Putin easily acquired the Crimea. Muslims just do not have the weapons, and increasing cyber, satellite and drone surveillance making their job much tougher. The pipeline of would-be terrorists from Syria to Europe and North America has been identified. Some are calling the Charlie Hebdo attack the first time ISIS trained terrorists on a specific mission to Europe. Who knows. More Muslims are claiming responsibility than the number of Navy Seals who claim to have assassinated Osama Bin Laden.

On Saturday, Associated Press reported Niger's interior minister says at least four people have died and dozens have been wounded in violent protests against French newspaper Charlie Hebdo's publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. Interior Minister Hassoumi Massaoudou said demonstrators in the town Zinder in southern Niger set a French cultural center ablaze along with two churches in the area.

In a different reaction, Chad announced it was deploying its army against Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorists.

Read more here:

List of Islamic terror attacks since 9/11

The Story of Mohammed _ Islam Unveiled


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Robert Weller

College graduate, longtime Associated Press correspondent, including 14 years as a foreign/war correspondent. Served as a senior editor in New York City. Covered Colorado and the West for ten years. Have covered events ranging from apartheid in South Africa, Indira Gandhi's assassination,Columbine massacre. Also have covered climate change, skiing and politics. Was editor on New York desk the day Saigon fell.

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