Muslims starting to recognize source of terrorism

By Bob Unruh

ISIS sent out a new video taunting America.
ISIS sent out a new video taunting America.

Reports from the Middle East on the aftermath of the deadly terror attacks in Brussels criticize Muslims for fostering an atmosphere and culture in which such violence is birthed.

Stunningly, the criticism is coming from Muslims.

“We say that ‘terrorism has no religion and no homeland.’ But we must confront the fact that most terrorist attacks in the Arab and Muslim world itself are not carried out by Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Ahmadis, or Bahais – but by Muslims and the sons and daughters of Muslims,” wrote Kuwaiti author Khalil ‘Ali Haider in the Bahraini daily Al-Ayyam.

His comments and those of others were documented by the Middle East Media Research Institute, which translates and analyzes media in the region.

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Haider wrote that some “are not satisfied with carrying out their crimes in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia, but carry them out in Western countries.”

“And even if they believe that terrorism in Europe and the U.S. is justified because of [their] ‘colonial past’ and ‘hostile positions’ against the Arabs and Muslims – of what crimes are the Egyptians, Iraqis, Afghans and Nigerians guilty?”

MEMRI reported the articles criticized the violence and blamed “the prevailing cultures and perceptions in the Muslim and Arab countries of origin.”

“They harshly criticize the Muslims for not standing up against terrorism or doing enough to eliminate it and for justifying or even praising the attacks while disregarding any Muslim responsibility for terrorism,” MEMRI said.

Ghassan Charbel, the editor of Saudi daily Al-Hayat, wrote: “Are we simply part of this world, or are we perhaps an explosive charge implanted in [this world’s] entrails? Are we a normal neighborhood in the global village, or are we maybe a neighborhood of suicide bombers in [that village]? Are these massacres that move [from place to place] aimed at annexing the Arab and Muslim communities in the West to the lexicon of slaughter and suicide? Are we part of the world’s present and future, or are we a dark tempest that seeks to send [the world] back to the caves that it abandoned when it chose the path of progress and human dignity?”

He questioned whether Muslims are defending their identity or trying to impose it on others.

“Is our option for the other essentially that he will either be like us or we will blow him up, so that his body parts mingle with ours?”

Further, he wrote of the issue of accepting help from people, then trying to kill them.

“Has a man who came as a refugee or immigrant to a foreign country that took him in and provided him with a roof over his head, an address, social assistance, and medical care the right to blow himself up on its streets because it did not embrace his character, his interpretation, and his mode of thinking and way of life? Does the discourse regarding unemployment and non-integration in Western society detract from [the horror of] the crime? Has a spiteful person the right to kill the other merely because he does not drink with him at the same fount?”

He said the failure has been in trying to build “a normal state – a state that lives within its borders … that strives its utmost to obtain progress and development and provide its citizens with work opportunities and involvement.”

From Tareq Masarwa of the Jordanian Al-Rai came criticism of how some Arabs try to justify terrorism by blaming their host countries.

“[According to] some analyses [of the Brussels attacks,] the terrorists grew up in the outskirts of European cities and were angry at being marginalized! We hear these same excuses here. However, other analyses responded with a wise comparison: They [the Muslim terrorists in Europe] chose terrorism. Otherwise, why aren’t there millions of [South] American terrorists in Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico, since they too are poor and grew up in the outskirts of big cities?! According to another analysis, Europe does not give immigrants from North Africa, and specifically from Africa itself, the same opportunities that it gives European immigrants. This constitutes a justification of terrorism, since Europe gives the immigrant the opportunity for a free education, and thousands of Jordanians have attended French and German universities for free… and had an easy time becoming citizens of those countries.”

He continued: “The sight of people flocking to Europe’s borders, including Syrians, Iraqis, Kurds, Afghans, and Iranians, is heartbreaking, especially when they are carrying their children or pushing them in front of them – but all we do is curse the Europeans as racists who hate Muslims and foreigners, and consider it our right to murder them in their airports, trains, and theaters.”

Haidar pointed out that the damage soon may fall on Muslims, too.

“Is it normal that while terrorism succeeds in recruiting hundreds and even thousands of Muslims, we are satisfied to persuade ourselves that their numbers ‘are still negligible’ compared to the global Muslim population? Must the number of terrorists swell to tens or hundreds of thousands before we realize that a thunderous pounding torrent [is headed] towards us, and that this means that we must stop, convene, and give intellectuals the freedom to examine the reasons [for this] and the freedom to publish the results of their studies?”

He continued: “Unfortunately, the Muslims do not yet unanimously condemn ISIS. Some Muslims praise them [ISIS members], think the media wrongs them, and join them at the first opportunity, and even carry out the first suicide mission they are offered anywhere in the world!”

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