Poor Persecuted Moslems
and other Cultthroat Song and Dance Routines
by Igor Slamoff
This is a reply to Islamophobia's Scholarly Godfather, by Nabil Al-Khowaiter, http://www.consortiumnews.com/2010/100910a.html
This is a critique of your reasoning. However, first I want to make clear that I too detest neocons, distrust the Israel lobby, condemn Likud’s chauvinism, resent imperialism, condemn racism, etc.
You argue that the principal ground for Moslem resentment against the US was that the US supports Israel. I don't think the statistics support your view. The policies of the US and of the European Union’s member countries has been markedly different over the years. Europe too has, on balance, supported Israel, but with more moderation and more criticism of Israeli policies. Nonetheless hatred toward Europe is almost as strong as toward the US. Sobhi Asila´s article Confusing Hearts and Minds. Public Opinion in the Arab World http://arabinsight.org/aiarticles/169.pdf (April 2008) states that a survey revealed that 60% of Saudis hate the US and 49% hate the West in general. That’s not much difference.
Then he claims that France enjoys great popularity in the Arab World, but cites no figures. However, an article on MEMRI No. 1816 - January 18, 2008, cites an Islamist web site called Al-Ekhlas (www.ek-ls.org ), that had recently hosted a discussion of the possible benefit of a terrorist attack on Paris. The original proponent speculated that such an attack might serve as a warning to other European countries "which are collaborating in the war against the Muslim countries."
Although France had refused to participate in the Iraq war that was raging at the time, it is described as “participating in the war on Islam", together with “other European countries”. Britain is not mentioned by name, although it is the only European country that played any important roles in the Iraq war. In other words, France & Britain are both said to “participate in the war on Islam” although they took opposite positions regarding the biggest war in a Moslem country in a long time.
Sobhi Asila wrote: “However, this hatred [against the West] was not based on religion”, because “the percentage of hatred for countries in the Far East was as low as 18 percent, despite many East Asian societies sharing the United States’ general belief in Christianity and other[,] non-Semitic religions.”
It is true that certain East Asian countries are predominantly Christian, notably the Philippines and South Korea, but they constitute a small minority of the East Asian population and of East Asian nations. On the other hand the Far East includes several predominantly Moslem countries, foremost among them Indonesia and Malaysia, whose combined population greatly exceeds that of the Philippines and Korea. Thus East Asia is a religiously very heterogeneous region, and not a region that can be generally characterized as Christian. Thus, contrary to Asila’s argument, lack of hatred for the East does not suggest that hatred for the West is unrelated to religion.
The initial verses of the Qur’an contain condemnations of both Christianity and Judaism. These verses are recited many millions of times each day by Moslems. As a matter of fact, Islam was born with a chip on its shoulder about both those religions, since they predominated in the macro-region where Islam arose.
An article on the Middle East Forum [which is very critical of Islam and pro-Zionist, but nonetheless does present serious scholarly analysis] claims that "In their statements directed at European or American audiences, Islamists maintain that the terrorism they direct against the West is merely reciprocal treatment for decades of Western and Israeli oppression. Yet in writings directed to their fellow Muslims, this animus is presented, not as a reaction to military or political provocation but as a product of religious obligation.”“For instance, when addressing Western audiences, Osama bin Laden lists any number of grievances as motivating his war on the West… Never once … does he justify Al-Qaeda's attacks on Western targets simply because non-Muslim countries are infidel entities that must be subjugated. … It is when bin Laden speaks to fellow Muslims that the truth comes out. When a group of prominent Muslims wrote an open letter to the American people soon after the strikes of 9/11, saying that Islam seeks to peacefully coexist, bin Laden wrote to castigate them:
As to the relationship between Muslims and infidels, this is summarized by the Most High's Word: "We [Muslims] renounce you [non-Muslims]. Enmity and hate shall forever reign between us—till you believe in God alone" [Qur'an 60:4]. So there is an enmity, evidenced by fierce hostility from the heart. And this fierce hostility—that is, battle—ceases only if the infidel submits to the authority of Islam, or if his blood is forbidden from being shed [i.e., a dhimmi, or protected minority], or if Muslims are at that point in time weak and incapable. But if the hate at any time extinguishes from the heart, this is great apostasy! ... Such then is the basis and foundation of the relationship between the infidel and the Muslim. Battle, animosity, and hatred—directed from the Muslim to the infidel—is the foundation of our religion.“
If resentment against the West is an indignant reaction to wrongs done to Moslems, then why have Moslems persistently ignored the Moslem-vs.-Moslem genocide that has raged for years in the Sudan? For that matter, Moslems have been slaughtering each other for centuries on various pretexts, e.g. sectarian strife, which seems to be regarded with indifference. Moslem Bangladeshi workers are cruelly exploited and oppressed in the Gulf states, but the locals don't seem to mind.
In Turkey it is a criminal offence to say that the Ottoman massacres of Armenians and other Christians in 1896 and 1915 were genocidal. However, "Turks will hurl that accusation at almost anyone else. The speaker of the Turkish parliament recently declared that the killing of 400 Azeris by the Armenians during the 1992 Nagorno-Karabakh war was genocide. Turkish politicians have on numerous occasions accused Israel of genocide in the occupied territories. And last year, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Chinese of committing genocide in Xinjiang, where interethnic riots killed 200 people. (He did, however, deny that the Sudanese government's actions in Darfur were genocidal, on the grounds that "Muslims do not commit genocide.")
Spiegel Online (in English) 02/26/2010 Victims of Radical Islam describes the growing oppression of non-Moslems in Moslem countries.
Iraq … Sunni terrorist groups prey specifically on people of other religions. The last Iraqi census in 1987 showed 1.4 million Christians living in the country. At the start of the American invasion in 2003, it was 550,000, and at present it is just under 400,000. Experts speak of a "creeping genocide." ... In Mosul, Iraq, persecution of Christians is savage: Sixteen Christians were killed the next week, ... and bombs exploded in front of churches. ... Men in passing cars shouted at Christians that they had a choice -- leave Mosul or convert to Islam. Out of over 1,500 Christian families in the city, only 50 stayed. ...
Pakistan Blasphemy is another frequently used allegation ... punishable offense in many Islamic countries. The allegation is often used against the opposition, whether that means journalists, dissidents or Christians. Imran Masih, for example, a Christian shopkeeper in Faisalabad, Pakistan, was given a life sentence on Jan. 11, under sections 295 A and B of Pakistan's legal code, which covers the crime of outraging religious feelings by desecrating the Koran. A neighboring shopkeeper had accused him of burning pages from the Koran. Masih says that he only burned old business records. ..
Turkey ... Half a million Assyrians are said to have lived in Tur Abdin at the beginning of the 20th century. Today-- As a result of the genocide committed against the Armenians by Ottoman troops in 1915 -- there are barely 3,000 ... they are reviled by Turkish Moslems as traitors, nonbelievers, spies and people who insult the Turkish nation.
Egypt ... The religion minister defended the legality of the death penalty for converts -- although Egypt doesn't even have such a law -- with the argument that renunciation of Islam amounts to high treason. Building new churches isn't allowed, ... the old ones are falling into disrepair thanks ... girls are kidnapped and forcibly converted, the police don't intervene. ... Six Copts were massacred on Jan. 6 -- when Coptic celebrate Christmas Eve ... revenge the rape of a Muslim girl by a Copt, it ... Muslims, for example, fear they could catch the "Christian virus" by eating together with a Copt ...
Osama bin Laden ”knows that if Americans were to realize that nothing short of their submission can ever bring peace, his propaganda campaign would be quickly compromised. Hence the constant need to dissemble and to cite grievances, for, as bin Laden's prophet asserted, "War is deceit." http://www.meforum.org/2538/taqiyya-islam-rules-of-war
Please read the sequel
Poor Persecuted Moslems
and other Cultthroat Song and Dance Routines
by Igor Slamoff