Link Between Islam and Terror Must Be Acknowledged
Your humble blogger writes often about Counter Jihad but is careful to delineate that not all Muslims are out to get us. Far too many folks believe that “all I need to know about Islam, I learned on 9/11”. So, it is personally refreshing when I come across an Islamic writer/scholar/theologian who so cogently expresses the fact that not all Muslims are bad. The following block quote is excerpted from a piece by Ali Hirsi Ali (bio follows) in the Wall Street Journal Opinion pages entitled “The Problem of Muslim Leadership” (5/28/13)
A Muslim terrorist slays a non-Muslim citizen in the West, and representatives of the Muslim community rush to dissociate themselves and their faith from the horror.
The question requiring an answer at this moment in history is clear: Which group of leaders really speaks for Islam? The officially approved spokesmen for the “Muslim community”? Or the manic street preachers of political Islam, who indoctrinate, encourage and train the killers—and then bless their bloodshed?
Amazingly, given the litany of Islamist attacks—from the 9/11 nightmare in America and the London bombings of July 7, 2005, to the slayings at Fort Hood in Texas in 2009, at the Boston Marathon last month and now Woolwich—some continue to deny any link between Islam and terrorism.
Muslim leaders should ask themselves what exactly their relationship is to a political movement that encourages young men to kill and maim on religious grounds.
Of course, the overwhelming majority of Muslims are not terrorists or sympathetic to terrorists. Equating all Muslims with terrorism is stupid and wrong. But acknowledging that there is a link between Islam and terror is appropriate and necessary.
I don’t blame Western leaders.
But I do blame Muslim leaders. Their communities have a serious problem. Young people, some of whom are not born into the faith, are being fired up by preachers using basic Islamic scripture and mobilized to wage jihad by radical imams who represent themselves as legitimate Muslim clergymen.
I wonder what would happen if Muslim leaders… started a public and persistent campaign to discredit these Islamist advocates of mayhem and murder. Not just uttering the usual laments after another horrifying attack, but making a constant, high-profile effort to show the world that the preachers of hate are illegitimate. (block quote credit Ayaan Hirsi Ali “The Problem of Muslim Leadership” Wall Street Journal 5/28/13)
Naturally, I disagree with Ms. Ali’s sentiment that “I don’t blame Western leaders” for the failure to link Islam and terrorism. I have been highly critical of president Obama’s non-approach to issues of Islamic Jihad. (see articles on point in the “jihad” category to your right) Taking the politically correct view that there is an absolutely no connection between Islam and terrorism endangers lives (see Fort Hood and Boston Marathon). On a purely intellectual level, ignoring the linkage does a disservice to brave people like Ms. Ali who speak out at great personal risk on politically incorrect issues of Islamic Jihad. By “Grizzly Joe”
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an outspoken defender of women’s rights in Islamic societies, was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. She escaped an arranged marriage by immigrating to the Netherlands in 1992 and served as a member of the Dutch parliament from 2003 to 2006. In parliament, she worked on furthering the integration of non-Western immigrants into Dutch society and defending the rights of women in Dutch Muslim society. In 2004, together with director Theo van Gogh, she made Submission, a film about the oppression of women in conservative Islamic cultures. The airing of the film on Dutch television resulted in the assassination of Mr. van Gogh by an Islamic extremist. At AEI, Ms. Hirsi Ali researches the relationship between the West and Islam, women’s rights in Islam, violence against women propagated by religious and cultural arguments, and Islam in Europe. (Bio credit American Enterprise Institute)