Our Unseen Allies
I like the FDR quote on my sidebar because he salutes not only our armies of liberation but also our unseen allies.
Update: According to Crossroads Arabia
,Abdulrahman al-Rashed is the general manager of Al-Arabiya television who has a daily column in the pan-Arab Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.
Asharq Al-Awsat, Sept 4, 2004translated from Arabic by Amir RahimThe bitter truth is that all terrorists today are Muslimsby Abdul Rahman Al-Rashid
Definitely not all Muslims are terrorists but with great regret we can say that today most terrorists around the world are Muslims. The pupils kidnappers in Osetia are Muslims. The kidnapers and killers of the twelve Nepalese cooks are Muslims. Those practicing rape and killing of women in Darfur are Muslims and their victims are Muslims too. Those who blew up residential complexes in Riyadh and Al-Khuber are Muslims. Those who kidnapped the French journalists are Muslims. The two women who blew up two airplanes last week are Muslims. Bin Laden is Muslim, and Al-Hoothy is Muslim. Most of those who carried out suicide bombings against buses, schools and other buildings around the world for the past ten years are Muslims.
What a terrible record. Doesn’t it say something about ourselves, our culture and education? These are depressing and humiliating images for us. But instead of condemning them or justifying them we must first admit this fact and not to make declarations and speeches claiming our innocence. We can only find a cure after recognizing this disease. We must also help pursue our terrorists sons. They are the natural results of a defaced culture. Listen to sheikh Yousif Qardhawi. He issues a fatwa legalizing the killing of American civilians in Iraq. Imagine a man of religion encouraging the killing of civilians. A man of advanced old age encouraging youngsters to kill civilians while at the same time he has two daughters studying courses on security in ‘infidel’ Britain. How is it possible for a father to meet the mother of the beheaded son Nick Berg who was killed in Iraq only because he came to work on communication towers? How would we believe this man when he starts talking about the mercy and tolerance of Islam when he is transferring it to a religion of blood?
Before this recent period of extremism, we used to consider the leftists and the pan-Arab nationalists as the source of corruption as they promoted violent means to achieve their aims. The mosque used to be the haven of peace where men of religion used to be promoters of peace and good morals.
Islam is oppressed because of the behaviors of the new Muslims. Its an innocent religion. Its scripture is clear. It forbids the harmful cutting of trees and considers murder as the worst crime. It condemns even the killing of an insect and commends anyone watering a thirsty cat. This is the Islam that we knew before the emergence of the new ‘takfeer’ groups and their methods and teachings.
Of course it brings us no honor to be associated with those kidnapping pupils and journalists and those who kill civilians and those who blow up buses, no matter what amount of suffering they went through. These people are the ones who defaced the image of Islam.
We can’t improve our image unless we admit the embarrassing truth which says that most terrorist acts today are done by Muslims. We must recognize that we can’t improve the condition of our youth who carry out these acts unless we cure the mentality of our elders who have turned into revolutionary platforms, sending other sons to fight wars while they send their own sons to [the safety] of European and American schools.
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Glad you could find the entire text (where, pray tell?). I’ve linked with you over at Crossroads Arabia
comment by John
— 9/4/2004 @ 5:47 pm
My nice Iraqi cyberfriend Amir translates stuff for me when he has a chance. It really does give an insight otherwise unavailable.
comment by Jane
— 9/4/2004 @ 5:54 pm
Hi Right - U R absolutely right - god may bless Iraq and Iraqies
comment by Ali Mohamed
— 9/4/2004 @ 6:16 pm
Hi Ali, its always nice to see you. God bless Iraq and the Iraqis is so true. The country needs some extra help with so many enemies and problems to solve.I believe Iraq will lead the way in a new world.
comment by Jane
— 9/4/2004 @ 6:54 pm
[…] Our Unseen Allies Filed under: Saudi Media War on Terror — John @ 18:44 The bitter truth is that all terrorists today are Muslims
by Abdul Rahman A […]
pingback by Crossroads Arabia » Armies of Liberation ? Our Unseen Allies
— 9/4/2004 @ 10:45 pm
Wow, this is encouraging. Perhaps now is the beginning of a rational conversation to resolve this insanity.
comment by Gordon
— 9/4/2004 @ 10:47 pm
Encouraging indeed. Voices like this one are too seldom heard - we need to keep hearing them.
comment by Doug
— 9/5/2004 @ 7:01 am