Targeting Muslims As Potential Terrorists
This is a topic worthy of a frank discussion. As you read my blogs you will sense a moderation of my feelings towards Islam. It represents an awareness of those among the Muslim population that focus on their faith in God, in Allah, and have managed to modernize by seeing today’s world as one that has grown, developed, and clearly evolved since the 7th century. Over this period due to much improved communications the nations of the world, the various people of the world, seem much closer. In addition it is possible to better understand each other and in so doing be tolerant of most others. There are exceptions, but the major religions of the world promote love and acceptance of others, to their core, even so for Islam with the caveat that the Islamists, the radical fundamentalists, have refused to see this new world and dwell in pictures, stories, impressions and interpretations of a past that has stood still.
Unfortunately the number of radical fundamentalists is quite large. Huge by all standards. If only 15% are fundamentalists, mostly men, then we are dealing with over 210,000,000 radical people. I say mostly men as I feel the woman, assume they are 50% of the total Muslim world, are more reserved, more in tune with their feelings, relationships, and as the more active, more involved parent, more loving and accepting of the mistakes and doubts of others. I have had converted Muslims (to Christianity) claim there are few moderate Muslims (some say maybe 5%), that most are fundamental. In addition 99% doubt Islam; they are so indoctrinated and constrained by the dictates of their Country and their religion they are afraid to speak out, ask questions or express concerns about their adopted faith. Oh to be free. Apply numbers to 95% as fundamental we are facing over 1.3 billion fundamental Muslims, the Quran as their book, Muhammad as their example.
Muslims dominate the news when it comes to terrorism or religious intolerance. They object readily to any concerns voiced towards their faith, their prophet Muhammad, their dress, or their way of life. In new cultures they tend to isolate themselves and by insulating themselves from the community that was there, which they gradually displace, they are questioned and often asked why they act as they do. When this occurs the term ‘persecution’ arises and references to the Quran are immediately brought to the fore and the terms ‘death to the infidels’ is heard, along with Allahu Akbar. Permission is granted to kill, to commit violent acts, and to fight non-Muslims in the name of God, “and fight them until there is no persecution, and religion is only for Allah.” (Sura 2:193). Add to that the latter verse (9:29), “Fight those who believe not in Allah…until…they are in a state of subjection.” ‘Subjection’ means to bring under control of another by ‘force.’
We have reports of the killing of Jews, Christians and Buddhists in Muslim Countries, the Buddhists in Thailand mostly, and those committing the crimes, the violent acts, killing, are seldom punished, even arrested, for their heinous acts. Even Muslim men raping woman go unpunished, as the criminal by Sharia is the woman. How barbaric and unjust!
Often we are reminded, as I have been via email and comments to this website, that the Quran and Islam makes note, from the Quran (2:256), “There is no compulsion in religion.” This suggests tolerance towards all other religions. There is much doubt as to the veracity of this claim. But what follows in the same Sura is “the right way is indeed clearly distinct from error.” Some may interpret this along the lines of the expression, “It is my way or the highway.” Later verses of the Quran are said to supersede earlier verses, and thus tolerance towards other religions, even the idea of plurality in one society, become a moot point as the tone becomes less accepting of those that are not Muslim.
Most recently a cartoonist associated with the idea to ‘Draw Muhammad Day’ has gone into hiding, protected by the FBI, concerned for her life at the hands of any one of the 210,000,000 or more militant Islamists that can respond at will to the fatwa to eliminate her due to her role in encouraging a Facebook page requesting responders provide their image of Muhammad on May 20. She is quite innocent of the Facebook inducement, yet she is the one targeted for death to any Muslim that wishes to respond and take the action they call for. Muslims, as if invited by a billboard-posting to attack the Danish press and the cartoonist who drew an image of Muhammad’s head on the body of a dog in 2006, continue to attempt terrorist, violent, acts against the newspaper and the cartoonist. When does it end – the hate, this display of intolerance and insecurity. God would not want any of his true servants to respond in such a manner. God is not want to condemn the world, and that goes for those that are non-believers as well. For those committing acts of hatred the love of God, the love of Allah, is just not in their heart. Someone needs to remind them of that.
Some claim the call to eliminate Jews goes back to Muhammad himself, a fatwa that remains in effect to this day. This is hatred. We hear it from leaders such as Ahmadinejad of Iran wanting America’s leaders dead, making insane statements to the effect the Holocaust did not happen, and that the 911 World Trade Tower destruction (as well as the Pentagon and the failed attempt at the White House) by Muslims was a conspiracy on the part of American political leaders. Constant threats from Al Qaeda calling for death to American soldiers and civilians, as well as destructive acts against the West, to include those tragic events that have already taken place in Spain and the United Kingdom raise concerns towards all Muslims. How can you tell the good from the evil?
On ABC Anjem Choudary, a former British solicitor and Muslim cleric, was interviewed (Oct 3, 2010) by Christiane Amanpour when he made the claim, ““We do believe as Muslims the East and the West will be governed by the Sharia. Indeed we believe that one day the flag of Islam will fly over the White House. Indeed, there’s even an oration of the Prophet where he said, ‘The day of judgment will not come until a group of my umma conquer the White House.’” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pFEY255FfY&feature=related) Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, of the WTC Mosque controversy, has expressed a desire and need for Sharia law in America. We have had shoe and underwear bombers, attacks of military personnel on bases in the U.S. and a recent attempt to detonate a bomb in Times Square. [Faisal Shahzad was sentenced to life in prison for the botched Times Square car bombing, as the Pakistani-American warned in court: “The defeat of the U.S. is imminent.”] All the commitments to destroy were made by Muslims, foreign and, unfortunately, home-grow-in-the-USA as well.
The predominant terrorist activity worldwide of fundamentalist Muslims, radicals, suggests to me a reason and justification to ‘profile.’ That is a word liberals hate, but are they being hypocritical? They too must be nervous when in the minority, surrounded by Muslims, or when they attempt to enter a Muslim neighborhood. They too must notice persons in Muslim dress, covered, hidden from view, possibly concealing something, most likely nothing at all, but suspicious. The steps towards prevention needed are simple – be cautious, be observant, be most suspicious of those most likely, or of the nature of those who have committed crimes in the past. Be on guard. I am. Are you?
This may not be what a Muslim would want. There are many non-Muslims that would be so profiled, to include Jews and Christians from the middle-East or Muslim areas of the world. But as innocent people in the midst of those whose desire is to die for Allah, they would, I would venture the supposition, accept being so profiled and cleared.
French Police recently told Fox News (Oct 2101) they have nabbed 12 Muslims in overnight raids across the southern part country. Three were linked to a ring getting jihadis back from Afghan. Others were tied to Islamist groups and gun-running.
The US worries about terror coming from Pakistan aiming at Europe.
France has its own concerns about another Al Qaeda threat from North Africa which has had officials there on edge. For his part, French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux told the National Assembly, “The threat is real and vigilance is total.”
Pakistani officials now tell Fox News five German nationals presumably training with Al Qaeda were killed in the strike along with three facilitators. An eerie sign of a possible link is a video made by German jihadis in late 2008. Along with the typical training sequences, it also shows an individual warning the German government to pull its troops out of Afghanistan or landmarks like Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, train stations, etc would be hit. The Muslim population in Berlin is sizable and someone in that population could well respond to a call for destructive action in the name of Allah.
In early 2009 it was reported a dozen Germans left the Hamburg area to train with terrorists in Afghanistan. Included in the group, Ahmed Sidiqi, the man captured by the US whose confession reportedly led to concerns about the recent Europe plot.
From the website: The Religion of Peace (http://thereligionofpeace.com/):
Oct 3 – Pakistan – Three civilians are abducted and executed by Taliban militants.
Oct 3 – Algeria – Five security personnel in a shooting and bombing ambush by armed fundamentalists.
Oct 1 – Pakistan – A Christian couple and their five children (ages 6-17) are brutally shot to death in their home by Muslim extremists.
Sept 29 – Yemen – Three Yemenis are riddled with bullets by al-Qaeda cadres.
Sept 28 – Thailand – Children are among the victims when Islamic radicals brutally gun down five people buying fruit at a warehouse.
Sept 27 – India – A Hindu woman is murdered by Bangladeshi radicals (Muslims).
Sept 24 – Chechnya – Three soldiers are slain in a Jihadi ambush.
Sept 24 – Dagestan – A high school principal is murdered in her home by Muslim radicals.
Sept 23 – Thailand – Two Buddhists are shot to death by militant Muslims as they are delivering noodles to a store.
Sept 19 – New Delhi – Two Taiwanese tourists riding a bus are shot by Mujahideen.
Sept 18 – Iran – Jundallah (Soldiers of God) kidnap a civilian and kill him during a rescue attempt.
Sept 18 – Kenya – Six Christian missionaries are abducted, raped and tortured for three days by Muslims proclaiming the truth of Islam.
Sept 18 – Afghanistan – A voter and a woman are shot by Sunni terrorists at a polling station.
Sept 15 – Afghanistan – Two election workers are gunned down in cold blood by religious radicals.
Sept 14 – Pakistan – Islamists shoot a journalist to death outside a press club.
Sept 14 – Iraq – A woman of ‘ill-repute’ is hanged in her own home by suspected fundamentalists.
Sept 14 – Ingushetia – An imam who spoke out against Islamic terrorism is quickly neutralized by a car bomb.
Sept 13 – Ethiopia – A group of Islamists stab a Christian who had left Islam.
Sept 12 – Indonesia – Holy Warriors beat a pastor with a board and stab a worshipper in the stomach as there are on their way to church.
Sept 9 – Iraq – Two people are reportedly killed when gunmen open fire on an Anglican church in an incident tied to a threatened Quran burning.
Sept 9 – Thailand – Muslim separatists shoot a 52-year-old Buddhist in the head then kick his body under a bridge.
Sept 7 – Russia – Suspected Islamists assassinate a judge
Sept 7 – Thailand – Two middle-aged Buddhist teachers, husband and wife, are murdered by Islamic radicals.
Sept 6 – Afghanistan – A 45-year-old news anchor is the target of a ‘brutal beheading’ near his home.
Sept 6 – Iraq – Five construction workers building a youth center are stabbed and shot to death in a barbaric Mujahideen attack.
Sept 3 – Azerbaijan – One dead as a ‘religious dispute’ between mosque members results in gunfire.
Sept 1 – Israel – A rabbi and his wife are shot by Palestinian terrorists while riding in their car.
August 31 – Israel – A pregnant woman is among four young Jews gunned down in cold blood by Hamas terrorists.
August 29 – Philippines – ‘Irate Muslims’ throw a grenade into a Catholic church during mass.
Aug. 27 – Pakistan – A 35-year-old mother of three is killed by her brother on suspicion of unauthorized sex.
Aug 26 – Philippines – Maranao Muslims pull four people off a bus and shoot them to death.
Aug 25 – Pakistan – Three Christian aid workers helping flood victims are kidnapped and murdered by Islamic fundamentalists.
Aug 21 – Ethiopia – A popular church leader is brutally assaulted by Muslims with wooden clubs.
Aug 14 – Egypt – Eleven Christians are injured in assaults by Muslims stirred to anger by a local cleric.
Aug 8 – Indonesia – A mob of hundreds of Muslims chase and beat Christian worshippers after disrupting their service.
July 25 – Mali – al-Qaeda beheads a 78-year-old French hostage.
July 23 – Jordan – A man machine-guns his 16-year-old niece after she loses her virginity from a sexual assault.
July 22 – Pakistan – Two Christian girls are gang-raped by Muslims.
The website noted (as of Oct. 6, 2010) there have been 16,161 deadly terror attacks since 911. According to the website – The Religion of Peace – in America there has been one violent act by an American against a Muslim since 911. The perpetrator has been sentenced to death – one seemingly unambiguous case that occurred in Dallas, Texas where Waqar Hasan, a Muslim convenience store owner, was gunned down by Mark Anthony Stroman four days after the 9/11 attacks. Stroman claimed to have been motivated by anger from watching the towers fall. He is not exactly your average American, however, even apart from the shooting. For one thing, he is a white supremacist who carried a felony criminal record at the time of the attack. He also went on to shoot two more people in the weeks that followed.
Thankfully, an American jury sentenced Mark Stroman to death. The same cannot be said of many Muslim terrorists such as Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Al Megrahi, who not only have sanctuary in Muslim countries, but are often treated as heroes by devout followers of Muhammad.
Nevertheless, we acknowledge that there was at least one Muslim killed in an anti-Arab hate crime in the U.S. following the anti-American hate crime on 9/11. For anyone keeping score:
|People killed by radical Muslims on 9/11:||2,996|
|Muslim-Americans killed “in revenge”:||1|
Of course, 9/11 was neither the first nor the last time that Muslims have killed Americans on U.S. soil in terror attacks. In fact, since that day, Muslims have killed at least 58 people in 33 separate acts of terrorism in the United States (by the standards that Muslim-American groups set for hate crimes). Perhaps more importantly, there have been quite a few planned mass murders of Americans by Islamic terrorists that were thwarted by the FBI, law enforcement and overseas intelligence operations both before and after 9/11.
By contrast, Muslim-Americans do not appear to be in any special danger from murderous (non-Muslim) religious fanatics, even in a nation awash in firearms. Identity groups, such as CAIR, whine incessantly about relatively trivial incidents while turning a blind eye to the horrible violence that is meted out daily in the name of their religion. This distasteful petulance offers insight not only into the character of Islam, but also the impressive religious tolerance that Americans manage to maintain.”
The acts of terrorism are mainly by Muslims. That being a fact then why shouldn’t airport screeners, immigration, and other security forces lean more heavily on Muslims, those that look like Arabs, only because this is the type that has caused so much harm. Not only to Americans but people in the U.K., France and many other Countries. In Thailand Buddhists are being attacked. Even in Muslim countries opposing sects are often attacked, killed outside mosques and on the streets. Muslims are a suspicious people, they are opinionated, they are often ‘right’ in their own mind and will commit violent acts to win their arguments. This is a bit un-civilized. It is not the majority (my estimate) but the majority of terrorist acts are under the banner of Allah or with Quran’s held high by the Holy Warriors or whatever. Hate laws need apply.
So in conclusion I support ‘Profiling.’
Grace and Peace