With comments such as "Katrina joins us to fight against America" the hurricane suffered by Louisiana and Mississipi residents is being hailed by
Islamic bloggers in a storm of religious enthusiasm. Other comments have included "Allahu akbar (God is greatest). Soldiers of God, Hurricane Katrina
demolishes America. Don't think that God doesn't care about the injustices of tyrants." and internet sites have published photo's of the
devastation left behind by Katrina including peoples suffering, crumbled buildings and flags ripped to shreds by the winds. The Koran has been cited
in some instances such as "The disaster will keep striking the unbelievers for what they have done, or it will strike areas close to their territory,
until the promise of Allah comes to pass, for, verily, Allah will not fail in His promise."
The pictures should "serve as a lesson," one blogger said.
"In spite of being a superpower and of its technological development, America was unable to cope with the power of the Almighty," the writer said.
Another blogger, who decorated his site with photos of Al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Iraq's most-wanted man Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, said:
"America observes silence over its human losses."
The Islamist perspectives were not limited to the Internet.
A Kuwaiti Arabic-language newspaper published similar comments by the director of the Kuwaiti ministry of endowment's research center, Mohammed Yussef
"When the satellite channels reported on the scope of the terrifying destruction in America (caused by) this wind, I was reminded of the words of
(Prophet Mohammed): 'The wind sends torment to one group of people, and sends mercy to others.'
"I do not think -- and only Allah knows -- that this wind, which completely wiped out American cities in these days, is a wind of mercy and blessing.
It is almost certain that this is a wind of torment and evil that Allah has sent to this American empire," he said in the daily Al-Siyassa.
"But how strange it is that after all the tremendous American achievements for the sake of humanity, these mighty winds come and evilly rip
(America's) cities to shreds? Have the storms joined the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization?"
He also cited a passage he found in the Koran: "The disaster will keep striking the unbelievers for what they have done, or it will strike areas close
to their territory, until the promise of Allah comes to pass, for, verily, Allah will not fail in His promise."
Many bloggers drew parallels between the destruction caused by the storm and that brought by US military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, and blasted
US President George W. Bush's so-called "war on terror."
"America fights Islam in the name of the war against terrorism, kills innocents in Afghanistan and Iraq and supports the Zionist entity (Israel),"
said one site, then listing two dozen curses -- habitually used by Islamist radicals at the end of prayers -- against the United States.
Amid all the criticism, at least one blogger spoke out in defense of the victims, saying he was "exasperated at the rejoicing over the misfortunes of
"Certainly, the leaders of the United States have oppressed many peoples, but the citizen... is in no way guilty."
Islamist web sites had also cast blame on South Asian countries hit by last year's tsunami that killed more than 125,000 people, saying "the hand of
God" was involved.
Back then, one scribe described the tsunami as "divine vengeance against Thailand, a country of debauchery."
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This leaves me speechless, although it would be kind of expected from some quarters sprinkled in areas of the Islamic net, there is an extraordinary
amount of Anti US sentiment to be found on the islamic websites regarding the katrina tradegy.
The whole situation has bought out many peoples true nature, from those in charge, those looting, those surviving and those revelling in another
It does not bode well for mankind as a race of supreme beings.