If your average Muslim lived the same life as the average Catholic, then you'd have a point. As it is, such direct comparisons of massive groups of
people spread across the globe, under different governments, levels of security, financial stability, and even social history, is going to be
problematic from the get-go. They're just not comparable.
We've seen what Christian fanatics can do (kill doctors, blow up civilians, execute unarmed people in front of their families, etc.) but when we see
that, we're quick to put it down to the problems those Christians are facing, and not tar the entire Christian faith with the same brush. I guess
that might be because we're more familiar with Christianity and Christians than Islam and Muslims.
Another issue is that many Muslims don't see countries. They simply see Muslims all around the world as compatriots, so when something happens to
some Muslims somewhere, they see it as an attack on themselves. That might be down to some sort of defense mechanism where oppressed people (whether
actually oppressed or merely perceiving oppression) stick together to tough it out, which would make sense seeing as many Muslims live in areas full
of the resources that (literally) fuel western economies, areas that have seen forced regime changes, occupation, and bloody violence, over the years,
perpetrated by external forces they can't differentiate between (much as we, as a whole, can't differentiate between a Muslim person's actions and
the rest of Islam, many Muslims might not know the difference between a US soldier, a Canadian soldier, a German citizen, and George bush, which would
not help interpreting current affairs).
I'm not ascribing racist motives to anyone wishing to discuss this (including citizen smith
), or even to the people who fail to seperate the
person from Islam. I think it's perfectly understandable why the west has this weird view of Islam. Just because I understand it doesn't mean I
have to accept it.
We assume too much. It's too easy to simply transpose our cushy lives with the lives of the Muslims we see on TV, and say to ourselves "I wouldn't
do that. How horrible that person must be", without fully understanding the years, possibly generations, of history that lead to that person doing
what they did.
People are flawed. Religions are flawed. Right now, the crunch is being put on Islam. A crunch Christianity hasn't felt since the Roman empire
decided it was pretty groovy, nearly 2,000 years ago.
I detest any killing. I know wars are sometimes necessary, but I believe when we start to fight, we've already lost. A dead Muslim is the same as a
dead Jew or a dead Christian - they've left families behind to grieve for them, as our families and loved-ones would grieve for us.
Terrorism, in any form, committed by any perpetrator, is horrific.