posted on Jun, 23 2004 @ 02:58 PM
I know, there's already a whole slew of topics about Islam out there. And this is why I'm adding this one. Because a good number of posts in those
threads scare me as hell, and I've even seen discussions about this begin on boards elsewhere which don't have anything to do with conspiracies or
The thing is, I'm becoming more and more convinced that this war on terrorism is becoming a Western crusade against Islam and Muslims in general.
More and more, there are people going through the Qu'ran looking for proof that Islam itself as a faith leads Muslims to kill and massacre. More and
more, there are people stating that *all* Muslims are misguided people who follow a religion which clearly orders them to violence and war. People are
less and less hesitant to cast the widest possible net and say that ALL Muslims are misguided/murderers/evil/going to hell.
My question is... how did this happen? Yes, it's quite obvious that the executions of Nick Berg, Paul Johnson and Kim Sun Il have something to do
- The major networks in the West don't show the aftermath of the U.S. stoming Fallujah or Israel going into Palestinian territory with tanks. We
don't see that many Iraqi or Palestinian widows crying over the body of their husband, or bloodied corpses. And if we are shown these corpses... the
networks more often than not imply that they were terrorists. Hence... the "enemy" is dehumanized.
- The major networks prefer showing Muslims burning US flags or waving weapons to the camera... peaceful Muslims don't guarantee high ratings for
CNN. Hence the "enemy" is devilized.
- I believe that President Bush, by saying that this was a black and white situation in which people are "either with us or against us", has
provided a fertile ground where it is easy to cast America and its allies on one side and the whole of the Middle East on the other side. With that
philosophy becoming widespread, our ability to be measured and reasonable in our judgments is becoming very, very limited.
Put yourself in the shoes of a Muslim. Someone of your faith has committed a horrible act against the United States a few years ago. Because of that,
if you live in the US, people look at you funny on the street, and when you get on a bus, you feel people are scared of you because they think you may
have a bomb on you. When you try to exit or enter the country, you risk missing your plane, because they take so much time verifying who you are and
asking what's your business in the US.
Now put yourself in the shoes of an Iraqi. You've been profiled for a decade by Americans because of who your leader is. You've been bombed twice
because of that leader, and even if Americans say they're coming to liberate you, they just arrested your neighbor and held him for a week because he
might be a terrorist. And now, because you're sick of it, because you want your country back and you've said the Americans should leave, you're
under surveillance because they wonder if you too might be a terrorist.
Now put yourself in the shoes of a Palestinian. You just want your life back, originally you were all for peace with Israel but then your child got
killed when the Israeli army stormed your settlement because they thought there were terrorists there. You're angry, and you want revenge, so you
pick up stones and throw them at the soldiers. A few days later, as you're in jail, you hear that once more the Americans are asking the Palestinians
to stop their violence and praising Israel for defending itself.
Wouldn't you be frustrated?
I'm not giving these examples to say that our own Western leaders are evil and our motives are evil. I'm just saying that neither side has the
monopoly of righteousness, and that truth is often not black and white - it's in shades of grey.
Which is why it scares me so much when I see positions radicalizing themselves to the point where for some people, ALL Muslims are now evil.
You know where this could lead? To concentration camps...
[edit on 23-6-2004 by Otts]