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June 16, 2002
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Western Approach to Islamic Terrorism

Dry Bones, the cartoon published in the Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com), has a funny (but sad) description of western approach to Islamic terrorism:

Many of today's major conflicts in the world involve Islamic fundamentalists and their sympathizers, such as 'moderate' Muslim regimes or European leftists. This includes India's rightful response to Islamic terrorism (which is supported by Pakistan), the U.S. war on Al-Qaida (which was supported by Afghanistan) and of course Israel's war on the Palestinian Hamas and Islamic Jihad (supported and organized by Arafat and the Palestinian Authority).

Posted by David Melle at June 16, 2002 08:03 AM
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Religion plays a major role in any human conflict.

It is an undeniable fact that religious reforms have never been accomplished successfully in Islam and therefore it remains as a medieval religion. Unlike other religions, which have ‘theological beliefs’ and ‘sociological beliefs’ as separate entities, Islam has never learned to look at it differently. Thus, Islam remains a fundamentalist religion, which denies integration with people of other faiths. Through the ages, those who tried to reform or call for change to orthodox Islam have been killed as heretics or infidels. Thus it is felt that the sociological dictates of orthodox Islam, in many ways, are still mired in medieval thinking and dogmatic backwardness and are comparable to the days of pre-Reformation Christianity. Those were the days of the Dark Ages.

It logically follows that it is the business of the modern world at large to interpret, question, and challenge those fossilised aspects of a religion that take a position concerning outsiders. If I am the subject of some other religion's doctrine, and such a doctrine states how I am to be treated as a kafir (unbeliever), what is to be done to me, what I may or may not do freely, then, even though I am not a member of that religion, it does matter to me and becomes my business to probe these doctrines and even to demand a change as an outsider if abuse and violence on my person and well-being is the outcome. On the other hand, if a religion minds its own business, and has little to say pertaining to me as an outsider, then I should respect its right to be left alone. In other words, Islam's right to be left alone by outsiders or unbelievers should be reciprocal and contingent upon its social and moral responsibility to leave outsiders alone.

Thus, this special demand of ‘Islamic exclusivism’ and imposition of harsh Islamic laws and beliefs upon the public sphere is the root cause of terrorism in our post-Sept 11 world. We are not interested to fight their jihad wars but if they transgress beyond the limits of human restraint, it is our duty to subdue them and change their religion for them. It becomes our business to open their eyes and minds pointing out for them the myths and lies of their religious dogmas. It is not uncommon to note that wherever Muslims live, they start demanding special status, privileges and treatment and a separate identity for Muslims once their population in a given region crosses a threshold in numbers or on achieving critical mass. It is this ‘external’ sociological issue of exclusivism that led the ‘threshold’ numbers to make assertive demands for self-determination and political secession.

If left unchecked, it would not be surprising if one day the United States of America will have similar experience and face similar separatist demands from American Muslims in the next few decades. Thus, the Kashmir problem is not merely a real-estate issue belonging to India and Pakistan alone to solve, but a ‘religious’ one belonging to the entire world. It is a front-line ideological battle between modern-day pluralism vs. Islamic medievalist exclusivism. In every country of the world where Muslims form a sizeable proportion of their minority population, religion is the root cause of their secessionist conflict - in China, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Chechnya, to name just a few.

Posted by: Marc Johan on December 10, 2002 12:08 AM

to whom this concerns.
i am a student in el paso texas, i took the task of writing a report on terrorism. my proffesor warned me about this topic because past students had failed on writin the beliefs of islam or eastern islam beliefs and the differences of western beliefs. i have searched the net tiresly and have come up with little information, any information that you may have and is willing to e-mail will be much appreciated. my email is Turybonilla@yahoo.com again thank you for any info you may have.

Posted by: tury bonilla on April 8, 2003 06:45 PM

to whom this concerns.
i am a student in el paso texas, i took the task of writing a report on terrorism. my proffesor warned me about this topic because past students had failed on writin the beliefs of islam or eastern islam beliefs and the differences of western beliefs. i have searched the net tiresly and have come up with little information, any information that you may have and is willing to e-mail will be much appreciated. my email is Turybonilla@yahoo.com again thank you for any info you may have.

Posted by: tury bonilla on April 8, 2003 06:45 PM

being a human if u people thought u will come to know that from where actual tarrorism starts not from pakistan but from inside of USA.

Posted by: iram on August 19, 2003 02:04 PM
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