Friday, July 08, 2005

A rare kudos for the NYT editorial page

It is a rare event indeed when I recommend the New York Times to anyone, so you should pay attention when I do. Today is such a day. Tom Friedman has an excellent column on something to which I have alluded a couple of times since yesterday...the role which Muslims themselves must take on if Islamic terrorism is to be stopped without Muslims in general becoming totally ostracized from open western culture. Says Friedman:

Because there is no obvious target to retaliate against, and because there are not enough police to police every opening in an open society, either the Muslim world begins to really restrain, inhibit and denounce its own extremists - if it turns out that they are behind the London bombings - or the West is going to do it for them. And the West will do it in a rough, crude way - by simply shutting them out, denying them visas and making every Muslim in its midst guilty until proven innocent.

And because I think that would be a disaster, it is essential that the Muslim world wake up to the fact that it has a jihadist death cult in its midst. If it does not fight that death cult, that cancer, within its own body politic, it is going to infect Muslim-Western relations everywhere. Only the Muslim world can root out that death cult.

Friedman is absolutely right. He also makes this very salient point, which hardly makes one optomistic that Friedman's call might be heeded.
When Salman Rushdie wrote a controversial novel involving the prophet Muhammad, he was sentenced to death by the leader of Iran. To this day - to this day - no major Muslim cleric or religious body has ever issued a fatwa condemning Osama bin Laden.
Ponder on the implications of that for a while.

(Thanks to Ray S for the tip)


Anonymous ixic said...

The Spanish Islamic Council did issue a fatwa against Osama Bin Laden on March 10 2005 - a day before the anniversary of the Madrid bombings.

There's a report in the UK Times Online from that date.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Mick in the UK said...

The Muslim people burned Rushdies book in my City, and then at the two minute silence after 9/11 let off fireworks.

Sad but true, and if you are a Muslim reading this comment, don't even bother with the racist labeling BS.

5:11 PM  
Blogger mamapajamas said...

Ixic, true, but the Spanish Islamic Council is the ONLY group who has done that.

In the US, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) could have made everyone's life a lot easier if they had made one statement... just ONE!... saying something along the lines of, "Exaggerating the words of the Prophet is blasphemy, and these apostates will burn in hell."

But... no. What we got was a lot of, "Islam is a religion of piece" followed by "however,..." weasel wording. No one would commit to a hard stand against the terrorists, and people who think they did weren't really listening to what was being said. Every phrase has to be parsed to find the "out" built into the rhetoric, but those "outs" are definitely there.

Whatever discrimination against Arabs exists in the US following 9/11 is because of that refusal to commit to a harder condemnation more than any other cause.

They're either scared to death that an unqualified condemnation will get them killed, or they genuinely simpathize.

I believe that if the first is the truth, they could say, "If I tell my real feelings, that would get me and my family killed," and even if they say no more, we would better understand. But they have given no sign that they are under any sort of stress... or distress.

CAIR worries me.

8:24 AM  

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