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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Yeah, they actually do hate our freedoms

It has become almost unacceptable while discussing the war on terror to say, "they fight us because they hate our way of life." In a recent political science class I was in, one brave soul raised this argument, and was then bombarded with laughs, snickers and eye rolling. The odd thing is, there has been nothing proving this wrong, and many things proving it right. Sure, citing our involvement in the Middle East, or our support for Israel has some merit (though we have since pulled almost all personnel out of Saudi Arabia and darn it, we haven't even received a thank you note). There are many policies that Americans don’t like other countries practicing either, but I don’t know of any American suicide bombers. The Salafist movement that makes up the most extreme of these evil people want a global caliphate to emerge, where no one has the right to practice any religion other than Wahabi Islam, where people do not have the right to speak freely, where the press may only print what the Islamic Sheiks and Scholars say is God's word, and where women have absolutely no rights. Those are some of the rights we enjoy as Americans, and the terrorists we are fighting want to take them away. Looks to me like they hate us because of the freedoms we have granted our citizens.
The fact is, there are some extreme people in the Muslim world that have used their insane view of the world to pervert a great religion, and have convinced a lot of their fellow citizens to follow them. Please read the following quote, then tell me what you think:

a snippet from a sermon delivered by Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris, which ran last weekend on the Palestinian Authority's official TV station: (hat tip: David Brooks, and MEMRI)

"The day will come when we will rule America. The day will come when we will rule Britain and the entire world - except for the Jews. The Jews will not enjoy a life of tranquility under our rule because they are treacherous by nature, as they have been throughout history. The day will come when everything will be relieved of the Jews - even the stones and trees which were harmed by them. Listen to the Prophet Muhammad, who tells you about the evil end that awaits Jews. The stones and trees will want the Muslims to finish off every Jew."

Also, regarding the current situation in Iraq, with the drastic increase in suicide car bombings targeting civilians and new Iraqi security forces:

Quotes from intercepted letter (I have the whole thing if you want to see it, email me at spence@udel.edu) from Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi to Usama bin-Laden, detailing his goal to spark a civil/sectarian war:

"I come back and again say that the only solution is for us to strike the religious, military, and other cadres among the Shi`a with blow after blow until they bend to the Sunnis. Someone may say that, in this matter, we are being hasty and rash and leading the [Islamic] nation into a battle for which it is not ready, [a battle] that will be revolting and in which blood will be spilled. This is exactly what we want, since right and wrong no longer have any place in our current situation. The Shi`a have destroyed all those balances. God’s religion is more precious than lives and souls. "

"The solution that we see, and God the Exalted knows better, is for us to drag the Shi`a into the battle because this is the only way to prolong the fighting between us and the infidels."

This recent violence is primarily the cause of one evil man and his gang of criminals and foreign martyrs. The insurgency is becoming more and more al-qaeda/foreigner driven, and less and less disaffected Iraqi Sunnis fighting for a return of the Baathists. While this violence is horrible and has resulted in much death, it should be looked upon from a wider angle, which shows the changing face of the insurgency, and the resulting decrease in the lack of support for that insurgency. With the third alternative of a return to Baathist rule is losing steam day by day there are only two left. Giving the new Iraqi government and political process a chance; or continual death and destruction driven by foreign extremists. I have my money on Ibrahim and Jalal’s team.

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