March 21, 2012

Hogwash: “Don't Blame Islam For Toulouse Killings”

“Don't Blame Islam For The Toulouse Killings” is the title of the piece below. Of course we don't blame 'Islam'; we blame its followers, who kill in its name.

Read the piece, if you must, but here is an excerpt that should tell you all you need to know:

 “Many people kill in the name of jihad but they do not represent Islam or Muslims, the vast majority of whom will be horrified by the Toulouse killings. It is not religion that turns some young Muslim men in the West violent, but the sense of alienation and frustration that inevitably comes from being a second-generation immigrant.”

HOGWASH, pure unadulterated hogwash.

Whether some jihadist represents “Islam” or “Muslims” is irrelevant. What is relevant is that 99.9999% of these murderous jihadists are Muslims or followers of Islam, who justify murder in the name of their religion.

As President Obama likes to say, there's a "teachable moment" here: Are all Muslims murderous jihadists? Of course not, but there’s something seriously wrong with a religion that spawns so many who are.  |  March 21, 2012

Don't Blame Islam For The Toulouse Killings

By Ed West

Parents and friends comfort each other as they walk away from the scene of the shooting at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in Toulouse. (Photo: AFP/Getty)

It's always a mistake to comment on terrorist atrocities before all the facts are clear. Last summer when news emerged of a bomb attack in Norway, a country embroiled in the 2005 cartoon saga and with troops serving in Afghanistan, many assumed that the perpetrators must be Islamic.

Seven years earlier the murderous attack on Madrid was at first blamed on ETA, and the Spanish government's wrong call helped lose them the election. Further back the Oklahoma bombing of 1995 was initially thought to be the work of Islamic radicals, who had bombed the World Trade Centre just two years earlier.

It's easy to get it wrong because so many of the world's varied extremists, whatever their motivation and however much they might hate each other, focus their anger and loathing on similar targets – the state, the city, modernity, capitalism, and the one group who embody all these complicating, unsettling changes in the minds of lonely, failed young men – Jews.

People often make the wrong call because that's what they want to believe, because it fits into their narrative. The recent shootings in Toulouse are a case in point. Today's Guardian editorial, for example, draws from this tragedy... more here.


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