Monday, September 18, 2006

Muslim Anger Not Appeased

The Pope said in his apology, "I hope this serves to appease hearts..." Since then, effigies of the Pope have been burned by protesters in Basra. A nun was shot four times in Mogadishu, Somalia where she worked in a children's charity. At least seven churches have been attacked in Palestine. There's also been some fun in Indonesian and Iranian cities calling for death or international trial of the Pope and overthrow of western civilization...

Appease hearts?... Well that didn't work. Got any more ideas?

According to the Telegraph, the Mujahideen Shura Council said: "We tell the worshipper of the cross (the Pope) that you and the West will be defeated, as is the case in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya.

We shall break the cross and spill the wine ... God will (help) Muslims to conquer Rome ... (May) God enable us to slit their throats, and make their money and descendants the bounty of the mujahideen."

Now there have been some conciliatory voices from the Muslim world also. That's nice, but the question is, who are the people listening to? Why do so many vent so much anger on so many streets? It's about time western leaders woke up the fact that the nut-cases are not the isolated few in Islam.

Meanwhile the Archbishop of Canterbury spectacularly fails to understand the futility of appeasement. In a fanatical determination to bury his head in the sand he completely misses the point, with "There are elements in Islam that can be used to justify violence, just as there are in Christianity and Judaism."

1 comment:

Peter said...

Like the politicians, the media are propogating a lie about Islam by softening the terms. They speak of the difference between 'traditional Islam' and 'radical, fundamentalist Islam' like these are two different types of Islam. In reality, 'traditional Islam,' (ie, Islamic tradition over the past 1500 years) IS, without a doubt, 'radical, fundamentalist Islam.' They are one and the same thing.

This is not to say there are no moderate muslims. The majority of muslims are moderate but they are not moderate because they're following traditional beliefs, they're moderate because they've moved to 20th Century moderate Western values.

The traditional beliefs of Islam could be summed up in one phrase 'Convert them to Islam or kill them.' Moderate Islam is more of a by-product of Western-world style toleration than of any Islamic 'tradition'.

I think this was the point the pope was actually trying to make when quoting that dude from the 12th century. That quote is a vivid example of how little 'traditional Islam' has changed.