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Friday, May 20, 2005

At Least One Columnist Will Say It

It appears what I said about the MSM in the posting below does not apply to all columnists. Jeff Jacoby (not exactly in the MSM inner circle) faces some truths in a recent column. Link.
Christians, Jews, and Buddhists don't lash out in homicidal rage when their religion is insulted. They don't call for holy war and riot in the streets. It would be unthinkable for a mainstream priest, rabbi, or lama to demand that a blasphemer be slain. But when Reuters reported what Mohammad Hanif, the imam of a Muslim seminary in Pakistan, said about the alleged Koran-flushers — ''They should be hung. They should be killed in public so that no one can dare to insult Islam and its sacred symbols" — was any reader surprised?

The Muslim riots should have been met by outrage and condemnation. From every part of the civilized world should have come denunciations of those who would react to the supposed destruction of a book with brutal threats and the slaughter of 17 innocent people. But the chorus of condemnation was directed not at the killers and the fanatics who incited them, but at Newsweek. [...]

But what ''Muslims in America and throughout the world" most need to hear is not pandering sweet-talk. What they need is a blunt reminder that the real desecration of Islam is not what some interrogator in Guantanamo might have done to the Koran. It is what totalitarian Muslim zealots have been doing to innocent human beings in the name of Islam. It is 9/11 and Beslan and Bali and Daniel Pearl and the USS Cole. It is trains in Madrid and schoolbuses in Israel and an ''insurgency" in Iraq that slaughters Muslims as they pray and vote and line up for work. It is Hamas and Al Qaeda and sermons filled with infidel-hatred and exhortations to ''martyrdom."

But what disgraces Islam above all is the vast majority of the planet's Muslims saying nothing and doing nothing about the jihadist cancer eating away at their religion. It is Free Muslims Against Terrorism, a pro-democracy organization, calling on Muslims and Middle Easterners to ''converge on our nation's capital for a rally against terrorism" — and having only 50 people show up.

Except for letting Newsweek off too lightly, I heartily agree. Readers will already know what I think of Newsweek wanting so much to run an anti-military article that they did not check the facts from a single, anonymous source. Otherwise, Jacoby is right on.

We should have been warned in the 1980s by the death decree against Salmon Rushdi, but that was just that crazy ayatollah in Iran. Decades of oppression on non-Muslims, especially in Sudan and Saudi Arabia, were ignored. During the Cold War, it just did not seem like a front-burner issue. However, post-9/11, how can it be so totally ignored by the MSM?

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