Wednesday, August 30, 2006
As always, today's Impromptus was a pleasure to read. One item, about the plight of Muslims, inspired me to comment.Expanding on the above, think of Iraq, Israel, Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan, India, Darfur, Somalia, The UK, The US, Spain, Germany: All places that are experiencing or have recently experienced terrorist activity, all initiated and perpetrated by Muslims. Anybody else (especially the "gentle and innocent Muslims") see a pattern here?“The gentle and innocent Muslims are paying the price for the black sheep of our communities. Nobody trusts us anymore. People feel that some Muslim with a jacket full of bombs is going to walk in to a business and blow himself up.”What a perfect statement of why the "gentle and innocent Muslims" need to decry, early and often, at all levels of their political and religious establishments, the use of terrorism. I've been waiting since 9/11/05 for this to happen, and pretty much all I've heard is whining and seething. It appears the "gentle and innocent Muslims would rather weep than fight.
Quite so. These true and poignant words are enough to make you weep — or fight.
I am sure that the vast majority of Muslims are "gentle and innocent" but by their silence, they are tacitly agreeing with and supporting the use of terrorism. Until that changes, I think it is likely that they will increasingly experience the kind of backlash that Jay (and, in a linked article, Serge F. Kovaleski.) discusses.
Sadly, what we non-Muslims continue to mostly see is the kind of comment voiced by Malik Ahmed, 55, quoted in Kovaleski's piece:
"No, no, no, no. This is a funny story. This is an injustice. This is a policy of racism against the Muslim people," said Ahmed, who is unemployed. "There needs to be a major reconciliation. This has only made Muslims angrier."