Total International Attacks by Region, 2001
The perception of "Islamic Terrorism" is not due to any intrinsic resentment of Islam by the American people. It is understood that the mainstream of Muslims, the vast majority of them, like in every other faith, are peaceful and pay their taxes, trying to make America a better society, trying to improve relations with neighbors and colleagues.
But images and terminology influence public opinion, and a bitter taste is left when Islam is reported in the daily headlines. The term "Islamic fundamentalism", whatever it means, has been repeated enough times in relation to violent incidents that naturally, any thinking human being has to be uncomfortable with the fact that America is home to a vibrant Muslim community. The problem stems from negative images about Islam. In the court of public opinion, Islam is guilty until proven innocent.
According to a recent US State Department report, Patterns of Global Terrorism, issued for the year 2001 - There were a total of 348 terrorist attacks throughout the world. The majority of these attacks were carried out against US interests in Latin America. These numbers represent the terrorist trend and not an anomaly, whereby the majority of perpetrators are not linked to the Middle East or Islam. The Red Army Faction in Germany, the Basque Separatists in Spain, the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, the Shining Path in Peru and the National Liberation Army in Columbia are not viewed with the same horror as terrorist groups of Muslim background.
There is no moral justification for terrorism regardless of the ethnic or religious background of the perpetrator or the victim, but the factual basis of terrorism has been either hidden or twisted in the public's perception of this policy problem, especially in congressional hearings on terrorism. The countries with the worst terrorist records in the world are not in the Middle East either. They are not even Muslim countries outside the Middle East. They are Columbia and Germany, havens for drug lords and neo-Nazis.
The negative association of Islam with terrorism exists, but no one has ever asked "Why?". The Arab countries, both friend and foe, are run by dictators who have mostly killed more of their own people than those outside their countries. The presumption that these countries represent a threat to American interests or that any one of them can dominate the region or even rival the only remaining superpower is indeed generous. So the issue is not these countries' hegemony in their region or the world, but about who can dominate their people and exploit their resources.
The perception in the Middle East is that US policy does not serve the peoples interests; it protects Israel and friendly Arab dictators even when they violate human rights, while it slaps sanctions on and takes military actions against countries whose dictators misbehave, resulting in suffering, starvation and even slaughter, all in the name of teaching the tyrants a lesson. The priorities in the Middle East for the US are not human rights and democracy, but rather oil and Israeli superiority. Consequently, anti-American sentiment increases. This mood of the general public is then characterized as "Islamic fundamentalism", even though the resentment is not rooted in religion. When it turns violent, it is termed "radical Islamic fundamentalism" or "Islamic terrorism." The various "terrorism experts" promote linkage to the Middle East before any other possibility every time terrorism is speculated. They exploit the human suffering of the victims, their families, and the fears of the American public.
Indeed, extremists of Muslim backgrounds are violating the norms of Islamic justice and should be held accountable for their criminal behavior, but we in America should not be held hostage to the politics of the Middle East or biased reporting.
An Israeli journalist, Yo'av Karny, reporting on the events in Chechnya made a striking observation about this development: "The West will be told--and will be inclined to believe--that the oppression of the Chechens is part and parcel of a cosmic struggle against 'Islamic extremism' that rages from Gaza to Algeria, from Tehran to Khartoum. Russians will seek Western sympathy. They should not be given it." The issue is not Chechnya, and it is not even about Islam and the West. Debates about religious wars and cultural clashes only distract us from the real issue: the powerful want to continue dominating the powerless, manipulating facts to influence public opinion, hence maintaining the status quo.
Modified with new statistics from the original article by Karen Armstrong on "Islamic Terrorism"
where they not muslim extremists?
The Armies were instructed to resettled the open area outside the conquered cities so as not to replaced the cities population with new ppl & armies , not to interfere with its ongoing activities in the city ... destruction were thus minimised thus help to conserve and perserve environment & eco sys ... superb Islam ..
They even help to rebuilt & repair the existing buildings for example when Muslims army retook Jerussalam from crusaders , Salahuddin clean & reopen the cities , repair Mosques & Synogues & houses through a special fund , Salahuddin had invited all ppls who escaped the crusaders carnage to live back in Jerussalam , thus help to promote trade & populate the city of Jerussalam.
As the result of careful & dedicated Muslim armies ,left over Roman Cities were more seen in its natural form in Morroco , Algeria ,libya Syria , Jordan , Eygpt and Turkey than in Europe , in pre Islamic time , compare to its mother of origin , le Europe , where remains of Roman civilisation during Pre Christain era were completely none existed except few Roman baths and only poor long walls , in Italy & Greece , even Greece were preserved under prolonged Ottoman period , otherwise would also be gone under demolision force...
The vast majority of Christians in the Holy Land embraced Islam only after the Crusades. Even now, the Christians who retain their faith are pro-Muslim in many crucial issues (eg Palestine, feelings about US neo-imperialism).
1. The Moors invaded Spain in 711 and so have many races invaded many other lands many times in the history of mankind (you conveniently don't seem to want to mention the Crusades and the turmoil that they caused) It is also a fact that the Moors not only brought their religion to the region, but also their music, their art, their view of life, and their architecture. Two great examples of the latter are the Alhambra in Granada and the Escorial in Cordoba.
2. Mehmed II 'Fatih' (1451-81) layed seige to the Byzantine capital in April 1453 because it persisted in giving refuge to Ottomans' enemies and was a main instigator of Crusades against them. Constantinople, by then was anyway a poor and largely depopulated city of ruins, with its inhabitants continuing to flee regularly.
3. After the conquest, Mehmet Mehmed attempted to repopulate the city with people from all over the empire, and by reinstating the Greek and Armenian Patriarchs and the Jewish Chief Rabbi, ensuring that they all reside in his capital; he also encouraged Jews to come from as far away as Germany and Italy. He repaired the roads and bridges leading to Istanbul, and in 1455 issued instructions to build a Grand Bazaar and repair the aqueducts to ensure the supply of water to the capital. He built his first palace, the Eski ('Old') Saray, in the centre of the city, but then built another, the 'Yeni' ('New') Saray, later changed to Topkapi Saray ('Palace of the Cannon Gate'), which was completed in 1464. By the 1530s, the now renamed capital city "Istanbul" had become a city of almost 1 million.
So once again, either get your history and facts correct or stop making a fool of yourself in this forum.
Any idealogy's main, indeed only, goal is world domination. Whether that is Democracy, Capitalism, Islam, Zionism, Atheism .... You're a fool if you believe otherwise. Also, 'Dar' means house.
Let me play devil's advocate. In a democracy, the only people responsible for their country's actions are the electorate. Logically then, one could argue that attacking the source, the electorate, is the most efficient way of attacking a country. With votes comes responsibility.
I've heard yanks describe people in the Middle East as savages. Well, this may be a childish statement, but if you treat someone like a savage they'll act like one.
Read up on the true intent of Islam before talking about it...and it's not on CNN, or in the words of Bin Laden.
We are tired of ignorant ppl like you.where do you ppl grow up ? what kind of education do you get? what kind of books do you ppl read ?
infact, what world do you live in ?
You must be a very informed and subjective person! Islam want to
take over the World! It must be a conspiracy! The Muslims sure are devious! They have been plotting to control the western governments for years and have succeeded in planting their operatives in very influential positions. They have taken control of your banks, media, and politicians. The "Protocols of the Elders of Islam" must be true then!!
Give some answers.will you please!!!
1. How many Muslims are meddling in the affairs of America or European nations. When was the last time they appointed a dictator to insure that their interests are preserved in the west?
2. When was the last time the Muslims claimed they had vital interest in the distribution and control of the natural resources of western countries? Did they at any time proclaim "Just wars" to protect these interests?
3. Did the Muslims help cleanse a European nation or American state from its indigenous population to plant a foreign county among their midst?
(MAY ALLAH REST YOUR SOUL IN PEACE SISTER RACHEL CORREY).
Also, those Muslims who wish to convert non-Muslims by the sword might do well to reflect, for example, on a little (pre-Islamic) Roman and Moghul history: Allah (who is alone deserving of praise) is served even when it's the victors who are the ones converted by the sword. Surely, there are none who could prevail against the will of Allah.
As Salaamu Alaikum.
Indeed, as Allah has mentioned in the Quran "the unbelievers are plotting, but God is planning and He is the best of planners".
Yes, America is the only superpower for now. We should also cast our eyes towards the East, to China which is poised to be the next superpower.
One more reason for the planned American invasion of Iraq is, as we know, the first step to controlling the Middle East and it's oil as a means to block the development of China into a force to rival Uncle Sam.
Had God not allowed for the creation of the Soviet Union after World War II, despite its official atheism, America would have exerted it's hegemony more harshly seeing that many of the small countries with resources were still colonies. In efect the legacy of the Soviet Union lies in the massive post WWII deconolization.
Allah also mentions in the Quran: "We always set on earth one power to check another power,lest there be too much mischief".
We see how mischief making is at work. However, in whatever is happening I see the signs of God.
I see it in the manner George W. Bush was elected. It seems he has been sent to create turmoil in the world. But the greatest turmoil will be in the USA, as it is one of the most indebted countries in the world.
God knows best.
"Randy Lee"...you're quite a piece of work. If these Arab friends of yours are so bad, why not call the FBI ? That is, if you're being truthful.
Both of you kids are petty racist hacks with not an iota of knowledge or maturity. Ms.Armstrong's analysis is as usual factual and without the burdon of mythical polemicism the likes of which you 2 clowns were raised on.
the truth even if it hurts them.
Not supporting the war, does not mean one supports Saddam Hussein. He is a horrible leader and person, though as former governor Ramsey, said Bush has killed far more people in American prisons, in Afghanistan, in Palestine and now in Iraq, than Hussein could ever possibly kill.
Muslims do not support Osama Bin Laden either, but I do beleive his greivances were real; the policies of the American governments in supporting dictators, (Hosny Mubarak is just as bad as Hussein), bombing countries, imposing brutal sanctions on countries, orchestrating coups on foreign governments and supporting countries such as Israel, which has violated over 30 UN resoultions, among others.
OBL's reasons were political, they had nothing to do with Islam, unfortunately he used false Islamic rhetoric to stir up support for these political injustices. He then commited acts that are completely against Islam when he allegedly attacked civilians.
Islam only allows war or acts of killing in self-defense, murder is the ultimate sin.
Even in defensive wars, Muslims are prohibited from killing women and children and from destroying vegetation.
In this world, any type of rasicm, bigotry, and stereotyping is wrong, even though many will have you believe its perfectly acceptable against Arabs and Muslims.
Only yesterday the man who is charged with the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, was referred to as a "religious fanatic" not a Christian fanatic, though he was a Mormon.
Not surprisingly anyone with a Muslim name or origin is immediately linked to Islam, such as the man charged with the sniper shootings, who is alleged to be part of Nation of Islam, which has nothing to do with Muslims.
The media and the American government have effectively dehumanized Arabs and Muslims, since this makes it far easier for them to commit genocide in Palestine, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Kasmir and Israel/Palestine are simply smokescreens to cover their totalitarian design.