MPACUK, a British Muslim “empowerment system” according to its web site, says that it will no longer apologize for the acts of Islamic terrorists. This video, MPACUK says, explains why Muslims have turned to violence against their “executioners”:
Quite a lot of build up just to end by blaming America for the world’s problems. Same sad song, Nth verse.
Although it would be wrong to say that the U.S. blameless in regard to its current low level of esteem around the globe, the nearly 20 years since the end of the Cold War have caused a lot of people living in countries that should remember the very real danger they passed through thanks to Uncle Sam’s protection to forget the world security dynamics of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.
Yes, during the Cold War the U.S. supported bad people in Iran, Chile, and Nicaragua, among others, and fought bloody, ambiguous wars in Korea and Vietnam that prematurely ended or shattered many innocent lives.
But an objective observer has to question the degree of injury the U.S. dealt directly to Muslims even during the height of its obsessive Cold War zeal. Arguably the worst thing the U.S. has done to followers of Islam was to set up the scenario through which the Ayatollah Khomeini seized power in Iran in 1979 and set up a totalitarian Islamic state that is still controlling speech and thought in Iran today while ensuring that no economic or social progress can be made there.
As for America’s recent folly in Iraq, it’s a matter of common knowledge that the vast majority of Iraqi dead were killed by other Iraqis and imported Muslim terrorists and not by American troops. True, we probably should not have deposed Saddam Hussein; however, that doesn’t change the facts about who did what to whom afterward.
No, Muslims’ anger toward the U.S. is primarily about Israel – the Jews who must be destroyed for Islam to be satisfied.
Understand that while the Palestinians in Israel have been aligned with Muslim nations and terrorists groups for several decades, there was not a great deal of Islamic fervor among residents of Palestine prior to that strategic alignment. Neither is Jerusalem of any particular consequence to Muslims, historically speaking. Its value is as a ransom, the prized possession of another faith held hostage. Fundamentally, it’s America’s support for the Jews makes that us the enemy of Islamic radicals, not our actions in the world, though those often hurt relations as well.
MPACUK’s claim that America has made Islam violent is a fabrication. Where are the murderous Vietnamese, who by rights should be setting off bombs in New York with all the fervor of a radical Wahabi? They don’t exist. Radical Muslims chose the path of violence deliberately, because they believe in it and that it can achieve their aims for them.
But suppose you are a 16-year-old Muslim male with an opportunity to consider your potential futures and make a logical decision about how to spend the next 6 years of your life. What makes more sense, becoming a foot soldier in the mullahs’ terrorist army or getting an education and making a place for yourself in civilized society? The latter option is clearly more advantageous for you and your progeny save for one consideration: Islam.
This is particularly obvious when one reads articles like this one in which the Houston Chronicle reports that many Egyptians are too poor to afford meat during the Eid al-Adha.
Their lives don’t have to be that way. There’s nothing inferior about Arabs’ genes, intellect, or abilities. But they, like the Iranian and Iraqi people, are hobbled by their governments and the prison of their religion.
“What does it say about me, and this country, when I have to ask the butcher to give me bones that he used to throw to the dogs?” An Egyptian woman asked rhetorically.
What indeed. One thing is certain: the rhetoric that terrorist apologists like MPACUK push on Muslims everywhere does absolutely nothing to help them ensure better lives for their children. Quite the opposite.