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Off the Table By: Joseph Klein
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, December 01, 2008


Islam was born as a religion spread through violence. There is a direct line from the prophet Muhammad to today’s Islamic terrorists, whose latest deadly attacks wreaked havoc in Mumbai, India. The ongoing effort in the United Nations and the politically correct media to disassociate Islam from terrorism is a sham.

Just days before the Mumbai attack, a United Nations Committee passed a resolution entitled “Combating Defamation of Religions”, which will be going to the General Assembly for approval in mid-December. It is one in a series of such resolutions pushed by the Organization of Islamic Conference. While ostensibly applying to all religions, it refers only to Islam by name. The text “expresses deep concern … that Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism.”

The New York Times’ lead news stories in the aftermath of the Mumbai massacre played right into the Organization of Islamic Conference’s campaign of obfuscation. It omitted the central fact that the terrorists who murdered more than 170 innocent people were fanatical Islamists. The Times referred to them simply in generic terms as “gunmen”, “attackers”, and “militants”.

The only hint of a Muslim connection to the terrorist acts reported in the New York Times’ lead article on November 28, 2008 was the recounting of a complaint from two of the attackers to local television stations about the treatment of Muslims in India and about hostilities in the disputed territory of Kashmir. The Times actually quoted one of these cold-hearted terrorists, who tried to play victim in justifying the carnage.

Islamic terrorists always have some kind of excuse for their wanton killings. Usually it starts with the Jews, whom the religious fanatics believe are responsible for every ill befalling Muslims everywhere and thus deserve to die. It was no surprise that a Jewish center in Mumbai was among the prime terrorist targets, with deadly consequences to a rabbi, his wife and other Jews.

Westerners also must be punished for keeping the Muslim people down, so the Islamists’ rationalization for murder goes. American and British citizens in particular were targeted at hotels and other locations in Mumbai where they were likely to congregate. However, the slaughter soon became indiscriminate. In fact, most of the dead appeared to be Indians and tourists of other nationalities caught in the midst of the terrorists’ mayhem. Indian commandos involved in an operation to end the siege described the terrorists as "showing no remorse, firing at anyone who moves".

The truth makes no difference to the politically correct crowd at the New York Times and other left-wing media in the West, not to mention at the United Nations. They refuse to acknowledge the centrality of Islamic religious dogma to the scourge of terrorism we are witnessing all over the world. Shortly after 9/11 al Qaeda attack on our homeland , for example, a regular columnist for the New York Times, Nicholas D. Kristof, wrote a piece entitled Terrorism Beyond Islam. He opined that the “defiant and violent antagonism to the West that we now associate with Islamists was for centuries linked instead to places like Japan, Korea and China.” Such violence, he said, was not inherent to Islam as a religion but rather was caused by “frustration at the humiliating choice faced by once-great civilizations heartsick at the pressure to discard bits of their own cultures to catch up with the nouveaux riches in the West.”

How many more Islam-inspired massacres of the likes we have witnessed in Western and non-Western countries all over the world – from New York City, Washington D.C., London, and Madrid to Jerusalem, Casablanca, Algiers, Bali, Manila, Beirut and Istanbul - must happen before Kristof and his colleagues at the New York Times and other media are willing to say that the Islam religion is correctly associated with terrorism?

The Koran’s central tenet is that Islam is the only true religion, which must be spread by force throughout the world. While Jews revere Moses as a lawgiver and Christians revere Jesus Christ’s selfless sacrifice for our sins, Muhammad is revered by Muslims as a warrior prophet. His ideology of establishing Islam’s supremacy through holy war (jihad) and martyrdom (shahada) is reflected in the Koran, which Muslims believe contain Muhammad’s revelations and is the infallible word of Allah:

“Kill the Mushrikun [pagans] wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush.” (Koran 9:5).

“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book [Christians and Jews], until they pay the jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” (Koran 9:29)

Muslims are directed to follow their prophet’s example with literal exactitude. “Ye have indeed in the messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern [of conduct] for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the final day, and who engages much in the praise of Allah”. (Koran 33:21)

The deadly example that Muhammad set for his loyal followers is expressed in his own words: “I have been ordered by Allah to fight and kill all people [non-Muslims] until they say, ‘No God except Allah.’”

After uniting warring Arab tribes under his banner, Muhammad’s armies expelled long-time Jewish residents from the Arabian Peninsula. They then fanned out to conquer Christian lands in the Holy Roman Empire after the Christian Roman emperor in Constantinople rejected Muhammad’s demand to embrace Islam. His followers waged wars of aggression against Christians in Western Europe, who were in no position to fight back successfully until centuries later. They spread out into Persia, North Africa and the Far East. Islam’s humiliation came about only when its warriors were finally turned back and failed to achieve Muhammad’s vision of total victory for his religion’s supremacy.

The blood of ‘infidels’ then and now is spilt by Muslims as a religious duty commanded by the Koran and in accordance with the example set by their prophet Muhammad himself. Al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorist groups are the reincarnation of Muhammad’s armies in the service of Allah. They are not aberrations from true Islam, but rather are returning Islam to its warlike origins.

We will continue to reap the tragedies that they are sowing so long as we are lulled by their propagandists and the obliging left-wing media into whitewashing the truth about the core terrorist nature of Islam.



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