Eighty-three people were killed and scores more wounded in the recent terror attacks in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh. Last October, another Sinai resort bordering Israel, Taba, was also the scene of a terror attack that killed 34 people, mostly Israelsi, and injured more than 100 people. So far the Egyptian government could not identify the terrorists. Earlier this year Egypt has also suffered its first suicide bomber attacks in Cairo.
Saudi Arabia is another target of terrorism and has often been on high alert. Pakistanis went out on a rampage a few days ago when President Musharraf attempted to reform Pakistani madrasas; hundreds of Shiite Muslims were beating their chests in mourning following Sunni Muslim terror attacks on Shiite mosques in Iraq.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan and many other Muslim nations have been the breeding grounds and factories of terrorism for decades. Until today their media celebrated and excused terrorism in Israel and other non-Muslim countries. Arab governments still give life pensions to families of martyrs and extend to them the highest honor. They name streets and schools after “martyred heroes” who kill Jews on buses, restaurants and in schools. Their mosques bless and pray for the fallen martyrs whom they believe will go to heaven where they will enjoy all kinds of sensual pleasures. The father of Mohammed Attah, the leader of the 9/11 attack, defended in a bizarre statement the London attacks and blamed the British for it. He still denies that his son had anything to do with 9/11.
Following the attacks in the Sinai, President Hosni Mubarak declared that "Our battle with terrorism will continue with all the strength, resolve and will that we have. We will not bow to its blackmail or compromise with it." Leaders of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries are in denial about the Muslim society’s responsibility in the creation of world wide terrorism. No speech has ever been given by a Muslim leader acknowledging the decades of promotion of terror and mistakes done by the Muslim educational system, media and mosques. So far, Muslim leaders speak about terrorists as though they were aliens from outer space. They even claim to the West that they are also the victims of terror, yet terrorists are mostly Sunni Muslim and Arab.
In 2001, right before 9/11, I interviewed a large group of Muslim youths in Cairo. Many of them were unemployed, extremely angry and confused. Several of them could not get married because of severe shortages in apartments; a consequence of the extreme rent control of the Egyptian government’s policies since 1960. They blamed the US and Israel for all their problems. It was obvious they were all the product of years of indoctrination. However, amidst all the confusion, hate and anger, I sensed a need by these young Muslims for an escape. Several of them later asked me “How can we get a visa to the USA.”
These kids were an example of the confused and angry Muslim youth all over the Middle East. Those among that youth who immigrate to the West find themselves alienated from American society. Some become terrorist sympathizers or, even worse, easy prey to radical mosques installed in the US by the same governments they left behind. Muslim and Arab-Americans cannot escape the culture of terror that follows them all the way to America.
Western politicians and the media tell us we’re in a “War on Terror.” This phrase is not sufficient for the conduct of a war. After 9/11, we need to be specific in defining our enemy by name and location. We need to hold the nations that produce terrorists responsible.
Muslim nations who breed terrorists and encourage terrorism against the West and Israel are now the recipients of such terrorism. The Muslim world needs a leader, a Ghandi, or a Martin Luther King, who will stand up and confess the sins done in the name of Islam against their own children and who will encourage the healthy upbringing of their people. Muslim nations need a leader who will call on his people to do some soul searching and end the hate and violence that is now eating up Muslim society and that has been unleashed upon the West and Israel.
The survival of all on both sides is dependent on this happening.
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