An Increase in the Islamic Terrorist Danger Facing Europe and America
Author: Jacob Thomas on Monday, December 15, 2008 - 12:10 AM
By Jacob Thomas
After the Islamist terrorist group known as Lashkar-e-Taiba carried out its murderous attack on various high-profile targets in Mumbai, as could be expected the media worldwide exerted considerable effort in attempting to understand and explain the tragic event. Of particular interest to me was to ascertain how the Arab media would react to and report the events. It was not long before I found an interesting reflection on this latest terrorist attack. The online daily Elaph posted an article on December 1, 2008 with this title, “An Increase in the Islamic Terrorist Danger Facing Europe and America.” I have translated pertinent parts of the article to share with you and then added my analysis and comments.
The author of this article is very concerned about the effects of the Islamic teachings, that he calls ideologies, and which consider all non-Muslims as Infidels. Thus, as non-believers, they become targets for terrorist attacks. As he put it, “the Irhabi ideology is very much alive and attracts many who are of a criminal bent of mind, and who clothe their actions with the cloak of religion.”
It is very commendable for an Arab Muslim writer to go on record warning about the possible increase in the activities of Islamist terrorists against targets in Europe and America. Not only that, but he pointed to the presence of Muslim communities in both places as a cause for concern, since he believes the people in these communities have not changed their minds about “Others” even after the infamous “11 September Crime.” He believes they have shown themselves unable to clear their psyches of the “belligerent ideologies and teachings” that cause them to hate the Kuffar, the Infidels. He criticizes the fatwas continuing to be issued but doesn’t specifically name those issuing them. It is interesting that he frames his criticisms in terms of “ideologies” and “fatwas” and “Irhabi” groups as resulting in fear and hatred of the “Other.” He is less willing to get further back to the source, which is Islam itself.
As a further sign of clinging to prejudices about the non-Muslim “Other,” he referred to the blame game Muslims continually indulge in, pointing to Israel in particular with Europe and America and anything Western in a fluid mix of evil influences upon and source of the Islamic world’s problems. . . .
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