Accomplices–Arabs Ignore Mass Slaughter of Muslims By Iraqi “Insurgents”

Thomas Friedman writes in the NY Times that nobody in the Arab world has the “guts” to speak out and say that the random killing in Iraq is WRONG! On a daily basis, co-religionists murder one another and it is blamed on Shia vs. Sunni or left-over from Saddam’s fascist state. However, I too find few condemnations at a basic moral level, of this killing. It’s justified in some quarters because it somehow is seen as opposing “occupation” or causing the Americans harm. Still, no condemnations of the barbaric nature of this daily slaughter of schoolchildren, policemen, and civilians by the “insurgents”.


The Silence That Kills – Thomas L. Friedman
Nobody in the Arab world ”has the guts to say that what is happening in Iraq is wrong – that killing school kids is wrong,” said Mamoun Fandy, director of the Middle East program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. ”People somehow think that killing Iraqis is good because it will stick it to the Americans, so Arabs are undermining the American project in Iraq by killing themselves.” The world worries about highly enriched uranium, but ”the real danger is highly enriched Islam,” Fandy added. That is, ”highly enriched Sunnism” and ”highly enriched Shiism” that eats away at the Muslim state, the way Hizbullah is trying to do in Lebanon or the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt or al-Qaeda everywhere.
One result: there’s no legitimate, decent, accepted source of Arab-Muslim authority today, no center of gravity ”for people to anchor their souls in,” Fandy said. In this welter of confusion, the suicide bombers go uncondemned or subtly extolled. ”The battleground in the Arab world today is not in Palestine or Lebanon, but in the classrooms and newsrooms,” Fandy concluded. That’s where ”the software programmers” reside who create symbolic images and language glorifying suicide bombers and make their depraved acts look legitimate. (New York Times, 2Mar07


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