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By the way, did you read the link I posted? As an individual obviously
concerned with human rights, and perceptive enough to see past the
black-and-white view both the Islamic fundies and the Bush would like
you to see, I figured you'd find it particularly relevant.
On Thu, 18 Oct 2001, Samantha Atkins wrote:
> > - --
> > * I believe that the majority of the world's Muslims are good, *
> > * honorable people. If you are a Muslim and want to reassure me and *
> > * others that you are part of this good, honorable majority, all *
> > * you need to say are nine simple words: "I OPPOSE the Wahhabi cult *
> > * and its Jihad." *
> This assumes that all Wahhabi support Jihad. It also assumes that
Good point. If you can furnish me a reference to a statement by a
Wahhabi cleric condemning the terrorist attacks of 9/11, I will
rephrase my sig and post a retraction.
> Muslims are required to assure you or that they should be worried about
> your opinion of them. Try a reversed statement.
I specifically don't think Muslims or anybody else is required to
assure anybody of anything. However, the Muslim community appears to
be concerned about how it looks to the rest of the world and
understandably anxious to distance itself from terrorism. But the
statements I've seen from Muslim leaders (until recently) shy away
from an unqualified condemnation of those responsible for the 9/11
atrocity. Would it kill them to just condemn it and leave it at that
without using it as a platform to disseminate their views on Iraq and
Israel? Yes, Israelis are oppressing Palestinians and I'd vote to stop
them if I had the opportunity. Yes, we need to find a way to contain
or remove Hussein without harming civilians the way our current
sanctions are. But attaching these issues as a rider to 9/11...
1. ...rewards the perpetrators by promoting their stated agenda.
2. ...diminishes the horror and senselessness of 6000 people being
3. ...is a petty, self-serving, and transparent stance that
calls into question the sincerity of the supposed moderates
that make such statements.
> "If you want to assure me that you are one of the decent Americans then
> say the following simple words: "I oppose the unlimited war and the
> hypocrisy being proposed and implemented by the US administration in
> response to the events of 9/11."
I oppose the unlimited war and the hypocrisy being proposed and implemented
by the US administration in response to the events of 9/11
* I believe that the majority of the world's Muslims are good, *
* honorable people. If you are a Muslim and want to reassure me and *
* others that you are part of this good, honorable majority, all *
* you need to say are nine simple words: "I OPPOSE the Wahhabi cult *
* and its Jihad." *
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