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American Muslims and terrorism

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Michael W. Hobson, at Seedlings, asked why American Muslims fail to raise a huge outcry against jihadism. I responded something like this:

It’s a really good question, and sometimes mystifying. But I wonder if such Muslim reticence is more reasonable than it seems. Consider:American Muslims rally against terrorism

Muslims worldwide appear to be asking the West three big questions:

1. Why are so many American troops so close to Islam’s holiest places?

2. Given Israel’s appropriation of territory that modern Palestinians’ grandfathers and grandmothers once cultivated, why does the U.S. government so unqualifiedly and unilaterally arm and encourage Israel?

3. When millions of Muslims long to embrace freedom, and love the idea of free enterprise, why does the U.S. government prop up oppressive regimes that prevent the surge into modernity that they have long sought? (Jordan, Saudi Arabia – and, not that long ago, Saddam’s Iraq and the Taliban’s Afghanistan)

Terrorists answer those questions by assuming the worst about America’s motives. Meanwhile, the U.S. gov’t (USG), busy defending current policies, shrugs off such questions as insignificant. Bill Maher’s line becomes true: “The reason they hate us is that we don’t know why they hate us.”

So the Muslim in America is caught between a rock and a hard place. He or she not only despises terrorism, but finds it heretical. But he or she looks at US policy, and wants to say, “Man! What did you expect?”

Perhaps it seems that America asks American Muslims to go on record against Islamism without a serious American government commitment to facing and removing the motives for terrorism that American and British policies have thrust upon the Middle East for a hundred years. “Why bother?” American Muslims might reason. What good would it do?

Sure, they oppose terrorism – but they also oppose the poverty, tragedy, and fear rampant in the Middle East that are held in place – at least in part – by western foreign policy. And it’s pretty hard for Muslims to side with the USG on terrorism without appearing to join the USG in shrugging off the legitimate questions of their middle eastern brethren.

So, America looks at American Muslims and says, “Why don’t you shout louder against terrorism? You must not be serious!” And perhaps American Muslims look at the deliberate hegemony of neo-conservative foreign policy and say, “When will you stop throwing bait to terrorists? You must not be serious!”
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Written by Monte

September 27, 2006 at 1:42 pm

Posted in Iraq, Terrorism

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  1. hi there,

    interesting post, glad i stumbled upon your blog. im an american muslim blogger, and my blog has a fairly lively community. feel free to come by and check out the scene.

    if you’d like to exchange blogroll links, leave me a msg here.

    http://eteraz.wordpress.com/about/

    although you should consinder coming by regularly to share your opinion. these days we’re talking about muslim comics (not the danish ones).

    Ali Eteraz

    October 8, 2006 at 11:52 pm

  2. Jugnoo, I am so glad for your feedback. That is how it seemed to me, but I am thousands of miles away and I don’t see through Muslim eyes. Your thoughts are valuable, for we in the midwest USA rarely get to hear from Muslims directly. We only hear what the newspeople tell us, which is mostly what governments are saying. But I think people everywhere want to raise their families and live normal lives and be treated with equality.

    Keep it up! Thank you!

    Monte

    October 8, 2006 at 7:43 pm

  3. US government has to change its dual policies. They say that muslims are terrorist but what about Israel who has done open terror in Lebanon & USG was supporting him. If israeli kills muslim, USG say that he is fighting for his rights but a muslims does the same, USG say that it is terror. Why is this injustification? USG is super power & every decision of it should be with justice for every one either Muslim, christian or Jewish. Equlity is my demand, that is what muslims needs

    jugnoo

    October 8, 2006 at 7:42 am

  4. Thoughtful comments which need to be heard. Thanks for the post.

    Terry

    October 4, 2006 at 5:19 am


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