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    Islam Can't Escape Blame for Sept. 11

    by Amir Taheri, Iranian author and journalist, Editor "Politique Internationale", Paris (Wall Street Journal, 25 October, 2001)

    "This has nothing to do with Islam", British PM Tony Blair told a delegation of Muslims.....referring to the Sept.11 attacks......Blair was echoing a view, popular both in Europe and the U.S. that it is impolite, not to say impolitic, to subject Islam to any criticism. Yet to claim that the attacks had nothing to do with Islam amounts to a whitewash. It is not only disingenuous but also a disservice to Muslims, who need to cast a critical glance at the way their faith is taught, lived and practiced.

    Even worse, the refusal to subject Islam to rational analysis is a recipe for further fanaticsm. Unless we believe those who claim that the Sept 11 was organized by Israel, we have to assume that bin Laden and al Qaeda were responsible. And since there is no mechanism for excommunication in Islam, bin Laden and his gang have every right to describe themselves as Muslims. Al Qaeda did not materialize out of thin air. Nor have then been operating in a vacuum....To say that bin Laden has nothing to do with Islam and Muslims requires a big leap of imagination. When pressed hard, some Muslim leaders admit that bin Laden is "part of Islam" but try to minimize his place. Dalil Boubakeur, a French Muslim leader, says that bin Laden does not represent more than 1% of Muslims. Some comfort. That 1% means almost 13 million people.

    There is more. All but one on the world's remaining military regimes are in Muslim countries. With the exception of Turkey and Bangladesh, there are no real elections in any Muslim country. Of the current 30 active conflicts in the world, no fewer that 28 concern Muslim governments and/or communities. Two-thirds of the world political prisoners are held in Muslim countries, which also carry out 80% of all executions each year. Anyone familiar with textbooks in most Muslim countries would know the TWISTED view of the world they propagate and the HATRED they promote. Anyone who follows the Media in the Muslim world would know that the VERBAL VERSION of the Sept. 11 attacks is an almost daily fare....Anyone listening to a sermon in virtually any MOSQUE, including many in the WEST, would be SHOCKED by the vehemence of the ANTI-WESTERN, especially ANTI-AMERICAN, sentiments expressed.

    It is both dishonest and dangerous for Muslims to remain in a state of denial. And yet a state of denial is what we have. When Iran's Khomeinists BURNED 600 people ALIVE in a cinema, the whitewashers said that it had nothing to do with Islam....when the suicide bombings bloodied Beirut we were told that Islam had nothing to do with them. The Muslim world today is full of BIGOTRY, FANATICISM, HYPOCRISY and PLAIN IGNORANCE - all of which create a BREEDING GROUND for CRIMINALS like bin Laden....(whose) principal victims are Muslims who are prevented from developing a modern political culture without which they cannot reform their societies and rebuild their economies.

    What I am saying is not meant as critique of Islam as a belief system; that's an issue for theologians..What is needed is a CRITIQUE of Islam as an existential reality. The Sept. 11 tragedies should trigger a rethink of the way Muslims live Islam. We should start with condemning those attacks WITHOUT "ifs" and "buts". Sadly, the way we Muslims live Islam today is a far cry from the way our ancestors lived it in the golden age when Islam was a builder of civilization, not a force for repression, terror and destruction."

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    Islam Can't Escape Blame for Sept. 11

    by Amir Taheri, Iranian author and journalist, Editor "Politique Internationale", Paris (Wall Street Journal, 25 October, 2001)

    "This has nothing to do with Islam", British PM Tony Blair told a delegation of Muslims.....referring to the Sept.11 attacks......Blair was echoing a view, popular both in Europe and the U.S. that it is impolite, not to say impolitic, to subject Islam to any criticism. Yet to claim that the attacks had nothing to do with Islam amounts to a whitewash. It is not only disingenuous but also a disservice to Muslims, who need to cast a critical glance at the way their faith is taught, lived and practiced.

    Even worse, the refusal to subject Islam to rational analysis is a recipe for further fanaticsm. Unless we believe those who claim that the Sept 11 was organized by Israel, we have to assume that bin Laden and al Qaeda were responsible. And since there is no mechanism for excommunication in Islam, bin Laden and his gang have every right to describe themselves as Muslims. Al Qaeda did not materialize out of thin air. Nor have then been operating in a vacuum....To say that bin Laden has nothing to do with Islam and Muslims requires a big leap of imagination. When pressed hard, some Muslim leaders admit that bin Laden is "part of Islam" but try to minimize his place. Dalil Boubakeur, a French Muslim leader, says that bin Laden does not represent more than 1% of Muslims. Some comfort. That 1% means almost 13 million people.

    There is more. All but one on the world's remaining military regimes are in Muslim countries. With the exception of Turkey and Bangladesh, there are no real elections in any Muslim country. Of the current 30 active conflicts in the world, no fewer that 28 concern Muslim governments and/or communities. Two-thirds of the world political prisoners are held in Muslim countries, which also carry out 80% of all executions each year. Anyone familiar with textbooks in most Muslim countries would know the TWISTED view of the world they propagate and the HATRED they promote. Anyone who follows the Media in the Muslim world would know that the VERBAL VERSION of the Sept. 11 attacks is an almost daily fare....Anyone listening to a sermon in virtually any MOSQUE, including many in the WEST, would be SHOCKED by the vehemence of the ANTI-WESTERN, especially ANTI-AMERICAN, sentiments expressed.

    It is both dishonest and dangerous for Muslims to remain in a state of denial. And yet a state of denial is what we have. When Iran's Khomeinists BURNED 600 people ALIVE in a cinema, the whitewashers said that it had nothing to do with Islam....when the suicide bombings bloodied Beirut we were told that Islam had nothing to do with them. The Muslim world today is full of BIGOTRY, FANATICISM, HYPOCRISY and PLAIN IGNORANCE - all of which create a BREEDING GROUND for CRIMINALS like bin Laden....(whose) principal victims are Muslims who are prevented from developing a modern political culture without which they cannot reform their societies and rebuild their economies.

    What I am saying is not meant as critique of Islam as a belief system; that's an issue for theologians..What is needed is a CRITIQUE of Islam as an existential reality. The Sept. 11 tragedies should trigger a rethink of the way Muslims live Islam. We should start with condemning those attacks WITHOUT "ifs" and "buts". Sadly, the way we Muslims live Islam today is a far cry from the way our ancestors lived it in the golden age when Islam was a builder of civilization, not a force for repression, terror and destruction."

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