By Jalal Abualrub (www.islamlife.com)
To those, among them some Muslims, who might ask, "Why insert 'Christian' before 'Terrorist'", I say, "And why not?" Have not European and American nations glued various variations of the words 'Islam; Muslims' to all variations of the word 'Terror'? Why is it alright for anyone to connect Islam to terrorism because of the actions of a Muslim that violate Islamic Law, such as Prophet Muhammad's commandment not to kill women and children [in war]; (Bukhari & Muslim collected this Prophetic statement). However, when it comes to a Jew who, without mercy, murders Palestinian Muslims inside a Masjid (http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/25/newsid_4167000/4167929.stm ), or a Christian fundamentalist who murders people from his own community, they are not called Jewish or Christian terrorists, and Judaism and Christianity are not connected to 'terror' or any of its variations?
On hearing of the Norway attacks, various western media outlets immediately started ascribing this act to Islamists, or hinting to it, at the very least (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/24/charlie-brooker-norway-mass-killings ). It was clear, at least to them, who the culprit was, a Muslim who is practicing 'Islamic terrorism.' That is, until his identity was uncovered bringing with it the shocking news that he is not an Islamist, whatever that means, who was targeting Norway for a few silly cartoons depicting Islam's Prophet Muhammad (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/jul/22/oslo-explosion-live-coverage "A second contributory factor for why Norway may have been eyed in the past for potential jihadi terrorist attack is the fact that in 2006, a Norwegian newspaper reprinted a series of Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad which prompted threats against the country"), and a handful of soldiers shooting at Afghani and Iraqi Muslims; Norway participated in these two wars.
Many Muslims, otherwise horrified by these crimes, were relieved that it wasn't a Muslim who committed this crime. Imagine what European secularist communities would do against Muslims, had this crime been committed by a Muslim? They already banned Niqab and minarets. What else would they have banned this time, black hair and brown eyes? He is not Muslim, and therefore, the West cannot blame Islam for his actions. What a wasted opportunity for western media and Christian fundamentalists! He is a white European with a fundamentalist Christian ideology that opposes Islam and preaches hatred towards Muslims and immigrants in general.
Here are a few links to his ideas: (http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/07/2011723135619293955.html ); (http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/07/201172482841769458.html ); (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/24/norway-bombing-attack-far-right ); (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/23/norway-attacks-utoya-gunman ).
A Christian Fanatic With No Ties to Islamists!
Western media establishment couldn’t believe the fact that they wouldn't be able to insert any variation of 'Islam' and 'Muslim' into the narrative of a terrorist act of this magnitude. Yet, this establishment is still resourceful. One major Western media establishment made this comment, "A far right Christian extremist with no ties to Islamists!" What does, "With no ties to Islamists", mean? Can a far right, fundamentalist, Christian extremist ever have ties to Islamists, so that one may need to deny the existence of such ties in this specific case? This would be as ridiculous as describing Breivik as, "A far right supremacist, Christian fundamentalist, born as and still a member of, the KKK, with no ties to blacks." Or, "A far right, Tea Party member, anti-immigration, Christian fundamentalist with no ties to illegal Mexican immigrants." Or, "A Jewish extremist Rabbi, a member of the Kach group that calls for violent expulsion of Arabs from Palestine, with no ties to Hamas."
Even CNN Is Struck by the Comparison
Why is the Western world shocked at this atrocity being committed by one of their very own, a white, god-fearing, peace loving, Christian faithful, who preaches the Bible and dreams of the Christian Utopia? Did Timothy McVeigh not, with a generally similar ideology to Breivik's, murder more Americans on average, than any of the 19 'Islamist terrorists' to whom 911 is ascribed: McVeigh's 168 (http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/people/shows/mcveigh/profile.html ) to the 19 hijackers' total of 2792, hundreds of them Muslim (http://articles.cnn.com/2003-10-29/us/wtc.deaths_1_death-toll-world-trade-center-names?_s=PM:US )?
Is there a difference between what Timothy McVeigh and Anders Behring Breivik preached, as compared to what Pat Robertson's 700 Club, Robert Spencer, Craig Winn, the Tea Party, fundamentalist Republicans in congress, the multitudes of European and American Christian preachers, Sunday Christian shows, preach against Islam and Muslims? Is what Breivik preaches against Islam worse than what Pope Benedict XVI quoted about Muhammad, peace be on him ("‘Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached’"; 50 Righteous Concepts Brought by Muhammad, by Jalal Abualrub)?
Are the actions that led to the killing of hundreds of European and American Christians by the hands of McVeigh and Breivik less horrible than the September 11 attacks? Why didn't the McVeigh and Breivik attacks lead to an onslaught on Christianity, Christian code of dress, Christian ideas, and Christian organizations as compared to the onslaught on Islam and Muslims after 911? Why has Jihad become synonym to terror, but Christian atrocities against each other and every other nation on earth, do not have an official designation?
Didn't the Western illegal invasion of Iraq, a country that never waged war against the West, an invasion that led to more than a million deaths among civilian Muslims, start by a group of Neo-Conservatives with a clear Christian fundamentalist agenda, pursuing a world-wide war against Islam? Wasn't this invasion, and still is, hysterically supported by fundamentalist Christian organizations in the West, who otherwise preach peace and love? Do they not preach violence against Muslims and suppression against Islam? Why then would any Christian display shock and surprise knowing these facts? Can any nation on earth be reminded and confronted with a bloodier conflict than WWI or WWII, both mainly started and fought by the Christian nations of Europe, North American and Australia, causing more than 100,000,000 civilian deaths?
The true nature of the Christian nations of Europe and the Americas, specifically the age-old biases they always have had against Islam and Muslims, never truly disappeared in the midst of the loud Western cries of democracy and freedom of religion. Can Europeans truly deny the shocking hypocrisy they live in, the total separation between the slogans they religiously preach to mankind and the true reality of their vicious past and contemporary history, the connection between their religious scriptures and the shocking atrocities they committed throughout their history? Current persecution of Islam in Europe and the Americas and in the rest of the world by them, has exposed their hypocrisy to a shameful extent.
Pious Jews and Christians, and Jewish and Christian terrorists, all read this part of their Word of God, “1. Samuel also said unto Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the Lord. 2. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. 3. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. 4. And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah. 5. And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley. … 7. And Saul smote the Amalekites. ... 8. And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. 9. But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. 10. Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying. 11. It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments.” (I Samuel Chapter 15)"; (50 Righteous Concepts Brought by Muhammad, by Jalal Abualrub).
Is it possible that these edicts do not have an effect on the way faithful Jews and Christians behave and look at and treat the rest of the world that does not share their religion or ideas with them? Did G. W. Bush and his president, better described as Bush's vice, Dick Cheney, have a magical secularist hat that, when they wore it, separated them as president and vice-president from their religious ideology and guided them to truly fulfill the separation between church and state as the US Constitution calls for? Or, is not their fundamentalist Christian view of history, religion, politics and the world that led them to make decisions about life, religion, politics, the economy, and war and peace, especially waging a vicious war against Islam and Muslims? Did not Bush declare that it is God himself who told him to invade Iraq (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/oct/07/iraq.usa )?
Of course, God did not speak to Bush. Bush's cousin, the devil, did; and it is the devil who lured Bush, Cheney and their cohorts into a losing religious/economic war against Islam and Muslims. God would never tell anyone to commit mischief. Bush was deceived into waging a bloody war that caused extreme bloodshed, devastated America's economy and ended in failure. It led to more than a million Muslim deaths and handed Iraq over to Iran as a free gift.
This article is not about analyzing the ideology or practices of Breivik or McVeigh, but to expose a massive community that stands behind them and shares their ideas and fanaticism, a community that feeds its members hatred of Islam and Muslims and seeks war against them. This is a community that needs to be educated and de-radicalized so that it gets rid of its attitude towards Islam and Muslims.
Before and after this new millennium started, Muslims worldwide were oppressed, unjustly targeted by all types of religious persecution, deportation, detention, defamation, outright war, invasion, suspicion of being terrorists or prone to terrorism, killed without trial, kidnapped and flown to so-called Muslim countries for the specific aim of having them tortured, hoping to make them admit to whatever their interrogators want them to admit to.
Even the Muslim code of dress is currently under attack by secularist western Christian societies, societies that thought themselves to be sophisticated, fair and just, until Breivik reminded them of who they really are. Islam and everything dear to Muslims is under relentless attack, ridicule and vicious warfare by nations that preach religious and political tolerance.
Anders Behring Breivik: An Ideology Held by a Massive Community
(http://www.islamophobia-watch.com/islamophobia-watch/2011/7/25/killings-in-norway-spotlight-anti-muslim-thought-in-us.html ); (http://overtheabyss.blogspot.com/2011/07/two-peas-in-pod-melanie-phillips-and.html ); (http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/82162,news-comment,news-politics,what-made-anders-breivik-quote-from-the-daily-mail-melanie-phillips-jeremy-clarkson )
Andres Behring Breivik is one person, but he represents an old/new massive religious community and a contemporary ideology that is well established in Europe and the Americas. His ideas about 'others', especially Islam and Muslims, are far more widespread than Europe and the Americas care to admit. His ignorance and hatred of Islam and Muslims are as ancient as they are contemporary; Europe and the Americas share Breivik in both 'qualities'.
Europe and America have to wake up to this reality, before the herds of fanatical Christians that control their societies and governments lead them to more ruin and a wider war against Islam, a war they can never win regardless of how weak or strong Muslims are. European and American societies have to realize that the only difference between them and other humans is that they, currently, have more money and weapons. They need to be humble, merciful, and to learn from others, especially Muslims, what will benefit them. This is a warning to them to come to their senses and seek peace with Islam and Muslims.
What Europe and America now need to do is direct their attention at Christian and Jewish organizations that thrive in their midst(http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/24/norway-tragedy-extremism-europe ). They need to investigate the groups and individuals who preach hatred for Islam, Muslims, immigrants, poor nations, other races. They need to stop tying Islam to terror. Breivik provided sufficient proof to the danger of extremist Christian groups that preach hatred and fanatical religious views. He is the product of an ideology that thrives in the midst of a society that tried for centuries to pretend that they broke with their bloody past and vicious treatments of other cultures, religions and human beings, only to be betrayed and exposed by their contemporary behavior that is perfectly in line with their past behavior. It is their choice to either truly reform, or else more Breiviks will keep exposing their true nature! Jalal Abualrub (www.islamlife.com)