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Democratic Voices, Muslim Whispers: Islam For America

Posted on 12/03/2004 2:16:46 PM PST by CHARLITE

I usually write my own column, but recent events in the Middle East call for voices from that region to be heard among the mainstream media din. Some Muslims promote Jihad while others support democratic reform.

It has long been my contention that --contrary to the caterwauling of the American and European left--the forces of the current Islamist Jihad are limited by their preferred method of combat and by one of their main tenets; opposition to democratic institutions.

The first is a fact of nature: A movement whose main weapon of choice is the martyrdom of an entire generation of its young men is not one prone to propagation. I speak not of Islamist radicals in the West who thrive behind the shield of democracy, but of those who dwell in abject poverty in Arab nations. Listen to the mother of a Lebanese martyr:

“I am prepared to sacrifice my life. All I want is martyrdom. I'm willing for all my children to become martyrs. May my husband also become a martyr, and Allah willing, may I die as a martyr.”

Should this mother’s wishes be granted, it is certain that her family will spawn no further generations of murderers. Nor will they enjoy what some see as the future hope for her people; the democratization of the region, beginning with elections in Iraq. These reforms might well spell doom for al Qaeda and friends, and they know it.

As a recent letter from a Saudi Jihadist shows, recruitment may be suffering. In it, he castigates his fellow Muslims for succumbing to material values rather than choosing to fight the ‘oppressors’:

“You who shirk Jihad: We haven't seen you coming to the aid of your brethren in the Arab peninsula, nor have we seen you fighting the Crusaders. Why do you shirk Jihad ? What is the matter with you? Believers, why is that when you are told: go forth [to fight] for the sake of Allah, you linger slothfully in the ground? Are you more content with this world than with the world to come…what are you waiting for?”

But Muslims who favor democratization are speaking as well. Some, like Salama Ni'mat of the London Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat, see hypocrisy in unelected Arab rulers who condemn Iraqi elections as illegitimate, and irony in the circumstances under which those elections will occur:

“It is outrageous, and amazing, that the first free and general elections in the history of the Arab nation are to take place in January: in Iraq, under the auspices of American occupation, and in Palestine, under the auspices of the Israeli occupation.

“It is sad and pathetic that the eyes of the entire world are upon the Palestinian and Iraqi elections that will be held under the lances of foreign occupation, while the peoples of the 'independent, free, and sovereign' Arab countries have no way of expressing their will.

“It is sad and pathetic that certain countries today are treating the Iraqis with the cheapest kind of political hypocrisy, even though no one heard any particular Arab protest during the time of the regime of the mass graves [i.e. during Saddam's rule]. What prevents some of the Arab regimes from holding free and genuine elections is their fear of the results, and nothing more – that is, their fear of the will of their peoples.”

In Iraq itself, a newly liberated press offered commentary on the effects of the U.S. presidential election on their country. Writing on behalf of an Iraqi rights group, Aziz Al-Haj eloquently noted:

“Much can be said about this event, its meaning and consequences… I wish to express my feelings of happiness as a nationalist democratic Iraqi about this victory, which confirms anew the legitimacy and justice of the war of liberation of Iraq from the Saddam regime and the danger it had posed to the security of the region and the world.

“Kerry's opportunistic maneuvers with the Iraqi subject have failed, particularly his claims that Saddam did not represent a threat to the American and world security. We know that the Saddam danger was far greater than the danger of Al-Qaida and bin Laden because Saddam's regime had enormous capabilities in a very sensitive region and possessed forbidden weapons and capacities and programs to produce many types of these weapons.

“The betting on the defeat of Bush by the terrorists with all their tribes and branches, the nationalists, the Arab and European left, and the murderers in Fallujah, Ramadi, and Mosul, and the Iranian and Syrian regimes, has failed… These groups with disparate ideologies and objectives had one common denominator - a blind hatred for Bush. We offer them our deep condolences…”

Muslims are speaking. Is the world listening?

Note: The above quotes were provided through translations via The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) website.

Lisa Fabrizio is a columnist who hails from Connecticut.

About the Writer: Lisa Fabrizio is a freelance writer from Stamford, Connecticut. Lisa receives e-mail at

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1 posted on 12/03/2004 2:16:46 PM PST by CHARLITE
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while the peoples of the 'independent, free, and sovereign' Arab countries have no way of expressing their will.

My response to that statement is: BULL _______ (you may fill in the blank as you see fit, I know what I put in it.)

Independent, free and sovereign my butt.

2 posted on 12/03/2004 2:21:09 PM PST by RetiredArmy (The fight is not over! Continue to defend freedom from the Socialist Democrats!)
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You do know that the author is FR's own LisaFab..who is brilliant is so many ways, EXCEPT for her passion for the Knicks and Yankees..

3 posted on 12/03/2004 2:24:54 PM PST by ken5050
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A movement whose main weapon of choice is the martyrdom of an entire generation of its young men is not one prone to propagation.

I have a HUGE problem with the Islamic idea of "martyrdom". A TRUE Martyr dies ALONE for their faith or is murdered for their faith...they DO NOT take innocent people along with them...a TRUE martyr does NOT murder others for his faith!

4 posted on 12/03/2004 2:44:19 PM PST by blinachka
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To: blinachka

That's the difference between Muslim and Christian martyrdom. A Christian martyr dies rather than betray his faith. A Muslim martyr commits suicide in order to kill other people. Muslims have a very dim view of "martyrs" who fail to kill infidels in the process. They consider them to have failed.

This is a hopeful report. But I wonder just how many Muslims are sensible? It's a dreadful religion with a degrading effect on its followers.

5 posted on 12/03/2004 3:40:37 PM PST by Cicero (Nil illegitemus carborundum est)
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To: Cicero
It's a dreadful religion with a degrading effect on its followers.

I agree. I am currently reading "Prophet of Doom" by Craig Winn. It is basically confirming what I already thought of Islam...only worse. It truly is dreadful...and basically Satanic IMHO...(and based upon what I'm reading). It's a facinating book...and I really like that it is all taken completely from the Islamic scriptures - Qu'ran, Sunnah, Hadith - all of their holy writings. I recommend it to anyone interested in knowing and hoping to understand this heinous faith.

6 posted on 12/03/2004 8:57:33 PM PST by blinachka
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To: ken5050

You are a determined fellow aren't you? ;-)

7 posted on 12/04/2004 3:21:25 PM PST by LisaFab
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To: LisaFab
Ahe,..pardonnez moi?..but I seem to recall penning the wordsa "brilliant" and "LisaFab" in the same construct..and for this I am chastized?....

BTW..what really annoys me is all this talk about how the Yankees need to do the right thing, show class, and dump Giambi...Crap..they new he was dirty when they signed him..they took a $120 million gamble, and they lost..BIG TIME...lie down with dogs, you catch fleas..

OTOH..ya want some NETS tickets????

8 posted on 12/04/2004 4:41:02 PM PST by ken5050
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To: ken5050
Ix-nay on the ench-Fray please!

Agree 100% re Giambi and the Yanks. They should just pay him off and take what's coming to them.

I do not--repeat--not, watch NBA basketball. Will only watch the NCAA, specifically the men's and women's champs: UCONN HUSKIES.

9 posted on 12/05/2004 3:58:44 PM PST by LisaFab
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