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story of a muslim: We were brought up to hate -- and we do.
telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12 feb | Nonie Darwish

Posted on 02/19/2006 9:34:05 AM PST by S0122017

We were brought up to hate -- and we do.

The controversy regarding the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed completely misses the point. Of course, the cartoons are offensive to Muslims, but newspaper cartoons do not warrant the burning of buildings and the killing of innocent people. The cartoons did not cause the disease of hate that we are seeing in the Muslim world on our television screens at night -- they are only a symptom of a far greater disease.

I was born and raised as a Muslim in Cairo, Egypt and in the Gaza Strip. In the 1950s, my father was sent by Egypt's President, Gamal Abdel Nasser, to head the Egyptian military intelligence in Gaza and the Sinai where he founded the Palestinian Fedayeen, or "armed resistance". They made cross-border attacks into Israel, killing 400 Israelis and wounding more than 900 others.

My father was killed as a result of the Fedayeen operations when I was eight years old. He was hailed by Nasser as a national hero and was considered a shaheed, or martyr. In his speech announcing the nationalization of the Suez Canal, Nasser vowed that all of Egypt would take revenge for my father's death. My siblings and I were asked by Nasser: "Which one of you will avenge your father's death by killing Jews?" We looked at each other speechless, unable to answer.

In school in Gaza, I learned hate, vengeance and retaliation. Peace was never an option, as it was considered a sign of defeat and weakness. At school we sang songs with verses calling Jews "dogs" (in Arab culture, dogs are considered unclean).

Criticism and questioning were forbidden. When I did either of these, I was told: "Muslims cannot love the enemies of God, and those who do will get no mercy in hell." As a young woman, I visited a Christian friend in Cairo during Friday prayers, and we both heard the verbal attacks on Christians and Jews from the loudspeakers outside the mosque. They said: "May God destroy the infidels and the Jews, the enemies of God. We are not to befriend them or make treaties with them." We heard worshippers respond "Amen."

My friend looked scared; I was ashamed. That was when I first realized that something was very wrong in the way my religion was taught and practiced. Sadly, the way I was raised was not unique. Hundreds of millions of other Muslims also have been raised with the same hatred of the West and Israel as a way to distract from the failings of their leaders. Things have not changed since I was a little girl in the 1950s.

Palestinian television extols terrorists, and textbooks still deny the existence of Israel. More than 300 Palestinians schools are named after shaheeds, including my father. Roads in both Egypt and Gaza still bear his name -- as they do of other "martyrs." What sort of message does that send about the role of terrorists? That they are heroes. Leaders who signed peace treaties, such as President Anwar Sadat, have been assassinated. Today, the Islamo-fascist president of Iran uses nuclear dreams, Holocaust denials and threats to "wipe Israel off the map" as a way to maintain control of his divided country.

We Arabs must stop allowing our leaders to use the West and Israel as an excuse to distract from their own failed leadership and their citizens' lack of freedoms.

Indeed, with Denmark set to assume the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council, the flames of the cartoon controversy have been fanned by Iran and Syria. This is critical since the International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to refer Iran to the Security Council and demand sanctions. At the same time, Syria is under scrutiny for its actions in Lebanon. Both Iran and Syria cynically want to embarrass the Danes to achieve their dangerous goals.

But the rallies and riots come from a public ripe with rage. From my childhood in Gaza until today, blaming Israel and the West has been an industry in the Muslim world. Whenever peace seemed attainable, Palestinian leaders found groups who would do everything to sabotage it. They allowed their people to be used as the front line of Arab jihad. Dictators in countries surrounding the Palestinians were only too happy to exploit the Palestinians as a diversion from problems in their own backyards. The only voice outside of government control in these areas has been the mosques, and these places of worship have been filled with talk of jihad.

Is it any surprise that after decades of indoctrination in a culture of hate that people actually do hate? Arab society has created a system of relying on fear of a common enemy. It's a system that has brought them much-needed unity, cohesion and compliance in a region ravaged by tribal feuds, instability, violence, and selfish corruption. So Arab leaders blame Jews and Christians rather than provide good schools, roads, hospitals, housing, jobs, or hope to their people.

For 30 years I lived inside this war zone of oppressive dictatorships and police states. Citizens competed to appease and glorify their dictators, but they looked the other way when Muslims tortured and terrorized other Muslims. I witnessed honor killings of girls, oppression of women, female genital mutilation, polygamy and its devastating effect on family relations. All of this is destroying the Muslim faith from within.

It's time for Arabs and Muslims to stand up for their families. We must stop allowing our leaders to use the West and Israel as an excuse to distract from their own failed leadership and their citizens' lack of freedoms. It's time to stop allowing Arab leaders to complain about cartoons while turning a blind eye to people who defame Islam by holding Korans in one hand while murdering innocent people with the other.

Muslims need jobs -- not jihad. Apologies about cartoons will not solve the problems. What is needed is hope and not hate. Unless we recognize that the culture of hate is the true root of the riots surrounding this cartoon controversy, this violent overreaction will only be the start of a clash of civilizations that the world cannot bear.

This article originally appeared in The Daily Telegraph


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Philosophy; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2crazy4thefuture; arab; hate; islam; islamicpsychos; muslim; muslimviolence; palestinian; psychoislam; psychoreligion; religionofhate; rop; terror; trop; violentmuslims; westbank; wot
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1 posted on 02/19/2006 9:34:08 AM PST by S0122017
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To: S0122017

BTW It's not written by me :)
Just in case the 1st person perspective confuses people.


2 posted on 02/19/2006 9:35:32 AM PST by S0122017
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To: S0122017

He's from the Gaza strip -not surprising at all he would hate us - being raised in captivity and hearing only one distorted side of the story.


3 posted on 02/19/2006 9:35:49 AM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: S0122017
"It's time for Arabs and Muslims to stand up for their families. We must stop allowing our leaders to use the West and Israel as an excuse to distract from their own failed leadership and their citizens' lack of freedoms. It's time to stop allowing Arab leaders to complain about cartoons while turning a blind eye to people who defame Islam by holding Korans in one hand while murdering innocent people with the other."

But this is exactly what we need to be hearing from rank and file Muslims.
4 posted on 02/19/2006 9:37:17 AM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: gondramB

I agree.

There where other muslims that said similar things but some have been killed. I guess the fact that they are now being heard again points to a possible turning point in muslim culture.


5 posted on 02/19/2006 9:39:25 AM PST by S0122017
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To: gondramB

"being raised in captivity"

That's a good way of putting it.


6 posted on 02/19/2006 9:39:33 AM PST by A knight without armor
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To: S0122017; SJackson; Salem

BTTT


7 posted on 02/19/2006 9:41:05 AM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: S0122017
"newspaper cartoons do not warrant the burning of buildings and the killing of innocent people"

Glad somebody is saying it!

8 posted on 02/19/2006 9:41:40 AM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: gondramB

I believe he may be a she.

This was posted a while back with a picture.


9 posted on 02/19/2006 9:41:43 AM PST by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: S0122017

That's why the US went into Iraq, to show the Middle East and Arabs that there was another, better way to live...democracy. The author is right on when she describes the culture of hate as an industry, and every time it pays off, Arab tyrants and mullahs smile.


10 posted on 02/19/2006 9:44:03 AM PST by hershey
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To: S0122017

voice-crying-in-the-wilderness alert.


11 posted on 02/19/2006 9:44:09 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (i'd rather hunt with Cheney than drive with Kennedy)
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To: S0122017

They're brainwashed from the very beginning.


12 posted on 02/19/2006 9:44:25 AM PST by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: S0122017

It seems to me that 1400 years is long enough to understand that Islam is a failed system.


13 posted on 02/19/2006 9:44:39 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: S0122017
"It's time to stop allowing Arab leaders to complain about cartoons while turning a blind eye to people who defame Islam by holding Korans in one hand while murdering innocent people with the other. "

Thank you.

14 posted on 02/19/2006 9:45:23 AM PST by Earthdweller ("West to Islam" Cake. Butter your liberals, slowly cook France, stir in Europe then watch it rise.)
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To: S0122017

What a great article...thanks for posting.


15 posted on 02/19/2006 9:47:16 AM PST by EASYACES (Ignorance is curable, but stupidity is forever)
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To: PeteB570
"This was posted a while back with a picture."

How long ago..it couldn't be that long, it mentions the cartoon riots.

16 posted on 02/19/2006 9:47:40 AM PST by Earthdweller ("West to Islam" Cake. Butter your liberals, slowly cook France, stir in Europe then watch it rise.)
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Nonie is definitely a she, and a very brave one at that I might add. She's written many articles like this about Islam in the past and she continues to do so.


17 posted on 02/19/2006 9:47:51 AM PST by Banagor
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To: S0122017

Islam has become what Nazism was in the 1930s...a cult of hate created for political gain. Western civilization is engaged in a life or death struggle with Islam and we cannot lose this war anymore than we could let the Nazis win.


18 posted on 02/19/2006 9:49:02 AM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir wölle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: S0122017

This babe needs to go shopping for a new cult, because this one is going away. It's time for Allah (piss be upon him in Hell) to die.


19 posted on 02/19/2006 9:50:05 AM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government "job" attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: PeteB570; gondramB
"As a young woman, I visited a Christian friend in Cairo during Friday prayers, and we both heard the verbal attacks on Christians and Jews from the loudspeakers outside the mosque."

Yep...unless "he" is mighty confused
20 posted on 02/19/2006 9:50:29 AM PST by yer gonna put yer eye out (ACLU = heterophobic, Ameriphobic, brainophobic (CAUTION: I made up some of these words))
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To: Banagor

21 posted on 02/19/2006 9:50:47 AM PST by najida (Gluten free, Sugar Free, Low Salt, Low Fat, High Fiber = Eating grass for the rest of your life.)
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To: S0122017
What is a fundamental of human nature?

To love your neighbor or to hate your neighbor.

Christianity teaches to love even your enemy.

Islam facilitates a culture of hate.

Islam will collapse...bit by bit and over time.

good triumphs over evil.

22 posted on 02/19/2006 9:52:19 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (Toon Town, Iran...........where reality is the real fantasy.)
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To: S0122017
Muslims need jobs -- not jihad. Apologies about cartoons will not solve the problems. What is needed is hope and not hate.

Economic advances will not help. There is no hope in Islam ,it is a hate based religion.

23 posted on 02/19/2006 9:52:55 AM PST by sausageseller (Look out for the jackbooted spelling police. There! Everywhere!(revised cause the "man" accosted me!)
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To: S0122017


24 posted on 02/19/2006 9:54:38 AM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: PeteB570

My bad...

We really need muslim men speaking out like this.


25 posted on 02/19/2006 9:55:05 AM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: S0122017

"Indeed, with Denmark set to assume the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council"

Is this true? If so, there is something far more sinister with the timing and the fanning of the flames


26 posted on 02/19/2006 9:56:18 AM PST by seastay
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To: S0122017
That Denmark, the most inoffensive country in the world, one which is more inclined than its neighbor Sweden to mind its own business, has now become the object of rabid hate from the Muslims is instructive.

The woman who wrote the article says that she realized that her religion was not being properly taught. This is the mantra now being repeated in the West. The truth is that it is being taught exactly as Mohammed wrote it. It has always been, and remains, an aggressive religion, spread by intimidation and the sword.

27 posted on 02/19/2006 9:58:33 AM PST by Malesherbes
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I wonder what act of kindness ultimately allowed this lady to see the hypocrisy of Islam?

What marvelous, innocent moment was it that she learned it is better to love your neighbor than hate and kill him?

28 posted on 02/19/2006 9:59:00 AM PST by stboz
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To: S0122017

Every legendary Muslim hero is a brutal killer. It would be as if we celebrated Sherman, but not Lincoln, Charles Manson, but not Thomas Jefferson.
Endless wars and Islamic hatreds are supported by traditions taught to the cradle.


29 posted on 02/19/2006 10:00:36 AM PST by GOPJ (Quisling editors show "nobility of crack whores" over cartoon publication.)
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To: Hank Rearden

How do you see Islam going away?


30 posted on 02/19/2006 10:01:33 AM PST by twigs
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To: S0122017
My plan would eliminate terrorism in a week.

I call it the 10,000 plan.

Terrorists kill 1 of us....we kill 10,000 of them.

We would be doing those poor lost souls a favor!

We can't beat them one on one......they don't play by our rules.

We have to change the rules to a game they will fear!!

31 posted on 02/19/2006 10:03:26 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (Toon Town, Iran...........where reality is the real fantasy.)
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To: S0122017
Excellent post! This explains it all So Arab leaders blame Jews and Christians rather than provide good schools, roads, hospitals, housing, jobs, or hope to their people.
32 posted on 02/19/2006 10:03:50 AM PST by Lucretia Borgia
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To: seastay
there is something far more sinister with the timing and the fanning of the flames

I think you're right. A Danish Imam took these cartoons to the Middle East expressly to stir up anger and violence in the Muslim street. He even added offensive images that had not been published. But he waited months to do it. More is at work here, I fear. A fifth column in the heart of Europe to say the very least.

33 posted on 02/19/2006 10:04:19 AM PST by twigs
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To: najida
Eating grass for the rest of your life

Your tag line just about sums up my diet!

34 posted on 02/19/2006 10:07:24 AM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: S0122017
My friend looked scared; I was ashamed. That was when I first realized that something was very wrong in the way my religion was taught and practiced

There is nothing wrong with the way the religion is taught and practiced. That is what Islam is about.You ought to read the Koran and Hadiths.

Did she expect them to preach Christian values?

In spite of what George Bush says; Muslims and Christians do worship different Gods. You can't expect the religions to be the same. - tom

35 posted on 02/19/2006 10:08:38 AM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: nutmeg

Wow! Here's a great insider's look at the current manifestation of the Long War.

--It's time for Arabs and Muslims to stand up for their families. We must stop allowing our leaders to use the West and Israel as an excuse to distract from their own failed leadership and their citizens' lack of freedoms. It's time to stop allowing Arab leaders to complain about cartoons while turning a blind eye to people who defame Islam by holding Korans in one hand while murdering innocent people with the other.


36 posted on 02/19/2006 10:13:27 AM PST by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: gondramB

Actually, I think it's pretty clear that SHE does not hate us anymore, viz.,

--It's time for Arabs and Muslims to stand up for their families. We must stop allowing our leaders to use the West and Israel as an excuse to distract from their own failed leadership and their citizens' lack of freedoms. It's time to stop allowing Arab leaders to complain about cartoons while turning a blind eye to people who defame Islam by holding Korans in one hand while murdering innocent people with the other.


37 posted on 02/19/2006 10:14:57 AM PST by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: Banagor

Nonie is definitely a she, and a very brave one at that I might add.

&&
I pray she has bodyguards.


38 posted on 02/19/2006 10:16:29 AM PST by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: S0122017
Of course, the cartoons are offensive to Muslims...


39 posted on 02/19/2006 10:19:21 AM PST by Screamname
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To: S0122017
(In Arab culture, dogs are considered unclean).

Yes, no self-respecting Arab would drink from the same toilet as a dog.

40 posted on 02/19/2006 10:20:41 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Bend over and think of England.)
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To: S0122017
Muslim terrorism goes back as far as our knowledge of history. With our memories, instead of putting them out of their millenia-old misery, we're doomed to repeat the mistakes of our ancestors.




41 posted on 02/19/2006 10:22:58 AM PST by Lady Jag ( All I want is a kind word, a warm bed, and world domination)
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To: Bigg Red

Islam may gradually change, it has been in the dark ages till now.

Now all of a sudden they get foreign broadcasts and other ideas and freedom they never had!

The look at their leaders and their leaders demonise the west in order to stop them from defecting.


42 posted on 02/19/2006 10:24:04 AM PST by S0122017
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To: S0122017

First time posting!

Glad to be where the intelligent posts are many!


44 posted on 02/19/2006 10:27:27 AM PST by purpleporter
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To: S0122017
In school in Gaza, I learned hate, vengeance and retaliation.

Rachel Corrie teaching the little children.


45 posted on 02/19/2006 10:29:10 AM PST by Polybius
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Indeed, with Denmark set to assume the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council, the flames of the cartoon controversy have been fanned by Iran and Syria.

This should be an interesting event for the ROP to show the world more of their real intentions.

46 posted on 02/19/2006 10:30:01 AM PST by GlennLivett
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"Captain, the Muslim creatures claim the cartoons are greatly offensive. Baloney Sir..I see you have baloney in your hand."

47 posted on 02/19/2006 10:31:17 AM PST by Screamname (Tagline)
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To: Polybius

I love that pic...You ever see such a confused look on a group of kids before in your life? Like they are saying "What the hell is this stupid white broad doing?"


48 posted on 02/19/2006 10:39:06 AM PST by Screamname (Tagline)
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To: purpleporter

Welcome aboard.


49 posted on 02/19/2006 10:41:21 AM PST by Lady Jag ( All I want is a kind word, a warm bed, and world domination)
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To: S0122017
Hundreds of millions of other Muslims also have been raised with the same hatred of the West and Israel as a way to distract from the failings of their leaders.

BINGO.

50 posted on 02/19/2006 10:43:47 AM PST by agrace (Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me if you know so much. Job 38:4)
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