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The Myth of Modern Jihad ("It's America's Fault" Barf Alert)
New York Slimes ^ | 6/29/2010 | Robert Wright

Posted on 06/30/2010 10:54:52 AM PDT by mojito

It would be an understatement to say that Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square bomber, pleaded guilty last week. “I’m going to plead guilty a hundred times over,” Shahzad told the judge. Why so emphatic? Because Shahzad is proud of himself. “I consider myself a Mujahid, a Muslim soldier,” he said.

This got some fist pumps in right-wing circles, because it seemed to confirm that America faces all-out jihad, and must marshal an accordingly fierce response....

...If you look at what Shahzad actually said, the upshot is way less grim....

Here is how Shahzad explained his role in the holy war: “It’s a war,” he said. “I am part of that. I am part of the answer of the U.S. terrorizing the Muslim nations and the Muslim people, and on behalf of that, I’m revenging the attacks.”

Now, for a Muslim holy warrior to see his attacks as revenge runs counter to...longstanding claim[s] that Islamic holy war is about attack, not counterattack....

Now we have Shahzad suggesting roughly the opposite — that the holy war could end if America would stop using military force. He said in court, “Until the hour the U.S. pulls its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan and stops the drone strikes in Somalia and Yemen and in Pakistan and stops the occupation of Muslim lands and stops killing the Muslims and stops reporting the Muslims to its government, we will be attacking U.S., and I plead guilty to that.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: antiamericanism; blameamericafirst; faisalshahzad; islamonazism; jihad; jihadinamerica; proislamist; proterrorist; timessquarebomber; waronterror; whywefight
Behold the axiomatic nature of elite liberal opinion: despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, it must -at all costs to logic, to reason, to commonsense, to the instinct of self-preservation - find that America is to blame. Wright has a splendid pedigree of all the finer institutions of liberal learning, and yet he's utterly incapable of learning anything, of seeing anything, of understanding anything.
1 posted on 06/30/2010 10:54:54 AM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

OK....let’s say it is America’s fault. If this is true, then it is America’s responsibility to fix it. Fix it we will, from the air. They will have to fight in the shade as our bombers blot out the sun.

2 posted on 06/30/2010 10:59:53 AM PDT by RC2
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“Now we have Shahzad suggesting the holy war could end if America would stop using military force.”

3 posted on 06/30/2010 11:01:05 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: mojito

What is a muslim nation? Islam is one of the more recent religious faiths. It conquered lands formerly home to other religious traditions.

Our constitution recognizes an inalienable right of man to a freedom of religion.

Muslims believe in theocratic rule; that land can be called “muslim land” (and that is not merely “historical lands that Mohammed travelled”, Spain and Indonesia are also “muslim lands”). Imam agree that slavery is still legal but point out that slaves must be captured in jihad and taken back to “muslim lands” (territory) to be divided up.

So why is the Slimes defending an Islamic Supremacist worldview and denouncing a basic human right to religious freedoms?

4 posted on 06/30/2010 11:04:44 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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The Japanese claimed that Pearl Harbor was our fault too because we were interfering with Japan’s own imperialist goals.

5 posted on 06/30/2010 11:05:57 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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The capacity for Liberal self-delusion is apparently bottomless. We need not share in their willful blindness to Evil. Daniel Pipes says it well:

"Shahzad's willingness to name his Islamic purposes and spend long years in jail for them flies in the face of Obama administration efforts not to name Islamism as the enemy, preferring such lame formulations as "overseas contingency operations" and "man-caused disasters."

"Americans – as well as Westerners generally, all non-Muslims, and anti-Islamist Muslims – should listen to the bald declaration by Faisal Shahzad and accept the painful fact that Islamist anger and aspirations truly do motivate their terrorist enemies. Ignoring this fact will not make it disappear."

6 posted on 06/30/2010 11:08:16 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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Still waiting for the Slimes to defend the tea party protests against government interference in AMERICAN lives.

7 posted on 06/30/2010 11:08:41 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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When are evil white racist, sexist, homophobic bigots going to stop judging everyone by skin color?

When are you crackers going to stop using racial slurs?

Tea Parties are “racist” for opposing Obama. So what does that make Muslims who also oppose the Obama agenda of peace and stability in Afghanistan?

8 posted on 06/30/2010 11:11:07 AM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: a fool in paradise

Amazing isn’t it?

9 posted on 06/30/2010 11:26:41 AM PDT by RC2
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The problem with this idiot’s argument is that we weren’t in Iraq or Afghanistan or Somalia when the jihadis bombed the USS Cole. We weren’t in Iraq or Afghanistan when the jiahdis attacked the WTC and the Pentagon. So, thanks for playing Mr. Jihadi, and here are some nice departing gifts for you.

10 posted on 06/30/2010 2:31:47 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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The unrepentant crowing of Faisal Shahzad over his attempted murder of innocents sounds like evidence of American imperialism to useful idiot, NY Times writer Robert Wright.

The religious ritual and pronouncements of “Allahu Akbar!” that preceded Major Nidal Hasan’s mass murder at Ft. Hood had nothing to do with the blood lust inspired by jihad.

The videos of Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg having their heads sawed off accompanied by Koranic diatribes have no link to Muslim fanaticism. Their murderers were probably victims of “colonialism”.

The fact that Abdul Rahman, the vicious bomber of WTC I in 1993, has the same name as the Moorish general who conquered Spain and invaded France, is mere coincidence. Further, the proposed construction of a super mosque named the Cordoba Islamic Center at Ground Zero in NYC, is completely unrelated to the Great Mosque of Cordoba in al-Andalusia(Spain). In fact, the destruction of St. Vincent’s Basilica to make way for Rahman’s mosque has absolutely no link to the destruction of hundreds of Christian, Hindu, and Jewish holy places to make way for mosques. Constructing mosques as symbols of conquest and subjugation does not occur. It didn’t occur at the Hagia Sophia after Constantinople fell, nor did it happen when the Al Aqsa mosque was constructed on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

The complete eradication of all competing religions around the southern and eastern Mediterranean is random coincidence. So is the continued attack upon Hindus as evidenced in the Mumbai atrocity. Likewise, the annihilation of Jains, Persian Zoroastrians, and the infamous Armenian genocide? Not jihad...coincidence.

What does slaughtering school kids in Beslan, machine gunning German tourists at Egyptian antiquities, incinerating Australian vacationers in Bali, or sniping “beltway” victims in Washington, D.C. have in common? You guessed it...NOT JIHAD.

It goes without saying that the Christmas Day underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab; the shredded victims at Madrid train platforms and Tel Aviv pizza parlors, mangled London buses, and the hundreds of burning cars in Paris are independent expressions of frustration by thousands who “just happen” to be Muslim.

I feel so much safer now that Mr. Wright informed me about the “Myth of Modern Jihad”.

11 posted on 07/01/2010 3:26:36 AM PDT by CharlesThe Hammer
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