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September 12, 2006

The Culture Of Arabs/Muslims Is To Blame

I think the following needs to be widely circulated.

ONE ARAB'S APOLOGY

By EMILIO KARIM DABUL

WELL, here it is, five years late, but here just the same: an apology from an Arab-American for 9/11. No, I didn't help organize the killers or contribute in any way to their terrible cause. However, I was one of millions of Arab-Americans who did the unspeakable on 9/11: nothing.

The only time I raised my voice in protest against these men who killed thousands of innocents in the name of Allah was behind closed doors, among the safety of friends and family. I did at one point write a very vitriolic essay condemning their actions, but fear of becoming another Salman Rushdie kept me from ever trying to publish it.

Well, I'm sick of saying the truth only in private - that Arabs around the world, including Arab-Americans like myself, need to start holding our own culture accountable for the insane, violent actions that our extremists have perpetrated on the world at large.

Yes, our extremists and our culture.

Every single 9/11 hijacker was Arab and a Muslim. The apologists (including President Bush) tried to reassure us that 9/11 had nothing to do with Islam, but was a twisting of a great and noble religion. With all due respect, read the Koran, Mr. President. There's enough there for someone of extreme tendencies to find their way to a global jihad.

There's also enough there for someone of a different mindset to find a path to enlightenment and peace. Still, Rushdie had it right back in 2001: This does have to do with Islam. A Christian who bombs an abortion clinic in the name of God is still a Christian, at least in his interpretation, and saying otherwise doesn't negate the fact that he has spent a goodly amount of time figuring out his version of the one true and right thing to do.

The men who killed 3,000 of our citizens on 9/11 in all likelihood died saying prayers to Allah, and that by itself is one of the most horrific things to me about that day.

And, while my grandparents never waged a jihad, their attitudes toward Jews weren't that much different than Mohammed Atta's. No, they didn't support the Holocaust, but they did believe that Jews were trouble in many different ways, and those sorts of beliefs were passed on to me before I'd ever actually met a Jew.

I'm sorry for that, for ever believing that anything that my grandparents or other relatives had to say about Jews or Israel, for that matter, had any real resemblance to truth. It took me years to realize that I'd been conned into believing the generalizations and stereotypes that millions around the Arab world buy into: that Jews, America and Israel are our main problem.

One look at the average Arab regime should alert us to the fact that the problem, dear Achmed, lies not overseas or next door in Tel Aviv, but in the brutal, corrupt despots that we have bred from country to country in the Mideast, across the span of history. That history and its corresponding economic devastation is the main reason I reside on New York City's West Bank - New Jersey - not the one near Jerusalem. On my worst day, I'm happy about that fact. I'd rather be here than there, and experience the freedom and boundless opportunities that were mostly unknown to so many generations of my family in the Mideast.

For as long as I live, the image of those towers falling, as I watched in horror and disbelief from the corner of 40th and Fifth, will be for me my Pearl Harbor, for in that instant I recognized that not only was our city under attack - so was our freedom.

It still is. And will continue to be for years to come. And the threat is not from within, but from Islamic fascists who desperately want to destroy the freedom and opportunities that millions the world over still seek.

Five years after that awful day, it's time for all Arab-Americans, and Arabs around the world, to protest against Islamic fascism, to raise our voices - and, where necessary, our arms - against these tyrants until their plague of terror has been driven from the face of the earth forever.

Amen.





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So you like self-hating Arab-Americans who absolve anti-Arab, anti-Islamic foreign policies of the US government for the past fifty-five years. Predictable.

|| Posted by Ken Hoop, September 12, 2006 01:43 PM ||

Let's accept your argument for a moment.

Explain the preceeding 13 centuries of jihad against the Christian world.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, September 12, 2006 07:00 PM ||

The author lives in America.America has never had an ethically defensible quarrel with the Islamic world as contrasted with Europe,which has. The author finds no fault in current American Coca-Cola least-common denominator "culture" with an adjunct markedly pro-Israel foreign policy. He criticises Moslem
heritage and culture, comparing it unfavorably with contemporary decadent post-Christian America
even though America has conducted an anti-Islamic foreign policy for generations. He finds no problem in Zionist occupation of Palestine and US support of it.

His remarks would be more fitting were he a European of Arab ancestry.

|| Posted by Ken Hoop, September 13, 2006 12:57 PM ||

In other words, you cannot explain the previous 13 cenuries of jihad against the Christian world, starting with the Christians of Arabia, Syria, and the Holy Land, and continuing through North Africa, the Iberian Peninsula, Anatolia, Greece, etc...


|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, September 13, 2006 03:01 PM ||

Sound and fury signifying nothing. You wouldn't support an effective defender of European interests vis a vis Islam if you were a Frenchman. (eg Le Pen) Or an Italian (Mussolini's National Alliance). Or an Austrian (Haider's Freedom Party)
or a Brit (British National Party.)

And they are on the front lines,not America.

|| Posted by Ken Hoop, September 14, 2006 02:37 PM ||

There you go again, Ken, praising the Fascists (literally, in the case of Mussolini). They differe from the jihadis only in terms of religion, not ideology or perversion.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, September 14, 2006 06:01 PM ||

Rhymes with Right:

Two links you will enjoy thoroughly:
1) Turning Muslim in Texas
A British documentary about conservative, white Texans converting to Islam:

2) British and Muslim?
An article by University of Cambridge professor Tim Winter, a convert to Islam. As a history teacher, you'll find this quite illuminating!

Have a lovely weekend, my good friend!

|| Posted by acrobat, September 14, 2006 08:45 PM ||

http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=20060925&s=trb092506

the siteowner does not even use Islamo-fascist
(an invention of Israel-loving neocons) correctly. the WOT so called is a war to preserve the plutocrats' American-Israeli Empire and has nothing to do with defending the average American's interests.

|| Posted by Ken Hoop, September 15, 2006 12:18 PM ||
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