Op-Ed: Boston 2013: Time to Speak the Truth
Gerald A. HonigmanThe author is an educator who has done extensive doctoral studies in Mid-East...
Writer's Warning: This analysis is not for the politically correct or moral relativists.
The Boston Marathon bombings should be yet another wake-up call close to home here in America, not that this should really be necessary. Of course, with truth being deliberately suppressed these days, the need becomes more understandable.
Take the upcoming trial of the American Arab Muslim Jihadi, who massacred his fellow military colleagues, just one of too many examples.
On November 5, 2009, Nidal Malik Hasan shouted "Allahu Akhbar" (supposedly, a praise to G-d, and, among other things, the phrase Jihadis proclaim before they murder) and opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Center of Fort Hood, America's biggest military base located in Texas, killing 13 people and wounding 29 others in the worst shooting ever on an American base.
Major Nidal, a psychiatrist, had come to the attention of the FBI six months earlier over possible links to extremist individuals, organizations, and comments posted on the Internet dealing with such topics as suicide bombings and other threats.
Nidal's trial is set for May 2013--and the Obama Administration has given orders that such acts not even be allowed to be referred to as terrorism anymore.
There is simply too much of this going on, on a daily basis, to not connect the dots.
There are many, if not most, Muslims who simply want to live out their lives as best as possible without blowing other people apart. But, having said this, if just ten percent of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims believe what their own scriptures--especially the important later surahs of the Qur'an--teach them, the carnage should not come as a surprise.
You may find what iscontained in this source unsettling--but prove it wrong if you take issue.
Whether one group of Muslims is targeting another--as in Syria, Iraq, Darfur, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and so forth--or whether Muslims are targeting non-Muslims in their still continuing confrontation of the age-old wars of the Dar ul-Islam vs. the Dar al-Harb, the evidence is overwhelming.
While you can point to others who also engage in such acts of barbarism (and the killing fields of such places as Cambodia and the atrocities in sub-Saharan Africa are not to be ignored), there is no doubt that, especially in this modern era, too many of such acts indeed involve Islam's followers. Furthermore, pick your world-wide conflict today. Guess who is most likely doing the fighting? But don't dare suggest an Arab and/or Islamic connection--unless you want to be branded a bigot.
Israel's alleged peace partners, Mahmoud Abbas and his latter-day Arafatians, for example, habitually name schools, stadiums, and so forth after "shahids" or living murderers who disembowel, behead, or otherwise murder Jewish children and other innocents .
The "moderate" Jordanians--whom Israel saved more than once--just proclaimed the cold-blooded butcher of seven young Israeli girls who were on a school trip a hero and are agitating to have him freed from prison. He has just said that he would do it again.
And there's more. Much more.
What other religion/way of life continuously motivates people to blow up innocents randomly at will--women shopping at vegetable stands in Iraq, children in schools or ice cream parlors, people at prayer or riding buses, folks at work, sleeping in their beds, driving cars, running races, or whatever?
Yes, there have been other acts of terrorism--including those (very rarely) committed by Jews as well…and Irish, Kurds, and others too. But how have the vast majority of the terrorists' own peoples handled these incidents?
Baruch Goldberg, for example, who gunned down Arabs in Hebron, was not made into a national icon. And he reached the breaking point only after Jews at prayer at the Cave of the Patriarchs were repeatedly threatened with slaughter by Arabs in Hebron and a young man, Aaron Gross, was stabbed in Hevron and then stabbed to death in the Arab hospital.to which he was abducted.
The Israeli government immediately condemned the massacre and arrested followers of Rabbi Meir Kahane. It also forbade certain settlers from entering Arab towns and demanded that they turn in their army-issued rifles. Goldstein was denounced by mainstream Orthodox Judaism and described as insane by most Israelis. Contrast this to what Arabs typically do with such people.
Besides the latest horrendous tragedy and human cost exacted from America by followers of "the religion of peace" at the Boston Marathon, what does this say about a religion and culture that takes pride in raising children to see as their ultimate goal in life to bring horror to others? The two Chechan brothers have too many counterparts in Islam. Arafat used to claim that the Arab mother was his best weapon.
Yes, there is injustice in this world, and Muslims have sometimes been on the receiving end. More often, they have been dishing it out.
But there are better ways to achieve justice than what far too many followers of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, accept as the only solution. And in the realm of imperfect man, justice must be pursued in its relative--not absolute--form.
To receive justice, one must also be willing to allow others their own fair share. This is a lesson too many Muslims--especially Arabs and other Arabized Jihadis, such as the Chechan Jihadis who were followers of the Arabs' al-Qaida and other Islamist organizations--have still not learned
Had imperfect Arabs been willing to grant, for example, imperfect Jews in one tiny, resurrected state what they demand for themselves in almost two dozen of their own (carved out of mostly other, non-Arab peoples' lands) on about seven million square miles of territory, the Arab-Israeli conflict would have been resolved decades ago.
Ditto for the war and subjugating attitudes of Muslim Arabs and Turks towards fellow Muslim Kurds, black Africans, and Imazighen/"Berbers"--so the problem even goes beyond the realm of religion and becomes a racist one as well, committed by the very Arabs complaining about "racist Zionists."
Before bringing this analysis to a close, please allow me just one last thought.
Is it not troubling that there seem to be credible reports that the Saudi national, initially "of interest" in the Boston Marathon atrocities, is being hastily deported to Saudi Arabia (like what happened right after 9/11) given well-known close ties between Chechen Islamists and Arab Islamists based in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere?
The time to open our eyes and deal with such problems openly is long past due. The typical whitewash and cover-ups by the State Department--going on since the Foggy Bottom Folks climbed into bed with ARAMCO - at least since the days of FDR -must finally come to an end.