COMMENT by Drew Moody|
I guess it is an unavoidable consequence, considering
the political climate in the U.S., that extreme voices will
oversimplify almost anything for their own gain.
This could be the case with ongoing speculation of the specific
trigger point which ended in the deaths of several Americans
When the dust settles I seriously doubt reaction to
the YouTube video, "The Innocence of Muslims," is
a central factor for the murderous attack.
case, remember violent souls find infinite excuses
to justify harming others. Murder and mayhem
are commonplace occurrences in that part of the
world on any average Tuesday.
The creators and distributors of the film may have
prayed the video might spark a conversion reaction
prompting masses of Muslims to "get right with Jesus."
But considering the overall quality and taste of the
video itself I believe such claims are disingenuous.
The Wall Street Journal reported funding for the
project was secured with $5-Million in donations
from 100 Jewish contributors. Furthermore, the
filmmaker was quoted as saying, "Islam is a cancer."
Koran-burning Florida minister, Terry Jones,
has been outspoken and direct in his condemnation
of the Islamic faith, associating it with Satan.
From an historic perspective, Christians, Muslims and Jews
are well acquainted with death and bloodshed - both
suffered and ruthlessly meted out. Throughout the
ages the combination of righteous-minded people and
the overwhelming ignorance of humanity has been a
dependable formula for disaster.
Disagreements and conflict between the three religions
have existed at least since the birth of the sons of Abraham
(of the Old Testament Bible). The firstborn, Ishmael, son an
unmarried slave, was banished to the desert after Abraham's
wife bore him a second son, Isaac. These events, from the
Islamic view, were essentially a bait and switch, robbing
them of the heritage they believe God promised.
The mutual historic intolerance between Christian, Jewish,
Muslim beliefs survives intact despite the passage of
around 4,000 years. As the disputes have little diminished, nor
opinions markedly changed, it appears a peaceful resolution is
But, don't expect to receive balanced Middle East political coverage
in stateside media. For example, if you're still falling for the peace
talk ruse between Israel and Palestine you've swallowed the bait...
hook, line and sinker.
Pertaining to the Prophet Muhammad himself, at various times he
ordered the murder of adult male non-believers which
included Christians, Jews, Pagans and others. Mohammed's decrees
in this regard, however, were inconsistent as sometimes he opted
for simply banishing the infidels or enslaving them.
Before you locate an American flag to proudly wave, remember we
treated Native Americans much like Muhammad did in dispatching
the infidels. Perhaps moderate Muslims can find some solace as
those incidents occurred some 1300 years ago, certainly not during
a cultural high-point of civilization.
Here in America we were still exterminating our Native Indian
brothers within the past 130 years. And more recently, throughout
several mostly unnecessary wars, the U.S. bears responsibility for
killing hundreds of thousands of innocents courtesy of 'carpet bombing' efforts to
break the will of enemy populations.
And NO, terrorism will not end, nor can we prevent attacks on
U.S. soil. Terrorism has been the favored weapon of the weak,
and downtrodden for centuries.
NO, there is not a democracy pill capable of erasing
thousands of years of history and culture in the Middle
East, India or China. Comparatively speaking, the United
States is nothing more than a "baby culture."
A double-edged knife cuts both ways and often Americans
appear haughtily arrogant and mostly blind with respect to
how world events may appear from "over there."