Jul 28, 2005

Backlash against al Qaeda among Muslims

Don Surber unearths an al-Jazeera report in which the head of the Arab League, Amr Mossa, endorsed a definition of terrorism as "intentional maiming or killing of civilians as terrorism, regardless of cause."

If that means that attacks on Israeli civilians are terrorism, this is a giant leap. Somehow, though, I have a feeling that those attacks will be excused "because of the occupation," or because, as Red Ken Livingstone recently put it, “The Palestinians don’t have jets and bombs, they only have their bodies to use as weapons."

Still it's a start. And as Surber points out, Mossa's endorsement is just one of many denunciations among Muslims and others. I mean Amnesty International, for crying out loud, last heard comparing Gitmo to the Gulag.

Read it. And while you're at it, read this article (via Andrew Ian Dodge) about how the Nazis, with the enthusiastic support of the Mufti of Jerusalem, were in large part responsible for the anti-Semitism now so prevalent among Islamists. As the author points out, such anti-Semitism was quite alien to the Arab world--until the Nazis made it their mission to spread the hate.

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