Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Terrorism: Still Not a Muslim Monopoly

I don't enjoy the verbal attacks that are part of political campaigns here in America. But it could be worse.

"Robert Mugabe's militia burn opponent's wife alive" (TimesOnline (June 12, 2008)) tells how a sort of committee treated Patson Chipiro's wife, Dadirai. After cutting off one of her hands, and both feet, "they threw her into her hut, locked the door and threw a petrol bomb through the window."

She died, of course. Patson Chipiro is the Zimbabwean opposition party's head in the Mhondoro district.

That particularly unpleasant killing could reasonably be called an act of terrorism. But, the odds are very good that the terrorists aren't Muslims. Less than 1% of Zimbabweans follow Islam.

The point is this: Although a violent form of Islam is a very real problem for people who aren't 'sufficiently Islamic' by their standards, terrorism isn't an Islamic monopoly. Non-Muslims are just as capable of killing people they don't approve of, as the most crazed jihadist.

And, as you'll see in the blogroll quite a few Muslims are far from supportive of terrorism.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.