September 11, 2004


Muslims cannot clear their names unless they own up to the shameful fact that terrorism has become an Islamic enterprise; an almost exclusive monopoly, implemented by Muslim men and women. Hey, donít get angry at me; send your hate mail to Abdel Rahman al-Rashed at the Arab News:

It is a certain fact that not all Muslims are terrorists, but it is equally certain, and exceptionally painful, that almost all terrorists are Muslims.

The hostage-takers of children in Beslan, North Ossetia, were Muslims. The other hostage-takers and subsequent murderers of the Nepalese chefs and workers in Iraq were also Muslims. Those involved in rape and murder in Darfur, Sudan, are Muslims, with other Muslims chosen to be their victims.

Those responsible for the attacks on residential towers in Riyadh and Khobar were Muslims. The two women who crashed two airliners last week were also Muslims.

Osama bin Laden is a Muslim. The majority of those who manned the suicide bombings against buses, vehicles, schools, houses and buildings, all over the world, were Muslim.

What a pathetic record. What an abominable "achievement." Does all this tell us anything about ourselves, our societies and our culture?

Just to repeat: Abdel Rahman al-Rashed. In the Arab News.

(Via contributor J.F. Beck)

Posted by Tim Blair at September 11, 2004 12:51 AM

I gues having to go back to">Oklahoma City just about makes the case for all modern terrorists being muslim.

Posted by: Tomorrowist at September 11, 2004 at 01:04 AM

Actually, the article first appeared in the Arabic-language sister publication of Arab News, Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat. That's a much bigger deal.

Arab News is the largest circulating English-language daily in the Middle East.

Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat is the largest circulating (by far) Arabic-language daily, with a truly global, pan-Arab reach.

Al-Rashid, incidentally, was the former Editor-in-Chief of Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat. He is currently Managing Director of "Al-Arabiya" satellite TV station, a Saudi-owned channel set up to offer a less extremist alternative to "Al-Jazeera".

Posted by: John at September 11, 2004 at 01:22 AM

Talk about a voice crying out in the wilderness. Good luck with that, Abdel.

This war against Islam will end with a wimper, not a bang. Creeping liberalisation will take down the rickety old dictatorships one by one, the big 'blowing up infidels' craze of the early 21st century will seem so, like, yesterday dude, to the new generation, and slowly, the jihadis will fade away.

It kind of shits me that we'll have to accept murder, kidnapping and massicres from these worthless, ungrateful barbarians for the next two decades in exchange for democracy, our technology and the rule of law.

But that's who we are, and that's who they are. Obviously, it's racist as hell to say you hate Arabs, but you know what? I don't give a shit these days. I despise them, I despise their worthless, debased culture that contributes nothing to the world but the car bomb and the clitorectomy, and I despise their filthy, murdering religion.

Posted by: Amos at September 11, 2004 at 01:25 AM

Actually, Tommorowist, he said, quite clearly, "almost all." It's hidden deep within the bowels of sentence #1.

Posted by: Dave S. at September 11, 2004 at 01:44 AM

Good for him. Finally.

But it isn't going to change much.

Posted by: Rebecca at September 11, 2004 at 01:46 AM

This war against Islam will end with a wimper, not a bang.

I said on 9/12, and I still believe it to be true, that this war will not end without nuclear weapons being used. Probably Iranian nukes first, maybe North Korean.

The retaliation will end the war.

I hope I'm wrong.

Posted by: R C Dean at September 11, 2004 at 05:59 AM might recall, McVeigh was executed, and his cohort Nichols is serving multiple life sentences? Yes? We do deal with our own terrorists.

Now that you recall this....what was your point again?

Posted by: The Real JeffS at September 11, 2004 at 06:30 AM

Boy! What a breath of fresh air from Abdel. It is a start at least. I hope he survives to speak his mind some more.

Amos. I agree. In 70 years Suadi Arabia will be renamed "Sandy Arabia" and our grand kids will be driving their hydrogen powered cars while thinking of there next nudist holiday on sunny shores of the said Sandy Arabia. Meanwhile the local inhabitants of the ME will be tucking into their breakfasts of geneticaly modified bacon and musing on why their silly old grandparents were so naive to be conned by fossilised pedlers of a now widely discredited religion.

Then it will be over.

Posted by: Dog at September 11, 2004 at 08:06 AM

Well Dog, I don't personally want to go that far -- the Saudi Arabs can keep their bit of sand and their precious way of life for all of me. They just have to stop a) envying the lives of others (the supposed moral outrage at the loose and decadent ways of the West is not very convincing), and b) quit fobbing off their psychos on us. Is that too much to ask?

Posted by: Andrea Harris at September 11, 2004 at 12:17 PM

I don't fantasise about nuking the Arabs, but I do fantasise about bombing the Saudi's oil refineries, plunging their country into utter bankrupcy and cutting off the money to about a million ugly-minded little Wahabi bigots, imams and 'charities' worldwide.

I suppose that would hurt us too, but that's my fond dream.

Posted by: Amos at September 11, 2004 at 01:10 PM

Nothing wrong with dreaming Amos..

I reckon poor Abdel is in line for a Fatwah from the Iranians for speaking the truth...

As for the pathetic grab at Timmothy McVeigh, man how poor.

McVeigh committed an act of terror on his own people, not against targets in other countries, based on his belief that they may affect him. His actions were grotesque and misguided but at least it was localised.

Trying to make a link to compare the two shows your total lack of understanding of the whole dynamic of world terrorism lead by Islamofascists.

Please try again, I need a good laugh...

Posted by: scott at September 11, 2004 at 02:03 PM

Yeah Amos the "make em drink the oil" option in gushing pools from ruptured and burning refinery pipes crossed my mind too. Kind of a phyric victory though but hell would feel good.

But I truly believe that this shite will eventualy play itself out (as long as we dont wimp out like the left want) and we can all just chill again.

Posted by: Dog at September 11, 2004 at 05:34 PM

Terrorism is an exclusive Muslim/Islam enterprise? who are you kidding? I thought the fascist US regime was terrorism personified...if you wanna call the pot black....

Posted by: Mr Ed at September 12, 2004 at 08:34 AM

Fascist?! Hoo, ho, ha, ha *gasp wheeze*

Oh, wait, you were being serious?


Posted by: Quentin George at September 12, 2004 at 09:44 AM

I don't agree with bombing the Saudi oilfields - I've just signed the contract on a new SUV. However, there's nothing wrong with sending the 101st Airborne in to take the oilfields and separate those wahabi bigots from their meal tickets.

If it does come down to bombing the Saudi oilfields and refineries, there's plenty of oil in Russia, once the Yukos mess gets sorted out, as well as Alaska. There's also Venezuela, once Chavez gets what's coming. So if you're going to bomb Saudi, do it properly and turn sand into glass.

As someone wittier than I once wrote, if the Iraq war was about oil, we'd just have invaded Venezuela. It's a lot closer, and the food is a lot better.

Posted by: steve at September 12, 2004 at 11:55 AM

Quentin: what do you expect from a talking horse?

Posted by: Andrea Harris at September 12, 2004 at 01:55 PM