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Standing Strong against Terrorism

May 9, 2009 | by Nonie Darwish

A cry from an Arab American over the carnage in Russia.

Among the Chechnyan terrorists that did the unspeakable in a Russian
school yesterday were reported to be several Arabs. I am not
surprised, but how many Arabs in the Middle East even try to connect
the dots and link their current Radical culture of Islam to these
unspeakable deeds around the world? They simply do not see the
connection and unfortunately the world media is not doing its job in
telling the Arab World about it. CNN feels that being "objective" is
never to blame Arab culture and end up supportive of Arab views in its
delivery of news in the Middle East and around the world.

Until age 30, I lived as a Muslim in the Middle East. Horrible news
such as those from Chechnya or other incidents in the Philippines,
India, the Sudan or Pakistan, were always covered up and twisted to
portray Muslim terrorists around the world as just victims of terrible
discrimination. They were always portrayed as "freedom fighters" in
the minority who need to rise against the majority Christian or
non-Muslim population in their midst. The larger picture in these
countries and the reasons behind the turmoil was never explained in
any other way. I will never forget the prayers that many gave in
support of minority Muslims all over the world who were believed to be
the frontier for Jihad in spreading Islam in the "lost" world around
them of Dar-El-Harb, the land of war to be conquered by the sword.

I once had a guest from Egypt in my home who was the most kind and
wonderful man you will ever meet. While watching Chechnya rebels on
TV I saw him pray and cry for their success against the Soviet Union.
Praying for killing never seemed holy to me.

I started seeing many men and women in my culture of origin turn into robotic monsters with a wish to destroy life on earth to go to heaven.

The World has been seeing Arab radical terrorism growing without much
international outcry for half a century. I started seeing many men
and women in my culture of origin turn into robotic monsters with a
wish to destroy life on earth to go to heaven. Many thought it is
only against Israel and its interests and ignored it. The World and
its lazy media is not doing Arabs or the rest of the world any favor
by sticking their heads in the sand like ostriches.

Even after 9/11, many in the West and the UN are still finding excuses for terrorism.
Even the Arab's best friends, the French, thought they will get
special treatment from terrorists by selling out the U.S. and supporting
Saddam Hussein. But in the eyes of the terrorists the French were
always just temporary friends until the right time came to strike, one
enemy at a time.

Where are Muslim demonstrations against terror? All I noticed was
celebrations in the Arab world after 9/11. Taking a stand against
terrorism and for reformations in the Muslim world is viewed as an
Israeli conspiracy. The very few courageous Arab writers who think
and speak independently are often attacked and terrorized for their
views, and accused of being puppets of the Zionists. Apparently
standing strong against terrorism and for reformations in the Muslim
world is viewed as "Zionist" conspiracy no matter how heinous the
murders conducted by militant Islamists.

Since 1967 there have been thousands of Arab terrorist attacks. Israel
had only one against the Arabs by a crazy man that was condemned by
almost all of Israel' s citizens. The Israeli government never tried
the Arabs who beat the attacker to death after he surrendered. Yet I
hear apologists for terrorism here cite that one incident as
justification for the thousands and thousands terrorist attacks Israel
and America over the years.

Even worse, how many resolutions by the UN Commission on Human Rights condemning an Arab country for human rights violations have ever been proposed or passed? The answer is zero. But the number of Commission on Human Rights resolutions condemning Israel for human rights violations is 26. Imagine that.
Is there any doubt that much of the state-sponsored and culturally
encouraged terrorism all over the Middle East by the Arab states is
not a violation of someone's human rights? Could it be that the UN is
contributing to the problem?

After I saw the horror on the faces of the Russian children who looked
malnourished and poverty stricken to begin with, I decided to make a
stand against the Islamic culture of terror I grew up in and the
madness resulting from its teachings. The intense and repetitive
teachings of hate produce inhumane robots. Make no mistake about it,
my motivation is out of love for the goodness in the Muslim world to
prevail and that I do know exists. Accusing me of being part of a
"Zionist conspiracy" is a joke at this point from the other side to
cover up what is going on.

It is time for the world media and the UN to take a serious stand against Islamic, yes, Islamic, terror.

It is time for the world media and the UN to take a serious stand
against Islamic, yes, Islamic, terror. The UN should immediately
issue a very strong resolution condemning terrorism with serious
consequences to Oil rich Arab countries that finance terrorism or
teach that terrorists are heroes going to heaven. No "ifs," "ands" or
"buts" and no diluted language by the international media.

The out-of-control culture in the Middle East needs a wake up call and a
dose of reality. I cannot defend the cruel teachings and hate speech
in my culture of origin any more. No other Arab with any integrity
should. There is no cause in the world that should justify this
insanity. I lived it and know what will end it. What is needed
immediately is a united world stand against the Arab's stagnant and
barbaric view of the world and of themselves. The world cannot stand
by, confused and equivocal about 9/11 and Islamic terrorism any more.

America and the good people of the world, please save my Arab culture
of origin from itself.

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