February 14, 2006
Gallup Poll - Americans Pessimistic About Peace In Middle East (While Culture Of Jihad Grows In U.S.)Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives
In other words, Americans are waking up to the realities of the Palestinians' culture of martyrdom, but what about the culture of martydom in America?
Americans are begining to wake up to realities in the Middle East. Following the election of Hamas as the Palestinian Authority's ruling party, Americans are now more pessimistic that peace will ever be achieved in the Middle East, and are increasingly sympathetic toward the Israelis.
Importantly, Americans believe the United States should not give any financial aid to the Palestinians, and a plurality say the United States should conduct diplomatic relations with the Palestinians only if they recognize Israel as a nation. This in no way says that because a "good guy" didn't win, we won't support a democratically elected party. It says that unless the elected party embraces peace, we won't pay for them to preach hate, commit violence and make war.
While I and probably most Americans whole heartedly support the right of Palestinians to have a "peaceful" nation of their own, the Palestinian people have proven themselves to be a people of hate, violence, and intolerance, even more, essentially a culture of martyrdom.
As Mark Silverman says in his essay, "A Culture of Martyrdom," because we in the West have a powerful need in our culture to ascribe something (desperation, inhumane conditions, occupation) other than simple hatred to explain a phenomenon as extreme as suicide bombings, we look for "desperation", "humiliation" or "hopelessness", as the reasons because we have been brought up to believe there must be another rational explanation to the phenomenon of killing yourself to kill others as somehow being glorious. The very idea that such acts are the result of an institutionally indoctrinated hatred of the West or of Jews is contrary to our rational and liberal thinking. So we reject it.
However, to the Palestinian youth of today, the imagery of martyrdom and Jihad has become what Silverman describes as irresistibly magnetic," and as such, there is no room for "negotiation", and compromise is just another word for "weakness". Whereas American students are taught to feel what they think, Palestinian children study maps with Israel deleted, and little future suicide bombers are "nurtured on the glory of martyrdom, the religious satisfaction of killing innocent women and children in restaurants, discotheques, pizza parlors and even at synagogues and at celebrations of the rituals of faith."
Those willing to become human missiles and wage non-stop violence (much as we've all witnessed in the Muslim reaction to silly cartoons of Muhammad) scorn our Western values, having been persuaded that tolerance and respect for the beliefs of others are decadent and weak. This is an important fact to keep in mind as we read a few excerpts from Silverman's piece (be sure to also keep in mind that what is said here applies also to our own communities in America where hatred, intolerance, and jihad are taught and preached daily in mosques and Islamic schools):
(...) Despite ample evidence of virulent anti-American, anti-Jewish (read: anti-Israel) incitement emanating from Gaza mosques, Palestinian Authority television, Saudi, Syrian and Egyptian newspapers, and anti-American demonstrations throughout the Muslim world, the Bush administration approaches Middle East issues based on Western cultural values (such as even-handedness, equity and balance) to ascribe blame to the Israeli occupation and to see Palestinian terrorist bombers as essentially underdogs desperately "resisting" the only way they can.Sobering information! And remember, this is going on here in America, as well, much of which is funded by our wonderful friends the Saudis, the folks whose country is where Al Gore believes he should criticize his country and spoon feed propaganda for the terrorists.
(...) Western ignorance of the Muslim's duty to wage jihad against the infidel (Christians and Jews) leads Western scholars and diplomats to misunderstand what motivates these suicide bombers. We cannot comprehend how "rational" people can "joyously" destroy their lives and the lives of innocent civilians in America and in Israel. We cannot comprehend the psychology that drives suicide bombers to their deaths in order to bring honor and paradise to them, their families and Muslims everywhere. We cannot conceive of a culture that encourages young people to slaughter themselves for the perceived benefits of the afterlife. These concepts are totally alien to Western thinking.
(...) To the Palestinian youth of today, however, the imagery of martyrdom and Jihad has become irresistibly magnetic. As such, there is no room for "negotiation", and compromise is just another word for "weakness". American students are taught to feel what they think. Palestinian children study maps with Israel deleted. Suicide bombers are nurtured on the glory of martyrdom, the religious satisfaction of killing innocent women and children in restaurants, discotheques, pizza parlors and even at synagogues and at celebrations of the rituals of faith. Those willing to become human missiles scorn our values (and Israel's values) having been persuaded that tolerance and respect for the beliefs of others are decadent and weak.
Just this morning I posted on the "Jihadi Olympics In Tampa Florida" for children, to be held by the Muslim American Society of Tampa, which shows a face of being a Muslim organization for kids, but is in fact an American arm to the violent Muslim Brotherhood, the organization from which such groups as Hamas, Al-Qaeda and the Egyptian and Palestinian Islamic Jihads were brought into being, and if you read what they have on their website, you'd wonder why The Department of Homeland Security hadn't shut them down.
In my previous post we learned from a "moderate Muslim" that there are Muslims (in America) whodream of a new Caliphate, a world ruled by and for Islam, and that there are many of their mosques are being used to indoctrinate an ideology which condones terror (many of these are Saudi-funded). So, just as Americans are waking up to the realities of the Middle East and the Palestininians, we also must recognize what's going on in our own back yard.
From mosques and Muslim activist groups all over America, the culture of jihad and the dream of a Caliphate are being heard by Muslim youth, and their parents. We are experiencing the growth of a martyrdom culture within our very midsts, and as we've begun to do in the case of the Palestinians, we need to wake up to the teaching of jihad and a culture of martyrdom here in America.
Posted by Richard at February 14, 2006 9:41 AM
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