The following German view on Islam was sent to me by a friend of mine via an email. It lacks objectivity in many aspects and is flawed completely for reasons explained hereunder.
First of all, the author makes a general assumption that the majority of peace-loving Muslims are silent and considers them as accomplices in the criminal deeds of a few fanatics. He argues that these fanatics have taken over Islam as they are the ones who dominate. They are the ones who kill. In reality, this is a completely flawed assumption. In effect, the “silent” majority is still in control and they’ve been speaking out against the crimes committed by these few. If the author and people of his ilk are unable to follow these on the mainstream media, then that is an issue even those ‘silent’ Muslims would love very much to be solved! That is: the media depicts them only as part of a problem not as a solution. For example, several well-known Muslim scholars and organizations have come forward not only to condemn the terrorist attacks – be it 9/11, London’s 07/07 or India’s 26/11 – but also to proactively interfere in the society to bridge the gaps and fill the vacuum left behind by these fanatics. However, the media does not show any interest in these proactive steps taken by the Muslim community, and continues to spit venom against the whole community. The author and several hundreds like him pretend like an ostrich and are just beating around the bush. A simple attempt at Google will yield them good results!
Now, turning to the otherside of the problem, who created these fanatics? Just have a look at the 9/11 attackers. Osama Bin Laden and his ilk were the best friends of US when they were fighting against the Soviet Union. Saddam Hussein? It was the US who armed him against Iran. Thank God, we have a very short memory!
There is one more side to the story. Who have killed more people in the past 100 years or so? Are these terrorists or those so-called “civilised” nation and people? Think of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Why we are not calling those who committed this mass murder of at least two hundred thousands of innocent civilians terrorists? Any idea on how many were killed in the Vietnam war? Go to the official website of George Mason University’s History News Network and find out more details (http://hnn.us/articles/1802.html ) on this. To know about US interventions in Latin America and find out what did they do there, visit this website: (http://www.zompist.com/latam.html). To have a complete list of US invasions during the past one century and how many millions were killed, visit this website: (http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/interventions.html ). In the history of mankind, there is not a single country that carried out massive killings in the most sophisticated and organised manner and on a large scale, other than Israel. (Read about these massacres here: http://guardian.150m.com/palestine/israeli-massacres.htm) Who support them? It’s very clear. The list is endless, but for those who see reason, this is more than enough.
Now, going by the same ‘German’ theory, what we call all those ‘silent majorities’ who have not uttered a word against all these atrocities? Are they too part of these criminal acts? In this case also, is the religion blamed?
Let’s call a spade a spade.
Taj Aluva (firstname.lastname@example.org)
> A German's View on Islam
> A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II,
> owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many
> German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our
> attitude toward fanaticism. 'Very few people were true Nazis,' he
> said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more
> were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis
> were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all
> happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost
> control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost
> everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed
> my factories..'
> We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that
> Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims
> just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may
> be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to
> make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of
> fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.
> The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history.
> It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of
> 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically
> slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are
> gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is
> the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the
> fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who
> zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and
> homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to
> become suicide bombers.
> The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the
> 'silent majority,' is cowed and extraneous.
> Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in
> peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of
> about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.
> China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists
> managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.
> The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a
> warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way
> across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the
> systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by
> sword, shovel, and bayonet.
> And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it
> not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?
> History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all
> our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated
> Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
> Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up,
> because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and
> find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have
> Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs,
> Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and
> many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up
> until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay
> attention to the only group that counts--the fanatics who threaten our
> way of life.
> Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes
> this email without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness
> that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and
> send this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands, world-wide,
> read this and think about it, and send it on - before it's too late.