Alan Dershowitz, professor of law at Harvard University, wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal a couple of day ago: “The Worshippers of Death”
A few people wrote advising me to not to mention Islam on a blog about India’s economic development. They think it is taboo to mention Islam and point out its influence on the world today. That is puzzling to me.
It makes perfect sense to me that violent strife cannot be conducive to anything beneficial. All development — not just economic — is threatened by violence, domestic or foreign. It is clear to anyone who is even minimally aware of the state of the world today that terrorism is a wide-spread problem. Every living person is affected by it, however indirectly. That is part of the price we pay for living in a globalized world where you can enjoy YouTube videos in the morning and get blown up by an Islamic suicide bomber in the afternoon.
I am sure to get some mail/comment which would not have appeared if the last sentence had not contained “Islamic” in it. At least to some people, anyone naming the motivation for the overwhelming instances of terrorist suicide bombing immediately loses all legitimacy and further examination of evidence is considered totally unnecessary.
Well, I am not willing to do that. Because it is motivated by Islamic ideology, it has to be recognized as such. It hurts the feelings of devout Muslims to be told that the ideology kills. But hurt feelings are well worth risking if the first step to stop the killing of innocents is to recognize the fountainhead of the violence. Whether we want to admit it or not, globally humanity is suffering from violence and much of that violence is ideologically motivated. We have to pay attention.
Some excerpts from Dershowitz:
Now there is a new image of mothers urging their children to die, and then celebrating the martyrdom of their suicidal sons and daughters by distributing sweets and singing wedding songs. More and more young women — some married with infant children — are strapping bombs to their (sometimes pregnant) bellies, because they have been taught to love death rather than life. Look at what is being preached by some influential Islamic leaders:
“We are going to win, because they love life and we love death,” said Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah. He has also said: “[E]ach of us lives his days and nights hoping more than anything to be killed for the sake of Allah.” Shortly after 9/11, Osama bin Laden told a reporter: “We love death. The U.S. loves life. That is the big difference between us.”
“The Americans love Pepsi-Cola, we love death,” explained Afghani al Qaeda operative Maulana Inyadullah. Sheik Feiz Mohammed, leader of the Global Islamic Youth Center in Sydney, Australia, preached: “We want to have children and offer them as soldiers defending Islam. Teach them this: There is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a mujahid.” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech: “It is the zenith of honor for a man, a young person, boy or girl, to be prepared to sacrifice his life in order to serve the interests of his nation and his religion.”
How should Western democracies fight against an enemy whose leaders preach a preference for death?
Categories: Islamic Terrorism--Jihad