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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Hindu Temple Bombing

Powerline comments on the Indian Hindu temple bombings:

I can't improve on Glenn Reynolds' assessment:

Me, I question the Islamists' strategy of making everybody else in the world hate them simultaneously, especially when they don't have much power beyond what they're already exercising.

I also think it's worth noting that those who claim that the Islamists hate us because of our policy toward Israel, etc., never seem to mention that they also hate the Hindus. What, exactly, did they do?

They allow Dilip Balamore (a Professor in the US of Indian origin) to answer:

I found this a slightly amusing rhetorical question. My Pakistani students, here in New York, are not averse to telling me (a presumptive Hindu) that the reason for all the attacks on the Hindus, in India, is because India really belongs to them. India would, they say, have become a model Islamic country had "those British bastards" not restored it to the Hindus. Then, there is always the never ending Kashmir question which seems to be at the heart of Pakistani identity, but it is not clear whether Indian Muslims (as opposed to Pakistani Muslims) want Kashmir to be turned over to Pakistan. It is however sufficient reason to set off bombs, in Hindu temples, while they are deciding on the exact course of action. If these are not sufficient reasons, it is always possible to find others.

(See the third picture down here, as another potential reason.)

Radical, militant Islam (Islamism?) demands the subjugation (dhimmitude) of the entire world (if not the world's forcable conversion). Militants Islamists seem to have convinced themselves that if they pull off a big enough, bloody enough attack, Allah will be pleased enough to show up and usher in a Muslim utopia--the world-wide caliphate.

It's a mindset that we in the West just can't comprehend. But just because you can't comprehend it doesn't mean it isn't so.

Here's a relevant video clip (and accompanying transcript). It's MEMRI's most-watched clip. A secular Arab-American psychologist speaks her mind:

It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality. It is a clash between freedom and oppression, between democracy and dictatorship. It is a clash between human rights, on the one hand, and the violation of these rights, on other hand. It is a clash between those who treat women like beasts, and those who treat them like human beings.
The Prophet of Islam said: "I was ordered to fight the people until they believe in Allah and His Messenger."


(Please keep in mind that each commenter's opinions are only his/her own.)

Everywhere in the world where you see Muslims interacting with any other culture, you see bloodshed. The problem is that countries like Thailand and the Philippines don't have the power to end insurgencies even in their own country, much less project their power into countries that sponsor terrorism. Other countries, like China, we wouldn't want projecting power into other areas of the world. It's left to uncorrupt Western countries (and they are mighty few) to combat terrorism. This conflict will never end until either Islam or democracy are wiped from the face of the Earth. And with the American left supporting the enemy, ours is an uphill battle.

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