Monday, December 31, 2007

Tarek Fatah on the response to the Bhutto assassination

I have said before that I am not a great fan of Benazir Bhutto,because of the alleged corruption, but her assassination is utterly unacceptable. I did see her as a moderating force in Pakistan. Unfortunately many Muslim organizations don't see that way.
The jihadi sympathizers and jihadi apologists are at it again.

If attempts by Islamic writers to disparage Benazir Bhutto were distasteful, the conspicuous silence of Canada's Islamic organizations was equally disturbing. Seventy-two hours after the news of her assassination, neither the Canadian Islamic Congress nor its cousin CAIR-Can had uttered a word on the subject. Not even the "This-has-nothing-to-do-with-Islam" mantra to which we have become so accustomed. Were they looking for clues from Arab capitals or Iran? There, too, was an eerie silence. Men in turbans who rule Saudi Arabia and Iran seemed to be relieved that a jihadi terrorist had stopped a woman from becoming a leader of Muslim nation. Phew! We asked a number of our Arab friends to explain the wall of silence that has greeted Benazir's murder in the Arab world. Most admired her and were themselves perplexed at the silence, but one woman writing from the Arab world said:

"You have to understand the state of the Arab world at the moment. Extremism and 'Political Islamism' is spreading among the masses like fire among wood. Bhutto's position against the extremists was always clear, and this [is] reflected in the Arab world now, as most approved of her death and considered it a religious obligation to rid her from the Islamic world."

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