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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Muslims held hostage

Muslim society and Muslim fundamentalists


This cartoon touches on a very interesting point in Muslim society. The fact that for the most part Muslim "moderates" have failed to differentiate themselves from Muslim fundamentalists. Not that I am an expert on Muslim society or Muslim culture but this is how it appears to us outsiders. Cartoon comes care of MidEastTruth and Jim Morin, The Miami Herald, July 21, 2005.

Since September 11 (when the rift between Muslims and the West really widened and Islamaphobia rose dramatically) there seems to have been little effort by Muslim populations to distance themselves from Muslim Fundamentalists. I hope that this is not a function of "Muslims sticking together". This could only be to the detriment of Muslims and everyone else. This makes it extremely difficult for Western society to figure out who is a "moderate" and who is trying to destroy the world as we know it. This in turn contributes to Islamaphobia (other than mass paranoia the other main cause). What I don't understand (perhaps it's a cultural thing) is that Muslim countries and society would be better off everywhere without these Muslim fundamentalists.

I guess the question is: how many "moderates" is it going to take (since we know a majority isn't enough) to change this and how long are Muslim people just concerned with living going to let Muslim radicals and fundamentalists hold them hostage?