July 20, 2007:
The war on
terror is all about religion, but in more ways than many people realize. The
mass media in the West does not like to deal with the religious aspects of
terrorism. Why this is, well that's another matter. Meanwhile, the Western
media make a big deal out of Moslem grievances, and the claims that Moslems are
being persecuted in the West, and under attack in their own homelands.
But the reality is that most
Moslem nations are fundamentally hostile to other religions. Saudi Arabia
simply forbids the practice of any other religion. If foreigners wish to hold
non-Islamic religious services, they have to do it in their homes. The only
houses of worship allowed in Saudi Arabia are Moslem. Trying to convert a Saudi
to a religion other than Islam can get you killed, legally.
While many are aware of the
extreme religious bias practiced in Saudi Arabia, less known is a similar bias
present in all Moslem nations. While many of these countries don't have
anti-infidel (non Moslems) laws, they tolerate crimes by Islamic vigilantes
against non-Moslems. These Moslem nations know they are doing bad things,
because the governments will go to great lengths trying to deny or cover up
these acts. The leaders of these nations know that religious persecution is
evil. That's why they attempt to ignore it, or admit that it even exists in
their midst. Energetic efforts will be made to assert that it is Moslems who
are being persecuted in non-Moslem nations. In the West, this is considered
ludicrous, at least by those who bother to pay attention to what is actually happening in the Moslem world.
Since this belief that Islam
is under attack, motivates Islamic terrorists, it would make sense to point out
how utterly false the accusation is. Not only is Islam not under attack, but
Moslem governments, and most of the mass media everywhere tends to ignore or
downplay the very real violence and hostility Moslems direct at non-Moslems.
When pressed, Western journalists, or at least their editors, will claim that
focusing on Moslems attacking non-Moslems will only anger the Islamic world,
and increase the hatred that creates Islamic terrorists. That doesn't make any
sense, but at least the feelings of Moslems are being tended to.