August 23, 2010

Another contender for dumb comment of the year.

With so many foolish comments flying around this year, it's hard to imagine anything else squeezing into the top 50, but here's another Top 10.  I guess technically this doesn't qualify since it was said in 2005, but it was just uncovered by Pamela Geller.

From Feisal Abdul Rauf, he of the Ground Zero Mosque:
"What complicates the discussion, intra-Islamically, is the fact that the West has not been cognizant and has not addressed the issues of its own contribution to much injustice in the Arab and Muslim world."
Here's the whole piece.

I just want to focus in on the quotation above, since I'm trying to avoid talking about the Ground Zero mosque any further. Here's the thing - injustice in the Arab and Muslim world is largely self-inflicted. While the United States has been roundly criticized over it's invasion of Iraq and for support of Israel, it has not gassed Kurds, it has not shot it's own citizens in the streets like the Basiji did, it has not denied the Holocaust, it has not committed terrorist attacks against other nations and it has not committed atrocities in India, or Bosnia. That's not to mention all of the Muslim acts of brutality or to those of their religion.

Instead of conveniently blaming the problems in the Muslim world on the United States, how about a little sober reflection from Feisal Abdul Rauf? How about the Muslim and Arab world concentrating on "its own contribution to much injustice in the Arab and Muslim world"? He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone. I mean it's just a thought, but it is a religiously based thought. I guess the problem is that it's not Abdul Rauf's cup of tea.

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