Muslim Scholars Justify Terrorism
Or, as the AP spins it:
LONDON – Muslim leaders and scholars condemned the London bombings Friday but stopped short of criticizing all suicide attacks, with some of them saying those targeting occupying forces are sometimes justified.
The 22 imams and scholars meeting at London’s largest mosque said in a joint statement that the perpetrators of the subway blasts had violated the Quran by killing innocent civilians and that no one should consider them martyrs.
But maybe we should consider other suicide bombers martyrs:
“There should be a clear distinction between the suicide bombing of those who are trying to defend themselves from occupiers, which is something different from those who kill civilians, which is a big crime,” said Sayed Mohammed Musawi, the head of the World Islamic League in London.
And yet the failure to see a distinction is our fault:
“The media in the West are mixing the difference between these two, and the result is that some of our Muslim youth are becoming more frustrated and they think that both are the same, even though Muslim law forbids killing any innocent lives,” Musawi said.
The definition of “innocent” has been played fast and loose in the Islamic world, which is why the West is so “confused” about the issue.
My career is based on researching the root causes of terrorism, but if this is the best that the leaders of the Islamic community can come up with, then perhaps they deserve the negative treatment they get. Until there is an unequivocal statement condemning terrorism, there is no need to take the “Islam is a religion of peace” mantra seriously.