Thick cloud over Islamic fanaticism
By Jahanshah Javid
September 11, 2001
As horrendous and savage today's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington
have been, I'm sure there are some among us who think the Americans deserved
it. They point at U.S. support for Israel and Arab dictatorships. They believe
U.S. oil companies are sucking the Middle East dry. They are convinced Americans
are the enemies of Islam. If there's a problem, anywhere in the world, they
blame America first.
Let's assume all of that is true. Does it justify what happened in New
York and Washington? Hundreds of people have been killed. Probably thousands.
You may not consider Pentagon staff as civilians, but what about those who
worked at the World Trade Center? What about the passengers in the hijacked
Is this a glorious day for Islam? Is this a day Muslims can be proud
of? Is this how Islam fights against real or perceived injustice? Should
September 11, 2001, be marked as one of the greatest days in the struggle
against imperialism? Did you jump and cheer when you saw the devastation
on CNN? Did you feel the blood of countless Palestinians, Lebanese, Iraqis
and Iranians have been avenged?
U.S. policy in the Middle East has been far from fair. Palestinians and
other Muslim nations in the region have reason to be angry at America. We
can understand WHY Washington and New York became targets of terrorist attacks.
But nothing, NOTHING can justify them. What these fanatics have done is silence genuine concerns about U.S. foreign policy and underline the
insanity of our fanatic "brothers".
Let's be very clear: those who carried out these attacks have committed
one of the worst crimes in history. Period. And all in the name of
Islam. These deranged murderers are no freedom fighters. What they are fighting
for is a form of "Islam" that is nothing but pure hatred
and destruction. If they toppled American-backed governments today, you
and I would not last a week under their rule.
In fact that's why so many of us left Iran. Look at what's happening
there. Leaders of the Islamic Republic are mild compared to the Taliban
and Osma bin Laden's gang. Still, they're hanging people in public, lashing
youngsters in streets, stoning those accused of adultery, chopping limbs
of petty thieves, not to mention jailing journalists and politicians for
the simple act of criticism. And they call America the Great Satan!
It is this kind of medieval brutality and extremism that has driven more
than a million of us out of our own country during the past two decades.
Those with real power in Iran are the ideological cousins of those who murdered
so many innocents in today's attacks in New York and Washington. They have
not hurt Uncle Sam one bit, but they have seriously damaged Islam's reputation.
The cloud over Islamic fanaticism is much thicker than the smoke in downtown New York.