I have to admit that I get a little tired of hearing Muslims say how they are not treated well in the West. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) often emphasizes how unfairly Muslims are treated across the United States, rather than showing the great contributions Muslims have made to America and emphasizing how over 4 million Muslims live in the United States in peace and with freedom of religion. Many more millions live in western Europe, in most cases with little interference with their culture and lifestyle.
Since I often give Islam and Muslims the benefit of the doubt in my writings and interviews, I feel entitled to point out some significant hypocrisy that cannot be rationally denied. CAIR quoted the Quran in a recent e-mail, so I feel justified in using the same quotes as my scripture for this article:
“Be steadfast in your devotion to God, bearing witness to the truth in all equity, and never let the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: (for) that is closest to piety…” The Holy Quran, 5:8-9
“God will never change the condition of a people until they change that which is within themselves.” The Holy Quran, 13:11
Who suppresses and oppresses Muslims? The answer is patently obvious for the world to see: other Muslims! Let’s recount some of the examples we’ve seen in the last three decades:
The Ayatollahs of Iran took over their country and murdered tens of thousands of their opponents, as recounted in Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi’s book, Iran Awakening. The name of Neda will live forever in Iran as a symbol of this oppression. She is the young woman shot dead by government gangsters when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won reelection under suspicious circumstances. To this day, more than three decades after taking power, the Ayatollahs suppress their people by letting their thugs beat them up for dissent. Do they actually think they can crush a thought? How do they think God guides them in this?
Saddam Hussein suppressed the Shi’a majority in Iraq for decades. George W. Bush was not wrong about Saddam Hussein’s crimes against his fellow Muslims. Regretfully, he opened the floodgates for a Sunni/Shi’a civil war, which killed far more Iraqis than Americans ever did. Muslims killing other Muslims!
Hosni Mubarak’s goons controlled Egypt for three decades, suppressing what became 80 million Egyptians. The intelligentsia could do nothing about it. It took a few twenty- and thirty-something techies adopting American style rhetoric and tools to shame him so much he finally quit. It took 2 million Egyptians finally shouting the truth. It remains to be seen whether the new army-controlled Egyptian government will actually facilitate free elections. Or, will they follow the lead of their predecessor and continue to suppress the will of their people? I don’t know!
Muammar Gadhafi is notorious for oppressing and suppressing his fellow Libyans. He’s murdering them in plain sight, where the world can see. When the approbation of the world is brought down upon him by the international media, he simply shrugs and kills some more. He seems to have trained his children to the same murderous pattern.
And then we have the royal families of the Arabian Gulf, whose suppression is widely accepted by their populations suffering from an advanced case of Stockholm syndrome. You remember, that’s the mental affliction where the prisoner begins to bond emotionally with his jailers. His emotional stress is so high that he loses his sense of self. Hostages who develop Stockholm syndrome often view the perpetrator as giving life by simply not taking it. Captives often misinterpret a lack of abuse as kindness and may develop feelings of appreciation for this perceived benevolence.