Saturday, March 04, 2006

Pointing out next terror targets

BBC News writes (added below) about the Al Queda deputy leader Zawahiri's remarks on the cartoons case.

It shows how the publication of the cartoons plays directly into the hands of these reactionary terrorists. In the name of religion, speaking on behalf of all muslims, they're willing to strike against innocent people. As you can see, he has an extremely archaic understanding of the world. He complains that muslims do not have the same rights as Jews and homosexuals.

Which is completely missing the point. There may be some double standards in the West in the treatment of blasphemy against Jews, as compared to Muslims, but that only applies to some countries, like Austria. The rights of a sexual minority like homosexuals he never heard about. There he is on a par with Hitler and Mussolini. He also thinks patriarchs have the right to control girls' sexuality. One must only hope that muslims everywhere reject this voice from the dark middle ages.

Judging from his remarks, there does not seem to be any doubt about who the next victims of terror attacks may be.

In a reference to cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad printed in several European newspapers, Zawahiri said the West had committed deliberate blasphemy and was guilty of double standards.
"They did it on purpose and they continue to do it without apologising, even though no one dares to harm Jews or to challenge Jewish claims about the Holocaust nor even to insult homosexuals."
He also singled out domestic Western policies he said discriminated against Muslims.
"In France a Muslim father cannot prevent his daughter from having sex because she is protected by the law, but this same law punishes her if she covers her hair," he said.
He called for strikes against Western nations, as well as pro-Western Muslim governments, like those of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Pakistan and Tunisia.
"Inflict losses on the crusader West, especially to its economic infrastructure with strikes that would make it bleed for years," he urged.
"The strikes on New York, Washington, Madrid and London are the best examples," he said.


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