Tuesday, August 2


From the "Los Angeles Times" editorial page today comes the following:

Now the fatwa is headed for rehabilitation, this time used in a vigorous backlash against the brand of terrorism that has struck Britain, Spain, Morocco, Egypt and, over and over again, the civilians of Iraq. A broad group of U.S. and Canadian Muslim scholars and religious leaders last week issued a fatwa that is as unequivocally anti-violence as those of Khomeini or Osama bin Laden were pro-murder:

"All acts of terrorism are haram, forbidden by Islam. It is haram, forbidden, to cooperate or associate with … any act of terrorism or violence." The declaration then went beyond familiar condemnations to demand action: It is the "civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to protect the lives of civilians."
The editorial concludes disingenuously:

The U.S. is safer for their efforts, but the government has been curiously reticent to acknowledge and praise the anti-terror cooperation of Muslim organizations. The latest fatwa offers a new opportunity. It would be encouraging for these Muslims to hear publicly from President Bush or at least Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff on that point.
The "anti-terror cooperation of Muslim organizations" has come belatedly and even on the heels of the "welcome fatwa" Muslim leaders have not been walking the talk. There was a mix of both chilling silence and exhuberant celebration by Muslim clerics and Muslim political leaders after the "9/11" slaughter of the innocents. But even with this as a backdrop, president Bush magnanimously said the following before a Joint Session of Congress and worldwide television audience on September 20, 2001:

I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world. We respect your faith. It's practiced freely by many millions of Americans, and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah. (Applause.) The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them.
Rather than suggesting that anti-terror cooperation with the Muslim world is being compromised by the Bush White House, the "Los Angeles Times" editorial board and others of its liberal ilk throughout the mainstream media ought to take a hard look in the mirror and ask themselves what the effects of their endless criticism of the Bush Administration's conduct of the war on terror have done to hamper victory against fanatical Muslim jihadists.

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