Let 'The Rise of Al-Qaeda' Roll
An imam and a panel disagree with the documentary The Rise of Al-Qaeda, which will play at the 9/11 museum. They feel that it places unnecessary blame on Muslims for 9/11. Are they kidding? Do they want to blame it on the North American Indians? Was Mohammed Atta a Navajo, or a Sioux?
The documentary is narrated not by a Republican, but by a simple-minded liberal, candidate for GQ Brian Williams. It features terrorist training camps and al-Qaeda attacks, which are accurate. Could you make a movie about World War II without the concentration camps?
Sheikh Mostafa Elazabawy said that “unsophisticated visitors who do not understand the difference between Al Qaeda and Muslims may come away with a prejudiced view of Islam.”
How can you be prejudice against prejudice? Al-Qaeda hates Western civilization and doesn’t believe that Jews have the right to exist.
Instead of being offended, the Muslim believers should be ashamed of their terrorists. Visitors will come away with not a “prejudiced view of Islam,” but an accurate view of a religion that has been too accepting of its jihadists and has failed to promulgate a culture of love and humanity. Denying the widespread violence in the Muslim community just exacerbates it.
Akbar Ahmed said the use of the terms “Islamist” and “jihadist” is wrong because most guests are “simply going to say Islamist means Muslims, jihadist means Muslims.”
But they often overlap. Muslims have not gone out of their way to rid their religion of jihadists, and jihadists have congealed around the Muslim religion. To deny this is to allow the conditions of the murderous culture to continue.
Dr. Ahmed “doesn’t want one and a half billion people who had nothing to do with these actions” forever associated with 9/11. Why not? They are. Thousands of terrorist attacks, and Muslims have not had enough internal dialogue about the deleterious effects of jihad. Instead, Palestinians paint pictures on walls of suicide bombers as if they are rock stars.
Blanket forgiveness perpetuates violence in the name of kindness.