Looking the other way when it comes to Islam and Islamic extremism

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 30, 2017 – Football fans are often surprised to learn that the kicker on their favorite team is frequently the top scoring player in a season. That’s because three or four field goals combined with five or six extra points in a game can quickly add up to the one or two six-point scores of a receiver or a running back.

The same is true in terrorism. We always hear about the big attacks like 9/11, Charlie Hebdo or Manchester. But we rarely hear about the multitude of smaller acts of terror that occur around the world on a daily basis. These attacks, frequently by “lone wolves,” kill 3, 4 or even 25 or 30 people. The number of deaths caused by these “lone wolf” mass murderers, like the points that football kickers pile up, also add up quickly, yet they go largely unknown and unrecognized in the media and by the public at large.

Writing for “Front Page Magazine,” Raymond Ibrahim states “one of the greatest lies of our age—that violence committed in the name of Islam has nothing to do with Islam—has made an intrinsically weak Islam the scourge of the modern world, with no signs of relief on the horizon.”

Ibrahim continues by exposing government officials, media and academia for failing to recognize smaller instances of terror in order to perpetuate the myth that only large organizations such as ISIS, Boko Haram, the Taliban, etc., are involved in terrorism and that these jihadist organizations have no relation to “true” Islam.

Al-Qaeda brings down the World Trade Center and U.S. Rangers kill Osama bin Laden, but we were not attacking Islam, we were fighting “Islamic extremism.”

The same is true with other large terror groups. But at the same time, the cumulative effect of individuals and two person “lone wolf” attacks get different treatment in the overall analysis of terrorism.

As Ibrahim sees it,

“The problem is not merely that the liars in media, government, and academia refuse to connect the dots and insist on treating finite groups with different ‘political’ or ‘territorial’ motivations – none of which has anything to do with Islam. The greater issue is that regular Muslims who are not called “ISIS,” “Taliban,” “Boko Haram,” or “al-Qaeda,” commit similar acts – and much more frequently – though this is rarely mentioned by big media lest people begin to connect the dots.”

How about the imams who preach hatred in mosques every Friday? As the month of May comes to a close, there have been 163 murderous attacks to date, not in all of 2017 thus far, but in just the month of May alone. The total number of attacks for the current year is up to 720 terrorist attacks worldwide. Thank goodness for April, where there were only 102 such incidents.

Question: How many of those 720 events were reported by the media and how many of them were carried out in the name of Islam?

That is precisely the point Raymond Ibrahim is trying to make. There is no such thing as a “lone wolf.” Individuals who have been brainwashed by Islamic ideals are every bit as dangerous, perhaps more, than their larger, amoeba-like cohorts who seek more spectacular means of getting their murderous message out.

Ibrahim calls these people “everyday Muslims” because they harbor so much hatred within, frequently with little or no idea of what the hate is all about:

“It is everyday Muslims who discriminate against, persecute, enslave, rape and murder Christians almost every day in Pakistan, making it the fourth worst nation in the world in which to be Christian. And, though Boko Haram is always blamed for the more spectacular attacks on Christians and their churches, it is everyday Muslims, including the Muslim Fulani herdsmen, who make Nigeria the 12th worst nation in which to be Christian.”

The question now becomes “Why”? Why are we afraid to admit the problem is with Islam? Why will the politically correct crowd always defend and apologize for a horrible devastating situation that threatens the global economy and the sanctity of life? What benefit does the press or academia gain from siding with the enemy or refusing to admit that it exists?

Islamic hatred was born in Mecca some 14 centuries ago. Eliminate the infidels, the non-believing Christians and Jews, and the hate will still continue, at which point it would then become internal: tribe against tribe, Muslim against Muslim. Indeed, we are seeing this constantly even today, with the Saudi-led Sunnis battling the fundamentalist Shiites dominated by the radical mullahs leading Iran.

There is no peace in Islam because it was born from the fires of hate. To revert to peace would be to deny the basic tenets of this faith, which, in turn, would refute the Prophet Muhammad, since he, and he alone, was and remains the link between Allah and mankind.

About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.

Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)

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