CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 26, 2017 — Ramadan 2017 was one of the bloodiest Islamic holy months in history. At the close of the religious observance, a suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
Islamic apologists immediately declared that terrorism can happen anywhere, even in Islam’s holiest city. The argument sounds reasonable until you take it apart, which the apologists never do.
After every terror attack, Islamists come out of the woodwork to point out that Muslims kill far more of their own than they do Christians or Jews, as if that underscores that Islam is a “religion of peace.” What that implies, however, is that if every other religion in the world suddenly disappeared from the face of the earth, Muslims would continue to kill each other due to the inborn hatred and tribal nature of the religion.
We should expect more terror incidents to happen in Mecca rather than fewer. According to reports from Saudi Arabia, this particular bomber killed himself and injured several others because he did not believe the current Saudi regime is Islamic enough.
Have we all gone mad? Sixteen years ago, two skyscrapers in New York City crashed to the ground killing 3,000 people. Most of the participants were Saudis. Not Islamic enough?
Sixteen years ago, two skyscrapers in New York City crashed to the ground and a hole was punched in the Pentagon, killing 3,000 people. Most of the terrorist were Saudis. Not Islamic enough?
Since that time there have been so many terrorist attacks around the world that it is impossible to keep track of them all. In 2017, more than 1,500 people died during Ramadan. To say that Saudi Arabia is not sufficiently Islamic is an absurdity of the first order.
Adding to that forehead-slapping claim was a statement by the Saudi Interior Minister:
“They obeyed their evil and corrupt self-serving schemes managed from abroad whose aim is to destabilize the security and stability of this blessed country.”
The U.S. is not perfect by a long shot. It has as many faults as any other country. But one thing the United States can never be accused of is a desire to “destabilize the security and stability” of Saudi Arabia. When has Saudi Arabia ever been “secure and stable”?
It is a nation built upon the premise of hatred in an inferno of devastating heat and rampant paranoia.
The Middle East sits upon oceans of oil, but modern technology has already made huge inroads into extracting fossil fuels from other resources that could soon return the Saudis to smoking “hubbly bubbly” in the desert on Friday nights and sweeping up camel dung.
All the Mecca bomber really accomplished was a demonstration of how deeply rooted the seeds of hate are buried within the Arab psyche and Islam.
We continuously hear of the glories of martyrdom and being greeted with 72 virgins when Muslims commit the ultimate sacrifice to meet Allah. Did any of these people ever ask themselves why Osama bin Laden or Saddam Hussein or Muammar Gaddafi didn’t blow themselves up if the rewards in heaven were so great?
Not a single one of those Islamic ideologues left this world believing they would be met by 72 virgins in the great beyond. If they did they would have done themselves in long before they were taken out by the West.
Some cultures are not going to be happy regardless of the outcome. Hatred is an integral part of the Middle Eastern culture and no amount of temporary joy will ever appease them. In Islam, victory is the only answer. Sadly however, there can be no joy in victory if there is no element of defeat, and therein lies the conundrum every Islamist must face.
For Muslims, joy is nothing more than a fantasy. It is the perceived “carrot at the end of the stick” that is always unreachable.
The consequences are as simple as the Mecca bomber who killed himself because his life on this earth was so miserable that he could no longer deal with it. His Islamic faith was not Islamic enough.
Multiply that concept by millions of other unhappy, dissatisfied people who are seeking something that exists only in their minds and not in reality. That’s why there was an attack in Mecca.
As Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones put it back in 1965, “I can’t get no satisfaction.”
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.He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)