Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Boston bombing terrorist, wrote on the side of the boat he hid in that the reason for the bombing was the killing of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan by US forces. What I find most appalling about his rationale is the fact that those Iraqis and Afghans that were killed were trying to kill American troops. It was war.
The thinking of Dzhokhar and many like him ignores the fact that innocent Muslim civilians, men, women and children are being killed on a daily basis by other Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. These killings far exceed the number of insurgents or combatants killed by US forces. For example, this week alone in Baghdad there were 130 people killed, including women and children, in Baghdad. So why aren’t Muslims outraged over Muslims murdering Muslims? As with all radicals, their thinking is illogical and warped.
Within Islam, the Shiites and Sunnis have been killing each other for centuries. The Sunnis believe the Shiites are heretics. The split came soon after Muhammed’s death. Muhammed left no heirs. The Islamic community elected his father-in-law, Abu Bakr, as caliph in 632 AD. The Shiites believed that the caliphs should come from Muhammed’s family line. Sunnis believed their leader should only be a believer. They fought each other in a series of conflicts with the Sunnis emerging as the victors.
So early in Islamic history, Muslims were killing Muslims to determine who would lead Islam. It continues down to the present time. Yet the war within Islam has lead to an alternative view – a war against what they perceive as the godless United States while they continue to kill each other. This is the hypocrisy.
Muslims continue to murder Muslims unabated. To blame the United States for killing Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan is ignoring and denying the sanctuary accorded Muslims in the United States to worship as they please. There have been no reprisals against Muslims here. Only the ignorant, lunatic fringe believes the US is waging war against Muslims.
The jihadists are murderers who use religion as an excuse for their murderous deeds. They are unwilling to face the truth about who is murdering Muslims on a daily basis. The silence of Muslims is deafening about who is really killing Muslims.