Friday, July 29, 2005

An Apology? No, A Condemnation

Mansour El-Kikhia is outraged that we conservative Americans keep calling on Arab Muslims to apologize for terrorism:
I am fed up with the ceaseless requests by columnists, religious personalities and other American public figures for Arabs and Muslims to apologize for terrorist acts committed by thugs and murderers in the name of Islam...There is nothing American Muslims can do to satisfy this group short of packing up and leaving the United States.

Talk about attacking your straw men! Has anyone called for American Muslims to leave our country? Have American Muslims been singled out? And most importantly, has anyone called for any apology? Condemnation is what we want, condemnation that, admittedly, is finally starting to come from many top Muslim figures.

But we needn't take this complaint too seriously; predictably, El-Kikhia reveals his cards in his conclusion:
Future turmoil in the region is exactly what the instigators of the Iraq invasion have planned all along. They had made their desire for strife in the Middle East known long before the invasion of Iraq. Yet they underestimated the consequences of their lunacy and set into motion processes and events that will make the United States less secure and threaten the lives of Americans for many years to come.
Yes, that's it: America said, "Hey, you know what? There's not enough turmoil in that calm Middle East - let's go invade Iraq, just to stir things up." Please...

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