October 7, 2008

Why do they hate us?

Since 9/11, millions of people in America and in Europe have asked: Why do Muslims, especially those who have exposure to the West, hate us? Why do we offend them so much? Even though millions of Muslims live in predominately Christian Europe, North America and South America, why have, it seems, so many turned away from the West in recent years and all that it has to offer: its education systems, its freedoms, its opportunities, its wealth?

Since 9/11, millions of people in America and in Europe have asked: Why do Muslims, especially those who have exposure to the West, hate us? Why do we offend them so much? Even though millions of Muslims live in predominately Christian Europe, North America and South America, why have, it seems, so many turned away from the West in recent years and all that it has to offer: its education systems, its freedoms, its opportunities, its wealth?


wwyv.waaqiahcom/zawahariinterview.htm) Ali Mohamed wrote in his manifesto: “Islamic fundamentalism is very different from all other forms of contemporary movements. It has its own doctrines, it does not cooperate with other movements, and does not compromise or negotiate with governments. Its enemy is the one who does not believe in Allah, or the one who is an apostate from Islam, and it fights until victory or martyrdom is achieved.”
The call to prayer in Islam, says, “I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, I bear witness that Mohammed is His prophet.” Atta wrote to his fellow hijackers, “There is no God but God and Mohammed is his prophet.” They were going home to God.
Islamists want to throw the West out of Muslim world. They want to recreate the glory and power of Islam and its civilization, which was once superior to the West. “Islam has to dominate, not be dominated” wrote Mohamed in his manifesto. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Catholic’s church’s chief protector and promoter of Catholic doctrine, worried about the decline of religion in Europe and the rise of secularism, wrote in Avvenire, a Catholic newspaper, April 15, 2004, that “the West no longer loves itself.” The Islamist does not love himself, but loves God instead, an ideal, that of utopia. He is willing to die for that ideal, and also to kill the enemy, whose culture and religion threaten this ideal, as God said he must.
An Arab-American professor, and a former U.S. Foreign Service officer with long experience in the Middle East, who wishes to remain anonymous, said recently that if a presidential election were to be held in the Middle East Osama bin Laden would win in a landslide. Another Arab-American professor, at the U.S. Army War College, said recently that we may not see a secular Middle East, that a Muslim reformation may be coming, that former Marxists in Cairo, the intellectual capital of the Muslim world, are becoming Islamists. Communism, this earthly religion, is dead, but God, in the minds of millions, Christian and Muslim, is alive, and they, filled with faith, which the Bible defines as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” (Hebrews 11.1) know they are right.
Islamists, angry at Western domination, its infidels, and its fear of Islam, are on the march. “Why do they hate us?” They, like most people, hate and fear that which is different. They hate Satan, in his many forms, particularly the West, the West that does not know, or respect, Islam, the West, with its Christian armies, these modern Crusaders, in Afghanistan and Iraq, which they see on television throughout the world, killing innocent civilians, and which do not seem to know how many they have killed, or care, the West with its pornographic videos, its music, its movies, its banking system, its giant corporations, the West which wages war in Palestine, which hunts the Taliban, who only wanted to create a Muslim country, and whose fathers, the mujahideen, were the West’s allies, until they were discarded, the West they have learned about in madrassas, the West which supports autocratic, corrupt, worldly Muslim governments, the West which does not know the true and only God, and is the enemy.

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