Last month I took it upon myself to visit a mosque in San Francisco and see for myself just what Islam is all about. It has been over three weeks since that experience and since then I have been attacked in blogs and newspapers for daring to say that the vast majority of Muslims are indeed good people. At the same time, the crazy liberals on the left continue to rant about how the threat of terrorism is completely hyped up and is nothing more than a cover for the Bush administration to strip away our civil liberties.
Well, I hope both sides got to hear about this story...
Earlier today, a terrorist most likely linked to the Taliban or Al-Qaeda walked into a mosque packed with holiday worshippers in NW Pakistan and detonated a nail bomb packed with 15 pounds of explosives. Scores of people were killed, and the apparent target of the attack was a government minister loyal to President Pervez Musharraf. Interestingly enough, the minister was the target of another assassination attempt earlier in April, when a bomb hit a rally he was speaking at. It's a well known fact that the Pakistani government is embroiled in a violent power struggle with Taliban militants in the mountains of the country, but seeing that the terrorists would actually attack a mosque on Friday prayers during the celebration of the Eid holiday is absolutely despicable. It's even more disgusting that these people claim to be fighting under the banner of Islam while having no problem with slaughtering scores of innocent worshippers. Sadly, this is not the first time these inhuman people do such things. Mosques hosting soldiers or other government figures have been hit by terrorism not only in Pakistan, but in Afghanistan and Iraq as well.
For all you crazy people on the left who deny terrorism is a legitimate concern, what do you think of this? Is this George Bush's fault as well? Coupling today's horrific event with with the terrorist attacks that decimated the city of Algiers earlier this month, I think it can be said that terrorism is very much a threat to global stability.
For all you ignorant people on the right, do you still think "all" Muslims sympathize with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda murdering their own people? The fact is, most of the victims of so-called "Islamic" terrorism over the last 25 years have been Muslims, as opposed to the Christians and Jews Islam is said to be opposed to.
Although I growing number of people want to deny it, terrorism is a growing danger to all of us all over the world. This year alone has seen repeated attack all over North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and even Europe. India, Thailand, and Somalia have also been hit as well. But if we are to counter this threat we need to recognize that the 1.2 billion Muslims in the world are not all the enemy. We are fighting a deranged, evil group of people who hijack religion as a means to recruit followers, and it poses just as much, if not more of a danger, to Muslims as it does to any one of us in the west.