Author’s note: the title of this article may sound disrespectful to some; so here are my definitions to make it less offensive to those readers able and willing to learn about a subject before rendering their “expert opinions”. “Expert” is derived thusly: “Ex”, a Latin term meaning “from”; “spurt”, “a drip under pressure”.
Ignorance, to me, denotes those who don’t know about an event or subject because they haven’t heard of it or haven’t had it explained to them. Once informed, they cease to be ignorant. “Dummies”, however, waste opportunities to learn about an event and/or subject but form opinions that differ, sometimes substantially, from facts.
Islam for Dummies, Parts One
Islam for Dummies, Part One (Part Two follows) respond to a 09/20/2012 “Houston Chronicle” letter headlined “Arab discontent”. That writer opined the current mindless and unrestrained Muslim mob violence is “likely the result of our constant interference into the internal affairs of so many important places in the Islamic world over the past decade.” I suggest the writer espoused a very flawed reason for “Arab discontent” and cited the wrong decade.
To understand the current goal of Islam, one should examine the Muslim Brotherhood now firmly in power in Egypt where the U.S. embassy was invaded 09/11/2012. In Feb. 2011 Obama granted de facto recognition to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the U.S. The Muslim Brotherhood was previously outlawed in Egypt because their 21st century objectives include: Goal: “a worldwide caliphate governed by Islamic law”; Motto: “Allah is our objective. The prophet is our leader. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our greatest hope.”
Two important points about the MB goal:
(1) “a worldwide caliphate” includes the USA.
(2) Islamic, or Sharia law, doesn’t include U.S. Constitutional guarantees of freedom of press, religion and speech; Muslims claim Sharia law is directly from Allah and therefore takes precedent over the ”man-made” U.S. Constitution.
Militant Muslims and Islamic Jihadists hate the U.S. because of our freedoms and lifestyles, offensive to Islam, those freedoms allow. Most offensive is freedom of speech because it doesn’t protect the prophet Mohammed, Allah or the Koran as protected under Sharia law. Yet, freedom of speech permits U.S citizens and residents to burn the U.S. flag, create a Broadway play on “The Book of Mormon, claim: there is no God, “God is dead”; Jesus was a homosexual.
It also allows U.S. Muslims to follow Mohammed’s teachings that: Jesus is a minor prophet; wasn’t the son of God; wasn’t crucified; therefore there was no resurrection, the core concept of Christianity. Mohammed’s teachings offend some Christians but Muslims would prohibit any and all speech they deem critical of the Prophet, Allah, or their holy books. To Americans that seems contradictory but Muslims want dualistic laws that allow Islam to dictate what Mohammed teaches about Judaism and Christianity. (More about that later in this article)
Rather than look at the past decade – after the U.S. finally reacted to a series of unprovoked attacks and the worst terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil – look at the decade ending 09/11/2011 when the U.S. was not engaged in hostilities against Islam or Muslims.
January 1993 – two CIA agents are shot and killed as they entered CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
February 1993 – the first bombing of the World Trade Center with a rented van packed with explosives – killed six people and injured over 1,000.
November 1995 – a car bomb exploded at a US military complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia killing seven service men and women.
June 1996 – a truck bomb exploded only 35 yards from the US military compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia – destroyed the Khobar Towers, a US Air Force barracks, killed 19 and injured over 500.
August 1998 – coordinated simultaneous attacks on two US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224.
October 2000 – a small craft pulled alongside the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen – and exploded killing 17 US Navy Sailors.
Those were followed by 9/11/2001 when 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi Arabia citizens as was the alleged mastermind, Osama bin Laden. Even dummies should now understand radical Islamists are guided by their goal of a worldwide caliphate to which the USA is an impediment. When U.S. freedom of speech offends Islam, a fairly frequent occurrence, Muslim mobs can be counted on to riot, ignore international law and invade U.S. embassies, and too often kill U.S. citizens. Muslims are clearly the aggressors who seize upon any available opportunity. Yet, a feckless President, when Islam is involved, apologizes for “offensive” U.S. freedom of speech.
My 09/20/2012 letter to the “Houston Chronicle” concluded: “Part two of “Islam for Dummies will follow after allowing time for part one to be fully assimilated.” Part two is drafted and will be sent to the “Chronicle” and appear on this website in a few days.