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Standing Strong against Terrorism

Standing Strong against Terrorism

A cry from an Arab American over the carnage in Russia.


Among the Chechnyan terrorists that did the unspeakable in a Russian school yesterday were reported to be several Arabs. I am not surprised, but how many Arabs in the Middle East even try to connect the dots and link their current Radical culture of Islam to these unspeakable deeds around the world? They simply do not see the connection and unfortunately the world media is not doing its job in telling the Arab World about it. CNN feels that being "objective" is never to blame Arab culture and end up supportive of Arab views in its delivery of news in the Middle East and around the world.

Until age 30, I lived as a Muslim in the Middle East. Horrible news such as those from Chechnya or other incidents in the Philippines, India, the Sudan or Pakistan, were always covered up and twisted to portray Muslim terrorists around the world as just victims of terrible discrimination. They were always portrayed as "freedom fighters" in the minority who need to rise against the majority Christian or non-Muslim population in their midst. The larger picture in these countries and the reasons behind the turmoil was never explained in any other way. I will never forget the prayers that many gave in support of minority Muslims all over the world who were believed to be the frontier for Jihad in spreading Islam in the "lost" world around them of Dar-El-Harb, the land of war to be conquered by the sword.

I once had a guest from Egypt in my home who was the most kind and wonderful man you will ever meet. While watching Chechnya rebels on TV I saw him pray and cry for their success against the Soviet Union. Praying for killing never seemed holy to me.

I started seeing many men and women in my culture of origin turn into robotic monsters with a wish to destroy life on earth to go to heaven.

The World has been seeing Arab radical terrorism growing without much international outcry for half a century. I started seeing many men and women in my culture of origin turn into robotic monsters with a wish to destroy life on earth to go to heaven. Many thought it is only against Israel and its interests and ignored it. The World and its lazy media is not doing Arabs or the rest of the world any favor by sticking their heads in the sand like ostriches.

Even after 9/11, many in the West and the UN are still finding excuses for terrorism. Even the Arab's best friends, the French, thought they will get special treatment from terrorists by selling out the U.S. and supporting Saddam Hussein. But in the eyes of the terrorists the French were always just temporary friends until the right time came to strike, one enemy at a time.

Where are Muslim demonstrations against terror? All I noticed was celebrations in the Arab world after 9/11. Taking a stand against terrorism and for reformations in the Muslim world is viewed as an Israeli conspiracy. The very few courageous Arab writers who think and speak independently are often attacked and terrorized for their views, and accused of being puppets of the Zionists. Apparently standing strong against terrorism and for reformations in the Muslim world is viewed as "Zionist" conspiracy no matter how heinous the murders conducted by militant Islamists.

Since 1967 there have been thousands of Arab terrorist attacks. Israel had only one against the Arabs by a crazy man that was condemned by almost all of Israel' s citizens. The Israeli government never tried the Arabs who beat the attacker to death after he surrendered. Yet I hear apologists for terrorism here cite that one incident as justification for the thousands and thousands terrorist attacks Israel and America over the years.

Even worse, how many resolutions by the UN Commission on Human Rights condemning an Arab country for human rights violations have ever been proposed or passed? The answer is zero. But the number of Commission on Human Rights resolutions condemning Israel for human rights violations is 26. Imagine that. Is there any doubt that much of the state-sponsored and culturally encouraged terrorism all over the Middle East by the Arab states is not a violation of someone's human rights? Could it be that the UN is contributing to the problem?

After I saw the horror on the faces of the Russian children who looked malnourished and poverty stricken to begin with, I decided to make a stand against the Islamic culture of terror I grew up in and the madness resulting from its teachings. The intense and repetitive teachings of hate produce inhumane robots. Make no mistake about it, my motivation is out of love for the goodness in the Muslim world to prevail and that I do know exists. Accusing me of being part of a "Zionist conspiracy" is a joke at this point from the other side to cover up what is going on.

It is time for the world media and the UN to take a serious stand against Islamic, yes, Islamic, terror.

It is time for the world media and the UN to take a serious stand against Islamic, yes, Islamic, terror. The UN should immediately issue a very strong resolution condemning terrorism with serious consequences to Oil rich Arab countries that finance terrorism or teach that terrorists are heroes going to heaven. No "ifs," "ands" or "buts" and no diluted language by the international media.

The out-of-control culture in the Middle East needs a wake up call and a dose of reality. I cannot defend the cruel teachings and hate speech in my culture of origin any more. No other Arab with any integrity should. There is no cause in the world that should justify this insanity. I lived it and know what will end it. What is needed immediately is a united world stand against the Arab's stagnant and barbaric view of the world and of themselves. The world cannot stand by, confused and equivocal about 9/11 and Islamic terrorism any more.

America and the good people of the world, please save my Arab culture of origin from itself.

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September 5, 2004

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Visitor Comments: 16

(16) Anonymous, November 3, 2004 12:00 AM


I am a little annoyed, to say the least, at the comment made by J. Dellareina. Your ignorance is shocking. Do you not know the 5 Pillars of Islam? I suggest you do some research on that before making statements like the ones you made. As a Christain girl, I pray for you Nonie, I pray for you and your family and commend you on your objectivity and courage. May God bless all of you.

(15) Henry (Sandy) Sanderson, September 28, 2004 12:00 AM

American Jewish Voters nonsupport of Israel

It is my belief that GHW Bush and GWBush support Israel politically and militarily. The internationalist Kerry Democrats support the UN which normally does not vote in favor of America or Israel. Why? What can change this American Jewish vote? Sandy

(14) Marion Williams, September 17, 2004 12:00 AM

A Muslim voice at last!

Dear Nonie: For so long I have been wondering when a rational, moderate Muslim would speak out against the fanatics who have denigrated Islam to a religion of terror in the eyes of the non-Islamic world. It seems to me that only a concerted effort by peace-loving Muslims will have the power to end this scourge that is affecting the whole world. As a Baha'i who has some understanding of Islam, to me you are the voice in the wilderness I have been waiting for. I appreciate beyond words your courage and commitment.

(13) Anonymous, September 16, 2004 12:00 AM

You are a valorous woman!


Your courage is AWESOME. Don't be discouraged by those who ask "how can this do any good?" How can one person turn the tide? I don't know the answer, but I know that if I am responsible to stem the tide, it may give others courage and the journey has value too. Keep on speaking out! What you are saying needs to be heard!


(12) Merrilee Morse, September 13, 2004 12:00 AM

thank you for your courage!

Thank you, Nonie, for your great courage in speaking out. You are not alone. I live in a community known in the media as "little Kabul" and the sentiments you express are also expressed regularly by my Afghani Muslim neighbours. They came to this country to escape fanatic Muslims, and they are willing to speak against it, but it is not "politically correct" so the media does not listen to them. May you and your family be blessed by G-d. You have done a mitzvah in writing this article and speaking out.

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