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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Jordan - The Model

This Is How We Should Be Acting. Jordanians are "outraged" because they're own people bave been slaughtered.

Look at our behavior:

The Jordanians’ response to the ghastly hotel suicide bombings in Amman is refreshing: They are  blaming terrorists for terrorist attacks. Filled with righteous rage, they flooded the streets of their capital, calling for the head of the man who planned the attacks. “Barbaric and subhuman,”  Jordan’s ambassador to the U.S. Karim Kawar denounced the bombings. While such reactions may seem obvious and fitting, they are not the case throughout much of the world.

Just think of Americans’ behavior after September 11, 2001, the biggest and most heinous terror  attack the world has ever seen. Americans assembled for hushed candle-light vigils and moments of silence; they gathered not to condemn the terrorists, but to urge the American government to refrain from revenge. Americans flew flags from their windows, but were vilified by fellow citizens for doing so. When they didget angry and take to the streets, it was to carry signs proclaiming that “Bush knew.” Millions of Americans explicitly did not blame the terrorists for the terrorists’ actions.

When Islamic terrorists blew up commuter trains in Madrid last year, killing 191 people, Spaniards reacted with grief and anguish, but very little rage toward the perpetrators. The Spanish people’s biggest statement against this terror? To vote out their U.S.-backing government, in accordance with the terrorists’ wishes.
In fact, no Islamist terror attack—whether 9/11, Madrid, the Bali nightclub bombings, or the London bus and subway blasts—has led people to take to the streets to denounce the terrorists. Always there is talk of “strength,” and “resolve,” and “getting on with our lives,” and, of course, of addressing the “root causes.” When it comes to Israel, where men, women, and children are regularly blown to bits by Palestinian suicide bombers, much of the world is united in assigning blame to the victims, not their assassins.
Regardless of who has been massacred, never has rigorous, steadfast, and full blame been assigned to the murderers and their sponsors, not by Arabs, not by Muslims, not by Westerners, not by average citizens, not by politicians.
Even the supposedly tough-on-terror president of the United States, the number one terror target on the planet, spends more time lecturing Americans about how “Islam is a religion of peace,” than illustrating the constant and mounting threat of attacks that will dwarf the horrors of 9/11.
While the harshest condemnation that President Bush could conjure up about the 9/11 plotters was the underwhelming “evildoers,” Jordan’s King Abdullah promised the beasts behind the Amman bombings that he would “pull them from their holes” and assured the world that Jordanians “get mad and get even.”
In the West, no matter how monstrously we are attacked, our main priority is not to stop those trying to destroy us, but to avoid calling barbaric subhuman killers, barbaric subhuman killers. Just imagine if an American official were to make such a statement.

Compare our wimpy behavior to that of the tiny country of Jordan:

What a relief, then, to see the Jordanians rise up against such slaughter—no flaccid stoicism for them. “Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!” they shouted, blaring car horns and waving flags.
Of course, the same Jordanians clamoring for Zarqawi’s head because he spilled innocent blood have famously been silent about the continual spilling of innocent Israeli blood, referring instead only to the purported injustice suffered by the Palestinians, who now make up about 60 percent of Jordan’s population.
The same Jordanians who believe that “Death to Zarqawi!” is the appropriate response to the deaths of more than 50 innocent Jordanians, have been unperturbed by their fellow countryman’s success at blowing hundreds upon hundreds of innocent Iraqis to smithereens. An NPR reporter, interviewing the protesting crowds, recounted that the prevailing mood among the demonstrators was that if the terrorists want to wage such a war, they should do so in Israel or Iraq, but stay out of Jordan.
“These are criminal and terrorist acts which no Muslim can accept and which go against our religion,” proclaimed Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood—an organization known for its refusal to condemn such attacks in Israel. The blasts are a “crime against humanity,” railed Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas, a man who downplays suicide bombings when carried out by his own people.
“We condemn these criminal actions that target innocent people,” said none other than a spokesman for Hamas, one of the world’s leading terror groups—lacking, apparently, any sense of irony.

Of course Jordan only reacted to the slaughter of their own people. They, like most other Muslims, ignore the slaughter of non-Muslims for to do so would be a rejection of the tenets of the Koran. Their reaction, nevertheless, is far more appropriate to ours.

Where is OUR outrage? To our peril, we are sinking into a passivity and boredom with the "Long War Against Radical Islam" which should be the struggle to foist off the insinuation of a predatory ideology, Islam,into our culture.

Of course we can not win a war against a billion people intent on making us over, but we can resist, and we don't have to have them among us as fifth columnists. We should be following the example of the Joradanians, outraged at the idea that our precious country is being victimized and our citizens are under attack by an ideology long infamous for its predation. This is not "racism," but common sense.


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