Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Don't Worry, Faiza Jarrar Has the Answer!

Faiza Jarrar has returned to her penthouse apartment in Amman, Jordan, her "second home." The best parts of her latest blog entry are those personal encounters she has with other students at the "peace building" seminar and with Americans she meets on the train to Washington, D.C. Then there's a section where Faiza steps back, looks at the big picture, and asks some very good questions:
How come that we, Arab Muslims, have lived since thousands of years with Christians and other religions, in our countries in peace, without violence?

Why weren't we terrorists all our lives? Why was a deformed picture of Islam sent there? Why did the American government support manufacturing that deformed picture? Why was that picture used in the Media, so that whenever the word "Islam" comes into the news broadcast, we hear words like "extremist" or "fundamental" with it? As our British teacher…..from South Africa says?

Why weren't we, the Arabs, with the message of Muhammad living among us, implemented in our lives, the sample of Muslims in the Media?

Why was Islam deformed, making it the enemy No. 1after the fall of communism?

Why do we see, since1990 , that most conflicts in the world have an Islamic party? And it wasn't like that before the fall of communism?
All good questions, right? Hey, for Faiza, the answer is very, very easy. No problem. She has already hinted at the answer in those questions, right? Who is responsible for this "deformed Islam"? Guess. Muslim Brotherhood? No. Sayyid Qutb? No, not even close. Zawahiri and Bin Laden? Please, no chance. Who then? Yup, you guessed it. The Americans. I kid you not.
Even the war between Iraq and Iran, two Muslim countries, started by the devising and encouragement of the American government to Saddam Hussein.

Even the backwards government of Taliban, that deformed Islam, assumed power in Afghanistan by the support of the American government.

Do the people are stupid??

When people come to our countries, they find out the amount of peace in the hearts of Muslims, and the amount of mercy. The Arab and Islamic people still honor the guest, respecting and welcoming, even if he was a citizen of a western country whose government is an enemy, and their history is full of injustice against us…

But Al-Zarqawi and Bin Laden are the deforming children of Islam… they are the children of the American government; she produced them, raised them, and then turned them into bombs, planting corruption, destruction, and evil, in the name of Islam….
Islam is innocent of all that….
According to Faiza, Zarqawi and Bin Laden are the "children of the American government." What can I say but that the ARAB PARALLEL UNIVERSE is alive and well in Faiza's grey matter.

Faiza, unable to accept that moderate Islam in under assault by extremists within her own religion, charges the United States with creating the very people who are killing Americans. This inability to acknowledge the seriousness of the problem within Islam mirrors the same blindness that allowed Faiza and Raed to live under Saddam Hussein and not see anything wrong with the fact that hundreds of thousands of their own citizens were being butchered while they drove around Baghdad in their three Mercedes and lived their privileged, comfortable life.

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Would you like to travel around Europe this summer but can't afford it?

No problem.

Cyber-travel with the Columnist Manifesto. He was in Europe for about a month and blogged along the way.

If you would like to start at the beginning of his trip, go to the Archives section, click on "May" and go to the entry for May 19, 2005.

In his last blog post, he looks back at traveling around in Poland and includes lots of GREAT PHOTOGRAPHS and interesting commentary.

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