we hear endlessly on how militant islam is so very horrible. those 'sheet heads' want us dead because they hate us and our way of life. perhaps. the evidence i have seen supports the facts that what transpired on 9/11 was an inside job by the neocon movement here. domestic terrorism, if you will.
what i have seen- acts of terrorism committed against muslim folks in the form of invasion, war, torture, false imprisonment, etc., by america and israel. i have heard sabre rattling by the arab nations but so far, they are the ones who have kept their cool and kept the guns quiet. i have also come to realize that up is down and left is right and the whole world that i believed in is topsy turvy. so, when i think about what i was taught to believe, i immediately start looking at the opposite for the truth.
from the juan cole article linked above:
"Avigdor Lieberman, the Moldovan night club bouncer, is now foreign minister of Israel. The world has had a lot of fun laughing at the pronouncements of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who stands falsely accused of threatening to wipe Israel off the face of the map. But Ahmadinejad has protested that it would be wrong to kill large numbers of civilians.
In contrast, Lieberman has threatened to wipe at least two countries, Egypt and Palestine, off the map. Monstrously, he suggested bombing the Aswan Dam, which would have the effect of murdering all 80 million Egyptians and sweeping them into the Mediterranean in a vast continental African tsunami."
and this update for today- no concessions for palestinians. he's such a sweet guy
i have a pretty basic understanding of orthodox judaism- a former friend of mine converted with her family. needless to say, we have lost touch. that came about around the time i found out that she couldn't use the same door as men, had to keep her head covered at all times, couldn't be home alone with a man who wasn't her husband- even if they needed the furnace repaired, etc.. an american woman who came from a strict evangelical household who bravely divorced an abusive man in spite of the belief system- and she jumped from the frying pan and into the fire. no, her current husband is not abusive. i don't really have much respect for organized religion of any kind- christian, judaism, islam, hinduism- they all exist solely to keep folks under control. now, this is what we normally think about when we think radical islam:
"The fighters gather to celebrate their victory in a recent campaign against the enemy infidels. Singers are called in to raise an anthem in praise of the warriors.
Suddenly, there is outrage, consternation. Dozens of the fighters get up and stalk out of the celebration, along with their commanders. They are all deeply insulted, their religious faith has been assaulted, they have been exposed to a filthy evil which they cannot, will not, abide:
Some of the singers are.... women.
Just another day in a Taliban encampment? another example of the virulent woman-hatred and primitive fanaticism of Islamofascist zealots?"
read the rest here