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24 July 2011

Muslims Complain Of Being Initially Blamed For Norway Atrocities

oslo-attack-smoke.jpgBy, um, Raja Abdulrahim of the LA Times. The highly developed, terror-linked US Islamist lobby industry never misses a trick:

Initial rumors suggested Islamist terrorists might be behind the Norway attacks. ‘This is predictable … but it is sad,’ says a Muslim advocate in the U.S.

In the immediate wake of the bombing and mass shooting in Norway that left at least 92 people dead Friday, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg declared that it was too early to say whether terrorism was involved.

Some interpreted the statement to mean it was unclear whether Muslim extremists were behind the attack.

Right-wing websites quickly pointed the finger at “jihadis,” and Pamela Geller, publisher of the website Atlas Shrugs and executive director of Stop Islamization of America, wrote on her site: “You can ignore jihad, but you cannot avoid the consequences of ignoring jihad.”

Counter-terrorism experts soon weighed in, implicating Al Qaeda.

Then Anders Behring Breivik, described by police as a “right-wing Christian fundamentalist,” was arrested in connection with the attacks.

Within the Muslim community, there was a sigh of relief that it wasn’t someone connected with their religion, but also a sting at being initially scapegoated — not unlike what occurred immediately after the Oklahoma City bombing by right-wing American extremists in 1995.

“This is predictable and something that we have come to expect, but it is sad,” said Safaa Zarzour, secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America. “For most Muslims, it is a confirmation of how they already feel, that they are guilty until proven innocent.”

He said despite the perception of Muslims being always at odds with others, the fight is actually between the mainstream and the extreme of every religion.

Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, worried that the impulse to blame Muslims could lead to further inflaming anti-Muslim sentiment and fueling platforms built upon the demonization of her community.

“I really view it as a wake-up call,” Khera said. “Violence comes from all groups, and singling out one faith community as a target, as much of our society appears to have done, makes us more vulnerable.”

Also worrisome to Muslim groups is the double standard they see with the use of the word “terrorism.”

When attackers are not Muslim, the attack often is not given the “terrorism” label, Khera said, and people think, ” ‘Oh well, it is an isolated incident, or it is a deranged gunman,’ whereas in the case of a Muslim, there is an immediate impulse to understand the person’s faith or ideology,” she said.

Unrelated to the Norway attacks, the Muslim Public Affairs Council on Friday had released a statement on how counter-terrorism trainers who use hate speech directed at Muslims ultimately hurt American national security. IAfter the Norwegian tragedy, when some news media were quick to quote terrorism experts who suggested involvement by Muslims, MPAC said the statement was especially relevant.

The trainers, the statement read, will “build a faulty foundation of information based on marginalizing Islam rather than addressing the goals and tools to further enhancing counter-terrorism measures.”

Before the dust has even begun to settle on the tragic events in Norway, the powerful US Muslim lobby – and their friends in the liberal American media) are hard at work, attempting to squeeze political advantage, while the loved ones of the 91 victims of (what appears to be) a lone but particularly motivated and able nutcase, have hardly had time to begin grieving.

Despite the barely-contained delight of the mainstream media (which tends to be Islamo-sympathetic and to lean to the left) in finding what they think was an attack by a Far-Right Christian Fundamentalist™ (truly the holy grail of their moral equivalence, wish-fulfilment fantasies and lack of integrity); there is a reason that most people thought initially that the bombing and shooting was the work of Islamic terrorists.

And that reason is that the overwhelming majority of deadly terrorist acts carried out in the world are:

a) Carried out by Muslims

b) Carried out in the name of Allah

17,500 of them, in fact – and that’s only since 9/11.

(Note to CAIR and INSA (the Hamas-linked organisation claiming victimhood rights in the article):

It isn’t Islamophobia™ when it’s true.)

[Source: LA Times]

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