Muslim Briefs: a Maniac, a Trial, a Moderate Movement
The New Moderate couldn’t let these stories pass through the pipeline without a few words of commentary…
Dr. Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood Maniac
Was he a radical Islamist terrorist or simply a tortured loner who finally toppled off the beam? The correct answer is both. Tortured loner, definitely: he couldn’t find a wife and he agonized about heading off to help Americans fight his fellow Muslims in the Afghan War. (As an Armenian-American, I’d probably pop an artery if the U.S. ever made war on my beleaguered tribe… so I can feel his pain.)
But was he also a terrorist? Yes again. His connection to radical clergyman Anwar al-Awlaki is more than faintly incriminating. (We’re talking about an Islamist fanatic who managed to land himself on the “most wanted” list in YEMEN.) You could call Dr. Hasan a freelance terrorist: an enterprising self-starter on a deadly mission from Allah. But we’re also looking at an unfortunate man with a fatally fevered mind. The New Moderate’s personal, nonbinding verdict: guilty but insane. But only as insane as any Muslim who has been suckered by the teachings of fanatical imams.
It’s time for more of us to acknowledge that radical Islam is nothing more or less than a homicidal cult, and that its gullible adherents need to be deprogrammed. Pronto.
Much Ado Over 9/11 Terrorist Trial
Call me a lunatic-fringe moderate, but I’m elated that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four of his accomplices are slated for an epic public trial just a stone’s throw from the site of their crimes. The Sheikh is one of foulest evildoers of our time; he masterminded not only the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, but an attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II during a trip to the Philippines. His Wikipedia article lists an astounding 29 confessions, including the initial 1993 World Trade Center truck bombing, the Bali nightclub massacre, assassination plots against presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, and the personal beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl. Quoth Sheikh Mohammed: “I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew, Daniel Pearl, in the city of Karachi, Pakistan. For those who would like to confirm, there are pictures of me on the Internet holding his head.”
So why are so many Democrats (and New Yorkers, which almost amounts to the same thing) fretting over the upcoming legal proceedings? Let the trial begin! Let the world come to know the full extent of radical Islamist evil in general, and the crimes of these five demons in particular.
The New Moderate’s personal (and once again, nonbinding) verdict: Guilty as hell for Sheikh Mohammed, guilty as accessories for the four henchmen of the apocalypse. I’m sure these five gentlemen would love nothing more than to die as glorious martyrs, so I’d love to sentence them to a lifetime of being stacked into naked pyramids and taunted by female American soldiers. But in the words of the late President Nixon, ” it would be wrong.” So let the law take its course and do what it will.
Then let the world’s Muslims do what they will. Is more terrorism a possibility? Of course, but we’ve been living with the possibility of Muslim terror for half a century now. Maybe the evils exposed at this trial will finally inflame the Silent Muslim Majority with the courage and conviction to confront their fanatical brethren and reform their religion from within. At the very least, it should open a permanent rift between the moderates and the extremists. And that’s a good thing.
Could It Be? YES! Moderate Muslims on the Web!
During my recent adventures in Web-gazing, I discovered a plucky (and desperately needed) site constructed by Islamic moderates. Laced with irreverent humor and more than a dollop of nerve, Muslims Against Sharia openly denounces “honoricide” (the horrific “honor killings” of Muslim women who have disgraced their familes by being raped, for example), includes a chart contrasting moderate Islamic beliefs with those of the fanatics, and displays a series of mischievous “awards” (my favorite: the “Mad Mullah Award” — though bigoted priests and rabbis get equal billing). There’s also a lively message board for anyone who wants to dive in.
If The New Moderate gave out awards, I’d present the first one to this brave little site. I hope and trust that Allah (and eventually the entire Islamic world) is on its side.