Questionable Motives

December 11, 2009

Are we intolerant to make judgments on what people say and do?

WASHINGTON — Five young Muslim American men from the Washington suburbs who disappeared late last month were detained in Pakistan on Wednesday in a police raid on a house linked to a militant group, American and Pakistani officials said.

One of the men had left behind an 11-minute video calling for the defense of Muslims in conflicts with the West and suggesting that “young Muslims have to do something,” said one person who had seen the video, describing it as a farewell of sorts. Another person who viewed it called the video “disturbing,” though he said it was not a martyrdom video of the kind sometimes made by extremists planning suicide attacks.

Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group that is working with the families of the young men, cautioned against hasty conclusions about the episode during a news conference in Washington with other Muslim leaders.

But Mr. Awad, who said he had seen the video, and the other leaders said that the case — along with the recent recruitment of young Somali-American men in Minnesota by a violent group in Somalia — suggested that at least a small number young American Muslims were drawn to extremist views. They pledged to start a nationwide campaign to counter such attitudes.

From the article here.

Yes, we must not be hasty to link militant islam to violence… isn’t that what we learned from not rushing to any hasty conclusions about what Major Nidal Malik Hasan said… before committing his atrocity at Fort hood? Oh, that’s right: we didn’t want to offend someone by believing that perhaps someone actually believes what he says he believes. That’s far too hasty. And the greater crime is always about criticizing intolerance than promoting it. Judging, for those of us so confused in the West, is by far the greater crime than merely promoting the committing of the crime. Isn’t it?

Don’t most young American men who also just so happen to be and by sheer coincidence muslim disappear from the US only to pop over to Pakistan to visit the most religiously radical of their family members, making videos about the pressing need for other nice muslims to “do something”? The crime is to be too hasty to judgment. Good grief. Are we really so naive? Apparently so.

So let’s hold Awad and the Council on American-Islamic Relations responsible to do what they say they are going to do: they have pledged to start a nationwide campaign to counter such attitudes as the ones portrayed by these young men. Let’s keep a very close watch in the coming days for this ‘counter’ campaign. But I’m willing to bet that this is the last we hear about any ‘counter’ nationwide campaign by the religious apologists over at the American-Islamic Relations Council. They are far too busy telling others how NOT to make any hasty judgments about the constant stream of violence that – amazingly – seems to be practiced from those who adhere to the ‘religion of peace’ known as islam.

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