Outrage merits condemnation, not apology
by Salim Mansur
In apologizing for the inadvertent burning of the Qur'an by American soldiers, U.S. President Barack Obama has put on display yet again how abjectly craven he is when dealing with the Muslim world.
Any reasonable person knows well it is not American policy to abuse, harm, injure or insult Muslims intentionally, nor burn or demolish any thing that Muslims hold sacred as part of their belief.
It is also known much too well by Muslims residing in the U.S., and in countries of the West, that they live better in freedom with their faith flourishing and secure than they would anywhere inside the Arab-Muslim world.
So why does an American president show contrition when responding to the newest outrage by Muslim mobs directed at the U.S. and its personnel due to grievance of little merit? The apology, according to the explanation given, was to defuse a highly volatile situation.
The problem with such a craven apology is it does not work, and for the same reason as appeasing an extortionist does not work.
The situation is made worse by the silence of Muslims — both of Muslim officialdom in Muslim-majority countries and of Muslims residing in the West — in not flatly condemning these organized rituals of mayhem and murder for the purposes of spreading fear and intimidation.
The simple fact is Muslims in Afghanistan, or any other Muslim country, do not deserve any apology of the sort President Obama expressed in his letter to Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president. And the reason for this is also very simple: It is well past time that Muslim leaders instead began to tender apologies for crimes committed against non-Muslims and Muslims, in the name of Islam, and make retribution for the harm done.
The Afghans need to be reminded of their utterly contemptible behaviour when the Taliban destroyed the ancient Buddha statues in Bamiyan, while disregarding international pleas to save them. And it should be Muslims doing the reminding if they have any shred of decency.
The Muslim disregard for facts, of how treatment by Muslims of non-Muslims in their midst compares with the treatment Muslims receive among non-Muslims in the West, is obscene. The lives and properties of non-Muslim minorities — for instance, the Copts in Egypt — are mostly insecure just about everywhere in the Arab-Muslim world.
Muslims have engaged in the mass murders of Muslims, and the list is painfully long.
Muslim atrocities against non-Muslims — Bahais, Christians, Hindus, and Jews — have a long insufferable history, and they continue without any UN effort mobilized to protect the victims.
In remaining silent and in refusing to publicly condemn atrocities committed in the name of Islam, Muslims, especially those in the West, cannot plead innocence.
They are witness to sectarian violence inside the Arab-Muslim world, they know of the bigotry of Sunni Muslim majority against Shiite Muslim minority, they have seen or heard of bloodshed inside the sacred mosque in Mecca, and of mosques bombed and shrines destroyed.
Yet they remain silent.
Muslims are, indeed, most responsible themselves for deliberately desecrating the Qur'an and abusing Islam. And when blaming others, they lack credibility.