Monday, June 12, 2017

The Slaughter of Muslims

Ice cream parlor bomb blast in Baghdad on May 30, 2017. Twitter pix

Kabul devastation on May 31, 2017. Reuters photo

How many Muslims do Islamic State, al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the other crazies need to kill before we realize that just maybe Islam isn’t the problem?

On May 30, 2017, an IS suicide bomber blew himself up outside of the Al-Faqma ice cream parlor on Karrada street in Baghdad, Iraq killing at least 13 people and wounding 24 others.

On May 31, in Afghanistan, a massive truck bomb blast ripped through Kabul's diplomatic district killing at least 90 people and wounding more than 400.

On June 03, three explosions went off at a funeral service in Kabul (again), killing at least seven mourners and injuring dozens.

On June 06, a suspected bomb outside a historic mosque in the Afghan city of Herat killed at least seven people and injured 15. Authorities believed explosives hidden in a motorcycle left in a parking area outside the Jama Masjid, a blue-tiled mosque dating from the twelfth century.

On June 07, the Parliament building and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, father of the 1979 revolution, whose shrine is a magnet for visitors – in Tehran, Iran – came under attack by armed assailants, including some disguised as women. At least 12 people were killed and 46 were injured.

On the same day too, Boko Haram staged deadly attacks in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, targeting mosques where Muslim worshippers were praying. Fourteen people perished and 24 others injured.

I don’t believe the rest of the world really gives a damn about these murderous rampages. We have become indifferent, unfeeling and uncaring. And sadly, I don't believe we put any value on Muslims' lives.

No “1 Heart Baghdad” captions, no #JesuisKabul hashtags, no one minute silence to pay tribute to the Herat victims, no One Love Tehran concerts, and no roadside memorials for the Maiduguri fatalities.

And yet, the said atrocities were just as bloody and devastating as the attacks in Manchester and London. In every single incident, innocents died.

There's a difference though.

The above-mentioned dead and wounded almost always belong to the same religion the killers claim to represent. Those Muslims bore the brunt of the bloody brutality inflicted upon them by fellow Muslims or in truth, butchers using the cloak of Islam to hide their homicidal intent. 

It is a sad irony that the Muslims represent the biggest number of victims of terrorism and yet the religion is blamed for it.

A US National Counterterrorism Center report found: “In cases where the religious affiliation of terrorism casualties could be determined, Muslims suffered between 82 and 97 percent of fatalities over the past five years”. 

It also stated that Muslims are seven times more likely than non-Muslims to be the victims of terror.

According to the Global Terrorism Index, the countries’ most affected by mass violence had Muslim majority populations with Iraq having suffered the most followed by Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria.

When there is carnage because of terror attacks, don’t be quick to point fingers. It’s okay to blame the perpetrators, but spare the religion.

Unless of course, we choose to agree with Guy Harrison: "... religions, even the seemingly benign versions that warm so many souls around the world, are responsible for producing hell on Earth for far too many people. Despite all the chatter about love, religion encourages and supports evil. It always has. It always will" ["The day religion died", Free Inquiry magazine, Vol. 23, #4, @].

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