Saturday, November 04, 2006

“They’re slaughtering you like sheep”

The following are excerpts of an interview of Dr. Tawfik Hamid by Michael Coren, published in the National Post. Dr. Hamid was once a member of the terrorist group Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya. He trained under Ayman al-Zawahiri.

“Yes, 'imperialism,’ he tells me. ‘The deliberate and determined expansion of militant Islam and its attempt to triumph not only in the Islamic world but in Europe and North America. Pure ideology. Muslim terrorists kill and slaughter not because of what they experience but because of what they believe.”

“The first thing you have to understand is that it has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with poverty or lack of education,’ he says. ‘I was from a middle-class family and my parents were not religious. Hardly anyone in the movement at university came from a background that was different from mine.”

“I've heard this poverty nonsense time and time again from Western apologists for Islam, most of them not Muslim by the way. There are millions of passive supporters of terror who may be poor and needy but most of those who do the killing are wealthy, privileged, educated and free. If it were about poverty, ask yourself why it is middle-class Muslims -- and never poor Christians -- who become suicide bombers in Palestine.”

“We're not talking about a fringe cult here,’ he tells me. ‘Salafist [fundamentalist] Islam is the dominant version of the religion and is taught in almost every Islamic university in the world. It is puritanical, extreme and does, yes, mean that women can be beaten, apostates killed and Jews called”

“But I can tell you what it is not about. Not about Israel, not about Iraq, not about Afghanistan. They are mere excuses. Algerian Muslim fundamentalists murdered 150,000 other Algerian Muslims, sometimes slitting the throats of children in front of their parents. Are you seriously telling me that this was because of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians or American foreign policy?”

“He's exasperated now, visibly angry at what he sees as a willful Western foolishness. ‘Stop asking what you have done wrong. Stop it! They're slaughtering you like sheep and you still look within. You criticize your history, your institutions, your churches. Why can't you realize that it has nothing to do with what you have done but with what they want.”

You can read the rest of the article in the National Post. (Hat tip: Jihad Watch)

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Interesting post. Funny that "arrogance" is tossed around as the reason we're so disliked but this guy's point is that our own arrogance is leading us to believe that we're the cause of all of this turmoil when in fact it may not be... maybe we need to wake up and realize it's not always about us. Maybe not. Anyways it's an interesting viewpoint.