Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Judea Pearl : When Muslim grievance is at question, America is the culprit.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi
I have been trying hard to find an explanation for the intense controversy surrounding the Cordoba Initiative, whereby 71 percent of Americans object to the proposed project of building a mosque next to Ground Zero.

I cannot agree with the theory that such broad resistance represents Islamophobic sentiments, nor that it is a product of a "rightwing" smear campaign against one imam or another.

Americans are neither bigots nor gullible.

Deep sensitivity to the families of 9/11 victims was cited as yet another explanation, but this too does not answer the core question.

If one accepts that the 19 fanatics who flew planes into the Twin Towers were merely self-proclaimed Muslims who, by their very act, proved themselves incapable of acting in the name of "true Islam," then building a mosque at Ground Zero should evoke no emotion whatsoever; it should not be viewed differently than, say, building a church, a community center or a druid shrine.

A more realistic explanation is that most Americans do not buy the 19 fanatics story, but view the the 9/11 assault as a product of an anti- American ideology that, for good and bad reasons, has found a fertile breeding ground in the hearts and minds of many Muslim youngsters who see their Muslim identity inextricably tied with this anti-American ideology.


THE GROUND Zero mosque is being equated with that ideology. Public objection to the mosque thus represents a vote of no confidence in mainstream American Muslim leadership which, on the one hand, refuses to acknowledge the alarming dimension that anti-Americanism has taken in their community and, paradoxically, blames America for its creation.

The American Muslim leadership has had nine years to build up trust by taking proactive steps against the spread of anti-American terror-breeding ideologies, here and abroad.

Evidently, however, a sizable segment of the American public is not convinced that this leadership is doing an effective job of confidence building.

In public, Muslim spokespersons praise America as the best country for Muslims to live and practice their faith. But in sermons, speeches, rallies, classrooms, conferences and books sold at those conferences, the narrative is often different. There, Noam Chomsky's conspiracy theory is the dominant paradigm, and America's foreign policy is one long chain of "crimes" against humanity, especially against Muslims.

Affirmation of these conspiratorial theories sends mixed messages to young Muslims, engendering anger and helplessness: America and Israel are the first to be blamed for Muslim failings, sufferings and violence.

Terrorist acts, whenever condemned, are immediately "contextually explicated" (to quote Tariq Ramadan); spiritual legitimizers of suicide bombings (e.g. Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi of Qatar) are revered beyond criticism; Hamas and Hizbullah are permanently shielded from the label of "terrorist."

Overall, the message that emerges from this discourse is implicit, but can hardly be missed: When Muslim grievance is at question, America is the culprit and violence is justified, if not obligatory.

True, we have not helped Muslims in the confidence-building process. Treating homegrown terror acts as isolated incidents of psychological disturbances while denying their ideological roots has given American Muslim leaders the illusion that they can achieve public acceptance without engaging in serious introspection and responsibility sharing for allowing victimhood, anger and entitlement to spawn such acts.

The construction of the Ground Zero mosque would further prolong this illusion.

If I were New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, I would reassert Muslims' right to build the Islamic center and the mosque, but I would expend the same energy, not one iota less, in trying to convince them to put it somewhere else, or replace it with a community-managed all-faiths center in honor of the 9/11 victims.
Fellow Muslim Americans will benefit more from co-ownership of consensual projects than sole ownership of confrontational ones.

The writer is a professor at UCLA and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, named after his son. He is a coeditor of I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl (Jewish Light, 2004), winner of the National Jewish Book Award.
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Pastorius said...

Judea Pearl explained this very well.

I would quibble with the idea that Muslim leadership has not done a good enough job, because I think MUSLIM LEADERSHIP IS THE PROBLEM.

Epaminondas said...

I think he might be finding a very wry manner of saying just that without accusing that leadership of a single thing

A very good method

Anonymous said...

Pakistan,Richard Reid,ICTS International,Daniel Pearl and WSJ’s and Georgetown University’s Islamic BWitch Asra azzhole Nomani

Daiel Pearl's supposed friend,Asra Nomani, who thinks she’s Miss Islam USA IS COVERING UP(NOT INVESTIGATING!),the death of her
‘friend’ Daniel Pearl and as far as I can tell so is Daniel Pearl’s daddy.Neither Asra Nomani nor Judea Pearl really want Pearl’s 8 year old son to know the truth because that would expose Israelis of ICTS International that ‘guarded’ Logan Airport Boston and Newark Airport on 9/11 and who shortly later allowed Richard Reid the shoebomber to board American Airlines from DeGualle Airport Paris France with his ‘shoe bomb’ and of course more recently the Nigerian ‘crotch bomber’ to board flight 253 at the Dutch anti-Islamic politician Geert Wilder’s Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on Christmas 2009.
Judea Pearl and Islamic Tantric Yogi,(Asra Nomani), are part of the cover up of Pearl’s death and Judea Pearl dirties his son’s name as well by not coming clean about Richard Reid’s trip to Israel pre 9/11 that was aided by both Israel and ICTS International that allowed him to fly from Amsterdam to Israel supposedly to visit his friends at Hamas !
If Jude Pearl were sincere in wanting to expose all involved in the death of his son regardless of where it leads or Asra Nomani were sincere in her desire to fight for women’s rights in Islamic countries both would have my sympathy.But it appears Nomani is only concerned about herself and the right wing nuts,murderers and money launderers and terrorists she protects such as U.S. government CIA connected Fox News Middle East ‘expert’ Mansoor Ijaz whose contacts in Pakistan led to Daniel Pearl's death in the first place.And obviously Judea Pearl wants to ignore the fact Richard Reid the 'shoe bomber' was allowed to enter Israel on El Al pre 9/11
- Tony Ryals


Ms. Asra Nomani has a mysterious personality, having high-level Connections with Armed Forces, Politicians, bureaucrats and journalists of Pakistan, India, England and the United States...
Second time her name came out in reference to the Daniel Pearl Murder case.
According to the source Ms. Asra Nomani was the one who got Daniel Pearl the house on Zamzama Street, Karacki, where he was kidnapped. The first email that was received from the kidnappers of Daniel Pearl was also sent to Ms. Asra Nomani. On this Part of the investigation file it was written in hand writing by the Investigation officer that Asra Nomani made 08 Calls under the name of Daniel Pearl.

Epaminondas said...

That is the most CONTRIVED piece of BULLSHIT designed for the mentally challenged to accept as some kind of tribal haram baloney I ever heard, and the source is a wacked out pakistani site?

Take a hike

GO read the protocols of zion, that's probably more to your liking

Anonymous said...

Well I thought about reading the 'protocols of zion' but i starteed reading the talmud and it scared me too much to continue on to the protocols....does anyone know who wrote those two hateful documents ?
Was the talmud written to stir up hated against jews as well ? and why do white guys (and gals) erroneously claim to be 'semites' in the first place ? ?
Also even the israeli investigative
group debka acknowledges what i have said about 9/11,icts international,richard reid and daniel pearl.other sources can verify what i've said about mansoor ijaz and asra nomani's involvement in and around the death of daniel pearl....believe me,if asra nomani were really defending women's rights in islamic or other countries i would cheer her own but she has another agenda and has remained quiet about her fellow moslem's,(mansoor ijaz), role in the death of pearl as well as his role in stock frauds and his and james woolsey, et.al.'s ny based crescent hedge fund and their london stock exchange based crescent hydropolis stock fraud that claimed-lied about building 'underwater hotels' including in islamo-fascist state of dubai that allowed kalid sheik mohamed to send at least a $ hundred thousand(from general ahad of pakistan?) to mohamed atta in venice,florida in the first place.Dubai's Sheik Mohamed Al Rashid Maktoum was rewarded with 20%+ of NASDAQ ownership as his reward for allowing the money to be sent after outraged americans
opposed w bush plans to allow him to guard our ports !

-Tony Ryals

Epaminondas said...


Here's a challenge for you, you little racist freak

Quote us the Talmud you find hateful, and LET'S SEE WHAT FUELS **IN FACT** YOUR IGNORANCE ... I've dealt with it in the Persian Gulf since late 2001 .. let's see what you got, twerp.

Epaminondas said...

That's what I thought.