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Monday, July 25, 2005

Muslims, Terrorism and Conspiracy Theories

I am sure that UK Muslims feel under suspicion, I feel under suspicion; however, that article forgot to mention that Brits, including Muslims such as myself, feel unsafe around other Muslims.

I have met many Iraqi Muslim friends this weekend, and most of them expressed how uncomfortable they feel when they see a Muslim or an Asian in a bus or in a train. A friend of mine was in the tube last week when a bearded Muslim boarded that tube, and everyone, including my friend, felt unsafe. The bearded Muslim, suddenly, started yelling "Allah o Akbar" for no reason, and everyone in that carriage, including my friend, ran away from him.

Another friend got off a bus two stations before the destination and walked because there was a bearded Muslim on the bus and felt unsafe. There is a reason why Muslims feel under suspicion, you know?!

How would I know that the Muslim standing next to me in the bus is not a suicide bomber? How would the English person standing next to me in the bus know that I am not a suicide bomber? How would the police know that we are not suicide bombers? I wish there is an easy way to tell, but there isn't.

Recently I have been noticing a shift in blame! The "it's Americas fault" line is no longer being used, or at least it is not being used as much. But of course, the new line doesn't say it is our fault! As usual, it is someone else's fault and we are just a bunch of powerless, unfortunate victims, targeted by some conspiracy or another.

Yesterday, I was at a party with friends, and when the recent terrorist attacks in Egypt were mentioned, someone said "it's Israel". I was astonished, though I heard this line before. I heard that all terrorism is the creation of Israel! But unfortunately, I didn't hear the logical explanation behind it, yet.

Anyway, I asked why? And the answer was even more astonishing: Tourism! Israel wants to get the tourism revenue that Egypt is getting! Interesting. Apparently, the day before the attack, it was reported that Egypt have made $6 billions from tourism; and therefore, Israel attacked Sharm al-Sheikh the very next day.

That explains a lot, don't you think? I mean think about 9/11, Bali, Spain and London! I can see people falling for this. But to tell you the truth, I was speechless at the moment! I mean, what would you say to this? Well, I didn't have to say much; because the smile I saw on the faces reassured me that Israel will not cut off our oxygen because we are consuming too much of it!

But then someone else said what I've heard before, "it's all Israel"! Terrorism in Iraq is being orchestrated by Israel! And here is why: Because Israel does not want to see Iraq stable. But why? They just don't; it's part of their Zionist plan. Yeah, but how does that help them? It doesn't matter, they just hate Iraq; remember Babylon? Please, you've got to give me something solid, something more logical; but nope, there is none. Mind you, this person is pro-US!

So, while all our miseries are always the result of America's actions and inactions, terrorism is being orchestrated by Israel, and we are nothing but innocent, unfortunate victims who feel under suspicion for no justified reason and have no power to change the situation.

Oh God, please help us!

11 Comments:

Blogger Kat said...

Yeah, friend, heard some of those too. Some Egyptian ex minister was on Al Jazeera saying it. Uuuggh.

I am praying too. Praying that He will help some of these folks get a clue because it just results in more paranoia.

I realized after the first bombing that you and your friends would start feeling like big targets from both sides of the fight. I'm sorry for that, truly.

July 25, 2005 5:33 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ahmad,

Thank you for your blog. I just discovered it. It is human nature to be a victim of the "powers" outside of us--usually people and often in conspiracies against us. Being a victim, of course, absolves us of personal and collective responsibility. It gives us attention through sympathy and makes us the center of our little dramatic world. It costs us dearly, as you've pointed out, by taking away our power and turning our fate over to others. Pain is ubiquitous, suffering is optional. We suffer so and we do so unnecessarilly. We, in this case, are the majority of muslims of which I am not a member but I really felt as one when you described your fears on the bus. We are all in this together....

Greg

July 25, 2005 5:34 pm  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

Ahmed,

The funniest conspiracy theory came after the Asia tsunami. Many ME people said it was caused by Israelis and Americans while conducting nuclear bomb tests under the ocean.

That was the best I've heard at the time.

July 25, 2005 6:03 pm  
Blogger Goesh said...

You are in a difficult position. I like the idea that Big Pharoh had.

July 25, 2005 6:10 pm  
Blogger DaKruser said...

Ahmad,
I know it is easy for me to say this here, and difficult for me to back up in action at this moment, but that incident you described is a prime example of where the MAIN population of the Moslem world must step forward.
Had that man INTENDED to blow you up, you would have been dead anyway. When Radicals intimidate entire populations by screaming a single slogan, no matter what it is, WE, ie, the REST of Society must stand as one against it. Whether it would be a member of the KKK in the US South, or Germany and the Nazis, or England and the Islamists. It must be made obvious that the MAJORITY will not be intimidated by the loud and obnoxious Minorities.
Stay strong! We need your voice and all the others to proclaim the GOOD in MOST people, no matter WHERE they live or what they believe.
DaKruser

July 25, 2005 6:56 pm  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Fay,
This is a good one, it's the best LOL

DaKruser,
I agree with you. We (Muslims) MUST do something. And I believe many Muslims are realising this now.

Two days ago, a friend of mine was saying we need something to identify us against terrorism. And when he said it, everyone agreed. I was, like, this what I've been talking about, YES.

July 25, 2005 8:37 pm  
Blogger DaKruser said...

I've confidence in you, Ahmad, and those like you. I have many Moslem friends and aquaintences with whom I've *cussed* and DIS-cussed this issue. These clowns feast on fear, and until we begin to make them realize that the general population will no longer be cowed, they will continue.
Bullies are all the same, this is just a much bigger and dangerous school-yard. They need to be beaten down by the "rest of the class".

July 25, 2005 11:16 pm  
Blogger janet in venice said...

well, you can take some cues and courage from what the passengers in the 4th hijacked airliner on 9-11 did. having learned by cell phone from their families what the first three planes did, they made up their minds that it was not going to happen with THEM. They got up and overwhelmed the hostage takers in the seating sections and probably broke into the pilot's cabin and took down the hijackers. yes the plane cartwheelied across the sky and plowed into the countryside, but that last plane never found its mark as the terrorists intended it to. and having learned from THAT scenario, passengers on planes everywhere became galvanized and determined it would never happen again. when rchard reid tried to light his shoe bomb on a flight shortly after, the entire passenger population ganged up on him, clobbered him, tied him up, shot him full of tranquilizers from the first aid kit onboard, and kept him immobilized under guard until the plane landed and then they turned him over to the FBI and all the agencies waiting for him at the airport.
You as a muslim and as a londoner, can take your heart from this. Rather than edge away from a suspicious character who gets on the bus or the train, stand up and in a voice all can hear, address the person and tell them outright: we do not trust you! we refuse to ride with you! If anyone feels as i do, stand up with me or raise your hands and show how many of you feel the same!
if there are more who agree with you by show of hands or standing up, firmly indicate to the offender to get off the train or bus immediately. if you find yourself in the minority, then YOU be the one to get off at the next opportunity. the native americans have this saying: " It is a good day to die" when they make peace with the liklihood that they will not see the end of the day. It settles the mind for walking into whatever is going to come.
If you yourself are challenged in this way, meet it with equanimity: depending on how you feel at the time, either state your own genuine sentiments as to what you feel yourself to be, and how you share the same uneasiness yourself now, when you see radical looking Muslims--or graciously agree to step off the conveyance for the comfort of everyone present.
But don't just cower silently and do nothing. Be a bringer together. speak truth to fear and to power. voice what everyone else is thinking. Make it known. there are more of us than there are of the criminals.
it's rather like the elephant afraid of the mouse, the zebra afraid of the bird. the individual is afraid, but the realization that all of you together can remove, overpower, stop a singular individual from taking from you what you would not surrender- -you HAVE THAT at hand, RIGHT NOW.
and remmember--the chances are, a suicide bomber is not going to even know his pack is rigged to blow. usually they are duped into carrying the cargo, beleiving they are merely conveying it to someone up the line who will be taking it from them when they reach their destination. Demand to see the contents of suspicious rucksacks, right there in front of everyone. Demand that odd looking characters explain themselves if they make people uncomfortable. take a vote among yourselves,the passengers, and ask if everyone wants the person to get off, and if so, ask for volunteers to help you PUT the person off with the strength of your numbers.

remember-- it wasn't the US government or the US miliary who prevented that 4th plane from hitting its target. it was the resolve and steel of the average US citizen, men and women, who got up acted.

July 26, 2005 8:13 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you think that the Americans and the Israelis are doing their best to help the world and bring peace and happiness to all?
I am not defending terrorism, nor I think it is or ever will be a solution, and I am not a conspiracy theorist either.
But let's be a bit rational and go back a bit, two years earlier or even less suicide bombers in Israel were looked up to in a way, even Sherie Blair mentioned once, that to kill someone's self must be for a good reason. Now people are making fun of them and they think they are mad people. Israel fought hard to prove to the world that these bombers are going to invade the whole world and I think now they proved their point! I won't be surprised if the mosad sponsor indirectly the terror in the world. Those fanatics are easy target and they have been flourishing lately.The world looks at Israel now as the only civilized country amongst the middle east, and it is, that is a fact.

I just want to say that it hurts me the same if an Israeli, Palestinian or Iraqi child gets hurt, so I am not backing these killings.
I am with building good relations with everyone Americans, Israelis and the devil himself but on an equal basis.

The bottom line is we the middle eastern have to open our eyes and do something.
America or Israel can conspire to protect their interests, anyone would do that if they could. The problem is in the people who allows them to conspire against.

July 26, 2005 12:01 pm  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Anon,

I am sorry, but I don't know where you stand! You are against terrorism, not a conspiracy theorist, for good relationship with anyone on mutual basis; yet you won't be supprised if the mossad are behind terrorism, and think that the US and Israel are conspiring against us to protect their interest.

That sound like a conspiracy to me!

"The bottom line is we the middle eastern have to open our eyes and do something."

Yes, I would say it's about time that Middle Easterners wake up. But not wake up to realise there is a conspiracy against them (they already believe that), but wake up to help themselves, to accept and ask for help, to accept the west and Israel as friends, and to stop thinking of themselves as very smart and superior or as victims.

July 26, 2005 2:42 pm  
Anonymous Don Cox said...

"we are just a bunch of powerless, unfortunate victims, targeted by some conspiracy or another."___Well, you are. A conspiracy started by extremist religious fanatics who happen to be Muslims, and have established a cult that recruits from among Muslims.

August 01, 2005 12:55 pm  

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