Not All Muslims are Terrorists, But All Terrorists Are Muslims


In my debate review of, “Is Islam a Threat to Modern Society,” I provided citations to prove the above assertion incorrect. To further my response, I would like to provide a complementary quote from Chris Hedges:

The Afghans, the Iraqis, the Yemenis, the Pakistanis, and the Somalis know what American military forces do. They do not need to read WikiLeaks. It is we who remain ignorant. Our terror is delivered daily to the wretched of the earth with industrial weapons. But to us, it is invisible. We do not stand over the decapitated body and eviscerated bodies left behind on city and village streets by our missiles, drones and fighter jets.

We do not listen to the wails and shrieks of parents embracing the shattered bodies of their children. We do not see the survivors of air attacks bury their mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters. We are not conscious of the long night of collective humiliation, repression, and powerlessness that characterizes existence in Israel’s occupied territories, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

We do not see the boiling anger that war and injustice turn into a cauldron of hate over time. We are not aware of this very natural lust for revenge against those who carry out or symbolize this oppression. We see only the final pyrotechnics of terror, the shocking moments when the rage erupts into an inchoate fury and the murder of innocents. And willfully uninformed, we do not understand our own complicity. We self-righteously condemn the killers as subhuman savages who deserve more of the violence that created them.

This is a recipe for endless terror.

He continues:

Manning, by providing a window into the truth, opened up the possibility of redemption. She offered hope for a new relationship with the Muslim world, one based on compassion and honesty, on the rule of law, rather than on the cold brutality of industrial warfare. But by refusing to heed the truth that Manning laid before us, by ignoring the crimes committed daily in our name, we not only continue to swell the ranks of our enemies but put the lives of our citizens in greater jeopardy.

Manning showed us through the documents she released to WikiLeaks what all Iraqis know. They have endured hundreds of rapes and murders, along with systematic torture by the military and police of the puppet government we installed. None of the atrocities from the leaked videos and documents were investigated. Manning provided the data showing that between 2004 and 2009 there were at least 109,032 “violent deaths” in Iraq, including those of 66,081 civilians, and that coalition troops were responsible for at least 195 unreported civilian deaths.

In the “Collateral Murder” video, she allowed us to watch as a US helicopter attacked unarmed civilians in Baghdad and as a US Army tank then crushed one of the wounded lying on the street. The actions of the US military in this one video alone, as law professor Marjorie Cohn has pointed out, violate Article 85 of the First Protocol of the Geneva Conventions, which prohibits the targeting of civilians; Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, which requires that the wounded be treated; and Article 17 of the First Protocol, which permits civilians to rescue and care for the wounded without being harmed.

These quotes were taken from Chris Hedges’s, Wages of Rebellion, pages 186-188.

and God knows best.

3 comments

  • Yeh Timothy McVeigh, White supremacists, MS14, Militant Black Panthers, Warren Jeffs, Manson, the zodiac, Irish rebels, satanic cults they arent terrorists! Cults, including islamic-centered cults are all terrorist when they graduate to murder are terrorists. While I support Israel, the Zionist movement of the early 20th century were very lethal and killed acored of people in reclaiming their homeland. We call Islamists terrorists and will assume the Zionist movement wasn’t because we were ok with the cause. The cause they fought for is irrelevant, we dont kill people regardless of how unjust the said group is treated. The KGB, N. Korea who incite towards war are state actirs but still terrorists. Any group who commits violent acts for
    their vain cause and they are all terrorists. But no one can deny that extreme Islamists have a particular disdain for western culture and they do commit the vast terror attacks we see today, mainly because the governments that run their state are often complacent or dont have the resource to police their population. The hyper zealous christians of the past, oppressed and killed everyone who didnt live according to their hypocrisy. Terrorists comes in all flavors and for different reasons. Be truthful. But the wahhabi borne of Saudi Arabia, and their strict enforcement of Sharia, is the major perpetuator of major crimes against humanity. The durge of ethiopia, the military subjugation in Myanmar, militant groups in the Philippines and cambodia, the Viet Kong, the lockerby bombers, even extremist right wingers and the far left inciting riots and killing people through their fanaticism should hold the same designation. If you murder anybody neither by accident or because you have a vendetta specifically from a personal revenge for a certain transgression that person committed against you, and bit by association is terrorism and there are plenty. Remember the Norweigien who fir no good freaking reason went and killed 78 children at a school in New Zealand, or the kid who shot up the Charleston church to create a race war- these are all terrorists- so I am sorry but you are wrong. Was Hitler, Stalin, Mao tse chng, Mussolini, and Al Assad not terrorizing and mass murdering – is that not terror?!? Come on wise up.

  • I agree with your comment, my post is a response to the title of the post, a common argument.

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