The Stockholm Spectator GroupBlog takes Swedish columnist GÃ¶ran Greider to task for his sympathy for the Beslan terrorists. Unfortunately, this moral myopia is not confined to Sweden; just yesterday I got into a discussion here with a self-proclaimed Muslim who justified suicide bombing in cases of “occupation.” So many analysts, when confronted with Islamic jihad, turn the discussion to Western colonialism. But jihad existed long before colonialism.
I don’t agree with all the assessments in this statement, but the fundamental point is sound. (Thanks to Ali Dashti for the link.)
Taking a leaf from Noam Chomsky”s post-9/11 playbook, Sweden’s GÃ¶ran Greider today voiced sympathy for the terrorists who had, at last count, slaughtered at least 150 innocent children in Ossetia. Greider quips that it “isn’t impossible to explain [these] acts of terror,” citing the tortured past of Chechnya and its people. Translation: terror is a legitimate response to colonial repression.
Not surprisingly, Greider tosses Iraq and Israel into the mix for good measure. His analysis is firmly rooted in the notion that “brutal colonialism” rightfully begets terror. But, as Michael Moynihan pointed out to me the other day, Mr. Greider, unwittingly perhaps, ignores one of the most ruthless and longstanding occupations of all time: that of Tibet by the Chinese. Does anybody recall the last time a pack of repressed religious Tibetans employed terror to send a message to their occupiers? Can someone please direct me to statements by the Dalai Lama sanctioning civilian casualties in the name of freedom? This is not about occupation, it’s about militant Islam. Period.
These latest events in Russia, as well as the Moscow theater siege in late October 2002, have one chilling thing in common: ties to Arab terror organizations. Greider half-heartedly admits that the Chechen “rebels” “may have cooperated” with Al-Qaeda operatives; however, Russian officials have now confirmed that 10 of the terrorists were in fact Arabs. Terrorists without borders, as it were…..nothing — and I mean nothing — legitimizes acts of terror targeting innocent men, women, and children. Greider should be ashamed.