According to this apparently “moderate” Muslim, the real problem with Islamic extremism is not that jihadis wage war against infidels, subjugating dhimmis, and, in general terrorizing people all around the world, but that Muslims are also sometimes killed. “Real issue is extremists killing fellow Muslims,” by Mahmood Eladi, for Canada.com, July 24:
In this debate about crisis in Islam, it is forgotten that the real issue may be the slaughter of fellow Muslims by extremist Islamists and the unwillingness of most Muslims to speak out.
To be sure: Muslims should speak out — but not against the fact that “fellow Muslims” are being slaughtered, but that fellow human beings, irrespective of religion, are being slaughtered.
As Pervez Hoodbhoy, at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, recently wrote in Pakistani daily Dawn: “The recent killing of eleven Pakistani soldiers at Gora Prai (in tribal areas) by American and NATO forces across the border in Afghanistan unleashed an amazing storm. Prime Minister Gilani declared: ‘We will take a stand for sovereignty, integrity and self-respect.’ But had the killers been the Taliban, this would have been a non-event. … Compare the response to Gora Prai with near silence about recent kidnapping and slaughter by Baitullah Mehsud’s (Taliban leader) fighters of 28 men near Tank, some of whom were shot and others had their throats cut. These murders were largely ignored or, when noted, simply shrugged off.”