This column reflects widespread assumptions: bin Laden’s death “offers an opportunity for moderate Muslims to reclaim their faith from a man who hijacked it in the name of global jihad.”
They had to wait for bin Laden to die to “reclaim their faith”?
What form of Islam, what school of jurisprudence, what sect, actually rejects “global jihad”?
It has been almost ten years since 9/11. Over those years I have seen countless articles saying that it’s time for moderate Muslims to step up, to start fighting against their belligerent and supremacist coreligionists, to reclaim their faith, and so on. How many more years will it take before non-Muslim analysts start to consider the implications of the fact that moderate Muslims haven’t stepped up, haven’t created a significant counterweight in the Islamic world or in Islamic communities in the West to the jihadists, haven’t proffered any traditional form of Islam that rejects violence and supremacism, or even any new form that acknowledges and confronts the sources within Islamic texts and teachings of violence and supremacism?
How long before people get a clue?
From Ken Connor’s “We Got Him!” at Town Hall, May 8:
We finally got him. Almost a decade after the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, justice has been meted out to the mastermind of Islamic terror, Osama bin Laden.
Though it may seem morbid to rejoice and celebrate over the killing of a person, his demise offers those afflicted by the tragedy of 9/11 an important sense of closure, and the men and women who have put their lives on the line in the War on Terror a feeling of great triumph. It also offers an opportunity for moderate Muslims to reclaim their faith from a man who hijacked it in the name of global jihad….