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Friday, September 25, 2009

Muslim Terrorists

So another self-anointed terrorist tried to blow up a 60 some story office building in Dallas yesterday. Of course it was all over the news --- very dramatic. At least it gave the nightly news people here locally something exciting to talk about. There were a couple of observations that one could make here. One is short term and situational. The other is longer term and philosophic. Let's take them in that order.

So this so-called terrorist tried to blow up an office building. But he failed. Why did he fail? Actually there are several reasonable hypotheses to form on that question. For starters, he was in the U.S. illegally - so the Immigration & Naturalization Service ("INS") was already after him. It's a little hard to remain inconspicuous when you're at that status.

Then there's the fact that he was only 19 years old and not very wise. But I suppose the biggest indication of his foolishness was the fact that he turned to strangers on the Internet from whom to purchase the bomb he planned to use. As his luck would have it, the strangers he turned to and purchased the bomb from happened to be the FBI (the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations). They are the ones who actually sold him the bomb ... and they were smart enough to sell him a fake bomb.

So this guy was not a genius. But perhaps the longer term observation can be made about Islam in general. Yes, he claimed to be Muslim. He claimed that his objective, his mission from god, was to kill the Christians and Jews who might be in or around that Dallas office tower. And the world was not surprised.

I suspect the true Muslims cringed, saying to themselves, "Oh no, not another nut job! Why do these crazies always have to tell people that they're Muslim? We'll never get taken seriously if they don't stop this nonsense!" And you know, they would be right in saying that. Islam will never be taken seriously as long as it has these nut jobs setting out to destroy innocent people in the name of that religion.

I noticed an advertisement on the side of a city bus this week. It was advertising Islam, and inviting the viewer to a web site or phone number if they wanted to get answers about Islam. I suspect Islam will have to do more about public relations than advertisements on the side of city buses. These self-appointed terrorists are just about to ruin Islam's reputation with sane, rational people.

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