Friday, September 15, 2006

Islam is Growing

Islam and radicalism is not only growning in the Middle east. I took this picture in London!

A British newspaper had a piece about a British born Muslim on trial because he is accused of plotting terror bombings in Britain.

Omar Khyam, 24, who is alleged to have been a member of an Al Qaeda cell praised Taliban in court and spoke about how he attended a training camp in Pakistan for foreigners.

The weird thing is that this guy is 100% British. He was the captain of his school's cricket team. His grandfather was an officer in the British army and he was brought up in a moderate Muslim home that did not pay much attention to religion, but as a teenager he began going to radical Islamic meetings and the rest is obvious.

In court, Omar Khyam said, "9/11 made me happy because America was and is the greatest enemy of Islam and they had put puppet regimes in Muslim countries and dictatorships through which they secure their interest. he was asked, "Which countries?" and his answer was, "The majority of the Middle East. Saudi, Egypt, Jordan."

I believe that radical Islam is a reaction to the screwed up state of Muslim nations where there is so much injustice and suffering. Have you ever wondered why there are no terrorist attacks against Japan (although Japanese are considered non believers by Muslim Fanatics)? The West on the other hand has been the target of many attacks.

It has nothing to do with being Christian or Shintu or Budhist or whatever. It has more to do with the perceived historic role of the West in fucking up the Middle East and other Muslim countries.

Is the West responsible for the dictatorships in these countries? Debatable, but the problem of radical Islam is going to get worse before it gets better, I think. And it won't get better before democracy and freedom prevail in Muslim countries.

This is not as simple as it sounds because the Mslim world is so fucked up today, that democracy will bring theocratic regimes (e.g.: Hamas in Palestine and the Muslim Brothers in Egypt).

Oil is another problem. As long as there is oil in the Middle Eatern wells, the West will support the oppressive regimes in the region because turmoil is not good for the markets. Subsequently, nothing will change in countries like Saudi, Egypt and Jordan. You'll get more angry young people who hate the West and blame it for everything they suffer from and the bloodshed goes on.

Depressing :(


  • I'm convinced, 100%, that if these "Islamists," "fanatics," "Islamofascists" or whatever the hell else anyone wants to call them spent as much energy trying to fix their OWN COUNTRIES instead of trying to topple the West (an impossible dream) that we wouldn't be in this mess. Egypt would be a better place to live if this were to happen.

    I'm afraid what's going to happen in the next century or even decade. I agree with you, I think it's gonna get much worse before it ever gets better. Why? Just like you said, Islamic extremism is spreading like wild fire all over the world and especially the mideast.


    By Blogger Egypeter, At 4:33 PM, September 15, 2006  

  • Peter I am not a very religious person myself, but I dont mind people practicing their religion on certain conditions:

    Religion has to be a peaceful personal and private thing. Practiced in a home, church, mosque or whatever (not in public). I oppose institutionalised religion, religious states and any form of intimidating gatherings or groups. I strongly oopose enforcing religious views on others or using religion to discriminate against people on the basis of gender, sexuality or ethnicity. If religious people dont do these things, then I dont mind them.

    By Blogger zabinzo, At 8:05 PM, September 15, 2006  

  • Zab - I couldn't agree with you more :)

    "Religion if for God and the Motherland is for all!"

    Religion is SUPPOSED to be a personal thing.

    By Blogger Egypeter, At 8:56 PM, September 15, 2006  

  • Sadly I'm increasingly of the view that all religion is a mental illness.... just look how religious people behave!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 9:23 PM, September 16, 2006  

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