Counter Islamophobes With Positive Narrative
18 July 2016
By Khaled Almaeena
TERRORIST attacks — whether in the West or East — reflect criminal behavior
and adherence to that mindset.
With every attack — unless the perpetrator has a Muslim name — no mention of
his religion is ever made. However, if there is any remote link to Islam or
Muslims, there is a huge outcry.
Even people like presidential hopeful Donald Trump and his former rival Ted
Cruz, who have no idea of the city or country where an attack takes place,
jump on the bandwagon. Not only do they condemn it but they howl and bay for
After the murderous attack in Nice committed by a Tunisian, many Muslims —
seculars, liberals, socialists and agnostics alike — braced ''for yet another
spate of attacks''.
However, this time it was not the usual barrage.
The perpetrator was a drug addict who fathered a couple of children out of
wedlock. He was not religious, ate pork. He suffered from depression, had
alcoholic rages and prior convictions.
There were no links to any terror group. He had never gone to a mosque!!
His first few victims were Muslims and he killed at random. To
those in the subcontinent whose hateful tweets I endure, let me say that in
the summer season Cannes and Nice become Gulf cities and the rich and the
powerful can be seen walking day and night on the corniche. Everyone knows
that I am sure including the killer. So religion or ideology was NEVER a
But for ''ignorant, hateful and bigoted Islamophobes, it makes no
difference'', as stated by Abdul Malik Mujahid, president of Sound Vision
Management in Chicago.
Even the Paris attackers were drug dealers, drunkards and low lives.
So how do we challenge the false narratives by every petty
politician and media wannabe? Not by going into a shell, but giving our own
We have nothing to hide. Yes, we have criminal elements in our society, but
they are far less dangerous than the devious policy makers in some countries
who wage war, destroy countries and create conditions that have led to this
Check the Pentagon-funded research of Dr. Robert Pape which has a complete
database on its website along with books, articles and graphics documenting
how there were no suicide bombings in any Muslim country until the invasion of
Afghanistan and the Iraq war, according to Abdul Malik Mujahid.
We reject Daesh, we reject all forms of terror, we abhor killings and by and
large are a peaceful people.
And to those in authority in the Muslim world, I say: Apply good governance,
rule of law, justice and meritocracy so that no one will be disfranchised and
We will not go on cowering or apologize any more.
Terrorism is an international phenomenon. It does not have a religious or
national label. It is the duty of all to contain it.
— The writer is Editor-at-Large. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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