July 01, 2004

Muslim Condemnation of Terrorists

I think we should all highlight when muslims condemn muslim terrorists forcefully and point out that this is what we expect from other muslims who claim moderation but offer no such forceful condemnations:

At a Friday prayer meeting in Karbala, a spokesman for Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani told worshipers that Al Qaeda's top leaders are "filthy infidels". He names Osama bin Laden and the Jordanian-born terrorist purportedly operating in Iraq, Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi. He says they are "bastards" who "nurture malignance" against Shiite Muslims. A prominent Shiite leader was assassinated in Iraq on Thursday night. Al Qaeda's leadership is made up of Sunni Muslims from the Wahabi sect.

I'd say that "filthy infidels" is just about the right tone. Moderates don't have to be wimps. They do have to draw broad lines that even us "people of the Book" can use to differentiate between them and the nihilistic death cultists they claim not to support.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Posted by TMLutas at July 1, 2004 02:00 AM