In the West, the object of the war on
terror is to stop the terrorism. In the Islamic world, the goal is the same,
but only if you are in an area subject to terrorism. This particular angle is
often overlooked in the West. But if you go take a look at Islamic,
particularly Arab, media, you will find some very scary stuff on this subject.
Mainstream, mass media kind of scary stuff, not obscure, fringe kind of scary
stuff. How scary? How about "news" that calls suicide bombers, attacking
Western targets, heroes, and praises their work. This stuff rarely gets
translated into English, for inclusion in English versions of Arab media. It's
apparently considered an insider thing, a family secret that is best not shared
with the rest of the world.
This stuff is nothing new. On September 11, 2001,
Western expatriates working in Arab countries were shocked to see many of their
Arab co-workers quite happy with the two towers coming down. High fives all
around. When some expats confronted Arabs associates about this, they got a
shrug, or perhaps a muttered, "you wouldn't understand." Apparently not.
Opinion polls in late 2001 showed Arab populations rather sympathetic towards
the suicide terrorists who killed all those kafirs (non-Moslems). The Arabs
also tended to be against the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, and even more
hostile towards the invasion of Iraq. But when al Qaeda started setting off
bombs in Saudi Arabia, public opinion there quickly turned against Islamic
terrorists. Same thing happened in Jordan, when an al Qaeda suicide bomber
massacred Moslems attending a wedding.
Al Qaedas popularity has declined, year by year, as
the terrorists continue to slaughter Moslems in Iraq. Yet the same Arabs who
condemn killing Moslems in Iraq, are more forgiving when the victims are
kafirs. In other words, a lot of Moslems talk peaceful coexistence, but approve
of Islamic terrorists killing non-Moslems.
Many Moslems know that this attitude will not play
well in the West. Thus the official policy of Moslem countries is to condemn
Islamic terrorists. Yet the mass media in those countries is rather more
sympathetic to these killers. There is also a tolerance for talk of a global
Islamic empire (the "caliphate," despite the fact that the last one that meant
anything went away a thousand years ago.)
Palestinian mass media is particularly effusive
towards Islamic terrorists, especially if they are killing Israelis. Same with
Iranian mass media. When Saddam was in power, it was the same in Iraq. With
Saddam gone, and Iraqi media uncensored, there's still a lot of praise for
"holy martyrs" (except for the ones killing Iraqis).
Many in the West believe that all this
pro-terrorist talk will go away once economic prosperity comes to the Islamic
world. Somewhat, but keep in mind that most middle and upper class Moslems
share these pro-terrorist attitudes. So let's just face the fact that, if you
are a kafir (and most people on the planet are), a whole lot of Moslems want
you dead or converted to Islam. Unless you're Jewish, in which case only dead
will do. You can look it up. In the Arab media.
Have a nice day.