By Abdul Khan
Nov 21, 2014
Yesterday, I came across your show where you painted the whole Muslim population with the same color of ISIS and Islamic fundamentalism.
Sometimes, as a Muslim, it becomes unbearable to watch the criticism coming from those people who do not know anything about Islam, sitting in tall buildings, in fully air conditioned room with hell of a makeup on their face. But you were right on many counts especially when talking about the liberal values such as freedom of speech, women equality, freedom to leave the religion, treating minorities equal — not being present in the Islamic world.
But what astonishes me the most is your hypocrisy. Before commenting on Muslims, you should have asked yourself, where were you when your government was supporting the dictators who were against these same liberal values? Where were you, when your government was busy toppling the democratically elected governments all over the world ? You never told your viewers about the sanctions on Iraq which killed half a million children and deprived others of their basic human rights. I bet you were watching television, with popcorn in one hand, when people were being killed in Pakistan and Yemen, just because they appear in a certain way and fall in a certain age group, by your tax funded drones.
Sitting in a high rise and giving your opinion about things which are happening several thousands of kilometers away is very easy, living under buzzing sounds of drones and constant occupation and humiliation is entirely different experience.
You said Muslims are not brave enough to speak out against these terrorist groups. They speak out Mr. Bill, but nobody gives them airtime because they don’t fit into the image purported by your liberal media. That is the reason, nobody knows about the event when 120 prominent Muslim leaders around the world signed a letter condemning ISIS and their methods, in September this year.
Essentially you branded all of the Muslim population as murderous, blood thirsty, fundamentalist horde. Well you know what, if we are murderous and blood thirsty religion what will you call yourself and your country’s army which has killed millions of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan and still they continue doing so with laser guided precision strikes. As Ben Affleck pointed out correctly, you have killed more Muslims in the last decade than Muslims have killed in the last century.
Here is an interesting fact for you; Iran the so called “evil country” fought its last war with Iraq which ended in August 1988. Since then how many wars have America fought? How many governments have they toppled? Yeah keep counting. But only Muslims are bloodthirsty monsters!
I am not writing this article to prove or disprove anybody, but to express myself in front of the world, a world which has been hell bent on destroying the Middle Eastern Muslim countries since the World War 1.
I apologize to you that Muslims, as a community, never stood up against the tyranny of imperialistic powers, they just watched the neighborhood burning and when the fire reached their homes they simply didn't have anywhere to go. I apologize to you that we simply stood numb, when Britain, France and other western countries carved out our lands and distributed it among themselves as the spoils of war. I apologize to you that we have not tried hard enough to remain united in front of the invading armies. I apologize to you that we have allowed foreign countries to plunder our resources as our leaders descended into corruption and chaos. I apologize to you that we were not strong enough to rise and fight against the barbaric rulers of our country installed at the throne by your governments.
I apologize to you that I am writing this article, because as I write, I am sure many children would have lost their parents, sisters their brothers, fathers their sons, some of them would have been slaughtered with their whole family in places like Rakhine (Myanmar), Gaza, West Bank, Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and most of them in the name of collateral damages.
And yet we are the most violent and barbaric race on earth!