ACCORDING TO NEWS REPORTS, Muslims in France, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are condemning the Muslim attack on the French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo that resulted in the deaths of 12 people.
Given the expressions of joy shown by many Muslims after 9-11-2001 when more than 3,000 civilians died as Muslims flew planes into the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Virginia - and tried, but were prevented by the plane's passengers, to fly into the White House, we must wonder Why the Muslim leadership in France, Pakistan, and Afghanistan are condemning Muslim terrorism now..
THE ANSWER MAY LIE in the number of European Christians who took to the streets to protest the massacre in Paris.
Adding to the display of indignation, the Times of Israel has an article headlined Muslim places of worship targeted in France that Muslim places of worship in two French towns were fired upon overnight, leaving no casualties, prosecutors said on Thursday.
Three dummy grenades were thrown at a mosque shortly after midnight in the city of Le Mans, west of Paris. A bullet hole was also found in a window of the mosque.
In the Port-la-Nouvelle district near Narbonne in southern France, several shots were fired in the direction of a Muslim prayer hall shortly after evening prayers. The hall was empty, the local prosecutor said.
An explosion at a kebab shop near a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone on Thursday morning also left no casualties. Local prosecutors have described it as a “criminal act.”
Interestingly enough, the Times also reports that “Pakistan condemns the brutal terrorist attack in Paris that resulted in the loss of many lives and has left several others injured,” Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
“Pakistan deplores terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. We extend our condolences to the government and people of France on the loss of life.”
Islamabad’s condemnation comes at a time when blasphemy laws are being increasingly invoked against Pakistan’s beleaguered minorities, with rights groups claiming they are abused to settle personal scores.
The Times adds that In neighboring Afghanistan, where rallies were held against the same magazine in 2012, President Ashraf Ghani branded the attack as “heinous.”
“Killing of defenseless people and civilians is a heinous act of terror, there is no justification for this heinous act,” he said in a statement.
The Afghan Taliban meanwhile published an article on their website describing the killings as “an alarm bell for those who have in the past insulted Islam and the prophet,” but stopping short of openly supporting the attack.
Fox News is taken to task by Media Matters for America under the headline What Fox Won't Show You: Muslim Leaders Are Condemning The Paris Terror Attack which claims that Fox ignored American Muslim organizations condemnation of the Paris attack.
The criticism may be valid; I challenge anyone to name a date, time, and place that these condemnations were made via mass media (tv, newspapers).
MEANWHILE, IN ENGLAND, the Iman Anjem Choudary seems to condone the Paris attack and attacks on any one - Muslim or not - who might disagree with his take on Islam.
An article in the Wall Street Journal, Muslim Leaders Condemn Attack, Warn on Anti-Islamic Sentiment in Europe, quotes Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu saying he warned that anti-Islamic sentiment in Europe was fueling terrorism.
“We need to battle both Islamophobia and terrorism. We underlined the dangers of increased racism, discrimination and Islamophobia in Europe time and time and again. These are directly linked to terrorism. They affect each other,” he said.
The WSJ notes that Spectacular terrorist attacks by Sunni radical groups have hit Islamic capitals with increasing frequency in recent months. Early Wednesday, a suicide bomber driving a minibus killed at least 33 people in the heart of Yemen’s capital San’a as cadets gathered to enroll at a police academy which may suggest why some Muslims in leadership positions are condemning the Paris massacre.
Between the Islamic terrorists and the "infidels" who are tiring of having their nations turned into bloody abattoirs*, moderate Muslims are finding themselves between the anvil and the hammer (rock and a hard spot).
- Abattoir = slaughterhouse