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July 25th, 2011
01:53 PM ET

My Take: Norway attacks show why you can't #blamethemuslims

Editor's Note: Imam Khalid Latif is a chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of the school's Islamic Center.

By Khalid Latif, Special to CNN

In the immediate aftermath of 1995’s Oklahoma City bombing, much of the news media rushed to suggest that a Muslim, or at least a Middle Eastern connection, was behind the attack.

News reports on television and in print featured Middle East terrorism experts claiming the Oklahoma City attack echoed a World Trade Center bombing two years earlier and that it contained parallels to recent Mideast attacks.

The FBI picked up Ibrahim Ahmad, a Jordanian American, for questioning in an initial dragnet.

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Of course, it turned out that the attacker was homegrown and named Timothy McVeigh, not a Muslim.

Sixteen years later, not much has changed.

The tragic events that took place in Norway on Friday provoked initial accusations against Muslims worldwide. Of course, that proved to be the farthest thing from the truth.

Anders Behring Breivik, the confessed bomber and shooter in this horrendous act, was not motivated by the teachings of Islam, but by the teachings of those who oppose Islam.

A 1,500-page manifesto that appears to be written by Breivik is an anti-Islamic tirade.

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“Since the creation of Islam in the 7th century and to up to this day, the Islamic Jihad has systematically killed more than 300 million non Muslims and tortured and enslaved more than 500 million individuals,” it says.

“Since 9/11 2001, more than 12, 000 Jihadi terrorist attacks have occurred,” it continues. “… This trend will continue as long as there are non-Muslim targets available and as long as Islam continues to exist.”

An inappropriate response to Norway’s acts of violence would be the condemnation of Christianity, or a claim that religion itself breeds violence and hatred, though the manifesto repeatedly invokes the defense of Christianity as a primary reason for violently defeating multiculturalism and combating the “Islamic colonization” of Europe.

The expectation shouldn't be that white Christian males should now be scrutinized at airports or profiled by TSA workers. It's wrong when it happens to Muslims and it would be just as wrong if it happened to anyone else.

A more appropriate response would be to expand the conversation around terrorism and violent extremism beyond Islam and the Muslim community. The Norway attacks highlight why congressional hearings should not be held on solely on radicalization in the Muslim community, but should focus on radicalization more broadly.

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It's also imperative that training for law enforcement and other governmental offices on Islamic doctrine and law not to be conducted by those who present the normative understanding of Islam to be something that is radical. Our focus should be the safety of all citizens in any country from every act of violence or terrorism.

By cultivating a narrative that says Islam is the problem, we keep ourselves from maintaining that focus. All terrorist acts stem from an idea that it's OK to resort to violence in order to get what you want; that it's OK to kill to get the kind of world that you would like; that if we disagree, we cannot co-exist peacefully.

Over the weekend, #blamethemuslims became a trending topic on Twitter. The purpose of the hashtag was not to blame Muslims for the Norway attack, but show how Muslims are unfairly blamed and singled out regularly these days. The tragic events in Norway remind us that not all terrorists are Muslim and there is no reason that all Muslims should be treated like they are.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Norway. May God make things easy for them and grant us all the strength and courage to stand up against those who preach intolerance and hatred, even if they look like us, align politically with us, or practice the same religion we practice.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Khalid Latif.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Interfaith issues • Islam • Opinion • Terrorism

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  1. meeeee

    Yes we can !

    July 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      No, YOU can't. Some CONST I TUTION thing that I'll gladly come out of retirement to enforce.
      As our nation's enemies fear me, consider the source well.
      Idiot.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:46 am |
  2. sam

    and what about the jewish terrorism ..

    July 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • Rhonda

      You mean Jewish defense? Jewish retaliation?

      July 25, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      "the Jewish terrorism", explain it! I live right here at home, FINALLY, after over 27 years of military service to this land.
      DO you mean the Jew doctor that discussed the reasons WHY my wife could not be operated on, to which I found HIS diagnosis in agreement with my own. I read x-ray films drunk better than many radiologists. Courtesy of your tax dollars.
      Oh! I know! My OTHER Jewish doctor, who prescribed my medicines that keep me alive. HOW EVIL!
      Oh, I know! The Mossad! THEY fear me. As do the Taliban. As does al Qaeda. The latter junior members STILL seek to find me. I'm not THAT hard to find, their leaders forbid it.
      But then, over my career, if I could not get respect, I accepted fear in its place.
      I'm FAR nastier now, in my retirement.
      For, there is NOTHING WORSE than fighting someone who has NOTHING to lose...

      July 26, 2011 at 1:14 am |
  3. rhonda

    Yes we will always blame the Muslim jihadist terrorists for all of the violence that they commit. And we will blame the right extremists and the left extremists for the violence that they commit also. But make no mistake, these extremists have no love in their hearts, they are evil and are motivated by the evil and blackness that is in their hearts. Have you ever heard of anyone demonstrating against the Hindus when they want to build a huge beautiful mosque? No, because they are not violent. They assimilate into our society in a wonderful peaceful way. As long as Muslims continue to demand that the rest of the world change to their negative ways, and want to force everyone to accept Sharia Stupid Law, people will be against them, and against them building their mosques in their neighborhoods.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • SayWhaaa

      Which Muslims are saying that, You probably think Obama is a Muslim. Nobody is trying to kill you jeez give it a rest you're not even worth the bullet

      July 25, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      I WOULD agree with you, save for the *NEW* House un-American Activities Committee. Under the dis-Honorable Mr King, who TARGETED *ONE* extremist group, ignoring the hell out of a handful of heavily armed Christian groups.
      Sorry, but a bullet isn't friendly. EVER. If it's aimed at you, there are two choices: counter battery by sniper OR counter fire py force recon or other methods that I'll not reveal.
      Either recognize ALL threats or be inviting ANOTHER strike, from home.
      Here is a hint, there is NOTHING dirtier and nastier than a civil war.
      YOU seek that.
      I WILL prevent that. Period. Even IF it takes a Yellowstone super eruption to achieve. We are THAT nasty.
      As long as the species survives in SOME form...

      July 26, 2011 at 1:24 am |
  4. Whatever

    You would say that wouldn't you Khalid. It is the muslims fault. Every day more and more come in. 10 years ago I had never even met a muslim and now there are 2 on my very street here in Lancashire. They refuse to assimilate and corrupt our cultures, not to mention the fact that they have brought nothing but violence and crime, and indeed violent crime. I wish we could deport these animals.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • WorldIsRound

      That is the unfortunate truth of multiculturalism buddy. Funny, thing is no one talks about multiculturalism in Muslim nations but in only secular nations

      July 25, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      First, crimes are crimes. A foreigner SHOULD be deported AFTER sentence. PERIOD.
      YOU do it, WE do it.
      But then, I'm FAR from conversant with UK law OR US law.
      So, a violent "potential" offender is SOL, due to UK law. PERIOD.
      PER UK law.
      The US has FAR more protections than the UK at a national level.
      But then, the UK citizen can't figure out sovereignty of the STATE, as their counties are the same as the city, which is essentially the same as the individual...
      From THERE, it gets complicated in the extreme...
      Treaties and such.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:30 am |
  5. David

    Most of you just writting comments and don't even know anything about Islam. Go read the Quran itself and you will be surprized.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
    • WorldIsRound

      Yes, sure we will be surprised with the level of hatred for non-believers, atheists, Jews, practically anyone who is not a pious Muslim

      July 25, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • Sass87

      Totally agreed. The ignorance on this forum is kind of overwhelming.. definitely not what I would expect from CNN blogs. It disgusts me.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • CraigSF5

      No thanks. I've been surprised enough.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • Roger

      I read the Quran, and it is a vile piece of C.R.A.P...and I was not surprised at all.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • Sass87

      lol@ roger. Seriously.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
    • hah

      I'm surprised that, for someone claiming to have read the Quran, you missed the obscene amounts of violence and hate contained in that filthy book. It is a fire spouting work of fiction indeed.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
    • Sass87

      I'm surprised (who am I kidding.. of course I'm not surprised) that you don't try to understand the contextual relevance of your interpretation of violence in the Quran, for just like love, fear, hate, etc.. violence is and has always been present in this world, and you can not deny that.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • what?

      As a Brit I thought we were the masters of condescension but I must take off my hat to you. Well done.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • SayWhaaa

      Don'y even worry about these trolls David. They will blame everyone but themselves happily though most of these people are racist, ignorant, bigoted, and old so it won't be long before they die of.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
  6. WorldIsRound

    Muslims immigrate to secular nations and then demand special religious privileges while they deny the same in their own Islamic republic where they come from. With Islam it is just one way, their way, here or there. In the coming decade there will be much more friction between the isolationist and exclusive Muslim groups and reactionary extreme groups all across Europe. We see it already happening in UK. It is just a matter of time.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
    • SayWhaaa

      Yeah give me an example Mr. Islamic scholar, where in the UK is there sharia law, where in Europe is there sharia law creeping. The politics that is being played now politics that are breeding hatred equalled what happened in Norway.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • Oi

      @SayWhaaa: Here you go, partner. Check out the video.

      uncoverage.net/2010/06/sharia-law-creeping-into-american-cities-and-europe/

      July 26, 2011 at 12:38 am |
  7. el supremo1

    Until hard working god fearing Muslim people who I respect , out their radical brethren , this violence will continue. America allows you this privellage . Use it.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • SayWhaaa

      Have you outed the KKK yet as far as I know they are alive and kickin. Minorities will always suffer, and blame will always be delivered to them. And news flash this guy in norway was a white christian right wing fundamentalist terrorist, clean your own yard first

      July 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      First, religion is NOT a privilege. It was NEVER a privilege. It never WILL be a privilege.
      Unless you're shredding our const i tution.
      Try that and *I* will take up arms to place it back in force.
      As I'm a veteran of over 27 years of military service to this once great nation, once great, thanks to YOUR fascist ilk, you should take pause. You should take greater pause, considering my former career management field of special operations, because, to be blunt, I've killed far better than you with one hand while eating.
      I swore an oath many years ago, an oath to protect the const i tution and laws of this nation. While, I've retired last year from the military, I've NEVER considered my oath, my word of honor, to EVER have an expiration date.
      For, Ive said, while we raised our children, if I cannot have respect, I'll happily accept fear. Our lousy neighborhood learned it, our children learned respect, you should as well.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:07 am |
  8. Mr. Spock

    Don't blame the Muslims? Everyday we hear how they are attempting to force their way of life on the countries they move into. And they do nothing but threaten violence and death. It might be a small minority, but they say never underestimate the power of a few individuals. Blame Muslims everywhere.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • ROCKWOOD

      Unfortunately.....I have to agree with aspects of what you say.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
    • straight forward

      Muslims have the rights to live their life how ever they wish and they don't have to go by your guidelines. and this applies to muslims and non muslims. However, if you feel like muslims should wait for you to draw figure and outlines how they should live their life, then keep waiting!!

      July 25, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
    • Sass87

      lol wow. Re-read what you wrote, and think about it for a second. Isn't it coincidental that is what you HEAR everyday. What is the root of most of the media that you consume? Do your research and maybe things will start to make more sense as to WHY you constantly hear about this small group of individuals (and not the majority of the world). You should read up on Noam Chomsky.. he's very outspoken on commercial media enterprises.

      Mr

      July 26, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Yep! Why, Michigan has been totally taken over, departed the union and adopted sharia law, right? No?
      Aww, poop, your tirade fell apart.
      Now, compare religious extremists: Bombings, murders, mayhem, attempts to cause panic.
      Abortion clinic bombings, WTC bombing, airplanes, abortion clinic doctors blown up in their homes with their families present, Olympic Park bombing...
      Not the similarity of all? Fail to do so and you ARE an extremist, for if you are not disgusted by ANY of those, you ARE an extremist and should be on a watch list.
      Forever.
      Until you TRY to act.
      Then, get tucked nice and neatly under the prison forever.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:12 am |
  9. Reality

    ------------------------------------------–

    Some history in the arena of body-counts/atrocities:

    The New Testament has only one major atrocity, that of god committing filicide assuming you believe in this Christian mumbo jumbo. Said atrocity should be enough to vitiate all of Christianity.

    From the Old Testament:

    •Exodus 32: 3,000 Israelites killed by Moses for worshipping the golden calf.

    •Numbers 31: After killing all men, boys and married women among the Midianites, 32,000 virgins remain as booty for the Israelites. (If unmarried girls are a quarter of the population, then 96,000 people were killed.)

    •Joshua: ◦Joshua 8: 12,000 men and women, all the people of Ai, killed.
    ◦Joshua 10: Joshua completely destroys Gibeon ("larger than Ai"), Makeddah, Libnah, Lachish, Eglon, Hebron, Debir. "He left no survivors."
    ◦Joshua 11: Hazor destroyed. [Paul Johnson, A History of the Jews (1987), estimates the population of Hazor at ?> 50,000]
    ◦TOTAL: if Ai is average, 12,000 x 9 = 108,000 killed.

    •Judges 1: 10,000 Canaanites k. at Battle of Bezek. Jerusalem and Zephath destroyed.
    •Judges 3: ca. 10,000 Moabites k. at Jordan River.
    •Judges 8: 120,000 Midianite soldiers k. by Gideon
    •Judges 20: Benjamin attacked by other tribes. 25,000 killed.

    •1 Samuel 4: 4,000 Isrealites killed at 1st Battle of Ebenezer/Aphek. 30,000 Isr. k. at 2nd battle.
    •David: ◦2 Samuel 8: 22,000 Arameans of Damascus and 18,000 Edomites killed in 2 battles.
    ◦2 Samuel 10: 40,000 Aramean footsoldiers and 7,000 charioteers killed at Helam.
    ◦2 Samuel 18: 20,000 Israelites under Absalom killed at Ephraim.

    •1 Kings 20: 100,000 Arameans killed by Israelites at Battle of Aphek. Another 27,000 killed by collapsing wall.

    •2 Chron 13: Judah beat Israel and inflicted 500,000 casualties.
    •2 Chron 25: Amaziah, king of Judah, k. 10,000 from Seir in battle and executed 10,000 POWs. Discharged Judean soldiers pillaged and killed 3,000.
    •2 Chron 28: Pekah, king of Israel, slew 120,000 Judeans
    •TOTAL: That comes to about 1,283,000 mass killings specifically enumerated in the Old Testament/Torah.

    body-count history continued:

    The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:
    http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u

    o The Muslim Conquest of India

    "The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

    Rank <<<Death Toll <Cause <<Centuries<<<Religions/Groups involved*

    1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

    2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

    3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

    4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

    5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

    6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

    7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

    8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

    9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

    10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

    11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

    12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

    13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

    14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

    15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

    16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

    17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Pagans)

    18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

    19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

    20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

    July 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • hi

      I find it amusing when people post all this history.... This is past, very distant past. We live in the present and these events are happening NOW!! We should not focus on what Christians did to Jew, Muslims or Christians, in ancient times. We need to focus on what Muslims are doing to the world... Enough is Enough

      July 25, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • Oyster

      Speaking of religion, way to bore the bejesus out of people.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • josh

      I appreciate the history, but this isn't a history lesson. I am talking about politics now – not 2,000 years ago. The biggest threat to America is terrorism and terrorism is supported by extremist muslims. Period. History is important so that it isn't repeated and I appreciate your enthusiasm for it. More importantly, however, we should not allow terrorism to continue to flourish under Islam.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • forwardbias

      i like this piece of history. It does put matters in perspective. For all those (ie hi=me=roger etc etc) who think they dont want to see this, I have a proposal. Lets focus only on last 3 days and not look beyond..

      July 26, 2011 at 12:30 am |
    • Josh=hi

      Josh is hi and hi is "me" and "me" is perl=CraigsSF= NC.. There is only one nut in this forum. I think CNN should not let ppl change their name on the fly..

      July 26, 2011 at 12:33 am |
    • Reality

      Some recent history:

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,483 and 925 in non combat roles. 99,901 – 109,143 Iraqi civilians killed as of 3/3/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      Some elements of our War on Terror and Aggression:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 99,901 – 109,143 Iraqi civilians killed as of 3/3/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf
      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty twice because of deadlocked juries. He was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole,[3][7] and is incarcerated in ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison near Florence, Colorado. He shares a cellblock that is commonly referred to as "Bombers Row" with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.
      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.
      The capture of Ratko Mladić: (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Младић, pronounced [râtkɔ mlǎːditɕ], born 12 March 1943[1][2]) is an accused war criminal and a former Bosnian Serb military leader. On May 31, 2011, Mladić was extradited to The Hague, where he was processed at the detention center that holds suspects for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).[3] His trial began on 3 June 2011.

      – the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      – Bin Laden was executed for crimes against humanity on May 1, 2011

      July 26, 2011 at 7:26 am |
  10. hi

    We should always blames the muslims... they are responsible for all the bad in this world..... chechnya, africa, europe. They expect us to change to THEIR ways and wont even learn customs, language in whatever country they are in. They are having 6 children to our 1 or 2... CNN is definitely WRONG for posting this. Europe needs to wake up and defend itself from this threat. How can I talk about this? Because half my family is Muslim and I hear then talk and what they really think...

    July 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • Sass87

      Oh come on! Wake up. Why is it do you think that the entire world is on the brink of the biggest financial crisis/depression/recession in history? Blame that on the muslim terrorists too? And I seriously feel sorry for you and your family dude.. I was raised in a muslim family too and it seems I turned out quite different than you.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • hi

      of course I'm not going to blame the Muslims for the economic crisis, I'm not insane.... If you grew up in a muslim household and you yourself are muslims... then you are the only few good ones out there. Hopefully you don't get brainwashed or blown up...

      July 25, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
    • Sass87

      You just contradicted yourself. Stop consuming ignorance and spreading hatred.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • Mohamed

      They are coming to get you, watch your back 🙂

      July 25, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
    • forwardbias

      Did not anyone teach you not to generalize?

      July 25, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      Wow! So, it wasn't the RUSSIANS invading Chechnya that caused the problem, right?
      Europe NEVER invaded OTHER lands, right? There was NO East India Trading Company, right?
      Africa wasn't under the sway of Europe, right?
      China wasn't enslaved, right?
      Nope! It wasn't in the bible, so Abe Lincoln didn't exist either, right?
      *I* don't exist for the same reason, right?
      Moron.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  11. me

    okay, reality check.

    Let's see.. how many THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of terror attacks have there been in the name of Islam (so called radical Islam or otherwise) or some Muslim ideology just since 2001? Hard to keep track of?
    and.. how many terror attacks have there been in the name of any sect of or variation of Christianity in the same time period? One?

    I've spent time living in Saudi Arabia. I've been to Mecca. You can find people on the street easily who support terrorism. People who support Hamas, Hizbollah, the PLO, and even Al Qaeda. People who are sympathetic toward Osama bin Laden. It's not just plausible... it's completely likely. Don't try to tell me I don't know what I'm talking about, I've LIVED there and I KNOW. Saudi isn't even the worst place. Try going to Gaza or the West Bank and polling Muslims there on how they feel about committing random acts of violence against Israeli citizens.

    I've been to Italy and visited the Vatican. I don't think I've ever met a self-professed Christian who supported terrorism. I can't imagine I could walk outside today and find a Christian who supported the attacks in Norway as a good thing, regardless of which country I was in. It's not even conceivable that I would find ONE. I think in my entire life I've only met one Christian who EVER professed anything akin to support of terrorism, and that was a guy in high school who was thinking about joining the IRA because his family was pressuring him to do so but ultimately he decided against it.

    How many prominent Chrisitan scholars, priests, monks, popes, pastors, bishops, cardinals have openly supported terrorism? How many do you think will condemn the actions of this man in Norway? A big fat ZERO?
    How many Muslim imams and scholars openly support terrorism? Or actively recruit for or participate in it? Again probably too many to count.

    How many times did Jesus incite people to violence?
    How many times did Muhammad do the same?
    If you don't know, try picking up the Qu'ran. Just read the first few chapters. Don't trust what you hear through secondary sources. The look at the life of Muhammad. No need to take my word for it. Even if you use only Muslim sources, it's pretty horrifying.

    Now, since the article is about hearing in the United States... how many people have terrorists acting in the name of Islam killed in the last 10 years? Close to 4000?
    How many people have been killed by terrorists acting in the name of Christianity in the same time period? Around 0?

    ... note that I'm not even Christian. I'm in fact atheist. I believe the world would be better off without Christians in it. But... you have to have your head up your own rear end to not see the plain and obvious fact that Islam is a threat to the world unlike any other. It is NOT the same as other religions, and to say that Islam is not the enemy but extremism is, is, in a word, retarded.

    Wake up.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • SayWhaaa

      Youve been to Mecca huh, I though correct me If Im wrong now only Muslims can enter the holy city. Sounds like what you wrote was hmmm utter garbage but thanks for the essay though at least you improved your typing speed

      July 25, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • Roger

      It seems SayWhaaa just confirmed what you wrote "me"....Muslims are an intolerant filthy bunch and need to be eradicated by any means possible.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • Pearl

      Very well written. Thanks for puting into words what I was thinking.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • SayWhaaa

      Wow Roger you mad. The guy just wrote out of his azz and I proved his point. Ok you win HAHA!!

      July 26, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • forwardbias

      Dude, you need to read history. seriously. You would see how the roman catholics killed millions of innocents just for differing with them over the last 2 millenniums.
      If you ask this question, why you should pull up 2000 years instead of only last 10 years like you said. my answer would be- how about we pick last 3 days to judge who killed the most.
      BTW, I am an atheist too..

      July 26, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • Sass87

      I could write an entire essay about how you are a bigot but that would be a waste of my time. Do you know that Saudi Arabia is the biggest US ally in the middle east – even though they are most conservative and backwards society in the region. But guess what, they are also one of the largest consumers of the US military industry. What about iran? and iraq? The conservatism in those countries does NOT EVEN compare to that in Saudi.. but they had oil and dictators who don't want to listen to a tyrannical foreign policy. Hypocritical much!!?

      As for the people of Palestine.. Give me a friggin break. That small piece of land is undergoing the closest thing to a modern day genocide.. and you ACTUALLY have the balls to blame them for wanting to fight back against one of the most powerful military machines in the world.

      Give it up.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:07 am |
    • forwardbias

      Also, by analyzing writing pattern, it is obvious that perl, Roger and "me" are all same person..

      July 26, 2011 at 12:09 am |
    • Sass87

      lol.. I've clicked on the "Report abuse" button like 10 times with him (them). Come-on CNN!

      July 26, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Saas, you are unacquainted with DEMOCRACY. The vote of ONE does NOT win, regardless of how MANY TIMES THAT YOU VOTE.
      The Sicilian adage of vote well, vote often no longer applies. OTHER Sicilians, like MY grandparents and even father saw to it that such things no longer happened.
      So, click "report abuse 1934823798472390749870238947489327y98423732476843267834268754268734568954367965348965483765843962345876534788734t6578eq9w67rtew6q78rew678qw96r8e9wqewr7 times and it'll not happen, moron.
      ONE VOTE, ONE PERSON.
      Try otherwise and find out how I can hit you and your ilk at one click with my M-4, courtesy of your tax dollars.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:55 am |
  12. bob

    lee in the koran it says if u kill one its like killing a whole society so we do not kill infindiels only these terrorist take it to far it says to teach and educate people about islam ok not to kill innocent people

    July 25, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
    • me

      bob, there are many verses in the Koran that contradict the one that you gave, and in fact since those verses mostly came later, they also overrule it.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      Bob, pity you never read the bible, as the old testament says the VERY SAME THING.
      WHERE do you think THEY got it from?
      Indeed, those verses were the justification for the crusades, even on the Byzantine Church, where the ORIGINAL pope lived.
      But then, those are facts. We should NOT let silly little things like facts interfere with the ISSUES...

      July 26, 2011 at 12:57 am |
  13. flower

    There is no need for so much hate. Love and peace forever!

    July 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
    • bob

      i kno peace is best

      July 25, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  14. mikel

    One one side we have the unabomber, the Oklahoma bomber, and this guy – on the other side we have hamas, hezbollah, iran, taliban, al quida, syria, lebanon, muslim brotherhood. Looks like the odds are stacked against the musims

    July 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
    • Ben

      What about the Olympic Park bomber? And the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army? And the Ku Klux Klan? And Hutaree?

      July 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • SayWhaaa

      You think there is only the unabomber because sadly thats all the history you know. You fit the American stereotype real well

      July 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • Sass87

      I am definitely not one for pointing fingers, but if you want you, so can I. Sorry, but you forgot the USA and Israel and their trillions in military spending. It also doesn't help that all the media you consume breeds your ignorance.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • Freddy Jackson

      @ Ben–Those things don't even compare to the horrible acts of violence committed around the world by Muslim radicals. Muslim extremists kill more people EVERY DAY than the KKK has in the last 50 years. Look it up, it's a fact.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • Sass87

      @Freddy Jackson:

      While you are at it.. why don't you read up how many Palestinians, Iraqis, Afghans etc have been killed from state terrorism in the past 20 years (coincidentally mostly all by 2 states). Do you know that more people die of BEE STINGS (YES BEE STINGS) than from terrorism each year in the US.. lol. But for some reason (which I know, and it seems you don't) –> 95% of what you hear on the news is designed to insight fear from radical islam, and not every other way in which you are way more likely to be threatened.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:25 am |
  15. Jo

    Why blame muslims? Aren't muslims the cause of trouble for everybody. The problems wirth muslims is that either they are extremist or silent spectators of crime..they don't want to come out of their cult. There are muslims who do fight back and they are removed from Islam. I believe that any religion that doesn't allow freedom of thoughts, questions and idea is really not taking any person to any higher level. So many Hindus have been killed in India by muslim militants, all hindus who migrated to Pakistan were forcefully converted to Islam or killed and there are practically no Hindus there whereas muslims in India have minority rights too. I don't find people having any sympathy for Hindus who have given the world Yoga and meditation..so many Hindu temples in USA give free food on weekends to all the visitors and homeless people who come there irrespective of religion but can you think of ever entering a mosque? I am not a pro anything but I have found Hindus being taken for granted whether its making fun of them in the series outsourced or the rotten film slumdog millionaire which only oozes with racism. I guess tolerance is what has made it the oldest living religion.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
    • forwardbias

      Both hinduism and islam are full of Ho*wash.. Having said that, most of your statements are untrue.. there are masques in US that provide free food and that too to a non-muslim (me).. Again, religion has no purpose in this century when there is already a legal system driven by ethics.. IMHO religion and nationalism can't co-exist and its time, all public religious practices should be banned..

      July 26, 2011 at 12:27 am |
  16. NC

    Listen up! I don't know what the hell you think you religious nuts are doing but you are screwing with the whole world and society as we know it....well that and my pocketbook.

    Fine, believe what the hell you want to believe but please people lets keep it to yourself. You can't go around saying this religion is this and that is that. Wake up and realize that your bickering and fighting is only cause more problems.

    I mean I didn't like what happened on 9/11 and I know what it means to serve my country...so I'll tell you this. Those Muslims that crashed those planes on 9/11 were religious nuts......brainwashed religious nuts!

    Believe its fine to be religious and I am religious to a certain point.....it doesn't rule my life or even affect how I live....also it doesn't cause other people problems.....why? Cause I'm not some religious nut.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • CraigSF5

      Couldn't have said it better, myself!

      July 25, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  17. paulm5545

    Let me get this straight – A terrorist attack occurs and an Imam rushes to publish an article that, in essence, says, "See! See! This time it wasn't us!" Well, that's just great. How about the 8-year-old that was hung the other day by the Taliban? What happened in Norway was horrific and wrong, but to use it as a vessel to tell the world Islam isn't so evil after all is just plain cold. Let's compare the nut job Christian fanatics to the nut job Islam fanatics and let's see how the score card reads. Stop this madness. Extremist views rarely benefit anyone.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  18. deployedmarine

    I blame the muslims for inventing modern terrorism but not for this attack.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  19. crushgroove

    Im a white person and Im afraid of white people

    July 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • paulm5545

      Hide the mirrors!!

      July 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
    • donbeskerd

      You are a moron.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  20. Dood

    If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then 9 out of 10 times it is a "Muslim", when it comes to terrorism. There's no debating the facts. I can name 9 "Muslim" attacks to 1 "Christian" one and I'm sure most people here, can, too.

    Why don't the good Muslims seek out and destroy the sects that are making them look bad? Surely some "good" Muslims must know about the groups acting out. A cousin, friend, sibling or parent must know if their loved one is involved in Al Qaeda or other such terrorist group. Why don't they blow the whistle? Do they secretly want them to succeed?

    As far as these "Christian" guys acting alone (McVeigh and Breivik), I wonder which of their close friends and/or family knew of their plans.

    Maybe it's impossible to catch them. Where there's a will, there's a way, I guess.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
    • me

      only 9? You don't watch the news much do you?

      July 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • What

      @Dood, by bombing muslim country and killing thousands kids a terrorism. Therefore, 9 bad muslim terrorist is not = to destroy a muslim country, if you think right.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • Freddy Jackson

      They don't speak out because there are severe penalties for contradicting the Qu'ran, or speaking against an Imam. If a Muslim does this, he/she is considered to be an unbeliever, and the unbelievers are supposedly the lowest beings on the planet. There's no room for contention in Islam.

      Any religion that considers death the penalty for converting to another way of thinking is not a religion at all. It's a political ideology that rules the lives of those it holds captive.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
    • Sass87

      I am speaking out you dimwit – I'm not scared at all :). I am raised in a muslim family, and I am probably the most peaceful person you will ever meet.

      As for the death penalty for converting – hmm.. you'd be hard pressed to convince most muslims that is a spiritual/religous ideal, and not political ideology (in Saudi Arabia anyways), as you said. FYI.. Saudi Arabia is the one country that enforces these ridiculous ideologies in the name of islam and to retain political control – but you NEVER ever hear about the US ever wanting to invade and overthrow its rulers. That is because spends billions and trillions of dollars buying weapons from the US. The customer is always right eh?

      July 26, 2011 at 12:30 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Saas, which death penalty are you referring to? The Christian one? The Jewish one? Or the Islamic one?
      ALL were enforced at varying times in history.
      Or are you so foolish as to apply the 21st century filters upon a 7th century culture, or a 1st century culture, or a 1500BC or earlier culture that are ALL COMMON?
      HOW was Peter naked when Christ walked upon water to meet him? Was old blue hanging out? Or was he in their version of underwear?
      The answer was underwear. Showing the knees or chest or both was dishonorable, regardless of 120 degree weather. Honored elders and teachers (Rabbis), were greeted FULLY clothed and "decent".
      I've LIVED in that environment, which EDUCATED me regarding the bible AND their Quran.
      Pity that you are so foolish to respond in such a robotic and sheepish manner. Only acting as a parrot. 😦

      July 26, 2011 at 12:52 am |
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