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

soundoff (2,486 Responses)
  1. Serenade

    The fact is that most religious people are easily duped into killing others.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  2. peace

    Love muslim but hate Islam!!! Muslim is peoples, a victim of Islam. Islam is the suspect. Islam teach hatred towards others.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  3. Ken

    I beg to disagree. We can blame Muslims. This was extreme reaction of an individual to the spread of Islam in Western countries, and the dangerous influx of Jihadists and fundamental Muslims whose doctrine as per the Koran, is to kill all non-believers!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • Mark in LA

      I'd say this guy is just ahead of the curve. One day there will likely be a statue of him in Oslo as the first man with sense enough to defend Norway from this invasion.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  4. peace

    Read Quran.com ... open chapter 5...find 5:51 then you will know the truth!!! The quran command muslim to hate Jews and Christians. This religion teach hatred. But we must not hate them. Love muslim but hate Islam. Hate the ideology of Islam but love our brother muslim that having lost in the most darkness of ignorance and fear.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  5. Dan

    Google "contemplation of the beardless."

    July 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  6. Mike b

    We should blame anyone that murders for thier own cause. Anyone remember Timothy McVeigh? The difference between western countries and Muslim countries is we execute terrorists.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Mattwm

      yea, in muslim countries, they give you a medal for terrorism and execute you for cheating on your wife

      July 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  7. Dale Netherton, Farmington, Iowa

    You say,"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." I guess you haven't heard about such things as the Crusades, the Dark Ages, The Middle East and countless other examples of the hatred of the believers for the non-believers. What motivates such nonsense in your mind and how do you reconcile such obvious myths?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Mike b

      Could we please be spared the Crusade rants...crime is a human problem and murder has been around since way before Christ....we are all capable of killing (we'll maybe all but you).....but it's so hard for the rest of us to equal your perfection.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Mattwm

      the Crusades? the Dark Ages? are you kidding? that was hundreds of years ago. let's keep it in the here and now. when was the last time anyone bombed anywhere in the name of Christianity? that again, would not be in the here and now, but hundreds of years ago.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  8. Tommy Watson

    While I enjoyed this article very much. I disagree that law enforcement and the like should be educated on Islamic doctrine. It is moot. Killing is killing and crime is crime. The education should be focused on what causes terroism and extremist actions. Answers will be found across a wide spectrum with two common factors: hate and the inability to reason.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • joelle esther benyayer

      do you think the repçgious get sense today nhot depnd the nice peopee get sense the religious dont mean desasters mean lo ve and share read back joelle esther benyayer _

      July 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  9. jihad

    I guess the author will now sleep comfortably knowing his brethren don't exclusively own the claim to fame, terrorism.
    Still doesn't change the fact that, not all muslims are terrorists, yet most terrorists are muslims, period.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Tal

      Some of the most violent organizations are actually Christian based. They just dont get headlines because they usually only massacre people in countries where brown people live.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • jihad

      And which countries are they, pray tell.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  10. Rainer Braendlein

    Interesting history:

    The first survived non-Muslim (or Christian) reference to Muhammad:

    When I came to Sykamina, I spoke to a certain old man who was well-informed in
    the scriptures (Bible), and I said to him: “What do you say, my lord and teacher, about the
    Prophet who has risen among the Arabs?” And he said to me, while he groaned
    deeply: “That is rubbish; do prophets come armed with sword and chariot? These
    are simply the works of anarchy …”

    The text is taken from the "Doctrina Jacobi nuper baptizati (Teaching of Jacob, 634 a. D.)"

    July 26, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • Muneef

      Islam held the sword only when it was necessary to survive the wars launched against them by Pagans of Mecca beside the Persians who then were worshipping fire... Any way remember that we never came closer to the West until the launched their first attacks against Muslims by the crusaders that came from the west to Jerusalem... Such acts has drove Islam to adopt the policy that says "Attack is the best means of defense"....

      July 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein


      You are a liar (sorry).

      Islamic "democracy": Either you convert to Islam or we kill you!

      Islam? Barf!

      July 26, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • Dan

      Muneef...First of all, how ridiculous and typical to have to go back to the Crusades to find an aggrievance. Secondly, you obviously do not know history. The Crusades were not, as it is commonly told by the pc fools of today, an unprovoked attack against Islam. The Cusades were a response to Muslim invasions in Spain, Eastern Europe, Sicily, Cyprus and Italy. After Muslim pirates sacked Rome for the second time, the call went out to finally deal with the threat. What was truly amazing wad the forebearance that Europe showed thoughout the previous centuries and their reluctance to attack the Caliphate.

      At the time of Mohammad's first "revelation" in 600 AD, there were an estimated 40,000 bishoprics in North Africa alone. By the time of the First Crusade there was one. Islam had so decimated Christianity in Africa, through invasion and forced conversions, that only a handful of Christians remained, as it is to this day.

      I, for one, am so sick of this, "poor little Muslim" mentality that I could vomit Throughout history Islam has been an aggressive warrior religion bent on conquest, all the while casting itself as the "religion of peace." Your words are hollow for the simple fact that Islam is the only religion that condones lying to outsiders to suit its own purposes. For that reason, nothing you say can be trusted.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • peace

      Islam only afraid one nation, it is barbaric Genghis Khan and descendants. Islam only coward. They wage war againts Jews and Christians that didn't allowed to fight back. But against Barbaric nation, Islam run away like chicken. History told it!!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Muneef

      Wow guys how lovely you are ready to fire on any thing called Islam...

      Rainer. Thank you for calling me lair...it was true on the battle land killings has taken place but actually it is known that after converting into Muslim any one decides to convert from Islam is killed... Now I do not know why that is still considered although I personally think it was essential that time when were on war since he is treated as a deserter or a traitor but now it is not needed nor that I know of any Quran verse that states a similar thing...

      It is true that am not a historian and lack a lot of knowledge in this issue nor really that I care who is started what and how or when....since I think that this was not what we were created for...we were created to explore and thank God for his creation by recognizing and worshiping him alone...since we were told that God told that if we wanted to see or to know Him we are to explore his creations only then we will see him...

      Genkhiz khan came from the far east and invaded all arab countries or much of east and Mideast area...the only thing that I am not aware of is was he when moved from his origin a Muslim or only became Muslim only after his invasion to Islamic countries...after all they said;

      "Impression is that Religion is used more as a vehicle to unjustly assign some religious moral weight," to support political views.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • Beatrice

      Mitt Romney fires on both golden cylinders in his magic underwear.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  11. Buddy R

    Sir, you suggesting the man was a Christian is highly deceptive.

    The man did not follow the teachings of Christ and is not a Christian according to the words of Jesus Christ. Jesus said if you do not follow his teachings you are not his. Period. In my opinion anyone who calls the man a Christian is either ignorant of the Bible or a willful liar.

    Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
    Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

    1Jn 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

    Jesus taught us to love everyone, even our enemies. Not to kill them. The Bible says anyone who claims to know God but who hates or murders is a liar.

    Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

    1Jn 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

    1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

    Mr article writer, according to the Bible the man who killed all those kids did not know God. He is a liar in calling himself a Christian. He hates people and he murders and he does not live according to the core teachings of Christianity.

    Mat 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
    Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
    Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.
    Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

    Can you show me one verse in the New Testament that says to hate anyone? The New Testament says that any man who claims to know God but who hates or murders is not a Christian.

    Mr article writer, can you show me one instance of Jesus or the apostles saying to commit any act of violence? Did Jesus or the apostles ever lead raids on Rome? No.

    The shooter's thoughts were grounded in hate, not in the message of Jesus to love all people.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • Muneef

      When we Muslims said that those claim call for jihad and those of Alqaida are shallow Muslims and not are as our peaceful teachings of Islam by the Prophet Muhammed (saws)....no one believed us for that so why should now Muslims believe that now it accured to you ??!

      July 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • Dan

      Sorry, Muneef. The difference is that Mohammad waged war and taught his followers to do the same. That was the example he set. Compare that to the example that Jesus Christ set: When the Apostle Peter tried to defend Jesus and protect him from being arrested by the Romans, Jesus told Peter to put his sword away, for "he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword."

      Furthermore, our religion teaches, as hard as it sounds, that in times of persecution, the true follower of Christ is to go to his death "as a sheep to the slaughter." That is, without a fight. Compare that to what Mohammad called his followers to do. You are, quite simply, a lying apologist for a damnable and contemptible religion, based on the teachings of a liar and a false prophet.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Mike b


      I might go along with what you saying but I recall the Muslims dancing in the street after 911. Seems a lot of Muslims havent been reading the Koran that you are.....

      July 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Muneef


      They were not protecting the Prophet when they carried and fought...they fought for their freedom of religion and freedom of speech among Pagans worshiping Idols...they fought in belief in the Messenger and the Message, they fought because this message was their only way to freedom from slavery and made ex-slaves as equal as freemen rich or poor... They fought because they believed they were redeeming GOD's religion back to earth after they became into many groups each has some sort of God far from truth...in the Arabian Penisular...Islam was driven into expansions outer boarder came after the death of the Messenger of God and only went to outer the Arabian Penisular towards the Arabic countries boarders now because of the wars launched on their boarders by the Roman Empire before changing face when a new Religion was imposed that combined all Beliefs that was within it into one state religion based on which The Roman Armies became to be known there after as the Crusaders whom launched attacks by land or by sea on Islamic countries through many generations up to date....!

      July 26, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
    • Muneef

      Mike b.

      Call it Pure Ignorance...although I do not agree with you that all were happy about it...actually we were shocked some others laughed in disbelieve as to how some thing like that to a country who is supposed to be the most advanced and protected allows such stunt be pulled with total carelessness....unless it meant for it to happen for the Jinni to come out of the bottle and save the country from bankruptcy by launching wars for the Oil of mass construction....

      July 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  12. Muneef

    The lawyer of this guy is in bad shape hiding some thing that is bigger than him.....the issue is bigger than just a killing the issue is bigger than you imagine...and can read that on the face of the lawyer answering to media questions.... Prepare your selves for the worse coming now others will try to copycat him...shame really that human is over taken by the evil forces whether he is Religious or non religious....killing is evil.evil.evil..

    July 26, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • Muneef

      This guy will be able to sue the Gvt of Norway and maybe the whole Europian system for openning the doors wide open for immigration of non Europian ancestors non Christians which to his balance should remain the majority 99.99 to any other race or religion...

      July 26, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • Muneef

      The whole Europian,American economy falling and will wash out with it the whole nations that depended economically on their currencies the whole world system is falling apart..and new world will be born only God knows who's and if would be for the Good or the Worse on man being.....

      July 26, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • Dan

      All the world's banks are tied into the West. If the US and European economies colla[se, so will yours. I wouldn't be to eager for anyone else's downfall, Muneef.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  13. aismanila

    Let’s learn how to form ‘inclusive groups’ that are positive (i.e., they reveal truth and/or seek beauty and/or add harmony). And let’s do so from a global perspective, not from the vantage point of ‘one country’, ‘one religion’ or ‘one ideology’. Let’s view diversity, open-mindedness, critical thought and nonconformity as virtuous qualities, and watch the age-old paradigms slowly fade away.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • peaceforever

      well said!

      July 26, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • peace

      what kind peoples are you? illuminaty or hermes ordo??

      July 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  14. Muslims are not Terrorists

    For those of you who do not know, the 2nd largest so called "Muslim" terrorist group, the Taliban was created by the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA's GOVERNMENT AND OSAMA BIN LADEN (former world's most wanted man) was working for the U.S GOVERNMENT from 1978-2002.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • JD

      Pics or didn't happen.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  15. la khauf

    OMG look at this christian fundamentalists following the bible to the letter Oh My look at this bible verse – Deuteronomy 17:3-5 "And he should go and worship other gods and bow down to them or to the sun or the moon or all the army of the heavens, .....and you must stone such one with stones and such one must die."
    2 Chronicles 15:13 "All who would not seek the LORD, the God of Israel, were to be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman."
    -p.s – to the christians, how does that feel to blame your scripture and community for the work of a whacko???? 😉

    July 26, 2011 at 7:46 am |
    • Jeremy

      Surely you realize that both quotes that you lean on as evidence come from the Old Testament. To Christians, the teachings of the Old Testament are known as the Law, which was replaced by the ministry of Jesus. Jews follow the Old Testament, because they do not believe that Christ is the Son of God. What you (trying) to point out is that Jews are actually the violent ones. If you can show me where Christ advocates for violence, I would love to continue this conversation. It is clear that you have no knowledge of Christianity beyond what those who oppose it would have you know.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • miriam

      You state correctly that the Jews follow the Old Testament and reject the teachings of Jesus. However Judaism also has an Oral Law that supplements and clarifies the Old Testament so that what is written in the OT is not necessarily taken literally.
      So before you pass the blame for violence onto the Jews it would be worth understanding Judaism a bit better.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  16. 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 7:28 am |
  17. ren

    Actually the norway attack shows us we cant jump to blame the usual suspects. But it doesnt mean we cannot blame the ones responsible for its, this time it wasnt muslims, but alot of other times they were muslims. so what does that tells us ?

    1 . not jump to conclusions
    2. muslims has became so known because of terrorism that they got the usual suspect treatment.
    3. extremists are extremists no matter to what extremity they lean.
    4.there is a serious hate towards muslim immigrants in europe because of complete opposite cultures, and lack of integration,which leads to an increase of european right wing parties votes.
    5. opposing islam is seen as racist and islamophobic even though opposing any other religion doesnt even have a name.

    There is a trend around the world that is if you say something against islam you are persecuted, they put a fatwa on your head and others call you islamophobe.
    But no one says anything when thousands of muslims go to the streets and say death to the west and burn other countries flags.
    Its also funny if i say bad things about other religions that doesnt tend to happen, except maybe for what i heard aboutscientology people...but they havent been blowing up buildings yet. just persecuting people.

    Its those kinds of things that make people get revolted and radicalized take the cartoonist guy for example he has to move around with security and people have said on tv they will kill him threatning him but they dont get arrested. why not? he is the victim in this case why should his life change into that of a fugitive while others freely threaten and walk away free?

    i dont agree with the right wing in europe but its growing for a reason, a reason we should look into, and probably lies within islam as a political ideology.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  18. The occurrologist

    According to the teachings of occurrology, terrorism has nothing to do with any religion. Every humanbeing is a product of a previous negative and positive worlds. Anyone may decide to commit terror at any time if he is under pressure from a previous occurrence. The occurrence could be natural, spiritual or artificial. The way they are going about trying to stop it is an excises in deception. Whenever the world has become tired of terrorism and wishes to stop it they will consult us and with our superior ideas, we will bring it to an end.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:33 am |
  19. Iceman

    If this act is not acceptable in all religions, why don't the religious leaders of those religions stand up and publicly condemn actions like these? Because they are False Religion.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:01 am |
  20. sham

    Dear brothers and sisters:
    This act is not acceptable in islam, christianity and other religions. It is terorism that all hate it. Please don't say that it is religion. In islam respekt for human being is strong recomended.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:46 am |
    • wgage

      Read the book of Islam and then give a report.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:57 am |
    • Reality

      What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-driven acts of terror and horror? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means.

      Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed. Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein. Until then, no male Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

      July 26, 2011 at 7:30 am |
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