July 24, 2005


After London, Tough Questions for Muslims (Mona Eltahawy, July 24, 2005, Washington Post)

[T]he London bombings did it for me. Or maybe it's the knowledge that the more these faceless cowards strike, the more Muslim men in the West like my brother are pushed onto the stage of suspicion. After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Ehab -- who spends virtually all of his time caring for his cardiology patients or fulfilling his role as husband and father -- was one of the 5,000 Muslim men questioned by the FBI; two years later he was among the thousands more who had to submit to being fingerprinted and photographed as part of a special registration.

But most of all, the London bombings rid me of all patience with the excuse that "George Bush [or Tony Blair or take your pick of Western leaders] made me do it." We don't know who was behind Thursday's explosions, but an Arab analyst told a satellite channel that if Blair hadn't learned the mistake of the Iraq war, these new attacks were a firm reminder.

I never bought the explanation that U.S. foreign policy had "brought on" the Sept. 11 attacks, and I certainly don't buy the idea that the Iraq war is behind the attacks in London. Many people across the world have opposed U.S. and British foreign policy, but that doesn't mean they are rushing to fly planes into buildings or to blow up buses and Underground trains in London.

I was against the invasion of Iraq and would not have voted for George Bush if I were a U.S. citizen, but I'm done with the "George Bush made me do it" excuse. We must accept responsibility for this mess if we are ever to find a way out.

And for those non-Muslims who accept the George Bush excuse, I have a question: Do you think Muslims are incapable of accepting responsibility? It is at least in some way bigoted to think that Muslims can only react violently?

Those questions are for the Left as well, not just Muslims.


Muslims' vigil for bomb victims
(BBC, 7/24/05)

British Muslims remembered those who died in London's bomb attacks at a silent vigil on Sunday.

Organised by the British Pakistani Psychiatrists Association, it was held in Hyde Park, near Marble Arch.

A spokesman said it was important that British Muslims showed they were "law abiding and patriotic".

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 24, 2005 10:01 AM

We already know the Muslim answer.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at July 24, 2005 2:30 PM

And the Left's.

Posted by: oj at July 24, 2005 2:35 PM

What did the left "do" that they claim George Bush made them do?

Posted by: Rick Perlstein at July 24, 2005 8:34 PM

Participate in war crimes? Live in a monomaniacal police state? Kill terrorists (and hundreds of thousands of innocent people) in faraway places? Destroy the UN? Globalize the world economy? Talk tough to Kim Il Jong? Upset the Chinese Politburo? Ignore the French and German governments?

Do any of these myths matter? It's all the left can cling to. And when a Republican is elected in Nov. 2008, what will they be chanting then?

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 24, 2005 9:24 PM

jim: "We didn't get our message out."

Posted by: obc at July 24, 2005 9:31 PM


you claim that he made these guys terrorists.

Posted by: oj at July 24, 2005 9:44 PM

Not me. I claim Muslims have been terrorists since way before the first leftist was ever born.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at July 25, 2005 4:28 PM


When you run everything you aren't the terrorist. The IRA was terrorist, for example, not Cromwell.

Posted by: oj at July 25, 2005 4:38 PM

That absolves Hitler vis a vis the Poles.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at July 25, 2005 9:14 PM

Not absolves, but yes the Poles became terrorists once Hitler took over.

Posted by: oj at July 25, 2005 11:18 PM