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Waleed Aly’s Religion of Victimhood

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Posted on June 10 2010 10:00 am
Ben-Peter Terpstra is an Australian satirist and polemicist. His works have been posted on numerous sites from The Daily Caller (Washington D.C.) to Quadrant Online (Sydney, Australia). He blogs at Positively Churchillian.

Regular Australian Broadcasting Corporation commentator Waleed Aly is on the attack. The self-identified Muslim and representative on the Islamic Council of Victoria writes on Unleashed that:

When Obama speaks of unilateral action you believe he means it as a last resort. Bush sounded like he was claiming a license to wage any old war he could, which he did. Whatever overlap may exist between the positions of Obama and Bush, it is clear that they view the nature of America’s national security threats in fundamentally different ways.

Got that? Bush just wages any old wars, and Iraq’s answer to Hitler (Saddam Hussein) didn’t have enough blood on his hands to attack in the same spirit (if one ignores history). But there’s a pattern here. As a regular guest host for the 774 ABC Radio station, the lecturer in politics at Monash University likes to play the victim card. He sounds like a Pakistani cleric or an enabler, but the story often sounds the same: Muslims are victims; Westerners are oppressors.

Abandoning reason, Aly, who also works within the Global Terrorism Research Center adds that:

A war on an abstract noun, like terror, has no end point, no definitive declaration of victory, and ultimately no discernible boundaries. It sets in motion an indiscriminate kind of political logic. The torture scandals of Abu Ghraib and Guantànamo Bay were not unpredictable accidents; they were the logical extension of a war against an ill-defined enemy characterized only by some kind of imagined psychosis. Since terrorism was the enemy and all terrorists were deemed irascible, there was nothing to do really except capture and kill as many people as possible. This is a paradigm designed to produce rampant overreaction.

In essence, Islamists have been slaughtering “infidels” for centuries, but Waleed Aly is emotionally invested in playing word games, to make another point about perspective. And let’s be frank: even the most sensational and undocumented reports on exceptions like Abu Ghraib and  Gitmo look like Disneyworld tours, against the backdrop of backward Muslim-majority nations.

Actually, the message one can take from Abu Ghraib is this: Some people aren’t fit for military service. In what is called the Muslim world, however, innocent women are treated as the possessions of men, according to Robert Spencer the director of Jihad Watch. The Qur’an clearly sanctions wife beating, child marriages are not uncommon in places like Iran, and hardliners oppress females with tortuous dress regulations. Yet, Waleed Aly is unwilling to vigorously question Islamic fundamentalists or their violent adjectives, their violent verbs, and their violent nouns.  To the Islamic hardliner, it is more important to present Islam as a religion of victimhood, while demonizing liberators.

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Ben-Peter Terpstra is an Australian satirist and cartoon lover. His works have been posted on numerous sites from American Thinker (California) to Quadrant Online (Sydney, Australia). For more information see, Pizza Trays and Beer Bottles.

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