Having been dealing with some domestic terrorism issues, I am behind the times internationally.Â I just saw an excellent statement against Muslim violence and for the advancement of reason and science by Psychiatrist Wafa Sultan, originally broadcast on Al-Jazeera 2/21/2006.
In part she says about the bin Ladin-Huffington argument for a clash of civilizations paradigm:
The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a clash of civilizations. It is a clash between two opposites, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality. It is a clash between freedom and oppression, between democracy and dictatorship. It is a clash between human rights, on the one hand, and the violation of these rights, on other hand. It is a clash between those who treat women like beasts, and those who treat them like human beings. What we see today is not a clash of civilizations. Civilizations do not clash, but compete.
Originally spoken in Arabic, this is an excellent example of eliciting backlash both external to the terrorist organizations but also amongst its loosely affiliated supporters.Â
Wanting to find out a little more of her, I found the following interesting information on Wikipedia:
Sultan revealed to the Times that she is working on a book to be called The Escaped Prisoner: When God Is a Monster, and says she was shocked into secularism by the 1979 atrocities committed by the Muslim Brotherhood against innocent Syrian people, including the machine-gun assassination of her professor in her classroom in front of her eyes at the University of Aleppo where she was a medical student. “They shot hundreds of bullets into him, shouting, ‘God is great!’ ” she said. “At that point, I lost my trust in their god and began to question all our teachings. It was the turning point of my life, and it has led me to this present point. I had to leave. I had to look for another god.”
Sultan of Enlightenment (3/16/2006)
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