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Jihad Is Not Just Murder, Motive Matters

October 2, 2011

Jihad Is Not Just Murder, Motive Matters
By Judith Miller

Published September 30, 2011
| FoxNews.com

The respected Florida-based Poynter Institute, whose mission is to improve journalism in support of democracy, is trying to help journalists cover Islam more effectively by offering a new on-line course free of charge. So I registered.

And I learned, among other fairly uncontroversial facts about what has been among the world’s fastest growing religions, that while approximately 3,000 people were killed on 9/11, approximately 15,000 people in the U.S. are murdered each year.

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I also learned that in most years, “jihad organizations” have accounted for “well under 1 percent” of the half million people who are murdered annually. At its “peak” – of what, Poynter.news University doesn’t tell us– the jihad groups have accounted for under 2 percent of the toll.

Poynter’s professors – Lawrence Pintak and Stephen Franklin, both former foreign correspondents – also tell me that 500,000 individuals die each year from “nutritional deficiencies,” (I suppose in layman’s English, they mean hunger and related causes) “more than 800,000 from malaria, and two million from HIV/AIDS.”

So “jihad is not a leading cause of death in the world,” the course states, “even in the three countries that account for the bulk of the casualties: Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.”

The professors offer these helpful comparative death tolls to give the 9/11 death toll “some context,” they say. But the implicit message of the course seems obvious enough: 3,000 dead Americans, (and they might have looked up the actual death toll) have been over-covered. Why don’t journalists spend more time covering malaria, or hunger, or especially HIV/AIDS, which the last time I checked, was hardly being ignored by the nation’s media?

For that matter, why aren’t the media investigating bathtub deaths, since according to “Overblown,” John Mueller’s attack on what he regards as the government’s obsessive focus on terrorism, more Americans die in bathtub accidents each year than in terrorist attacks?

The answer should be fairly obvious to such an august institution as Poynter: just as the press covers murders rather than traffic fatalities, which far outnumber killings in America each year, it covers terrorism intensively because motive matters.

“If it bleeds it leads,” may be a rule-of-thumb in journalism, but how and why the person died still determines the importance of the story.

Terrorism is not just run-of-the-mill murder; It attempts to strike at the heart of who and what we are as a nation. And to compare the numbers who died in the deadliest terror strike in our nation’s history with the annual homicides, which occur in all countries and cultures, is to miss the point of what happened in and to America on that fateful day.

Just what kind of journalism is Poynter promoting?

Terrorism was legitimately “the” story of the past decade. And we need only look at today’s newspapers – though no longer on the front pages of most of them – to appreciate the potential threat it still poses, despite America’s impressive gains against this intractable scourge.

As Poynter was recruiting journalism students for its mediocre course on Islam, real journalists were reporting that a “26-year-old man” from “a town west of Boston,” as The New York Times described him in its first graf, was being charged with plotting not only to blow up the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol using remote-controlled aircraft filled with plastic explosives, but also to supply Al Qaeda with detonation devices and weapons to kill American soldiers overseas. The suspect, Rezwan Ferdaus, the Times continues, is “an American citizen” with “a physics degree from Northeastern University in Boston.”

Are those facts about him more important than something that is never reported in the story – the fact that he is a Muslim? The story dances all around religion, of course. It quotes the FBI affidavit as saying that Ferdaus considered Americans “enemies of Allah,” for instance. But nowhere does it say that he is part of a tiny, but growing, worrisome trend among Muslim Americans – those who are being radicalized here at home by real-life and on-line radical Islamist clerics and by myriad other factors that are still poorly understood.

The Poynter course, “Covering Islam in America,” barely mentions the proliferation of such “home-grown” Islamist terrorism in its discussion of important trends and facts about Islam. Its omissions – documented in detail by the conservative Media Research Center – are legion. Among them are the death fatwas issued by militants Muslims against Salman Rushdie (perhaps that is by now too ancient an outrage to include) or the more modern day threats against Kurt Westergaard, whose cartoon about the Muslim prophet Mohammed sparked riots around the world.

Although just this week Saudi women were just promised the right to vote – albeit in a municipal election four years from now – the new course gives short shrift to the Wahabism in the kingdom which makes women unable to make basic decisions about their lives – to travel, work, get educated, or open a business – without the permission of a male guardian. It says nothing, as MRC notes, about the fact that the Saudis executed a Sudanese worker last week for the Islamic crime of “sorcery.”

Its list of individuals and organizations for journalists to consult include such groups as CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which the FBI has shunned for a time, and other dubious, self-appointed “spokespersons” for Islam. While there are excellent individuals in CAIR and at several of the other organizations the course lists, there are also some extremely radical voices. But Poynter’s free, on-line tutorial on Islam offers few such caveats. (You get what you pay for, I suppose.)

The point of the class seems clear, as MRC argues: to downplay “the impact and importance” of “jihad” and the challenge of terrorism and Islamist terrorism, in particular. Those who follow a violent and perverse interpretation of this pillar of Islam may be a tiny minority, but they have changed our nation’s policies, and arguably, its history. But there is no way to know that either from this insipid list of platitudes about one of the world’s largest and most influential monotheisms. This is a course in political correctness for reporters assigned to cover Islam in America who have slept through the past decade. It is unworthy of Poynter.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/09/29/journalism-class-that-urges-context-in-reporting-on-jihad-misses-point-motive/

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The evil is called Islamism or Islamofascism

December 9, 2008
The evil is called Islamism or Islamofascism A Date that will live in Infamy
By Alan Caruba Sunday, December 7, 2008
December 7, 1941, “A date that will live infamy” is a fading memory for those alive at the time and most certainly for those born since that day. For most Americans I suspect it is just a date they may have read about in a high school history book or seen dramatized in documentaries or films. It was, if you are still trying to recall its significance, the day the Empire of Japan attacked the U.S. fleet in Pearl Harbor. It was the date that Franklin Delano Roosevelt referred to in his speech to Congress calling for a Declaration of War against, not only Japan, but the Nazi regime and its Axis partner, Italy. It was the date when the term World War took on a whole new meaning beyond the WWI trenches in France.
In Hawaii, when I rode out to visit the USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor, the thing I noticed was that I was sharing the ferry with dozens of Japanese tourists. It had never occurred to me that it was, of course, part of their history as well. I recall their pausing before the wall with the names of the sailors still entombed below to offer prayers for them. That is what peace is all about. The cliché is that those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. It is a cliché because it is true. http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/6779

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More on the Islamo fascism massacre that was aimed to murder 5,000

December 1, 2008

More on the Islamo fascism massacre that was aimed to murder 5,000

Mumbai Islamic Terrorists wanted to kill 5000 – Truveo Video Search 26 Nov 2008 … MUMBAI, India (CNN)
http://www.truveo.com/Mumbai-Islamic-Terrorists-wanted-to-kill-5000/id/2958685818

ISLAM ATTACKS – War on Terror reaches MUMBAI INDIA – Find Internet TV 27 Nov 2008 … Mumbai Islamic Terrorists wanted to kill 5000. Added: Dec 1, 2008. Source: YouTube · Mumbai recovery. Added: Dec 1, 2008. Source: CNN on AOL …
http://www.findinternettv.com/Video,item,2598963686.aspx

Mumbai terrorists were ‘funded by cash raised in UK mosques’The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ November 29, 2008A banned Islamic terrorist group funded with cash raised in British mosques is believed to be behind the Mumbai attacks. Kashmiri separatists Lashkar-e-Taiba, ‘The Army of the Righteous’, which has strong links to Al Qaeda, is accused of previous terrorist outrages in India. And intercepted telephone and radio communications before and during the latest attacks apparently suggest a link. Indian officials say at least one of the gunmen captured after the attacks is part of a Lashkar network. The group last week denied any responsibility and the unknown group Deccan Mujahideen said it was behind the atrocity. But earlier… http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1090565/Mumbai-terrorists-funded-cash-raised-UK-mosques.html

Islamofascism’s mass muder, crimes against humanity goes on, this time in India

November 27, 2008

Islamofascism’s mass muder, crimes against humanity goes on, this time in India

Geez, and I thought that it’s all because of the “palestinians” (you know, those fake victims, those that are the aggressors and pose as “victims”) grievances…

The Religion of Peace Strikes Again
Canada Free Press, Canada –
It is an irony, too, that Muslim nations such as Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, and others find themselves the victims of Islamofascism because Islam does …
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/6575

Islamofascism hits India hard again! – Value MD Medical Schools ForumBBC NEWS | South Asia | Mumbai rocked by deadly attacks 101 killed as gunmen rampage in India city – Yahoo! News BBC NEWS | South Asia | Witnesses.
http://www.valuemd.com/relaxing-lounge/167965-islamofascism-hits-india-hard-again.html  

125 dead in ‘India’s 9/11’; some gunmen killed Thursday, November 27, 2008
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/nov/27/125-now-dead-indias-911/  

Why India? Why Now? Ynetnews, Israel –
The use of the word “Mujahidin” attests to some kind of affiliation with global Jihad of the Bin Laden variety. Therefore, we can say that the Mumbai
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3629898,00.html

group claims responsibility CNN International
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/11/27/india.attacks.responsibility/?iref=mpstoryview

Murder in Mumbai
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122780174620861745.html

Not just India’s problem any more
http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/not-just-indias-problem-any-more/2008/11/27/1227491736645.html

“This was Mumbai’s 9/11,” the official said… The official also suggested the attackers might have emerged from an outlawed militant group of Islamic students. Photographs from security cameras showed some youthful attackers carrying assault rifles and smiling as they launched the operation.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/11/27/asia/27group-NYT.php

Mumbai gunmen battle army
27.November 2008, 11:01
Indian commandos freed hostages from Mumbai’s Taj Mahal hotel on Thursday but battled on with gun-toting Islamist militants who launched an audacious attack across India’s financial capital, killing more than 100 people. The gunmen arrived by boats in Mumbai on Wednesday, before fanning out and attacking hotels, a cafe, hospitals and a railway station, firing indiscriminately.
http://www.welt.de/english-news/article2789994/Mumbai-gunmen-battle-army-some-hostages-freed.html

Mumbai gunmen demand release of Islamic militants
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/27/mumbai-terror-attacks-india1

Video: Tragedy In Mumbai
http://www.youtube.com/v/XlmvZHKVc2o

Mumbai Under Assault TIME
http://time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1862566,00.html?imw=Y

Mumbai Terror Attacks
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/27/mumbai-terror-attacks-india4

Maximum Terror in Mumbai: Confusion Reigns
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shuja-nawaz/maximum-terror-in-mumbai_b_146903.html

Islam In South Asia: The Problems Within Islam – TIME
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1862650,00.html

Attacks a message aimed at Obama – The Australian
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24718523-5013460,00.html

Six Canadians among Mumbai hostages: report
CTV.ca, Canada –
The suspected Islamic militant members of a previously unknown group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen staged the attack, with groups of armed men
http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20081127/mumbai_follow_081127/20081127/?hub=TorontoNewHome

The Pakistan ConnectioN
http://www.newsweek.com/id/171056

Battles are still raging between Indian special forces and Islamic Jihadists, who are fighting “room-to-room” in the city after the attacks were sprung at…
http://www.fitsnews.com/2008/11/27/killin-in-the-name-of

Why We Must Pay Attention to the Mumbai Terrorist Attacks
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/6572

Explaining Islamic Terrorism, DUmmy To DUmmy
http://www.stoptheaclu.com/archives/2008/11/26/explaining-islamic-terrorism-dummy-to-dummy/