Monday, June 28, 2004
This really chaps my hide...
Hassoun, an American Marine of Lebanese descent, was was shown blindfolded, with a sword brandished over his head in a videotape aired on Al-Jazeera on Sunday. The militants threatened to behead him unless all Iraqis "in occupation jails" are freed. They did not set a timeframe.

"I appeal to the kidnappers and to their conscience and faith to release my son," his father, Ali Hassoun, said in an interview with The Associated Press at his house in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli.

"He is not a fighter. I hope that they will respond favorably to my appeal. May God reward them," he said.

Another of his sons, Sami, talked with worried relatives, who said contacts were under way with politicians and Muslim clerics in Lebanon and Islamist groups in Iraq to secure the Marine's release.

"We are trying to send word through all channels that he is Lebanese, Arab and a Muslim," Abdullah Hassoun, a member of the extended family and head of Al-Safira municipality, told the AP.

Excuse me, but these kinds of statements (bolded) seem to be completely lost on the average westerner. This is basically a KKK mentality-- don't worry if you're a WASP, we won't kill ya!-- that we are dealing with in Iraq and in the Arab world.

What we have here is a very large ethnic/religious group that holds "their own" way, way above anybody different. Why should we approach this problem with politically correct "gentleness"? They want to kill me and probably you, only because you don't subscribe to their beliefs. One thing that is laughable about this is that this culture widely treats women as property with no rights whatsoever, and if you vocally disagree with the "leaders", you face prison or even death. Basically this culture lacks basic humanity. Should we treat this mentality with the humanity it so clearly lacks?

And before you go into the "it's only a small minority who believe this!", presume that, say, 10% believe (even slightly) in the fundamentalist ideology. That's at least 100 million folks around the world who don't think it's a big deal to behead the infidels-- they must have deserved it, after all. Also consider the response by this American Muslim Marine's family-- the route they are choosing speaks volumes about the state of Islam as a WHOLE. Why do they have to even call out his nationality, his ethnicity and his religion? He's American, sure, but the guy is also a human being.

Does this family really believe that they will spare him for labels? Don't they realize that these terrorists first see the uniform he wears and the pledge he has taken? When you serve in our Armed Forces, you don't vow to protect and uphold the Quran or the Bible. It's all about the American Constitution. How sad that this family feels like their only hope is to kick his REAL nationality to the curb.

This kind of appeal to terrorist thugs and the Arab regimes really kills me. And now my rant will get me labelled a racist. The Islamist murderers aren't racist, nor are Arab leaders. I am.

This is the absurdity of Islam today. Why does the majority of the western world not get this?

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