Wednesday, March 02, 2005
He traces the beginning of this trend to 1980. 1979 and 1980 were an incredible two-year-span of violent change in the Muslim world.
1979 was the year that
- Egypt and Israel made peace at the Camp David accords,
- The Shah of Iran was overthrown,
- American hostages were taken in Tehran,
- The USSR invaded Afghanistan,
- Muslim Extremists kidnapped and murdered the US Ambassador to Afghanistan,
- Wahhabi extremists occupied the Kaaba and the Grand Mosque in Mecca,
- Muhammad Zia ul Haq (military dictator of Pakistan) was able to have Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (the previous president who was also installed by coup) hanged,
- American embassy in Islamabad Pakistan was attacked by a mob,
- 400 Iranian hajji are killed by Saudi security forces in Mecca, and
- Saddam Hussain became president of Iraq.
- Iranian hostage crisis continues
- Saudis execute militants who occupied the Grand Mosque
- US attempt to rescue hostages is aborted, 8 soldiers die
- Muslim Brotherhood attempts to assassinate Syrian president Hafez al-Assad
- There is a coup in Turkey
- Iran-Iraq war begins, and
- perhaps most importantly, the Saudi government, stung by accusations of corruption and immorality, turned over education and moral policing to Wahhabi extremists.
Muslims must wake up, look inward and put a stop to many of our religious leaders who spend most of their sermons teaching hatred, intolerance and violent jihad. We should not be afraid to admit that as Muslims we have a problem with violent extremism. We should not be afraid to admit that so many of our religious leaders belong behind bars, and not behind a pulpit.Highly recommended!