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Don't Blame West, Blame Islamists

All wars are brutal, but even Mao Zedong recognized journalists as independent and useful to both sides, seeking to exploit them but not physically harm them. Alan Johnston's captors have not objected to any of his professional activities, demonstrating purely political motives. They play by very different rules.

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Michael:

It might not be the teachings of Islam that promote murder, etc., but some of those who act in the name of Islam definitely turn to suicide bombings, car bombings, kidnappings, torture, etc. And thus the minority represent the religion itself because their acts are vivid and shocking...

Furthermore, Muslims speaking in Koranic/Muslim rhetoric complicate the matter greatly. Miscommunication is bound to occur in a time and age where english is the preferable language and Western philosophies have the upper hand, it just might be better to channel your thoughts through it. Just a suggestion...

Michael:

It might not be the teachings of Islam that promote murder, etc., but some of those who act in the name of Islam definitely turn to suicide bombings, car bombings, kidnappings, torture, etc. And thus the minority represent the religion itself because their acts are vivid and shocking...

Furthermore, Muslims speaking in Koranic/Muslim rhetoric complicate the matter greatly. Miscommunication is bound to occur in a time and age where english is the preferable language and Western philosophies have the upper hand, it just might be better to channel your thoughts through it. Just a suggestion...

Robert:

Venkat,

Please try to explain the Karni Mata Temple, also known as the Temple of Rats to the rest of us.

Doesn't your faith worship Karni Mata, believed to be the incarnation of Durga, and thousands of rats in the Temple.

Don't you guys believe that the souls of the followers of Karni Mata are in the rats and they must be looked after. The attending priests feed them milk and grain, and in fact share the milk with them as it is considered holy?

And this is just one of the freakish beliefs of this crazy faith.

Robert:

And as for Frank Collins, why don't you go and see what the definition of Cult is.

Let me give you two:

1. religion: a system of religious or spiritual beliefs, especially an informal and transient belief system regarded by others as misguided, unorthodox, extremist, or false, and directed by a charismatic, authoritarian leader.

2. religious group: a group of people who share religious or spiritual beliefs, especially beliefs regarded by others as misguided, unorthodox, extremist, or false.

Now why don't you go and ask Muslims, Jews, Agnostics, Hindus, and every other faith in the world what they think of christians and their literal interpretation of the Son of God. And you will see which one is the real fanatical cult. Jesus at worst was no different than David Koresh and at best was no better than Gandhi. Yet you guys made him a God, just like how the Romans made Julius Ceasar a God.

Truth be told, all religions are cults and truly shame God.


Robert:

Mr. Venkat, please tell us more about your faith. Your name implies Hindu, which what a lot of people may not know, have fundamentalists that can give a few lessons in terrorism and cruelty to al-Qaeda and Hezbollah.

Tell us about your barbarism in Sri Lanka and India (pre and post-liberation).

In the overall conversation about faith, you may notice that your faith doesn't even get mentioned as a monotheistic faith. Tell us why.

Please don't get on your high horse. Islam is far from perfect, and same can be said of Christianity and Judaism. But on the scale of what at least has an inkling of truth and what is and absolute fantasy, your faith takes the prize for fiction. It makes the whole birth of the virgin mother and the son-of-god story believable.

Venkat:

That acid must have corroded the degenerated contents inside the thick skull of the cultists! Hate is the only thread that runs as the central theme of the quran and hadis. Desperate as the deobandi terrorist were they could not prove in the SC of India (normally lenient towards the cults) that Shri Ram Swarup's magnum opus was a fabrication. They could only get deleted a few sentences here and there (must be out of pity by the judges) Understanding Islam Through Hadis : Religious faith or Fanaticism?.

And in that book Ram Swarup (unlike the sanitised version fondly referred to by mommin Shaan in desperation) clearly refers to Ayesha's age as 8 when she was cruelly cradle snatched and raped. even if one accepts Ayesha's age as 16 what was a man in his late 50's got to do with a 16 year old unless he was psycho. Today if anyone behaves the same way in Islam infested countries he would have been stoned to death.

Shaan Khan:

Frank Collins, Venkat et all

Hate is an acid that corrodes the very vessel that holds it. It looks like you internal corrosion is making you very unhinged. The more you post, the more it appears that you are in a self destruct mode. You are making a mockery of your self and what you represent. All religions serve a purpose of curtailing the dark shadows of humans. The chaos in the world today reflects the lack of religion (or abuse of religion). I hope some day you will learn to have pride in your Hinduism without hating or disparaging the Jews, Christians and Muslims.

I recommend that you see a shrink before you hurt your self or inflict damage to others. You really need immediate help.

Venkat:

"Authenticated" by whom by blood stained rapists mullahs?

If at all Vedas had talked about pagy his name must be figuring in a separate chapter which only Shaan knows. Maybe his name could have figured of the future evils that would trouble the earth for 1400 years. You are right about Abrahamic faiths God- all of them are alike- Jealous, cruel and with lust on their mind.

Venkat:

One thing crosses the mind when the momins ritually use the 'pbuh' term. Ritual because they don't use the full verse 'peace be upon him'. However a deeper thinking would reveal that all these momin creatures are desperately wishing that if every momin wished this way atleast then the evil personified would get some peace for the immeasurable evil he has wrought on this poor world.

Venkat:

Momin Shaan quotes "...This man then learned about Islam and Propher Muhammed (pbuh)and then cut his own throat because he was so ashamed of his earlier deeds. Hence please take care of yourself...." Whom are you trying to fool. Under the guise of protecting, the rabid cultists would have done slit the poor man's throat for it is purely an Islamic forked tongue tradition (a forsenic examination if had been conducted would have shown the victim had been sodomised too maybe by the perpetrators to experience how the 'pearls' would be 'up there')!

Are you threatening Frank that he will be killed by goons like pagy mohd, do we report you?

Venkat:

Momin Shaan quotes "...This man then learned about Islam and Propher Muhammed (pbuh)and then cut his own throat because he was so ashamed of his earlier deeds. Hence please take care of yourself...." Whom are you trying to fool. Under the guise of protecting, the rabid cultists would have done slit the poor man's throat for it is purely an Islamic forked tongue tradition (a forsenic examination if had been conducted would have the victim was sodomised too to experience how the 'pearls' would be 'up there')!

Are you threatening Frank that he will be killed by goons like pagy mohd, do we report you?

Venkat:

Shaan you like your cult is a joke. Islam is the standing example of a cult which speaks one way and behaves exactly opposite. Islam is a cult that increased its numbers only by the sword (because it simply cannot stand scrutiny of even an insane mind). However your desperate wish that somehow saner voices are silenced and people dont discuss the root cause of unrest in islam infested countries exhibit your innermost fears thoughts you harbour but would not like to venture to even think (what if pagy was wrong?)Notwithstanding your protestations for any seeker it is truth or satya that matters not someone's claim that what he blabbers is the truth. You don't have to tell us but honestly conduct within yourself the test of testing all the rabid claims of the self appointed prophet and you will get your answers. If you really that truth alone will truimph as many momins pronounce then subject to cult's book and its accessories to this hobnestly. Don't look into it with the prism of blindness aka as slavish mind.

As to your 'certificate' on Santana Dharma aka Hinduism (to the unitiated) it doesn't require yours or mine or for anyone for that matter it's philosophy is there and only asuras and Rakshahas would disagree. But as Krshna Parmatma ordained Arjuna the warrior on the batllefield of the Kurukshetra war aand gave the world the Bhagwad Gita (when Arjuna threw down his arms unable to fight his Gurus, his cousins and friends) it was the bounded duty of the Kshatriya to destroy Adharma (a mistake Privthiraj Chavan did in later days to Ghori, if only he had done that you would be talking the other way as your forefathers would not have converted in a cowardly way unable to bear the torture of the Islamic hordes that ravished Bharat i.e India for nearly 1000 years) irrespective of all other qualifications and that is what I am trying to follow in a small way, I am no Arjuna but atleast like Ekalavya Ittry to fight adharma in my small way.

Shaan Khan:

Frank Collins, Venkat et all

This is not the forum for the discussion you seek. You are unnecessarily disrupting this thread and this forum and making a mockery of your self and the belief system you belong to (which appears to be Hinduism). Clearly Hinduism is a great religion and you are an aberration which is making it look bad.

You say that Muslims want to covert everyone to Islam, whereas Islam says that there is no compulsion in religion. A Muslim man is forbidden by Islam to even force his own non-Muslim spouse to convert to Islam. Moreover a Muslim man has been commanded by God / Allah (swt) to cheerfully help in taking his aged parent (should they be Non-Muslim) to a Church and or Temple etc, should they be too weak or feeble to that on their own. This can be easily verified from the Quran and Authenticated Hadith.

Your knowledge of Islam is so corrupted by your hate that you don’t even know that Islam believes in the same God as the God of Prophet Abraham (pbuh) and Prophet Moses (pbuh) and Prophet Jesus (pbuh). Allah is merely an Arabic word for that same God. Hence when you say that Allah (swt) is a pretend God that Islam has fabricated you are in fact abusing the God of all Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam).

Now let us address your vile and evil statement on the mercy that Allah(swt) has provided to all mankind (not just Muslims), a person who even your own religious text, the Vedas talk about and have described, i.e. Prophet Mohammed (pbuh). The men and women of the time of Prohpet Mohammed (phub) have stated that Bibi Ayisha’s (RA) age when her marriage was consummated was over 16/17 years old. Remember we are talking about a different era when people matured a lot earlier. Even in USA there was an era when women aged 12/14 etc were getting married (they just matured earlier). This fact is available in Authenticated Hadith. Hence there is available evidence that blows away your lies. The lies that you state were based on the uttering of a vile person who was not even close to Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) or from the same era as Prophet Mohammed (pbuh). It is your choice whether you believe the truth provided by those of the same era and times of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) or the falsehood of someone who was of a much later era and was known to be hostile to Islam. Let me also tell you that Muslims of all shapes and sizes and color of skins, i.e. Muslim all over the world think of Prophet Mohamed (pbuh) as a shinning example of goodness and decency. Muslims try and emulate him. Yet we do not see the existence of the practice of an adult marrying an infant in Muslim nations. This lack of practice confirms that the evil lie that you state never occurred. Had it occurred, it would have been a very common practice amongst Muslims. Had it occurred you would have seen it all over the world (amongst Muslims), but you do not see that in any Muslim country or amongst Muslim people.

Hence Authenticated Hadith as well as the lack of practice of the evil you mentioned expose your lies.

If you really want to know about Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) read “Muhammad: His Life Based On The Earliest Sources” by Martin Lings. Alternatively you can also read “Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet” by Karen Armstrong. Both these books are available via Amazon.

Nonetheless I understand that your desire is just to be destructive, but remember, all you achieve by your hateful post is that you make a great religion, i.e. Hinduism look bad with your deeds (nothing else). There are equally ignorant self proclaimed Muslims who see you and take your action to represent Hinduism.

Venkat:

Shim Jae Hoon, why do you inhuman beings aka journalists always fudge facts. Your title should have need a small spelling correction, the "ist " is superfluous in the last word, remove it and the title would be apt.

The cult of the rapist barbarian is the root cause, destroy it and purge Islamists of their poisonous blood and they would become normal.

Shaan Khan:

Frank Collins

So think you are making yourself proud ? Go ahead be my guest.

Pliny:

Romans kill Jewish man, Christ !Christians Bad ! Jews Bad ! Hindus Bad ! Muslims Good !

Mark:

Finally some sanity among members of the old media (Washpost is linked to new and old media) about blaming the people committing the violence instead of America. Blame America first liberalism gets really old

mohammad allam:

To all lover of justice
you all tell me who killed jesus christ?
other hand tell me when christian world killing the jews muslim world provided them safe heaven.tell me who was hitler?
beofre accusing other please read the book of history.jews around the world suppressed by own nature and that nature is to capture the power by conspiring .this nature forced every ruler to expelled the jews from own land.see how many christian kings expelled the jews from own kingdom and muslim also followed them.so why muslim only.other hand the jews alwyas try to have controll on economy by promoting usuar/interest and that is forbidden in islam.christian world oppressed when interset was not allowed in christinity but when christian world accepted it by following interest they started to be in debt of jews bankers,financers etc.The fine example of christian society was destroyed by promoting free sex and turned the whole europe and america into a home of anti jesus christ-our beloevd prophet.see how west people worked from morning to evening and waste their welth for some sensual enjoyment.have ever they thought where their money is going?who is getting every thing from them?is this life just to earn and enjoy without thinking about the real love of our beloved jesus christ?
when all the west will think then they will know why muslim society is victim of them and why muslim resisting them.

pliny:

Arab hands soaked with the blood of Jews they have murdered- good ! Jews kill arabs/muslims -bad ! Palestinans claim land they never had-good !Jews live on land Jordan and Eygpt obtain from mandate-bad ! Arab/Muslim states do not adhere to law and Un resolutions- good ! Israel always rouge nation because we have many votes. We Islamic !Good !

Shaan Khan:

Pliny

I doubt if anyone would have had a problem had Isarel's hand not been soaked with the blood of Palestinians it has murdered.

I doubt if anyone would have had a problem had Israel not been built on stolen land.

Even then the problem is not Israel being Jewish but the fact that it is a rouge nation which not adhere to International laws and UN resolutions.

Pliny:

India Hindu state-Good ! Argentina,Catholic state-Good ! Iran,Eygpt, Syria et al,Muslim States-Good ! Thiland Buddist state-Good ! Israel, Jewish state-Bad!

Saeed:

He's right blame the victims! I am a secular and don't support terrorist acts and believe in true journalism, but I hate the Western hypocrisy, expressed by pundits like you.
That's what the West has done throughout its (post)colonial interventions in the East: blame the victims for what YOU are doing to them. Examples? "Iraq has WMD and PLANS to kill us." What happens is US is killing Iraqis using the most hi tech weaponary.

Shaan Khan:

D Hoffman

The State of Israel is a Jewish state, not a secular state. Even amongst the Jews, it does not appreciate the reformed Jews (unorthodox Jews) from my country (i.e. Although Israel loves the US dollars). Non Jews do not get the benefits that a Jew gets in Israel. In that sense it is an Apartheid nation (read racist nation). In order to guarantee the Jewish character of Israel, the Jews from all over the world have been incentivised to settle in Israel. Evidence suggest that after the State of Israel was created, Israel “created” circumstances (beyond the usual financial subsidies etc) to get the Jews out of Muslim countries and into Israel. Yet many still remain in neighboring Muslim nations. Much to the frustration of Israel, recent polls amongst Jews in Iran (a very hardline nation) show that they were happy in Iran and are as nationalistic about Iran as any other Iranian. Likewise the Morocco Jews are doing very well financially in Morocco. Ditto Saudi Arabia, Turkey etc. In all these nations the demographics of Jews range from infants to senior citizens. They enjoy the same rights as the majority. You lie when you say that only the old and feeble have been left behind.

I agree that Jews and Muslims lived in a symbiotic (in fact I purport that outside of Israel and inspite of Israel they still "live" together to a large extent, my great grandmother was a Persian Jew married to a Muslim) relationship. It is very possible that the Jews may have been a medium through which knowledge went back and forth between Europe and Muslim nations. No wonder the Jews think of Spain as their Golden era. Nonetheless you lie again when you deny Muslim contribution to science and arts. We can talk endless on this subject.

Finally let me say that there are numerous theories, from sane to insane, about why Daniel Pearl was killed. If you choose to believe that Daniel Pearl was killed because he was a Jew then that is your problem.

Robert:

Now let me tell you something about Mr. Shim Jae Hoon. I will bet anything and everything that this guy is one of those converted holly rollers.

There are quite a few of these sell-out South Koreans in the US and in South Korea who are evangelical and see themselves as white neo-cons. That is why he takes on the Islamists. There are alot of sick islamists in this world and their numbers may even be on the rise, but these sick evangelicals are helping out either.

Ask Mr. Hoon who is favorite philosopher is and my money is that he will say the same thing as Bush and say Jesus Christ. And that will tell you everything you need to know right there.

Robert:

To D. Hoffman, what you say about the Jews in these Arab countries and Iran (non-Arab) is not accurate. In particular Iran and and North African Muslim countries. Jews are free to worship and in fact leave that country if they wish. Saudi Arabia may be the exception. Iran's Jewish population was over 250,000 strong, but since the revolution, it has decreased to 25,000.

The reason for the decrease wasn't religious persecution. It was for all of the same reasons that the non-jews left in higher numbers. The ones that stayed simply want to live there and consider themselves Iranian Jews. There is nothing wrong with that. you don't have to believe they are threatened or blackmailed from leaving.

This current regime in Iran may be illegitimate and perhaps even criminal, but the Iranian jews are not the victims. The first victims are the secular democrats who have had enough of religion in their everyday lives and government.

Usama:

The increase of lawlessness in Palestine is directly related to the collapse of societal order. This calls into question the societal order and not just the alleged perpetrators.

Why would Palestinians undertake such provocative crimes such as kidnapping or hostage taking?

D. Hoffman:

Shaan Khan,

It is sad that Islam was more tolerant of non-Muslims over 500 years ago then now. If Islam is so tolerant of Jews why was Daniel Pearl beheaded by Muslim fundamentalists?


Second, nearly all Jews were forced out of just about every Muslim country after the creation of the State of Israel. Most of these Jews were middle class professionals or highly wealthy. As soon as the state of Israel was formed and defeated her enemies, all the Muslim countries in the region forcefully expelled the Jews. The only ones left in Muslim countries are the old and/or sick, who can't leave. If you take the net worth of all the Jews who were expelled from Arab lands vs the net worth of Muslims who were expelled from Israel, the Arab countries would be forced to pay Israel billions of $'s. The Arabs who lived in Israel proper were peasants.


Do you really expect me to believe the Arab journalists who interview Jews still living in Arab countries who say that they hate Israel and want to live in Iran, or Saudi Arabia? They say that because they would be killed if they didn't.


Third, there are Muslims currently living in the State of Israel with full rights in a Western Democracy. Can the same be said of any Jews living in Arab countries, with the exception of possibly Turkey?

Muslims love to point out that they were the most knowledgeable people during the middle Ages when Europe was in the dark ages. This assumption is not entirely true. Muslims never created the scientific, mathematic and philosophical ideas during the early Ottoman Empire. All these enlighten ideas came from either Greece or Rome. The only reason the Muslims fully understood the importance of the enlighten ideas was because the Jews translated and past down this knowledge from the Greeks and Romans to the Muslims. When these enlighten ideas were first created by Greece and Rome, the Arabs were still nomads living in tents in the desert.

Shaan, if you want to debate further please be my guest. However, you first need to learn your history.

mohammad allam:

to collin frank
it is said that u can satisfy a learned one with one word but cannot satisfy a foll even with thousands of words.you all read quaran but never to think about the context in which the surah revealed to the prophet of allah.the question you raised is not new .every enemy of islam ask these questions.
1 about the conversion islam declare the truth of islam but donot force any body to convert into islam.see verse of quran which says.your religion is for u and my religion for mine"every religion ask and fright own followers by giving some example.if you talking about christian and jews then u know that it is like your present thesis that without western model islamic world cannot develop.is there no other model?other hand you accept islam or not islam is not going to suffer.
2islam doesnot teach cowardness to its follower.it says the follower that any body making cruelty on you then if you can bear then bear if not then fight with them.if you onject then tell me why west entered and destroyed afghanistan and iraq after post twin tower attack.is not that foolish for which you accuse islam.other hand IF YOU THINK THAT MUSLIM ATTACKED ON TWIN TOWERS THEN FOR EVERY EVNTS OF WORLD THERE IS UNO COMMISSION ENQUERY THEN WHY NOT A UNO COMMISSION OF ENQUERY INTO TWIN TOWER ATTACK?
3IF ISLAM SPREADED WITH SWORDS THEN WHY NOT PEOPLE turned from islam after weakening of islam around the world.othe r hand if muslim wanted to spread islam by force then there would be no majority of christian.india would be complete muslim country.who could stop muslim to masscrase indian population for 600 years?
4 israel existed on illogical theory that it is their ancestor land.if this would be accepted then whole america should be of red indian.inca civilization.whole of australia would be of aborigines.and the whole world turned into law of forest with might is right.do you want might is right.other hand your logic is childish.read again and again with open mind.other wise there is verse in quran that"by these verese i give right path and by these verses i mislead the other".other hand also consider that quran is not a child book which you can understand.
so dear one have good night.

Shaan Khan:

Frank Collins

If Islam teaches to kill Jews then how do you explain that the Golden Era of Jewish history was in Spain under Muslim rule ?

If Islam teaches to kill Jews then how do you explain the fact that Muslim Countries (Turkey & North Africa were foremost) after Spain was taken over by the Catholic Church, gave refuge to Jews ?

If Islam teaches to kill Jews then how do you explain the fact the when the Jews first started to come to Palestine, it was the Muslims who initially helped them to settle there.

If Islam teaches to kill Jews then how do explain that there are huge communities of Jews still living in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Morocco etc. that do not want to leave those countries?

If you cannot explain the above then you have to accept the the situation in Palestine/Israel is not due to Islam hating the Jews or due to some pseudo specialization, but some other reason. Might I suggest that it is not religious but due to the fact the Israel has stolen Palestinian land, water, dignity and life. Might I suggest that all the chaos will end when Israel end it racist policy and makes the country truly secular (equal rights, equal vote, equal justice for Jews, Christians and Muslims).

In your desire to turn a blind eye towards the racist and evil (murder, assassinations etc) policy of the State of Israel, you are unnecessarily twisting the truth.

Shaan Khan:

Frank Collins

I have known of people who have said even more vile lies than you, about Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) and Islam. One of these rabid haters (like yourself) was later put to prison in USA on an issue unrelated to Muslims. In the prison guess what, it was the Muslim population who out of the goodness of their heart protected him against attack. This man then learned about Islam and Propher Muhammed (pbuh)and then cut his own throat because he was so ashamed of his earlier deeds. Hence please take care of yourself. One day you will find the error in your ways. Remember then forgiveness is a path open to all.

I am very surprised this forum allows you a platform to spew unadulterated hate against Muslims and Islam.

As I have said to you before read the Quran for yourself and your errors will become self evident. The Quran does an amazing job of explaining itself. Here is my suggestion, locate every word, you have mischievously translate wrongfully, in the Quran. Locate these words not just in the verses you have wrongfully quoted, but also every use of that word in the Quran. If you do this exercise you will find that it is impossible to assign the meaning that you have assigned. Don't feel bad, a lot of Muslims too who lack knowledge of Arabic do the same mistake. The difference is they do that out of ignorance and you out of your hatred.

mohammad allam:

here is saying in one language that "i have seen an starnge practise on the occasion of sacrife that the person who bucthered an animal gets reward from god "This is the case with the western ideological follower of west.They accept the west ideology without question and blaim the islamist every where.there is saying in indian language that there was so famouse theif that if any thing was stolen in his area thaht famous thief was put in net.this is case with the follower of islam.other hand the writer should know the meaning of islamist in which context he used this word.there are various word floated by short sighted media person without knowing the real meaning of word.there are many criminal group in islamic world and they are denoted by perticular name on the basis of following ideology but the word islamist is word involving the follower of whole islam without any discrimination on the basis of ideology.i would be very greatfull if author clearify me the meaning of islamist and the context in which he used.

Anonymous:

Media related hypocrisy
All the approaches are against Islam.
Islam is the only thing that is true
So all of you are liars
You are working day and night to kill Muslims
Your are working day and night to destroy Islam
You are fighting against a thing that could bring peace
You are destroying peace and bringing unrest by invading, occupying and destroying Muslim lands and Islam
You can produce liars, robbers, dacoits, bastards and nothing else.
Your ideology is too much corrupted to yield peace
You are proud of your robbed wealth of Muslims land
You are still torturing Muslims which you cannot conceal totally
Your background is too much ugly to look at
Your are preaching worst conspiracy without which you cannot breath
You are making money by speaking against Muslims and Islam which is your only job to do
Your business is too nasty to support
You can do better with speaking truth
But you do not like it because you are professional liars
And so also Blair and your pros bush
You will not succeed because your base is on lies
It must be revealed that your pocket is filthy
It must be revealed that you are establishing worst things replacing commonsense and truth
Your appropriate punishment is only the NUCLEAR ETERNAL FIRE of HELL forever
Let GOD destroy you because you have no right to survive on this polluted and corrupted land which must be purified with Islam

Matt:

To add to his idea, remember that several members of Doctors Without Borders have been killed by Islamic fighters, and that the organization has become quite leery of providing medical care in areas where Islamic fighters are waging war.

How ironic that this happened to a BBC staffer. I wonder how his colleagues are trying to explain this away.

Tarik:


450BC
Then it was Sparta and Athens.
"Unhappy Greeks who only kill each other".
Then it was the looming Persian Empire.
Now its the Shia and Sunnis.
Under the shadow of the US Empire.

The Persians conquered Athens but were forced to withdraw.
USA conquered Baghdad but will be forced to withdraw.
Who cares about the CNN.

Tawfik:

Firt I hope that Allan will be released as soon as possible
thi comment is Mr. Shim Jae Hoon to let him know that he missed the point by saying "The international journalists covering the world have been guilty of many shortcomings, but losing neutrality in their coverage of the Palestine conflict or of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is certainly not one of them"
He knows that some journalist are not neutral and they are covering what it pleases their governments and meets their needs.
You can tell by watching CNN and fox news just for few minutes that they are far for beeing neutral.
In the middle east journalists are not neutral because they are afraid from the dictators that the US government protect in the region or they are after the money.

Minh:

It's sad that journalist are killed in wars by both sides. It's not only the Islamists that killed journalists, but also the US airforce and US troops on the ground. "Killing the messengers" is nothing new.

This analysis is flawed and reflect the servitude of South Koreans to the US as a whole, if not the limited knowledge of the author.

Isaac, Chicago:

to quote Mr. Hoon

"The international journalists covering the world have been guilty of many shortcomings, but losing neutrality in their coverage of the Palestine conflict or of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is certainly not one of them."

This statement flies in the face of BBC taking sides long ago in the Palestine-Israel conflict. When I listen to BBC world news, I take it with a lump of salt. For example, this week BBC interviewer in Beirut, asking 'woman-in-the-street' about the bombing of an anti-Syrian lawmaker, "do you think the Israelis did this?"
Wow, leading the witness?

BBC workers and other news folks voted for a boycott, how can they be neutral?

PJ:

Unfortunately, when Western journalists fear for their lives to report from regions destabilized by Islamist "militants," the wire services hire stringers to fill the gaps - stringers whose impartiality is often questionable.

Alex M.:

Is is a breath of fresh air to read (hear) the truth for once. It seems everyone talks behind closed doors of the horrific actions against captured journalists and soldiers alike by their Islamic captors. But, it seems too few are brave enough to say it in print, especially in an international publication. I commend you for being true to your profession and yourself! Wouldn't it be nice if peace loving Muslims voiced this just once!!

Alec:
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