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Posts Tagged ‘critics’

Iranian Resistance

Posted by AB on June 22, 2009

I have posted, here at Tar Heel Pirate, several times about the Iranian Presidential election and the fallout.  No matter how much I might like to keep this blog up-to-date on the happenings in Iran, there is simply too much going on for me to keep up. 

The people of Iran are engaged in a struggle for their basic freedoms, and whenever authority is challenged, there is great resistance.  It is difficult to tell where this may go, but there is a very real possibility that this is the beginning of a revolution.  Whatever the case, we can only hope that those who are protesting on the streets of Iran will have their voices heard without the threat of violence.  Unfortunately, we have seen threats of violence and tangible violence, already, and while the protests have gotten lighter, there is an ongoing passion to get justice from a seemingly flawed election.

My heart goes out to the Iranian people, no matter the side.  What we are seeing is democracy inside of a theocracy.  All parties should be heard, and all parties should be respected, without the fear of retribution.  We cannot expect an America-style system in Iran, and America should not interfere with the process that is taking place.  We should support the freedom to protest peacefully, and President Obama has shown tremendous leadership with his measured tone, despite over-the-top criticism from others.  Some of those critics believe that belligerent rhetoric will help those protesters, but nothing good can come from the United States Government taking sides in this situation.  We would never tolerate others injecting themselves into our elections, so we should back-off and allow them the same respect that we demand. 

For the best up-to-date info about the Iranian election (the photos are amazing):

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Two Names

Posted by AB on June 3, 2009

Two names:  Scott Roeder and Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad.  When you see the these two names, what comes to mind?  Believe it or not, these two men have a great deal in common.  They are both American citizens.  They both feel very strongly about their beliefs.  Oh, and they are both domestic terrorists.  My guess is that you may not be surprised that Mr. Muhammad, a converted Muslim, is a terrorist.  But Mr. Roeder?  A white, Christian, anti-abortion advocate?

For many years–at least since September 11, 2001 for most Americans–we have been continuously conditioned by the media and other groups that terrorists are Arab, Muslim men who hate America.  We have been conditioned to be suspicious of anyone wearing a turban, or other traditionally “foreign” dress.  Americans have been conditioned to keep an eye on Arab-looking men with beards out in public places.  There have even been suggestions that “racial profiling” might be a good idea, because we all know that all terrorists are Muslim, right?  Wrong.

Let us take a look at the definition of terrorism from an online Military Dictionary

The calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological.

Scott Roeder, as you may know, has been is the news, recently, for his actions on Sunday, May 31.  On that day, he walked into a church in Witchita, Kansas, and shot down controversial OB/GYN, Dr. George Tiller.  Dr. Tiller, dubbed “Tiller, the Baby Killer” by his critics, was one of only a few doctors in the country that performed “late-term” abortions (after 21 weeks) for women who were having complications with their pregnancies.  No matter how you feel about abortion, I think that most can agree that it is wrong to murder anyone.  Mr. Roeder has been an anti-abortion activist for many years, and even served time in prison in the late 1990’s for possessing bomb-making materials.  Take a look at the definition of terrorism above, and this incident clearly falls within that description, but you will be hard-pressed to find a media outlet call it for what it is:  domestic terrorism.

Another case of domestic terrorism happened just a day later, when Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, a converted Muslim, previously know as Carlos Bledsoe, opened fire on an Army recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The shooting killed Pvt. William Long, and wounded Pvt. Quintin Ezeagwula.  When it was discovered that Muhammad was believed to be targeting military members for political and religious purposes, there was no problem calling that an act of terrorism.

There you have two acts; both acts of terrorism, both dispicable, both sad for the victims’ friends and families.  They both fall into the description and definition of terrorism, but only one is actually called terrorism.  Why is that?  Is it because killing a man who performed abortions is okay?  Is it because the terrorist is a white man in the Tiller case?  Is it because Muhammad is Muslim?  Or is it because of the way that we have been conditioned in this country to think of terrorism?

There are bad people lurking in all races and religions, many of which who use religion to justify lawlessness.  If both of these men are convicted, and there are no other suspects at this point, then they deserve to spend the rest of their lives behind bars, and some will say that they should be executed.  At this point, I could think of no better way for these two men to live the rest of their lives than to spend them together as cellmates in Leavenworth.

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