Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Quran Burning / Rationalized Islamophobia


The scripted threat of burning Qurans keeps alive the perception of America's hostility toward the Muslim World ~ thus reinforcing 9/11 fear mongering along with the rationalization for our ongoing illegal wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan: Allen L Roland
Note the timing of our latest bout with Islamophobia, the 9th anniversary of America's greatest bamboozle ~ the 9/11 cover up. See details ~
As Lamis Andoni, Al Jazeera, rightfully points out on September 12th ~ Why does the US government think burning Qurans is less civilized than drone attacks on civilian Muslim populations?
Excerpt: " General David Petraeus, the US commander in Afghanistan, warned that burning the Quran could endanger the lives of US troops who might become the target of retribution. But why do Obama and Petraeus think that burning the Quran is any less civilized or more dangerous than their use of unmanned drones to target suspected Taliban or al-Qaeda fighters and the subsequent civilian casualties these attacks often entail? Terry Jones, the pastor behind the planned Quran bonfire, may be insane, as some, including his own daughter, have suggested. But what excuse do sane and sophisticated people like Obama, Petraeus, and Robert Gates, the US secretary of defence, have? But in an atmosphere of 'Islamophobia' ( fed by a mistrust and ignorance of Islam ) and US wars against Muslim countries, the suggestion of a Quran-burning day becomes something much more significant. It also reflects the general dehumanization of Muslims and Arabs - particularly those who have been the victims of American and Israeli bombings - that has taken root, allowing some of the US public to become immune to the crimes committed by their own government or with their government's backing.... In the words of Kathy Kelly, an American peace activist who is currently facing trial for 'trespassing' in a drone-manufacturing plant during an anti-war protest, the mainstream media "does little to help ordinary [Americans] ... understand that the drones which hover over potential targets in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen create small "ground zeroes" in multiple locales on an everyday basis".
So there you have it, another Islamophobia smokescreen on the 9th Anniversary of 9/11 which conveniently covers up our own responsibility and a much needed re-investigation of this obvious false flag operation ~ while once again demonizing Islam. A recent Washington Post poll found that a plurality of Americans now have an unfavorable view of Islam, "the most negative split on the question" since Oct. 2001.
Mark Morford nails it ~ " America needs its demons. We need our enemies, our menacing and dark-eyed nemesis, that foreign and terrifying thing we do not understand and against which we must rally and wail, push and pull, fight and destroy." Certainly Fox News needs these demons ~ as it continues to feed Islamophobia to its angry, fearful and largely Republican right wing viewers.
Jon Stewart offers the most appropriate picture of this fear mongering with his Islamophobiapalooza / Terry Jones heeds God's call to not burn Korans, and Imam Rauf's reasonable answers sound like a threat to Fox News. Video ~
I rest my case ~
Allen L Roland
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