The St. Petersburg Times recently published a letter from a woman who was somewhat indignant over the allusion of another reader that Islam is somehow unique in having maniacs among its followers. The woman postulated that every religion, or any group at all, is going to have some homicidal maniacs in it. You certainly can’t argue with that point, but I think by looking at the trees, she missed seeing the forest.
On the day of the 9/11 attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, it was not just Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda that were toasting their victory, but Muslims around the world in cities from Amsterdam to Damascus to Islamabad, to Toronto were dancing in the streets by the thousands celebrating this mass murder. Mark Steyn, in his book “America Alone, ” writes, “On the night of September 11 Muslim youths in northern England rampaged through the streets cheering Islam’s glorious victory over the Great Satan.” And that was not an isolated incident.
I can not think of any other group of people in the world that wept with so much joy in the murder of so many.