I feel terribly denigrated by Helen Ang's recent hatred views towards Islam and Muslims through her ludicrous stance on Zionism and terrorism.
In the name of non-compulsion of religion, I can never understand why a well-educated columnist of a free media can manipulate the unfortunate 'racist slant' circumstance at BTN (Biro Tatanegara) and mix it with the current ever growing confusion of world terrorism and Middle East conflicts to misconstrue the perception of faith and conviction of Muslims to malaysiakini readers.
In her Local ambivalence to terrorism?, she has brought up one of the most blatant Islamophobic accusations malaysiakini has ever seen. As if number is the sole identifier to acclaim truth, she asserted that because 'Islamic terrorists' is google-indexed hundreds of times higher than 'Buddhist terrorists', Muslims are proved to be the only faith group whose followers are high in percentage in tendency to commit heinous crime to humanity compared to the rest.
Has she ever read malaysiakini columnists Azly Rahman's or Josh Hong's articles on the powerful Zionist lobby and media enclaves which distorts truth from the public and accords power to influence the masses only to the mightiest, orchestrated for the most bigoted agenda of destroying Al-Aqsa mosque (to build Jewish Haykal temple) and stealing Palestinian lands?
Her Freudian slip has exposed her inner-hatred towards the Muslims because she chooses the term 'Islamic terrorist' instead of 'Muslim terrorist'. With ultimate due respect of the multi-religious reader base of malaysiakini, I urge Ang to prove anything Islamic out of the act of killing innocents, from the Quran, the Prophetic Traditions, without disregarding the contexts of the scriptures and narrations, and the consensus and understanding of Muslim scholars.
Whatever term which has the word Islamic (other than Islamic banking and finance) on it is branded as unfriendly, and I ever imagined if Ang join George Bush's recent 'Let's destroy the proliferation of Islamic fascism once and for all' club. American aggression is seen as a myth rather than reality, and linguistically sophisticated terms do play significant roles in mustering public opinion through one's agenda.
In Give Jewish bogeyman a rest, she has failed to get the main point of Zionism. Make no mistake, Islam does not see Judaism as enemy to its existence. It's Zionism. No Muslims with the slightest tint of conviction in God and the Hereafter would approve Zionism. Did Helen ever note Ben Gurion's vow that 'There will be no Erezt Yizrael (Israel) without Urshalem (BaytulMaqdis or Jerusalem), and there will be no Urshalem without the Temple (Haykal, which is planned to replace Al-Aqsa gradually through silenced soil-intrusive infiltration of Al-Aqsa underground)'.
Zionism is a belief anti-thesis to the Muslims' belief. Don't use the current political gaffe in BTN as an excuse to label Muslim Malaysians as generally intolerant to the Jews to further extrapolated 'anti-Semitic' perception of Holocaust and previous administration's accusation to George Soros.
In her Flight from normalcy article, she ridicules the British Muslims' idea of 'being a Muslim first' such that it is seen as an antidote to inter-religious tolerance. Helen's attempt to persuade the readers into thinking being Muslim first as an equivalent of treating the non-Muslim as second-class creatures, together with some isolated cases of few British Muslims' shortcomings to further highlight this prejudice, is sickening. Islam teaches us to respect the leadership of those in power and honour the rights of others, not exclusionism and vigilantism.
Hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, mostly Muslims, in Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Gaza Strip and West Bank, have been butchered in this war on terror launched by both America and Israel after September 11. The killings are indiscriminate, with the percentage of Americans and Britons allowing or approving such acts way higher than the 15% Pew's poll result of Muslims considering civilians as targets.
Israel's killing of few UN peacekeepers in Lebanon send the world into uproars, but constant news of incineration of hundreds of innocent Lebanese through US-made lethal so-called precision-guided Zionist missiles and cluster bombs go into deaf ears. While we knew acts of terrorism by Muslims should be condemned, it is not that hard for us to see that the underlying cause of sporadic violence is the support of the very farcical belief that one people should benefit at the misery of others.
The after-effect of pro-Zionism and its evil fundamentalism are controllable by the will and desire of the world community. Sadly, economic globalisation speeded capitalistic international relations in such an unprecedented way that indexes of bourses speaks louder than virtues of humanity.
The hideous ideology of Zionism that underlies the core of this epically proportioned crime against humanity has been effectively camouflaged by those merciless xenophobes 'chosen by God to assume their birth land' and Armageddon-alarmists 'trusted by God to convert all Jerusalem-populated Jews to Christianity'. The scapegoat to propel their evil agenda in the hearts of the entire world community - 'Islamic terrorism' by 'Islamic terrorists'.
Ang's words deserve full condemnation in the heart of true Muslims and serve as a poison to the unsuspecting malaysiakini readers who have yet to grasp the intricacies of the polarising issues on Zionism, jihad and the war on terror.