The Bodoh West
The thinking in the West that jihad (and by an extension Islam) being the primary cause of terrorism is pathetic. Just because a terrorist says he is fighting in the name of jihad, does NOT make jihad THE problem. Jihad is something that is historically used in Muslim societies to weed out what they consider evil. Hence for many Muslims, jihad is a tool for doing greater good or at least what they percieve as the greater good. It may just be a motivating factor, something that you cannot ask Muslims to give up – its part and parcel of their religion.
Similarly, the notion of Shariah strikes fear into the hearts of ang mohs. Somehow, the notion of Shariah is now linked to 'radical' Islam. Wah lau, where got this kind of thing one? The Australian Treasurer, Peter Costello, instead of worrying about the AU$ exchange rate, told Muslims in the country to leave if they wanted to live under Islamic Shariah law. For some reason, there is a perception that Shariah law is NOT compatible with democracy. What the bodoh’s don’t get is that Shariah law is man-made.... get it Peter? Man-made!!! Just because Iran has got Shariah law does not mean all its tenets are applicable in Australia. Congratulations Peter, you have just managed alienate a big bunch of Australian Muslims.
It is precisely because of such myopic views that the terrorists are winning the war!!
I must admit that Singapore is one of the few countries that has understood that Islam has very little to do with terrorism and is one of the few countries that is taking a more holistic approach is combating the problem. That is why I hope when our good minister says that the security meetings between Singapore and Australia is a “meeting of the minds”, its more rhetoric than substance.