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January 08, 2002

It’s all because of "The Jews"/"The Occupation"/...

The Jews are to blame; give the Palestinians a state, and nothing like this will happen; occupation, occupation, occupation. These are the mantras with which the Palestinian-Arabs and their supporters try to excuse the terrorism they unleash on the West and, in particular, on Israel. Regardless of how many proofs are presented to dispel this siren song, aimed at seducing the West to turn on Israel, the mantra persists. For this reason, I don’t believe anything will change by adding yet another layer of proof. Nonetheless, for the record, and in deference to Sisyphus, here are a few relevant stories that were posted on just one day, Christmas day, 2002.

The first story comes from AP under the heading, Violence Mars Some Christmas Celebrations . Here are some of the details [bold font added]:
In Pakistan, two assailants shrouded in women's robes threw at least one hand grenade at a small Christian church in populous Punjab province, killing three worshippers — including at least one young girl — and wounding more than 10, authorities said...

Earlier, Pakistani police found explosives and ammunition in a shopping bag hidden in bushes near a heavily guarded church in the capital, Islamabad. Church officials feared they had been the intended target of an attack, but went ahead with services.

Security had been increased at churches around the predominantly Islamic nation, which has seen a string of attacks by extremist Muslims aimed at Christians.

Security also was heightened in the Southeast Asian nation of Indonesia.

Thousands of police were deployed in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, as Christians flocked to churches to celebrate Christmas despite warnings that Islamic extremists might target places of worship this holiday season...

Indonesian police seized 550 pounds of a fertilizer usable in explosives that they said was to be delivered to a fugitive bomber.

They said the cache of ammonium nitrate seized in Palu, about 930 miles northeast of Jakarta, was much bigger than the amount detonated in devastating blasts in Bali's nightlife district on Oct. 12. Those explosions killed 192 people, most of them Western tourists.

In eastern India, a gang armed with crude bombs attacked a Protestant church on Christmas Eve, wounding six people and robbing hundreds of worshippers.

Following a spate of recent bombings in Bangladesh, police guarded churches as the South Asian nation's small Christian community celebrated Christmas with prayers, carols and feasts.
Christians were targeted by Islamist in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia - what has all this terrorism to do with Jews, a Palestinian state or “the occupation”? Is it not time that the West identify the “root cause” for what it really is?

For those who require a reminder, another report by AP on the same day, December 25, 2002, added these sweet memories:
On March 17, a grenade attack on Protestant church in Islamabad killed five people, including a U.S. Embassy employee and her 17-year-old daughter.

On Aug. 5, assailants raided a Christian school filled with foreign children in Murree, 40 miles east of Islamabad. Six Pakistanis were killed, including guards and non-teaching staff.

And on Aug. 9, attackers hurled grenades at worshippers at a church on the grounds of a Presbyterian hospital in Taxila, about 25 miles west of Islamabad, killing four people.
Again, what has all this terrorism to do with Jews, a Palestinian state or “the occupation”? Is it not time that the West identify the “root cause” for what it really is?

Lest it be assumed that the news on Christmas day represents an aberration, here is a sample of Islamist terrorism perpetrated during the three days before an after December 25, 2002. I selected just one item per day so as not to have too gloomy a picture, but clearly the array reported below is merely the tip of the iceberg, even for that one week around Christmas 2002.

On December 22, 2002, HaAretz reported:
Fourteen people, including four members of the same family, have been killed in fresh separatist violence in India's Jammu and Kashmir state, police said yesterday.

The latest attacks came after suspected Muslim rebels shot and killed a newly elected state legislator on Friday. Violence has continued unabated since a new government came to power last month promising to bring peace to the troubled region.
The next day, December 23, 2002, the Australian paper, The Herald Sun, reported:
SHACKLED Bali bombers Mukhlas and Amrozi laughed and shouted anti-American slogans as they were paraded in public yesterday.

The grinning killers repeatedly yelled "Allahu Akbar" – God is great – as they re-enacted their preparations for the terror attack for police.
In this casem the threat conveyed by "the grinning killers" is as much of a menace as an actual bomb.

On Christmas Eve, December 24, Yahoo News reported about the Philippines:
A Christmas Eve bomb attack on the home of the mayor of a southern Philippine town killed at least 13 people and wounded 12 others, the military said.

The military said Tuesday's bombing appeared to be the work of the Moro Islamic Liberation rebels, but a spokesman for the Muslim separatist group denied involvement in the attack.

On the same day, another terrorist action, this time in Russia, was narrowly averted, as the Jerusalem Post reported from Moscow:
Two men wearing belts laden with explosives were arrested Tuesday in southwest Moscow, Russian news agencies reported.

Federal Security Service officials and a bomb squad were dispatched to the site, Interfax news agency reported, identifying the men as Chechens. An investigation was under way, ITAR-Tass news agency reported.
The day after Christmas, December 26, 2002, brought the Philippines to headlines once again. As reported by the British Guardian
Suspected Muslim rebels ambushed a vehicle owned by a Canadian mining company in the southern Philippines on Thursday, killing 12 people and injuring 10 others, the military said.

The attack followed a Christmas Eve bombing that killed 17 people, including a town mayor. Both were blamed on Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels, who denied involvement.
On December 27, 2002, the Chechnyan terrorists pulled off their big coup, as reported by Yahoo News:
Suicide bombers in the capital of the rebellious province of Chechnya drove through Russian guard cordons and set off two explosions that shattered the headquarters of the Kremlin-backed administration and killed at least 46 people.
Finally for the Chrismas week, on December 28, 2002, ABC News reported about the latest victim in the Afghanistan war:
Friends, relatives and fellow soldiers gathered Saturday to grieve for a U.S. paratrooper killed during a firefight in eastern Afghanistan.

Sgt. Steven Checo, 22, a soldier in the 82nd Airborne Division, died Dec. 21 from a gunshot wound.
To recapitulate: in one single week, we had news about terrorism from (in alphabetical order) Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, and Russia. And again the question arises: what has all this terrorism to do with Jews, a Palestinian state or the “occupation”? Is it not time that the West identify the “root cause” of Islamist terror for what it really is?

Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland This piece is cross-posted on IsraPundit and Dawson Speaks.