Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Muslim Terrorist in Chechnya Not Named As Muslim By the Mainstream Media

Muslim terrorists in Chechnya are responisble for the two plane crashes in Russia, as well as the current Russian school hostage situation. You would never know they were Muslim by reading the newspaper or watching television, however. The news media has clearly made a conscious effort to leave out this fact entirely. I scanned numerous websites of news networks and periodicals. Only one, CNN, mentioned in their report that the terrorists in the school were Islamic. The rest of the articles mentioned nothing about the terrorists' religion (although a few articles mention at the very end of the story that a Muslim group has claimed responsibility for the two plane hijackings).

Is the fact that the Chechen terrorists are Muslim relevant? I believe so. The US is currently at war with radical Islam. The Russians are also at war with radical Islam. The terrorists fighting the US use the same despicable tactics as the group in Russia (who incidentally is threatening to kill 50 children for every one of their fighters that is killed). The Russians are essentially fighting the same enemy we are fighting, and the public needs to be aware of this

Why is the media willfully ignoring the fact that the Chechens are Muslim? I have a few theories. First, our culture of political correctness makes it easy for the media to neglect this detail. Second, the activities of the Chechens highlights the continued need for the US and the rest of the world to combat radical Islam, thereby lending credence to George Bush's aggressive stance. The last thing the media wants to do is lend credence to Bush.

Radical Islam is the single greatest threat against the US and its allies. Look at all the conflicts going on in the world right now. You will be hardpressed to find ONE that doesn't involve at least one Muslim country. The evil perpetrated by these monsters needs to be highlighted in order to help curb the spread of this ideology. And no, I'm not anti-Muslim. I have Muslim friends. Muslim beliefs are very similar to the Christian beliefs I espouse. I do think, however, that Muslim countries and the Muslim community have not come out aggressively enough in condemnation of those that have hijacked their otherwise peaceful and wonderful religion.

Here are links to major news outlets if you don't believe this neglect exists:

New York Times
Fox News


Blogger Munir Um'rani said...

Dear Sir,

Have you read the history of Russia's centuries old policies towards Chechnya? If not, may I suggest that you do so.Your commentary suggests a lack of historical perspective.

If you should decide to heed this suggestion, please read objective studies as well as Russian colonial history on Chechnya. You will find that the Russia's colonization of Chechnya started in the 1830s. Chechnya declared independence in 1917, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of Chechens. In 1944, Stalin sent thousands to Siberia and Kazakhstan on suspicion that they were collaborating with the the Germans.

In 1957, the Chechens returned home and lived under Communist rule. If you will recall, when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, 14 regions declared independence.

In Chechnya, Dzhokhar Dudayev was elected president and declared Chechnya's independent. Russian President Boris Yeltsin, who supposedly represented the new face of Russia, refused to recognize Chechen independence. Like Stalin before him, he sent troops to quash the independence movement. However, Russian troops were met by armed Chechens, forcing them to withdraw withdraw.

Russia invaded Chechnya again in 1994. There has been fighting in Chechnya ever since.

While it is your right to condemn the Chechens for their tactics, as the brief history above indicates, the acts you cite don't just come out of the blue. They are tied to a political struggle, whether we agree with it or not.

Of course, we Americans are not known much for the study of history, especially political history, including our own. Consequently, much of our news reporting and commentary is a reaction to the moment.

Best Regards,

Munir Um'rani
The Political Observer
Chicago, IL

9:49 PM  

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