NYT columnist wants to know how ‘Allahu akbar’ became associated with terrorism

NYT columnist wants to know how ‘Allahu akbar’ became associated with terrorism
Muslims in prayer, UK street

A piece in today’s New York Times wonders aloud how an innocuous (make that “beautiful” if your CNN’s Jake Tapper) phrase like “Allahu akbar!” which translates to “God is great,” has “become intertwined with terrorism.”

One is a tempted to answer the author, Eric Nagourney, cynically by noting the umpteen times those words been shouted by fanatics in the process of murdering as many innocent civilians as possible, but Nagourney makes that linkage himself:

The driver of a truck that mowed down 20 people on a Manhattan bike path on Tuesday was said to have cried out “Allahu akbar” before he was shot by a police officer. The men who carried out the attack on the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo in 2015 shouted it during their onslaught. And the phrase rang through the air as a British soldier was run down near military barracks in 2013 and then hacked to death.

The irony is that liberals refuse to connect the last dot — the acknowledgment that each of these mass murderers is Muslim — for fear of offending the countless adherents to that faith who decry these acts of bloodshed in their religion’s name. It’s not an unreasonable concern, but it has been made unreasonable by the Left through their continued distortion of the plight of American Muslims.

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The day after Tuesday’s attack, NBC News ran a story titled “Muslim Americans again brace for backlash after New York attack.” Again?! When was the previous backlash? Ali Najmi, a board member of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York, is quoted as saying, “There has been a history of, sort of, blowback, and that’s obviously going to be something that people think about.” By that reckoning, the words you are reading right now constitute “backlash,” if not Islamophobia.

An even more sinister by-product of the Left’s refusal to link Islam with acts of terrorism committed in its name is that that course of action does nothing to deter future attacks.

During his two terms as president, Barack Obama sought — unsuccessfully — to soothe the savage terrorist by empathizing with him: by understanding his plight, which his administration ascribed variously to poverty, unemployment, jailing fellow combatants captured on the battlefield, and lack of respect for his beliefs.

Liberal leaders of European countries tried carrying this olive branch approach over into their immigration policies. Germany, as a case in point, opened its borders to some hundred thousand “asylum seekers” largely from Arab nations — with the result that crime increased dramatically even as the country took measures to conform more to Islamic mores by, for example, banning ads with sexy women.

By late 2016, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced plans to deport 10,000 immigrants, but by that point the assimilation process had begun to take place. Germans, that is, had begun assimilating to Islamic culture. Hence, a feature that every community need: a Muslim playground:

Why can’t Muslim children play on an ordinary nonsectarian playground devoid of religious symbols? You’ll have to ask a German.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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