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Can We Trust Saudi Arabia?

That is the title of a series of articles printed on this version of Time’s online magazine.  That doesn’t bother me so much as another of the articles listed, namely the one that describes its contents as

Across the globe new generations of militants are grasping the banner of jihad. [My italics.]

Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines “jihad” as

Main Entry: ji∑had
Pronunciation: ji-’h�d, chiefly British -’had
Function: noun
Etymology: Arabic jihAd
Date: 1869
1 : a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty
2 : a crusade for a principle or belief

Aren’t we all crusading for our principles or beliefs? 

This bothers me because as we continue to wage the “War on Terror”, it seems more and more apparent that the mainstream press....(let me clarify this, I mean Time magazine at this point) chooses to point it’s fingers at Islam as the culprit. 

The culprit is NOT.
The culprit is NOT.
The culprit is NOT ISLAM (CHRISTIANITY, CATHOLICISM, HINDUISM, ET AL)
The culprit is GREED masquerading as righteousness.
The culprit is IGNORANCE feigning superiority.
The culprit is INTOLERANCE pretending to be noble.

We live with the real culprits on a daily basis.  All of us do.  It is constant work to fight the barrage of propaganda that makes “them” worse than “we”.

I hope as we read articles that continue to “edu-tain” us, we keep our eyes open to the people we live, eat and work with/for.  The real culprits are closer than we think.


Posted by SPN on 09/11 at 06:13 AM in Politics

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