Monday, March 6, 2006

Dissenting from Iran's Holocaust denial: The voice of the moderate Muslim

I mused in my previous post whether the Holocaust denial in certain Muslim quarters and the violent reaction by Muslims in many parts of the world to the Danish cartoons might not prompt moderate Muslims to feel freeer to speak out in dissent.

Would they not feel even more motivated to differentiate their world view from that of adherents to Islamicism, i.e. reactionay Islam.

Such seemed to be the situation in the case of the "Manifesto," which , as I have noted was signed by a number of self professed moderate Muslims.

Such also seems to be the case, according to Deutsche Welle, among certain Muslims in Germany who are distressed by the Iranian presidents outright Holocaust denial.,2144,1907670,00.htmls


Kashesan said...

From the Boston Metro contributor Nonie Darwish:

"I was born and raised a Muslim in Cairo Egypt. In Gaza elementary schools I learned hate, vengeance and retaliation. Peace was never an option, it was a sign of defeat and weakness. At school we sang songs with verses calling Jews "dogs"
"Sadly, the way I was raised was not unique. Millions of Muslims also have been raised with decades of anti-West anti-Isreal blame as a way to distract from the failings of their leaders.

"Today the Islamo-fascist president of Iran uses nuclear dreams, Holocaust denial, and threats to 'wipe Isreal off the map' as a way to maintain control of a country where unemployment, prostitution, and drug addiction are out of control.
"Is it any surprise that after decades of indoctrination in a culture of hate, people do hate? Arab societies created a system of relying on fear of a common enemy. It's a system that has brought them much-needed unity, cohesion and compliance in a land ravaged by tribal feuds, instability and violence and corruption.
"We must stop allowing Arab and Muslim leaders to use the West and Isreal as an excuse to distract attention from their own failed leadership and their citizens' lack of freedoms.
"Unless we realize that the culture of hate is the true root of the riots surrounding the cartoon controversy this violent overraection will lead to a clash of civilizations that the world cannot bear"

Nonie Darwish
Boston Metro
Thursday March 2

Prup (aka Jim Benton) said...

I am not sure if you would call the group who signed the 'manifesto' moderate Muslims, or Muslims at all. Most of them were raised Muslim, but I believe Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Warriq and some of the others would deny they were still Muslims.

However, there are a large number of bloggers in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt, who have opposed the boycotts and the whole reaction against the cartoons very strongly. (Many of them have had "Buy Danish" signs predominatly posted on their sites.)

Among these have been such as "Egyptian SandMonkey," and "The Big Pharaoh,' two who have been written about in the world press. (It was SandMonkey and "Freedom for Egyptians" who first brought out the fact that the cartoons had been published in Eqypt some months before the riots with no great reation whatsoever.)

URLs for these particularly interesting blogs are

"Rantings of a SandMonkey"

"The Big Pharaoh"

"Freedom for Egyptians"
(who recently publicized the fact that the cartoons have been published in 56 countries, including 8 Muslim ones)

Mitchell said...

Via journalist-blogger Omid Memarian, Ahmadinejad's predecessor Khatami: "We must acknowledge that the crimes committed by Germany's Nazi regime were a massacre of innocents, including a great number of Jews."

The same blogger reports on the Iranian government's desire to send investigators to Auschwitz.

Kashesan said...

A story of Afghanistan-how can we help?