This is something every American ought to see.
A Saudi television host recently criticized Muslims, particular those in the Arab world, who have refused to own up to elements of the Islamic faith that encourage terrorism.
Nadine Al-Budair, a Saudi Arabian columnist and television anchor, said that for Muslims to keep pretending that acts of terror, such as the March 22 bombings in Brussels, are not an Islamic problem makes them “hypocrites.”
“After the abominable Brussels bombings, it’s time for us to feel shame and to stop acting as if the terrorists are a rarity,” she said, according to a translation from the Middle East Media Research Institute.
“We must admit that they are present everywhere, that their nationality is Arab, and that they adhere to the religion of Islam,” Al-Budair said. She then pointed out the problematic education system in the Arab world where schools and universities teach that “others are infidels.”
Many in the Arab world, she explained, have tried to blame the terrorist attacks conducted by Muslims on any reason except for their Islamic faith, such as alcoholism and drug addiction.
“We all know that the number of the homeless in Europe is very high. They sleep in the streets and beg for alms, and some of them are alcoholics or drug addicts, but we do not expect these addicts or criminals to even consider coming here and blowing up a mosque or a street in our city,” she said. “It is we who blow ourselves up. It is we who blow up others.”
While every person of the Islamic faith is certainly not a terrorist, Al-Budair pointed out one important thing for these “peaceful” Muslims to remember — that terrorists and non-terrorists alike come from the same communities.
“Don’t these perpetrators emerge from our environment? Don’t their families belong to our society? Didn’t anyone you know — someone from your city, a neighbor, someone from your street, a relative, a nephew, a grandson, a father, or a mother — go to Syria or Iraq to wage jihad?” she asked, rhetorically.
Watch her incredible monologue here:
She is entirely correct. We know that not all Muslims are terrorists, but if we want any chance of defeating the ones who have taken part in terrorist activities, the peaceful Muslims in that part of the world must start being honest about what has happened to their own people. They must acknowledge the root of the problem and work with other people to combat it.
This brave television anchor undoubtedly risked her life by uttering these comments about the vile actions taking place in her community, which showed just how important and pressing this issue has become.