Saturday, 25 February 2012

An appropriate response?

I find it difficult enough to believe that someone in the US Forces would have failed to consider the implications of burning a bunch of books in Arabic which might include copies of the Quran. Surely the long engagement in Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi and the skirmishing with Iran has taught someone something about the sensitivity of this? Apparently not, because they went and burned copies of the Quran, and then left the remains to be found ...

OK, the response across the Islamic world has, in most civilised people's eyes been totally inappropriate. Personally I find the offence committed by Islamists in attacking war graves in Libya, and, for all I know, eleswhere, is provocative in the extreme. As I'm sure it is for most Westerners.

The problem lies in the failure in the West at least, by those who push the secularist, populist agenda, to understand the culture of Islam (They don't actually understand Christianity either!) and so they interfere in matters - probably with what they consider the best of intentions - only to create situations ripe for the sort of violent response we now see. 

The reaction is way over the top in our view, but this is where the fundamental difference lies between Islam and Christianity. Burning a Bible is to offensive to a Christian, but the "Word" resides in Jesus Christ, the "Living Word." To a Muslim, the Quran is the "Word" and is to be treated as such. A true Muslim will wash his hands before picking up a copy and certainly won't place it on the ground or anywhere it could be "defiled." This is why they want it placed on the top shelf in libraries in the UK and elsewhere now so it can never be beneath any other book. It is also why they regard the only "true" text as the Arabic one. To burn a Quran is, to them, to attack God himself. It is in the failure to understand this difference that the "liberal" secularists driving most of these supposedly "democratising" conflicts have opened the door to this sort of response.

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