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Reader comment on item: Seattle Responds to Its Jihadi, Naveed Haq

Submitted by Lena (United States), Oct 20, 2010 at 18:23

Hello. I am not here to defend the retard who did what he had, nor justifing his "mental illness" for being an excuse for what he had done. I am here to state simple and true facts.

#1- The Islamic religion does not teach to go out and kill. A Jihad is a holy war, only permissable in defence of your religion. An ex: If an army of Christans, Judaics, or even Hindu's invade a muslim country in light of spreading their religion to the invaded people, then and only then will a Jihad be justified. You are protecting and defending your right to practice and keep your religious belief. As in many cases with the spread of religion in early days, violence became a part of spreading and "forcing" a new religion on an area. Yes, it was that way with the Ottoman Turks spreading Islam throughout Europe, as well as the early Christian Crusaids throughout Europe, the Middle East, and in parts of Africa. Every religion has their "radicals" who believe what they are doing and hold valuable are the one true way. Alot of these things, as in ALL religions, is due from one person's personal interpitation of what there bible, koran, or torah for example teaches. There are, yes, Muslim people who do believe their way is the right way, and violence is necessary, as could anyone else from any other religion.

The word Islam actually means peace, and aside from the extremists that are constantly seen in movies and the mediathe majority of Muslims are normal, loving, and tolerable people as are others from all other religions. We as a society, and not just in America, but all over the world, have a tendancy to fear what we know nothing about, and label what we don't know and fear as wrong and as being a threat. This is due from ignorance. I personally believe that this man (Naveed) did it as a racial attack, not as being psychotic. I don't know how they can't see the facts from the begining, but they didn't. A mentally sick person doesn't know right from wrong, and he knew what he was doing because it was premeditated when he purchased a gun a week prior to the attack and picks a Jewish building of all places, and was aware of what he did.

A mentally sick person would just do it at a drop of a dime, not plan it out. A good reference to go on is all of the horror movies made like Texas chainsaw how they kidnapped random people and killed them, ect. ect. So as you can see, I am not defending him, nor will I ever defend anyone like him. I just feel that the writter may have some racial issues of their own towards muslim people as well for the comments written by themself. And I quote from his/her own words: "Comment: Haq's statement fits the usual pattern of jihadis blaming their medical condition, not Islam." How would this make anyone else any different than the killer himself? If we continued to hate and label those different from ourselves as being bad, or anything less of ourselves, then how will anyone ever live side by side with love and affection? I am not a hippie or whatever else you may think of, just a person sick of racial and religious profiling. "oh, your muslim, so that makes you a terrorist!" is getting a little old. Lets not forget what we as Americans did to the Japanese after they bombed us, or the Chinese after they built our railways, or the Irish and Italians who helped build our big cities up, or the Mexicans who come to this country for a btter life and work harder than most non-Mexican people to be labled as "Illegal Immigrants who take all of the jobs needed for legal Americans". True, its probably right, but the jobs they do we are too lazy or proud to do. Before speaking or writting about sensitive subjects like race and or religion, lets try to educate ourselves a little bit before we ourselves look and become ignorant. Sorry if this message would offend anyone, but like the writter, I am expressing my thoughts.

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