Australia has just suffered a terrorist attack. On Morning Joe they said they had “lost their innocence”. They were making the same statement when Canada had that attack on Parliament. At first I agreed or accepted their description, but now after consideration, I say no. Was this either of their first mass attack? Answer, no(1), no(2), many, many no’s… It’s unlikely any country is innocent or a virgin to violence. Instead a case might be made for Islamic terrorism.
What is the difference between an Islamic terrorist and the Oklahoma bomber? To the majority of us, I suspect we do not care. None of our values excuse using violence against innocents because you don’t like their religion, government or whatever their cause. It is simply, criminally insane. The one difference I can see is there are Islamic states or nations. ISIS, Iran and others are willing to wage war. Timothy McVeigh did not raise an army against the FBI or IRS and start conquering sections of the USA. (and how many of us would join an anti-IRS army?)
Muslims insist women be treated differently, to say the least. Most Muslim countries severely restrict women’s rights and allowable activities. They are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. In Pakistan the Taliban does not want them to be allowed to attend school.(3)
I’m not offended or bothered by the “lost innocence” remarks. I think we have all been there with an death or tragedy, struggling for something to say. But for the hosts of a supposedly serious show on news and opinion, I don’t see much thought behind the remark. If anything, I see an active attempt to frame the discussion away from the differences. A terrorist attack claiming to represent a minor fringe movement is very different than one who attacks in the name of the second largest practiced religion in the world. There are 2.2 billion Christians and 1.6 billion Muslims. I was very pleased to see after the attack in Australia, a new universal condemnation issued by the Muslim groups in Australia. As a Christian, I reject anyone who kills and claims it’s in Christ’s name.