A convenient myth is making the rounds that American imperialism is the motivation for Islamic terrorism.
There could be a grain of truth in that today.
But from an historical perspective, that’s simply untrue.
Well documented and religiously motivated human massacres by Muslims on “non-believers” date as far back as the 14th century.
Muslims killed more than 10,000 Assyrians in the 1840’s.
The Muslim Hamidian massacres of 1894
left 80,000 to over 300,000 Armenians dead.
Muslims killed another estimated 750,000 to 900,000 Greeks beginning in 1914.
And in 1933, Muslim terrorists went on a murdering rampage through northern Iraq, executing on the spot up to 3000 men, women and children, while looting their homes and villages.
All of this before the US had significant presence on the world stage.
Now HuffPo is reporting that an interfaith clergy panel has warned against screening “"The Rise of Al Qaeda," narrated by NBC anchor Brian Williams.
Museum officials "stand by the scholarship that underlies the creation of this video."
But an imam, Sheikh Mostafa Elazabawy of the Masjid Manhattan mosque, resigned because the film “would greatly offend our local Muslim believers.”
You know what I think is offensive?
That 1.6 billion Muslims notably did not rise up in protest nor express their outrage that this savage act was done in their name.