Thursday, September 15, 2005

Accepting Islamic peace gestures at face value: A backgrounder

By Steven Stalinsky

Tracking the Arab press — not what they are saying to the West, but what they are whispering to each other. We believe you will be sickened. But you will certainly better understand the war on terror and what we are up against:

The annual United Nations General Assembly serves as an opportunity for world leaders and diverse groups to meet. One such meeting this year includes Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, reaching out to American Jewish groups.

On September 19, 2001, Mr. Musharraf made a televised message to the Pakistan people to explain how his nation would respond to September 11. Referring to "the first six years of the history of Islam," Mr. Musharraf said: "Mohammed himself went from Mecca to Medina to save Islam ... when the prophet reached Medina, then he entered a friendship treaty with his enemies, the Jews...because of the peace treaty with Jews, he was able to fight the infidels of Mecca. After six years, the Jews noticed that Islam was becoming stronger. They got very irritated."

Mr. Musharraf then explained why Mohammed was willing to sign a peace agreement with the infidels even if its temporarily made Muslims look weak." There was a battle between Muslims and Jews, and of course by the grace of G-d, Muslims won the battle ... Mecca was conquered. What lesson do we derive with this incident? ... On this occasion, a strategic decision is to be taken...if you are facing two problems and you have to choose one, then it is better to take the lesser evil...."


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