One of the most salient observations about terrorists and their tactics is that to engage in their tactics is to lose all semblance of moral authority. Terrorists sully whatever cause they fight for. For if what they fought for had any moral integrity, their tactics wouldn't be engaged in. As such, terrorists, by their actions, defeat their own causes.
For example, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Junior preached nonviolence as a path to post-Colonial India and post-Racist America, and they won that, by winning world sympathy for their causes as British troops fired on peaceful Indian protestors, and Racist thugs murdered peaceful African American protestors. In the same way, it is world opinion that terrorists wish to manipulate with their actions, but by appealing to our worst instincts, not our best.
Terrorists do in fact move world opinion around, but it is all just churn. They reduce civilization to a state of quivering anger and fear, and there is something won in that, since it is in this state that terrorists find new recruits. But what they fight for: the return of the Caliphate, expansion of Islam, isn't advanced in the least in the minds of the rest of the world, and in fact moved against, to make sure that terrorists aren't rewarded with what they want.
In the end, their cause does not gain any sympathy or traction. If Fundamentalist Muslims peacefully marched on Israel for example, world opinion would probably move against Israel as it watched Israeli soldiers massacre peaceful protestors. But by engaging in evil tactics against Israel, terrorists simply win world support for Israel, by proving themselves to be, at the very least, no better than anything Israel does, and therefore relinquishing any moral authority or claim on Israeli lands in the eyes of the International community.
I call on moderate Muslims who believe in Humanist principles to transcend their national and religious interests to let the world know that terrorism does not speak for Islam. It is the duty of good Muslims to remove the cancer in their midst, if for no other reason than the people who suffer most for Muslim fundamentalists are moderate Muslims. For all of the headlines that grabs the world attention when Muslim xenophobes attack outside Muslim areas, it is still other Muslims who carry the greatest death toll and daily suffering due to the activities of madmen in their midst. It is not a pleasant duty. You will be branded as one who fights for the enemy, and you will be targetted, as any enlightened Muslim in Muslim lands already has.
Moderate Muslim: you understand what motivates the slime in your midst better than any of us. You rankle more than any of us when you see Western or Indian forces in Muslim lands. If you don't want to see that anymore, you have to step up. Religious bigotry is a bottomless pit of slime which constantly renews. All you need is arrogance and a feeling of superiority. And then "God" gives you the right to kill subhumans. Subhumans are anyone who doesn't believe as you do. Including moderate Muslims.
The number one victim of murderous Islamic fundamentalists is, always was, and always will be, other Muslims. Other Muslims who don't toe the ultra-strict line. A moderate Muslim is worse than an infidel, as they "should know better." And so they are job number one for murder. This is why the Middle East and Pakistan can't modernize, can't moderate its thought, can't get richer other than with oil receipts. Anyone who tries to think in enlightened ways: it is instant open season for assassination.
The West only seems to notice or care when fundamentalist Muslim religious bigots victimize the West, or Russia, or Bali, or Mumbai, or anywhere outside the Middle East and Pakistan. The truth is, there really has been no drop or increase in the avarice of Muslim fundamentalists, it is just usually pointed at home. The avarice of Fundamentalist assholes has simply been confined to their usual murdering grounds: their own neighborhood.
Al Qaeda and its kind don't actually represent their creed, Islam. In truth, they are pretty much the definition of evil on this planet. But they have become the International face of Islam. As a moderate Muslim, doesn't this make your blood boil? How can you let this continue?
Its not actually the fault of the West that this is all they see of Islam. The whole point of terrorism is to buy front page headlines. Its very effective in this way. So moderate Muslims really do need to be more vocal, to do more to defeat the fungal growth in their midst. And until moderate Muslims fight Al Qaeda more effectively, they will only see more death and destruction... not at the hands of the West, but at the hands of those responsible for the most Muslim deaths in this world, and always has been responsible for the most Muslim deaths, despite all the propaganda: your own fundamentalists. In big and small ways, you are eaten alive, the growth of the Muslim world confined to barbarism: an "indecent" woman stoned there, one commiting minor social transgressions like drinking alcohol or cutting beards murdered there, a progressive thinker who dare question Islam here. Every day, a daily rain of unconsciable death for insane reasons. Why aren't you doing something about that?
Even with 10 more Neocon American administrations invading 10 more Muslim countries, Al Qaeda would still claim the lions share of dead Muslims in this world. This doesn't jive with their recruiting propaganda, but it is true. A deranged young Muslim, angry at the actions of the West and recruited by Al Qaeda, will most likely have his or her first (and last) suicide bombing job to be: murder fellow Muslims. Sad and true. All in the name of keeping the moderate Muslim cowed, fearful, weak, and in line. The attack in Mumbai underscores the religious bigots' concern that India and Pakistan are moving towards peace. Peace is the environment in which religious fundamentalism dies. The victims of Mumbai live in Islamabad too: anyone who wants peace.
People really need to understand the nature of this cancer and how difficult it is to extinguish. But you, moderate Muslim, understand far better than any of us in India or the West. And if not Al Qaeda in name, we will be hearing about death and destruction from religious zealots for a long time to come. You must act.
The West went through World War I and II and saw what blind egotism and bigotry creates. It is nothing about Islam, really, in the end. The insanity of fundamentalist Islam is pretty much the same xenophobia and ethnocentric fascism as Nazism in 1930s Germany. Fundamentalist Muslim bigotry rather than nationalistic racism simply serves as the template that these maggots congeal around this time. Its really the same, the same fear of outsiders and feeling of superiority, based on arbitrary things like tribe, or race, or nation, or religious creed.
Unfortunately, i think the Islamic world needs to shed some blood before it is humbled by the rotten fruits of its own fury. Unfortunate but true. The passions hard at work in the Middle East and Pakistan right now will not fade away of their own accord. What will happen is some sort of Hitler will rise in the Muslim world, consolidate all that has inspired him, and wage holy war against all neighbors. After much death, and defeat, what rises from the ashes will have learned what bigotry reaps, and the age of the moderate Muslim will reign. Too many in the Islamic world right now do not realize what religious bigotry really reaps: your own downfall. The same downfall arrogance, egotism, racism, ultranationalism, tribalism always reaps, and always has throughout history.
I call upon moderate Muslims in the world to defeat the cancer in their midst by attacking the symbols and rationale that fundamentalist Muslims fight for. And if moderate Muslims do not do this?
Then we are moving closer and closer every day to World War III, in which billions around the globes will die due to the continued efforts of Muslim religious bigots. Which is what fundamentalist Muslims want. Moderate Muslims, don't let them get what they want. Stop suffering for their activities and strike against them.
Clean up the mess emanating from your societies, moderate Muslims, or the rest of the world will have to do it for you. Our patience does not last forever. Who is really in charge in your lands? Prove it is you, and do something about your madmen running amok, causing you poverty and suffering, even more than us.
If you don't, we will. We will have to, as you are proving to be toothless so far. We in the West and India do not have infinite patience. Clean up the garbage in your societies, dear moderate Muslim.