Still Waiting For An Apology

By Norman Berdichevsky

For those who would like a scorecard from 1948 to the present of violent Arab/Islamic heinous acts of barbarism for which the entire world (including innocent Muslims) are still waiting for an apology…

1.Massive violence between Muslims and Hindus in India on an unprecedented scale following partition (at Muslim insistence) in 1947 and three India-Pakistan wars, terrorism in Kashmir and India resulting in several million killed and at least fifteen million people displaced. As a result, Hindu minority in Pakistan has practically disappeared while Muslim minority has dramatically increased and thrived.

2.Pakistan-Bangladesh conflict, 1971 (following civil war and secession). This war saw the highest number of casualties in any of the India-Pakistan conflicts. It is believed that from one to three million Bangladeshis were killed as a result of this war. Very little media coverage.

3. The eight-year-long war between Iraq and Iran, 1980-1988 making it longest conventional war of the 20th century resulting in almost a million killed. Tens of thousands of children employed by both sides as cannon fodder to set off landmines.

4.The First Gulf War; Invasion of Kuwait (Aug. 1990-Feb.1991), Operation Desert Storm, the Second Gulf War, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

5. Ongoing Yemeni and Somali Civil Wars. Thousands killed. No media coverage.

6. Inter-sectarian Muslim violence between Shias and Sunnis in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. Several hundred thousand killed.

7.  Jordan’s crackdown on “Black September,” 1970. PLO crushed by Jordanian Legion under command of King Hussein (at least 25,000 killed).

8.  Syria’s suppression of the Muslim Brothers and opponents of the Assad regime; destruction of the city of Hama (at least 25,000 killed) to wipe out Muslim Brotherhood. Media barred from entering the city. Uprising in Hama by Muslim Brotherhood crushed by Assad regime in Syria Feb. 1982.

9. Current Syrian Civil War. It is quite probable that the son, current Syrian tyrant Baashar al-Assad has already broken his father’s record, at least 20,000 now killed.

10. Al-Qaeda and Taliban violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan (Muslims are both perpetrators and largely victims for such crimes as sending girls to school, wearing make-up and listening to Western music).

11. Inter-Palestinian factionalism in Gaza; hundreds killed (Hamas activists threw at least 170 members of Fatha off roofs from high buildings).

12. Decade-long mass violence between Muslim religious extremists (Salafist movement) and Algerian government beginning in 1991 estimated to have cost between 150,000 and 200,000 lives. Practically no media coverage.

13. Sixteen-year-long civil war in Lebanon. The war lasted from 1975 to 1990 and resulted in an estimated 130,000 to 250,000 civilian fatalities. Another one million people (one-third of the population) were wounded, half of whom were left with lifetime disabilities.

14. Iraqi, Iranian, and Turkish suppression of Kurdish autonomy; approximately 180,000 Kurds killed, mostly civilians in Iraq, by Saddam Hussein’s forces via poison gas attacks.

15. Muslim terror against civilians in Chechnya, and additional hundreds killed in Moscow and other Russian cities including children at primary school. Russia’s two biggest terrorist attacks both came from Muslim groups. The Chechniyan separatist “Special Purpose Islamic Regiment” took an estimated 850 people hostage in Moscow in October 2002 at a theater. At least 129 hostages died during the rescue, all but one killed by the chemicals used to subdue the attackers.

16. In the September 2004, 1,200 schoolchildren and adults were taken hostage at a secondary school in Beslan, North Ossetia-Alania, which was overrun by an Islamic terror group. About 500 people, including 186 children, died in the attempt to free the hostages.

17. Muslim secessionist activity and terrorism in the Philippines (with almost monthly reports by American media that do not mention the words “Muslim” or “jihad”).

18. Darfur in the Sudan; genocidal attacks against non-Muslim Black Sudanese. On July 13, 2008, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court filed ten charges of war crimes against Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, charges that included three counts of genocide, five crimes against humanity, and two of murder. The ICC’s prosecutors have claimed that al-Bashir “masterminded and implemented a plan to destroy in substantial part” three tribal groups in Darfur because of their ethnicity. Finally, the Southern Sudan seceded from the Muslim dominated north creating a new state in February, 2011 following a plebiscite approved by 99.6% of the population.

19. Muslim grievances and violence in Thailand; dozens killed.

20. Terrorist activity by local Muslims against the Han Chinese majority  in Western China. Several hundred fatalities.

21. Division of Cyprus to satisfy Turkish Muslim minority.

22. Muslim unrest and violence against Christians in Nigeria and Ghana; several thousand killed. No media interest.

23. Muslim terrorist attacks on 9/11 against the U.S. in New York  (twin towers) and Washington (the Pentagon). Almost 3,000 civilians killed.

24. Terrorist attacks throughout Europe — London Underground, Atocha Train Station in Madrid almost 200 killed; in Africa at American embassy in Kenya (several hundred fatalities) ; in Bali nightclub where most victims (approximately 100)l were Australian tourists; foiled attempts in the U.S. and elsewhere;

25. Jihadi-inspired sniper and terror attacks by deranged ‘ lone Muslims’  in the United States against military bases (Ft. Hood), synagogues, and airports, and at Times Square.

26. Continued terrorist attacks against the State of Israel and Jews throughout the world; intifadas, incursions, terrorist attacks. Several thousand fatalities.

27. Repeated acts of piracy (guess what, all the pirates are Muslims and continue to justify their acts in the same manner as the Barbary pirates of the early 19th century – they are justified because the kaffirs (non-Muslims) have no rights – off the coast of Somalia resulting in the deaths of numerous civilians including children.

28. Indonesian Muslim suppression of East Timor population’s (98%) desire for independence. Tens of thousands of civilians killed or died from malnutrition, imprisonment (1974-1998). According to Osama Bin-Laden, this was one of the reasons for carrying out 9/11 attacks because a Muslim controlled area had been lost to Christians.

29. Continued civil war in West Sahara between the Polisario Movement and Moroccan authorities, low-level guerrilla attacks and hundreds of thousands of displaced refugees.

30. 1992 and 1994 murderous terrorist bombings against civilians in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the Israeli Embassy and Jewish Community Center building planned and carried out by Iranian operatives; 117 innocent people at work and passers-by were killed and many hundreds more wounded.

31. The Luxor Massacre took place at an archaeological site located across the Nile from the famous Luxor tourist attraction on November 17, 1997. Six assailants, members of an extreme Islamist organization, Jihad Talaath-al-Fatah (“Holy War of the Vanguard of the Conquest”) massacred 62 people – European and Japanese tourists including women and children – at the attraction.

32. At the end of May, 2010 one of the most inhuman incidents involving the slaughter of innocent civilians took place in Lahore and several kilometers away in Garhi Shahu, Pakistan. The victims were all Ahmadis, a “deviant” sect within Islam.

Ahmadis comprise the sect that is distinguished as being the most peaceful; they have always lived in peace with their neighbors, both Muslim and non-Muslim. The Ahmadis were attacked by those “mainstream” Muslims who are sympathizers of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Pakistan. These Muslims attacked the two Ahmadi mosques packed with hundreds of worshipers. At least ninety people were killed. The assaults in Lahore were carried out by at least seven men, including three suicide bombers. Some of the attackers acted as snipers from an adjacent mosque to kill their fellow Muslims.

Ahmadis are reviled as heretics by mainstream Muslims for their belief that their sect’s founder was a savior foretold by the Quran, Islam’s holy book. The group has experienced years of state-sanctioned discrimination and occasional attacks in Pakistan, but never before in such a large and coordinated fashion.

Not one reputable, representative, acknowledged Muslim religious leader anywhere has seen fit so far to issue a condemnation of the attack. Not one media commentary anywhere (except in Israel) saw fit to mention that the only place within the Middle East where Ahmadis live in peace and harmony with their neighbors and enjoy full civil and religious rights is Israel. The Kababir neighborhood in Haifa was established in 1928. The neighborhood’s first mosque on Mount Carmel was built in 1931, and a larger grand mosque was built in the 1970s. The grand mosque has two white minarets standing one hundred feet tall. They dominate the low-rise skyline of the residential neighborhoods on the ridges nearby. The mosque is subsidized entirely by the members of the local Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Jihad is directed not “just” against the unbelievers (the kaffirs, i.e., non-Mulsims), but all those who have “deviated” — the Shi’ites, the Alawites, the Ahmadis, the Druze, Bahais, Yazidis, etc. It is holy war by armed resistance to all those who do not accept Muhammad’s message as interpreted by the sacred traditions hallowed by all the schools of Sunni jurisprudence across fourteen hundred years of history.

33. Dozens of attacks against Christians at prayer in their churches resulting in hundreds of fatalities in Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, the Philippines and elsewhere. The most heinous of these and wholly ignored by most Western media was the attack on the Our Lady of Salvation Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in Baghdad. It occurred during Sunday evening Mass on October 31, 2010 and left at least 58 people dead. “Credit” was taken by the al-Qaeda-linked Sunni insurgent group the Islamic State of Iraq. More than half the Christian population has left Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein and the ten million strong Coptic community of Egypt now lives in fear for their continued existence.

34. 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack at Taj Hotel and other sites by Islamist terrorists[5][6] who were trained and came from Pakistan Ajmal Kasab, the only attacker captured alive, that the attacks were conducted with the support of Pakistan’s ISI. The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation, began on Wednesday, 26 November and lasted until Saturday, 29 November 2008, killing 164 people and wounding at least 308.  Attackers were members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan-based militant organization, considered a terrorist organization by India, Pakistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations. Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka Holtzberg, who was six months pregnant, were both tortures, raped and murdered with four other hostages inside Nariman house where the Chabad Lubavitch center was located.

35. The 2011 Mumbai terror bombings on July 13 -a series of three coordinated bomb explosions at different locations in Mumbai, India,] The blasts occurred at the Opera House, Zaveri Bazaar, and Dadar West localities, leaving 26 killed, and 130 injured.

36. Torture and murder of U.S. ambassador and three members of his staff at the Consulate in Benghazi.

For the details of jihad inspired terrorism and the acquiescence or silence of the Political Left in most of the world, see my book The Left is Seldom Right (New English Review Press, 2011)


Norman Berdichevsky is a native New Yorker who lives in Orlando, Florida. He holds a Ph.D. in human geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1974) and is the author of The Danish-German Border Dispute (Academica Press, 2002), Nations, Language and Citizenship (McFarland & Co., Inc., 2004), Spanish Vignettes; An Offbeat Look into Spain’s Culture, Society & History (Santana Books, Malaga, Spain. 2004), An Introduction to Danish Culture (MacFarland, 2011) and The Left is Seldom Right (New English Review Press, 2011). He is the author of more than 200 articles and book reviews that have appeared in a variety of American, British, Danish, Israeli and Spanish periodicals such as World Affairs, Journal of Cultural Geography, Ecumene, Ariel, Ethnicity, The World & I, Contemporary Review, German Life, Israel Affairs, and Midstream. He is also a professional translator from Hebrew and Danish to English and his website is here.


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