The Historical 200+ Year War Context between the Crescent and the Cross
SPECIAL REPORT SERIES by Lady Michelle Jennifer Santos – TSR Founder & Publisher and Strategy/Peace Negotiator with the UN Security Council Special Envoy to the Arab Nations
The calamity of Islamophobic culture and policy, used by the far-right parties to stoke fear, blame and hatred, in the West and the international community at large, is not merely the sum of the individual tragedies of abuse and alienation nor even the generation of pretexts for further war and apartheid. We are witnessing a global tragedy unfolding before our eyes in which the vital contributions of Islam – and religion generally – to solving the international, moral, social and political crises of the modern world is purposely being diluted from our memories, thanks to the imperialistic propaganda at hand.
Islamophobia refers to unfounded fear of and hostility towards Islam. The term seems to date back to the late 1980s, but came into common usage after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States to refer to types of political dialogue that appeared prejudicially resistant to pro-Islamic argument. Such fear and hostility leads to discriminations against Muslims, exclusion of Muslims from mainstream political or social process, stereotyping, the presumption of guilt by association, and finally hate crimes. Islamophobia as a term and as a phenomena gained currency in part due to the popular thesis developed by Francis Fukuyama and Samuel Huntington that argued about an impending clash of civilization between Islam and the West. When 9-11 happened, the people already predisposed to viewing Islam with suspicion jumped on this bandwagon and through a multitude of primarily right wing outlets have been successful in creating a climate of extreme prejudice, suspicion and fear against Muslims. This sentiment has also been aided by many pro-Israeli commentators such as Daniel Pipes, Steve Emerson, Judith Miller, and Bernard Lewis, not to mention the gimmick-driven Pamela Geller, among many others.
Through the mass media and political rhetoric, the international community have become immune to reading the redundant usage and coupling of Islamic or Muslim with the inappropriate terms of ‘extremist’, ‘fundamentalist’, ‘fanatic’ and ‘terrorist’. Indeed, Muslim men were part of the World Trade Center attacks. However, these Muslims are limited to a specific number, they are specifically called Islamo-fascists. The widespread use of one’s religious adherence becomes a vital and necessary factor in describing any individual or group that is featured in a news story, but Islam, in general, being unfairly targeted will remain valid. There are many “religious” groups who have committed crimes against Humanity such as the Jewish Israeli guards who have opened fire on the West Bank or Roman Catholic Basque separatists who focus their terrorist activities on the Spanish tourist trade. Why can we not discriminate and villify those too?
In the blaming of “Islam” for a minority of extremists, for which in the forthcoming reports will prove that the West funded and nurtured, we are in danger of suffocating the seedling of real self-determination and true sovereign rights due to the hostile cultural climates these war criminal masterminds are propagating in order to justify a “humanitarian just war”.
There is a complete marginalisation of Muslims condemning the attacks and you have a fictional Muslim community that sits comfortably within the established norms of Islamophobic expectation. But the mainstream media mostly seeks out those with the loudest voices who fit their own agenda rather than fitting the agenda around the more significant voices, deliberately suggesting a cynicism where all Muslims (or any group they wish to target) have synonymous views, as we are currently experiencing in their journalistic pro-American policy editing of the news. The saddest part is how the international community willingly accepts the media’s accessible “experts” and news as ’authoritative, immediate, realistic and authentic’, when in reality, Islam is completely obscured by Islamophobic assertions.
Mainstream media news has become a hyper-realistic construct, where the real and the imaginary consciously and continuously collapsing into each other. We need to ask what is real and what is imaginary, and must question how accurate, and indeed responsible a decision was it for news agencies to show what is really happening on the ground?
Check these reports we have published here, as no mainstream media will report the massive support for Gaddafi: