09 July 2008

Christian Terrorism Toward Muslims, a Reminder

"A Bosnian Muslim woman weeped as she searched for her
relative among coffins of Srebrenica victims displayed at a
Memorial center in Potocari, Bosnia. The 307 bodies were
excavated from mass graves in eastern Bosnia and identified
as Muslims killed by Bosnian-Serb forces in the Srebrenica
area. Bosnian Serb troops massacred about 8,000 Bosnian
Muslim men after capturing Srebrenica on July 11, 1995,
during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The 307
identified victims will be buried Friday in the Memorial
Center next to about 3,200 victims of the massacre already
buried there." Photograph © Amel Emric/Associated Press.

I came across this photograph at The New York Times, "Pictures of the Day, July 9th". It struck me in part because I have a repeated anonymous commentator here who constantly runs his mouth about the alleged threat that Muslims pose to Christians and other non-Muslims. This strikes me as wholly irrational fear - basically racist bigotry. So I figured it would be useful to post this image because it captures the aftermath of one instance of Christian terrorism toward Muslims. It is not, of course, the only instance. But every once in a while I try to induce active thought processes in even my most obtuse readers.



Anonymous Sapphire said...

Except the massacre at Srebrenica wasn't an act of Christian terrorism, it was an act of Serb nationalism. Yes, the majority of Serbs were Christians but the conflict wasn't so much spurred by a difference of religion as much as it was spurred by contradictory political wills, that is Serbia wished to control ex-Yugoslav territory, Bosnia-Herzegovina wished to be independent.

09 July, 2008 18:30  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Nice rationlization. A bunch of "Christians" slaughtered a bunch of Muslims.

The point, of course, is that most Muslims are not terrorists. And many terrorists are moved not by religious but by political factors.

So conjoining Muslim and terrorist is simple bigotry. And how quickly we react when we conjoin Christian with terrorist.

09 July, 2008 20:05  
Blogger /thehangedman/ said...

A nationalist who is not constrained by the morality of their religion has advertised to the world what their religion is really worth.

10 July, 2008 12:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, the point is it wasn't a 'Christian' act. You're a smug fool, Jimbo. You need to learn from others occasionally, and drop this intellectual swaggger.

Nor does this have anything whatsoever to do with saying 'all Muslims are terrorists', not least of which because no one says that.

Conjoining Muslim and terrorism is accurately deduced from the warring example of Mohammed himself, and certain parts of the Koran endorsing such behaviour. 'Moderate' Muslims are those who have diluted and ignored this largely because of Western civil influence. Terrorists are going back to the ideological and historic roots: they are what they say they are, the 'true' Muslims.

10 July, 2008 17:26  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

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10 July, 2008 20:59  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...


The ones who presume that all Muslims are terrorists are those who, as an anonymous commenter did on a post here just recently, cheered the policy of profiling - otherwise known as presuming Muslims (or those who 'look' like Muslims) are terrorists. Sorry, you cannot have it both ways.

And this slaughter in Bosnia is just as I described it - a bunch of Christians killing a bunch of Muslims. That may offend your sensibilities, but it is an accurate description; you just don't care for the accuracy. Too bad.

And conjoining Christians and "terrorist" stems from simple historical observation - Catholics & Protestants in Northern Ireland and Britain; Conquistadors in Latin America, Anti-abortion bombers and murders in the US; did I mention Tim McVeigh?; and, of course, the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition; Franco and a century or so of Latin American dictators and juntas. Too bad the history of Christianity is dripping in murderous violence.

10 July, 2008 21:03  

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