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The debate about what to do with militant or radical Islam flares up after every terrorist outrage then dies down. There is talk of confronting the ideology behind the violence, but no one knows exactly how. Western politicians are terrified of publicly confronting the problem head-on out of fear of making inter-communal relations more fraught. Understandably, because the far-right uses the problem of Islamic terrorism to further its own agenda, many are afraid of adopting positions than may appear to be a leaf taken out of the hate propaganda of the racists. Rightly or wrongly, the charge of Islamophobia is hurled at those who dare speak up.
But in Egypt, where critising religion carries far greater risks, jail, even death, the debate has taken a candid and, as such, an unprecedented approach. The following are extracts from a piece by Egyptian columnist, Mahmoud Gamal, that appeared on the news and lifestyle website dotmasr.com recently :
“ When Will We Eradicate Terrorism ?”
by Mahmoud Gamal
We will eradicate terrorism when those impostors stop repeating the sentence that we have grown sick and tired of every time there is a terrorist incident : “Islam is innocent”. The same applies to its sister phrase which is by no means less silly : “terrorism has no religion”.
We will eradicate terrorism the moment Muslims are convinced that Islam is not the solution, and that, in its current shape, it is the problem
We will eradicate terrorism the moment Muslims are convinced that Islamic tradition is the main swamp – in fact the only one, exclusively — that produces all those murderers — terrorists of the past and the present.
We will eradicate terrorism the moment Muslims believe that Islam is no more than a religion. And that religion, any religion, has nothing to do with the state, or at least the modern state.
We will eradicate terrorism when Muslims believe that the worst modern system of government is better than the non-system which is called in their literature : the caliphate.
We will eradicate terrorism the moment Muslims are convinced that secularism is not synonymous with permissiveness; and that it is Muslims who are obsessed with sex and the pursuit of depravity more than any other people in the world. The sexual scandals of their clerics are not matched by any other scandals worldwide.
We will eradicate terrorism when we admit that sex in this world is a pleasure that matches that of the virgins in paradise. It is easier in this world. The road to it is strewn with flirtation, kisses and roses, and not with suicide bombs, grenades and blood.
We will eradicate terrorism the moment we stop entrusting the task of reforming the faith and standing up to terrorism to an institution whose students know nothing but the production of terrorism : Al-Azhar.
We will eradicate terrorism the day we stop wasting billions of our money to sustain that institution, then spend even more to repair the calamitous damage it does.
We will eradicate terrorism when we draw – courageously – the lessons of terrorism : we admit that poverty is not the problem, otherwise we would not have terrorism in the richest Arab country, namely Kuwait; and we would not have one of the richest Arabs leading the terror march : Osama Ben Laden. Oppression is not the problem either , otherwise why would it appear in the bastion of freedom : France; or why would scores of European [Muslims] go to Syria [to join Daesh] ! Neither is illiteracy the problem. . If it were, why would terrorism strike Britain, US and Spain. Al-Zawahiri [who is a medical doctor] would not have raised the banner of Al-Qaeda !
We eradicate terrorism when Muslims learn the basics of geography, learn how to read maps, to see with our own eyes that there is not a single state that has Muslims in it without terror groups.
We eradicate terrorism when Muslims have the courage to admit – now – that they are the most backward nation on earth, the most parasital on earth, and that the whole advanced world bears no relationship whatsoever to Islam.
We eradicate terrorism when we admit that in the advanced West there are Europeans and Americans without Islam, and that in the backward East there are Muslims AND Islam.
We eradicate terrorism when Muslims admit that those who worship a cow humanely are closer to God than those who worship him savagely.
We eradicate terrorism when we admit that the age of black and white is gone for ever. When we realise that the world is made of colours, and therefore, when we admit that the Islam does not exist, but there is Islam of the Shia, and that of the Sunna, Islam of the Mutazzalites and the Khawarij , Islam of the philosophers and Islam of the terrorists.