AP News has a report that talks about the Arab media's self-criticism with regards to the Beslan school hostage crisis in Russia. It is quite relieving to see Arab and Muslim people finally willing to admit what everyone already knows: "All the World Terrorists are Muslims".
Unfortunately, thae was not the only type of view expressed. The report also says:
Ali Abdullah, a Bahraini scholar who follows the ultraconservative Salafi stream of Islam, condemned the school attack as "un-Islamic," but insisted Muslims weren't behind it.
"I have no doubt in my mind that this is the work of the Israelis who want to tarnish the image of Muslims and are working alongside Russians who have their own agenda against the Muslims in Chechnya," said Abdullah.
Yes, someone had to blame everything on the Israelis as usual. But that it comes from our very own "Bahraini scholar" is even more cause for concern. The report does not say whether these views were expressed in a newspaper, broadcast on TV, or in a private interview. Nor am I really sure who Ali Abdullah is, as there are hundreds of them in the local phone book. The most well-known Ali Abdullah I believe is MP Dr. Ali Ahmed Abdulla, chairman of the Services Committee. I think he is associated with the al-Menbar party but I'm not sure. I don't want to be accusing the wrong person of anything before I'm sure, so if anyone has more info then drop a comment.
In any case, what a ridiculous that claim that is. It's always so much easier to blame everything on the "yahoodis" than to take a critical look at oneself. I do hope that the mainstream local media does not put any weight behind such statements, so that we can finally begin to rid ourselves of the disease of terrorism.