Tuesday, March 18, 2008

OIC: Fighting 'Occupation' Is Not Terrorism

The following is a lesson on Taqqiya, the art of deception.
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OIC Denounces Terror, But Fighting 'Occupation' Still Exempted
By Patrick Goodenough
CNSNews.com International Editor
March 18, 2008

(CNSNews.com) - A meeting of the world's Islamic nations has, once again, drawn a distinction between "terrorism" and "legitimate resistance against foreign occupation," a stance designed to accommodate ongoing support for the Palestinian fight against Israel.

Leaders of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) said in a declaration they condemn "all forms of terrorism," asserting that terrorism and extremism are incompatible with Islam and contradict its teachings of "tolerance, mercy and non-violence."

Terrorism, said the leaders, "does not have any justification and should be condemned unreservedly."

Yet at the same time, they also said that a definition of terrorism must "distinguish it from the legitimate struggle of people under colonial or alien domination and foreign occupation."

The OIC wants its definition of terrorism to be internationally accepted, and it said a global conference should be called under the auspices of the United Nations to achieve that goal.

A comprehensive strategy to combat terrorism should also recognize "the main root causes," which the OIC says include "foreign occupation, state terrorism, political and economic injustice and denial of right of self-determination to people." All four factors are regularly cited by Islamic governments in reference to Israel.

The declaration was released at the end of an OIC summit in the west African nation of Senegal late last week.

Much of the gathering focused on "Islamophobia" and ways the Muslim world should combat a phenomenon which an OIC report said was a threat to world peace and security.

A key element of Islamophobia, in the view of the OIC, is the belief held by some non-Muslims that there is a link between terrorism whose perpetrators claim to be acting in the name of Islam, and Islam itself.

The conference in Dakar was the most recent in a series of initiatives organized by the OIC or individual Islamic governments since 9/11 that have attempted to distance the Islamic world from terrorism.

Every time, however, the summits, conferences or seminars have come up short of an unequivocal condemnation of all terrorism, because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Support for the Palestinian cause has been a defining component of the OIC since its inception, and the Palestinian issue is the only one mentioned by name in the preamble of the OIC Charter. (The bloc was formed in 1969 in reaction to an attempt by a deranged Australian to set fire to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.)

A final communique issued at the end of the Dakar summit included several dozen references to the Palestinian issue. The summit also passed resolutions accusing Israel of "war crimes" against Palestinians, voicing support for a Palestinian state, and declaring that there can be no peace without "the return of [Jerusalem] to Palestinian sovereignty." Other resolutions dealt with relations between Israel and surrounding Arab states.


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