Shakir, Al-Gharbi Downplay ISIS's Atrocities with Comparison to Mexican Cartels
by Cinnamon Stillwell • Nov 20, 2014 at 1:24 pm
He then blamed the radicalization of Muslim youth in the West--a number of whom have either joined ISIS abroad or acted alone on its behalf in their own countries--not on the appeal of ISIS's Islamic supremacist ideology, but on "a self-fulfilling prophecy," maintaining that:
Shakir was likely taking a page from University of Arizona instructor Musa al-Gharbi, who, in addition to labeling the U.S. a "a greater threat to peace and stability in the region than ISIS," penned an Al-Jazeera op-ed in October on the Mexican cartel/ISIS juxtaposition. After asking, "Are Americans primarily concerned with ISIL's specific atrocities or with the fact that it is Muslims who are committing these crimes?," al-Gharbi concluded:
While Mexican drug cartels are brutal and violent, that's not really al-Gharbi or Shakir's point. Rather, it is a distraction intended to cast the limited U.S. military campaign against ISIS, and the American public's concern over ISIS's atrocities, as nothing more than "Islamophobia."
And, finally, consider the messenger.
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