The And Their Brutality Of The Middle East Essay

1941 Words Nov 17th, 2014 8 Pages
Danielle Novak
Dr. David Ruffley
History 112
November 16, 2014
Mideast and Their Brutality
The headlines out of the Middle East in recent months have been horrifying. American and British hostages beheaded, captured prisoners executed in the thousands, children brutally murdered and communities starved to death or murdered in cold blood for refusing to change their religion. Much of the world is shocked by such brutality, and rightfully so. It seems incomprehensible to the western mind. What is driving such cruelty and barbarism that is not been seen in recent memory? In reality, the answer is simple. The ones who are behind to these horrors share a single, common denominator. They are unapologetic in saying they are doing what they are told to do by their religion, that religion is Islam. Is Islam a religion of peace?
And while it is true that many Muslims are peaceful, and are equally horrified by these events, all we have to do is look at the words of the perpetrators of such atrocities to understand their motivations. They could not be clearer. Is this truly a religion of peace? Ever since the horrific hijacked-airliner terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Western leaders have gone out of their way to describe Islam as a religion of peace. The following are quotes from leaders since that time outlining how Islam is peaceful:
• Six days after September 11, 2001, that killed almost 3,000 Americans, then-President George W. Bush,…

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