Posted by: Lister | June 19, 2008

The Beginning of Islamic Terrorism in America

A quote of Alan Dershowitz in the Boston Globe, regarding the assassination of Robert Kennedy:

“I thought of it as an act of violence motivated by hatred of Israel and of anybody who supported Israel,” said Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor who had worked on Kennedy’s campaign as a volunteer adviser on gun-control policy. “It was in some ways the beginning of Islamic terrorism in America. It was the first shot. A lot of us didn’t recognize it at the time.”

[…]Kennedy’s slaying, which occurred 40 years ago today, was widely viewed as part of a cycle of American civic turmoil, marked by assassinations, urban riots, and violent protests. Yet a generation of revelations about Sirhan’s motives – and a changed environment in which Americans have come to fear political violence with origins abroad – have drawn out his crime as a largely unacknowledged prelude to the kidnappings at the Munich Olympics, the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro, and the two assaults on the World Trade Center.

[…] Sirhan, a Christian Arab born in Jerusalem, had moved to California as a teenager and was 24 when he shot Kennedy. “My only connection with Robert Kennedy was his sole support of Israel and his deliberate attempt to send those 50 bombers to Israel to obviously do harm to the Palestinians,” he told David Frost in 1989.

The article goes on to say that these motives were not mentioned in court. But the point, raised in letters to the Globe, is that Dershowitz reckons the first shot of Islamic Terror in the USA was fired by a Christian.

Alan Dershowitz’s suggestion that a 40-year-old crime committed by a lone gunman – a Christian Arab who moved to the United States at age 12 – could be plausibly counted as “the beginning of Islamic terrorism in America” strains credulity. This is as absurd as Ayman al-Zawahiri’s claim that the modern state of Israel is a direct extension of the medieval Crusades. Such illogical readings of the past do nothing to advance the mutual understanding between peoples that is so urgently required in today’s world.

DARRYL LI
Cambridge

(Via JSF).

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