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Why, when Americans are killed, are there celebrations in the streets of predominantly Muslim countries? I don't see people celebrating in Buddhist or Christian nations, for example, when Americans are blown up. Can hatred and rage really be so powerful that they cause one to celebrate the loss of another's life?

Certainly, the question is based on what we are shown on the news outlets. Perhaps what we're not being shown is that an equal or greater number of Muslims mourn the loss of American life. Assuming that's true, the question still remains as to why there is any celebration at all. Let's assume that in a Muslim population of 50,000 that 1,000 people celebrate the slaughter of Americans. Isn't that 1,000 people too many?

If the tide were turned, would we Americans react the same to a mass slaying of Muslims? Perhaps we already do. Though it may not be as obvious or direct, maybe our patriotic, pro-war bumper stickers and paraphenelia could be perceived as celebratory in some way. At the very least, those types of displays show that we are a country that enjoys seeing ourselves "kick some ass", and values the lives of its own above those of others.

Interestingly, this post started as one that (somewhat irately) questioned Muslim values. I had hoped that some people might comment, help answer my questions, and educate me a bit. As always though, we should question ourselves before we question others, but it took me some time to remember that. As often happens when I write, I started to see things from another perspective, and I now have more to ponder. The post is still a bit one-sided, but I'll leave it that way. Ah, the beauty of blogging...


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