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Story pick: On the trail of terrorists

By Theresa Vargas

Two years ago, I drove along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains until I lost cell phone service, pulled into a remote compound that smelled of burnt incense and waited to hear from a man called Master Charles.

Until the Mumbai terrorist attacks, I had not heard of the Synchronicity Foundation, one of a number of spiritual retreats about a half hour's drive from Charlottesville. But afterward, I would find myself there three times, taking in every quiet detail, trying to better understand the lives of two of the six American victims: Alan Scherr, a 58-year-old former University of Maryland professor, and his 13-year-old daughter, Naomi.

For most of the world, thoughts of that three-day siege come with the chaotic image of a burning five-star hotel. For me, it brings memories of a quiet, monk-filled compound where if someone walked far enough into the woods, they’d find wooden pews exposed to poplars, oaks and cedars.

That was the side of the story I knew best: the one of a family that left the Maryland suburbs in search of a more tranquil life only to meet a violent death.

Sunday and today, the part of the story I didn’t know well was filled in by an incredibly well-reported two-part piece by ProPublica that ran on the front pages of The Post. We are taken inside the chaos through details such as this, in which Sajid Mir, the “project manager” of the attacks, is talking to Norma Rabinovich, a hostage:

“Mir soothed the sobbing woman in accented but smooth English.
‘Save your energy for good days,’ Mir told her during the call intercepted by Indian intelligence. ‘If they contact right now, maybe you gonna, you know, celebrate your Sabbath with your family.’
The prisoner swap failed. Mir ordered the gunman to "get rid" of Rabinovich.”

Together, the stories do a great job laying out the web of characters behind the attacks and the global politics that may hinder justice for people like Kia Scherr, who lost her husband and daughter that day.

Here’s Sunday's piece and today’s.

By Theresa Vargas  | November 15, 2010; 11:11 AM ET
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You know...someday, I really hope that our media actually does their job and investigates why "true" Muslims ACT and BEHAVE as they do.

You would think that ALL objective news organizations would question if there something inherently violent about the faith of Islam for this to happen on a virtually daily basis! Suicide bombings, calls for death, mass KILLINGS, stoning woman, all in the name of their allah. happens so often that it really isn't news anymore, so our media simply gives this so-called "peaceful" religion a pass.

You know damn well that if Catholics, Buddhists, Hinduists, or any other religion were committing these types of atrocities on such a frequent basis - while invoking the name of their religion, you know as well as I do that our media would be all over it. Actually, they SHOULD be 'all over it' and call any religion into question and determine WHY people of a given faith has violence and death always attached to it!!

But is that the case? Why does it always seem to be in the name of ISLAM and not any other religions? Where are these "people" getting these ideas from?

OK...I get it, many Muslim apologists/appeasers will say that it is only a few bad apples that don't represent the whole, but how do we put this to the test? What about those "terrorists", "radicals", "extremists" or whatever we wish to call them today who claim that "moderate" or "not-muslim-enough" Muslims are NOT really Muslims and denounce their cowardice? How do we know which faction represents Islam most closely? Who is the true freakin' Muslim?

Come on people!! I am sure that our news organizations have to be somewhat curious as to WHY "good" Muslims ACT and BEHAVE as they do??

Well....if you look at the facts, Islamic texts, history and of course MUSLIM ACTIONS (and inactions), the evidence - the only evidence - proves beyond any doubt that "good" Muslims are in fact terrorists (to us Non-Believers) because their muhammad...Islam's lone prophet and their allah's singular voice, was a ruthless and dedicated terrorist, murderer, slave-trader, rapist and pedophile himself!!.

Islamic militants, radicals, extremists, fundamentalists or whatever is the adjective today are actually "good" Muslims, not bad ones. The "radicals" haven't corrupted Islam, hijacked their religion, nor interpreted it incorrectly, and therefore they aren't radicals or extremists!.

Islam isn't a peaceful religion; it is a declaration of war against all mankind. While "bad" Muslims can be moderate, peaceful or "not-Muslim-enough", these people have NO influence because even their Koran tells "good" Muslims to KILL them!!

Judge them by their ACTIONS (and INActions), never what some "peaceful" islamic cleric tells you on CNN.

Posted by: zakgold | November 15, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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