cross-posted from islamicate.
As I'm writing this, I see someone else had a similar idea.
So I'm watching CNN yesterday, Aug. 10, and I hear Christiane Amanpour say that many young Muslims in the West believe that 9/11, 7/7, and now the new attacks on planes were plots by Western governments in order to start a war with Islam.
O Muslims in the West, are you stupid?
1. The West has the wherewithal to plot such destructive events against their own people, including American and British Muslims, and the ability to keep it secret, but not so secret that we can't figure it out. That means we are stupid for not stopping it. It also means we are stupid for not saving the lives of our brothers and sisters who died. The basic premise to this argument is that Muslims are too stupid to have carried out anything of this scale. Therefore, we are stupid.
2. Muslims did do all these things. We are too stupid to recognize we did it. We are too stupid to recognize the value of human life. We are too stupid to recognize that the sanctity of human life is mentioned in all the scriptures of the Abrahamic traditions (see 5:32). We are too stupid to confront it head on.