Thursday, January 20, 2005

Hajj Sermon

The head cleric of Saudi Arabia is getting plenty of coverage for his anti-terrorism message at the hajj, which is good, even if it was related the House of Saud's fears for its own survival. What struck me as odd, though, is the "however" near the end of this story, and perhaps others like it. How is warning against anti-Muslim campaigns somehow in opposition to opposing terrorism? The expert quoted seems to say that because Muslim militants say certain things, no one must ever say similar things. Which is not really a new argument, but I somehow didn't expect it here.


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