Just like any group out there, followers of Islam occasionally cough up a member who can be brutally honest about the shortcomings of the group as well as the strengths of their enemies. Such a person is Saudi Shura Council member Ibrahim Al-Buleihi who was recently interviewed on Saudi TV. For the reader’s convenience, here is a transcribed account of a portion of the interview:
Interviewer: Are we living in a violent environment? Is our culture violent?
Undoubtedly, yes. We are immersed in this violence, because we are immersed in the hatred of the other, and believe that we are always in the right, and that the falsehood of the other is absolute. This perspective makes us hate whoever does not agree with our way of thinking and our way of life.
Since over two hundred years ago, since the French invasion of Egypt, we have incurred huge shocks, but have not benefited from them in any way. We still delude ourselves into thinking that we are better than the others, and that therefore we must not embrace anything from the experience of others. – But we suffer oppression… – We also oppress others.
Interviewer: Are we supposed to be held accountable for what ISIS did in Paris or what Al-Qaeda did in America in 2001? How is it our fault as muslims? Why should we be blamed for the crime of a few?
We produce this kind of people, this kind of hostility. The people killed in America, or in Paris, for example, are innocent people who have nothing to do with politics.
Interviewer: The people killed in Iraq are also innocent, and so are the ones killed in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. The west is not as noble as you claim…
In Syria today, Arabs are killing Arabs. Muslims are killing muslms. In Iraq today muslims are killing muslims.
Interviewer: America had its share of killing in Iraq as well, and the Russians are killing today in Syria. All I am saying is that western culture is not as noble as you are depicting it.
What I am saying is that it is the lesser evil. I didn’t say it was perfect. The most important thing is your ability to change. The ability to change is the yardstick of civilization. The westerners are apologizing for what their forefathers did, whereas we are still celebrating the conquests and raids (of early Islam). We even call for new raids, even though we do not have the power to carry them out.
Who knew there were philosophers in Islam. No, the west is not perfect, but this Saudi man is correct: we are not living in the past, either.
There is a good chance that this interview is something other than advertised, but it was published at The Muslim Issue, a not very sophisticated blog site for a think tank dedicated to telling the truth about Islam.