Cindy observed that we hear nothing in the news about Muslims denouncing #ISIS. I was intrigued, because I’ve heard the same as criticism from many non-Muslim friends. So I Googled this simple string of three words: “Muslims denounce ISIS”…and received 1,020,000 (that’s a MILLION) hits about worldwide Muslim condemnation of ISIS. It took a total of 0.43 (that’s about one-half) seconds.
These one million not-reported examples, in less than one second, include the following: hundreds of Muslims protesting ISIS in front of the Grand Mosque in Paris; a British national social media campaign by Muslims using the hashtag #NotInMyName; the condemnation of ISIS by Shi’a and Sunni side-by-side. Also, “The most explicit condemnation came from Iyad Ameen Madani, the Secretary General for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the group representing 57 countries, and 1.4 billion Muslims.”
There’s also a little story on the world’s Muslim leaders condemning ISIS…by the VATICAN and Reuters.
Since the media outlets we depend on are unwilling to tell the whole story (the same media outlets that call me up to discuss the whole story), we’ll have to read through the other 99,997 examples ourselves..
I’m going to be very honest (as always). I’m pissed off at this. I’ve been working at the pointy end of the spear in counterterrorism and antiterrorism for much of my adult life. I’ve seen the good and bad in populations around the world. I wrote about that in Powerful Peace…and I also wrote about how conflict can flare up on ignorance and misunderstanding and rip societies apart. In this case, the society at risk is our entire race. We’re being played, apparently by all sides. Divisiveness sells more soap. Sadly, divisiveness in this case can also ignite a fire that burns the globe.
C’mon, press. CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and any other “news” outlet that would like to start telling us the whole story: here’s the link to what is apparently an incredibly well-kept secret for getting a million hits of reportable information in less than one second: www.Google.com