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Robert Wargas

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September 30, 2012 - 8:00 am

A key element of the “Islamophobia” narrative is the idea that Muslims are, and have been, continually oppressed by white Western males. This is your standard academic Marxist, third-worldist party line. This narrative is enforced by the rigorous avoidance of discussing how frequently Islamists attack non-Western, non-white people, including Buddhists and other Muslims in the subcontinent, the Caucasus, the Palestinian territories, and elsewhere. To admit this would be to demonstrate that the standard justification for Islamist violence – reacting to the the imperial West – is absurdly false. Therefore, stories such as the following from Reuters will never enter into the mainstream discussion of why Islamist violence is not simply “blowback” from Western geopolitics:

Hundreds of Muslims in Bangladesh burned at least four Buddhist temples and 15 homes of Buddhists on Sunday after complaining that a Buddhist man had insulted Islam, police and residents said.

Members of the Buddhist minority in the Cox’s Bazar area in the southeast of the country said unidentified people were bent on upsetting peaceful relations between Muslims and Buddhists.

Muslims took to the streets in the area late on Saturday to protest against what they said was a photograph posted on Facebook that insulted Islam.

The protesters said the picture had been posted by a Buddhist and they marched to Buddhist villages and set fire to temples and houses.

Robert Wargas is a contributor to PJ Media. A native of Long Island, he was educated at the City University of New York and Yale University, and has also written for The Daily Telegraph of London and The Weekly Standard. Outside of opinion writing, he has worked as a professional historian for a major research laboratory and university, documenting the history of biotechnology since the 1970s. He has also reported for both weekly and daily newspapers, including Newsday. He maintains a personal blog/website at robertwargas.org. Follow him on Twitter @RobertWargas
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