Be forewarned that this is a rant.
I have been frustrated with a few Muslims who have the strangest of ideas and behaviors. They deplore the insult in the Muhammad cartoons but then rampage through their own cities destroying property. Cartoons enrage them enough to liken it to Yazid’s killing of Imam Hussain but don’t have anything to say about the suicide bombing on Ashura in Pakistan.
Then there are Muslims who see the hand of Jews and Israel behind everything. They deny the Holocaust or at least minimize it (a la David Irving). They think the US is controlled by Jews or Zionists. And they love the forgery Protocols of the Elders of Zion. They don’t see the stupidity of Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s statements denying the Holocaust. And what’s more they even see the hand of Israel behind the cartoon controversy, even though Israel has a blasphemy law. These Muslims think it is all well and good for an Iranian newspaper to print Holocaust cartoons in response to the Muhammad cartoons in Denmark. These guys say something about international affairs and all I hear is “Jew … Israel … Jews … Zionist …”.
Some of these guys (and in fact most that I have had an interaction with) are well-educated. Some even pride themselves on their knowledge of science and how they can rationally convince anyone of the truth of the Quran. However, their “rational truth” consists of cribbings from The Bible, The Qur’an and Science by Maurice Bucaille, a book that I read two decades ago (it impressed my teenage mind but it is not convincing to me now.) When they talk of Islam being self-evidently right, they use the worst arguments of the Islamic apologists and do not even consider any skeptical ideas. And then when you dare bring one up, they declare you beyond all help and a kafir. The funny thing about them is their cartoonish black-and-white world where everything about their religion (and beliefs) is self-evidently true while the other side has no valid rational arguments. I have heard many a Muslim create strawman positions of others (Christians or secular folk usually) out of thin air and then demolish them.
Another pet peeve of mine is that a number of people consider the bipolar world of the United States and Soviet Union to be a much better place than the present despite all the atrocities of the communists in the Soviet Union and elsewhere in their sphere of influence. Some of the Muslims used to be very anti-communist in those days but remember the Soviet Union now like a lost love. A similar situation is true especially for Pakistanis where they think China is the greatest nation or something. They want China to be a world power, not realizing how bad of a human rights record the Chinese communists have got.
Then there are the conspiracy theorists. Anything and everything bad among Muslims is either punishment for their not being Muslim enough or the fault of some hidden hand (like the Israeli Mossad, or the Indian RAW or the American CIA, and so on). These guys have some tall tales to tell you which I must admit do sound amusing at first.
And finally sectarianism. Some people just can’t tolerate others with different beliefs. They have to denigrate the beliefs of others and even call them kafirs. It can be as simple as harassing an Ashura procession. And as deadly as killing Shia doctors in Karachi. It can be your school MSA which does not welcome all Muslim sects.
UPDATE II: The madness continues. And to prove my point, someone in an online forum blamed it on Jews; others blamed the coalition forces.