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Greece hit by a wave of mail bombs; What if they were Muslim?

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The Western world was recently rocked by a coordinated mail bomb attack. The targets were government officials, apparently in an attempt to terrorize citizens into giving in to some political agenda. A textbook case of terrorism, no?

If you live by the myopic mantra, “All terrorists are Muslims” then you think I’m probably talking about the recent mail bomb plot from Yemen; a plot which was foiled by Muslims from Saudi Arabia and condemnedby Muslims in America (but anti-Muslim rabble-rouser Robert Spencer epically failed to mention those inconvenient facts, as he usually does).

No sir, I’m talking about the recent wave of mail bombs in Greece. The culprit appears to be the “radical anarchist” group Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire or another like-minded group of terrorists.

Does this mean there is something intrinsic to Greek culture that produces terrorists like these? This isn’t the only terrorist group in Greece. You may recall that the U.S. embassy in Athens was attacked with anti-tank grenades by a similar terrorist group. And the U.S. State department noted the recent spike in Greek domestic terrorism in the last two years.

So do we have a “Greek problem?” Should we blame the disturbing proliferation of Greek anarchist terrorists on the pernicious influence of Zeno’s Republic? I think not. But no such fair-minded rational conclusions will you get from the anti-Muslim blogosphere’s perpetual Muslim-bashing imagination fantasy land.

Why? Because if the terrorists are Muslims, then they magically represent the norm for all Muslims in all times and all places forever until the end of time (despite extensive empirical evidence debunking this prejudice). However, if the terrorists are not Muslims, then they represent only the teeny tiny lunatic fringe of an otherwise virtuous, morally upright society.

Such is the myopia of Islamophobic doctrine.

NPR reports:

Mail Bomb Sent To German Leader Linked To Greece

Germany’s top security official said a package received in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office Tuesday “contained an explosive device” and was mailed from Greece two days ago.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the package resembled a series of small mail bombs found in Athens over the past two days. “Based on everything that we know, it was built in the same way and visually resembled the package that exploded at the Swiss embassy in Athens,” he said.

Merkel was in Belgium when the package arrived in the mailroom of her office in Berlin. The Berliner Morgenpost newspaper reported that it contained an explosive and a flammable device, and was addressed to Merkel with the return address listed as “Greece Economy Ministry.”

Hours earlier, Greece’s capital was hit by a second day of apparently coordinated mail bomb attacks. Two small bombs exploded at the Swiss and Russian embassies in Athens, and police detonated suspicious packages at the Bulgarian embassy, outside Parliament and at a courier company.

The bombs were not particularly powerful and no one was injured Tuesday, Greek authorities said. No link was made with the recently discovered Yemen-based mail bomb plot uncovered last week.

Officials blamed the attacks on domestic extremists, and Athens police have arrested two suspects with ties to a radical leftist group. No group has claimed responsibility.

Tuesday’s explosions began when a bomb detonated in the courtyard outside a six-story building that is home to the Swiss Embassy. Swiss Foreign Ministry official Georg Farago said Athens embassy employees regarded the package as suspicious after noticing “traces of metal” on it.

“The package burst into flames when the employees removed the external wrapping of the package,” Farago said. “At the same moment, there was an explosion. No one was injured.”

Shortly afterward, a courier heading for another embassy became suspicious about a package and stopped at Parliament, where police on guard duty detonated a bomb.

The package that was exploded outside Parliament had been destined for the Chilean embassy, Ambassador Carmen Ibanez told Chile’s Radio Cooperativa.

“It was addressed to the ambassador — in this case me,” Ibanez said.

Police then found explosive devices at the Bulgarian Embassy and a central Athens courier company and set them off in controlled explosions. A fifth bomb went off on the ground of the Russian Embassy.

Police closed down sections of Athens that host embassies, and checked dozens of other potential targets, including the German and Panamanian embassies. Other embassies across Greece stepped up security after the blasts.

The explosions come a day after attacks targeting other embassies in Athens. A bomb addressed to the Mexican embassy exploded at a courier office Monday, slightly wounding an employee. Police also intercepted a bomb destined for the Dutch embassy.

Greek authorities also intercepted two Greek men carrying a mail bomb destined for the Belgian embassy and one addressed to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The men, ages 22 and 24, were arrested on suspicion of plotting attacks. Police said one of them wore a bulletproof vest and that both were carrying 9mm Glock handguns.

One of the suspects is wanted in connection with an investigation into a radical anarchist group known as Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire, which has claimed responsibility for a spate of small bomb and arson attacks over the past two years.

Government spokesman George Petalotis condemned “those who try in vain to terrorize and disturb the public tranquility.”

The U.S. State Department noted in August that domestic terrorism has spiked in Greece since 2008, when days of rioting rocked the country after police shot and killed a teenager in Athens. In June, a mail bomb killed the top aide of a Greek minister.

Much of the unrest harks back to the sharp postwar divide between right and left, which led to a civil war and a seven-year military dictatorship. Although a student uprising succeeded in ending military rule in Greece in 1974, it left a legacy of activism and simmering tensions between Greece’s security establishment and deeply entrenched leftist groups that have opposed globalization and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Joanna Kakissis reported from Athens and NPR’s Eric Westervelt reported from Berlin for this story, which contains material from The Associated Press

Note: This article is part of our “What if they were Muslim?” series. In this series, we examine the double standards used by anti-Muslim activists when discussing religious extremism in Islam as compared to other religions. We reject using extremists of any religion to justify prejudice, stereotypes, and hostility towards all members of that religion. Period.

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  • RSS Hunter

    Is halalpork using Hindutvadi material?

    “The burning of books in the ancient library of Alexandria by Muslims was also a great achievement”

    No, this is an outdated polemic revived by those acquainted with historical research. Sounds like a Johnny come lately Hindutvadi!

    Even such august, yet anti-Muslim, scholars such as P.Hitti (responsible for much of modern study) & Prof. Bernard Lewis scoff at such unfounded tosh.

    Bernard Lewis, a vehement critic of Islam, has thus summarised the verdict of modern scholarship on the subject:

    “Modern research has shown the story to be completely unfounded.”

  • muhammad ‘abd-al haqq

    Khushboo Says:

    “48:29 Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are tough on those who COVER UP THE TRUTH and merciful among themselves. Allah has promised those of them who believe and act righteously forgiveness and an immense reward.”

    Spencer, Geller, and friends COVER UP THE TRUTH. They know what’s in the Quran yet they’ll twist words around, take words out of context, or simply lie to get their message across. Not everyone will research and look at the verses directly. They will simply believe them since since chapters and verses are written to make it look real. Unless these liars redeem, God will punish them and that’s what the verse is saying!

    Good job in showing that according to the Arabic, kufr ,means “to cover up the truth”. it highlights how Islamophobes, who have no knowledge of Arabic, use the translation “unbelievers” to imply that the Qur’an is speaking about ALL unbelievers when it is speaking about a specific category of unbeliever. in fact. The distinctions that the Qur’an makes are lost on the Islamophobes.

    “The language and ideas of Marx and Engels actually translates (and in some instances was a direct influence on) really well into the extremist Islamic framework.

    Good point. I’ve said all along that Islam and communism share similarities. Al Qaeda want to impose one and the Taliban succeeded turning most of Afghanistan into one. Hence the term, ‘Islamofascism’ is appropriate. Wouldn’t you agree?”

    You’re a tool. How does a modern philosophy influence an ancient religion? It should be obvious to you that Marx and Engels could only influence MODERN (mis)interpretations of Islam, and even that influence is debatable. I hope you won’t say that Communism inspired the Qur’an or vice versa!

    Doesn’t it surprise you that Salafi and Wahhabi scholars reject al-Qaida and the Taliban and other terrorists?

    @ halalpork

    “@Khushboo;You talk about Islamic Tafsirs.There are so many tafsirs to the same verses.Quran is like a bendy toy.It can easily be twisted to any shape which you desire.”

    You’re the one here twisting Quranic meanings

    “@Mohammad abd-al haqq :I must admit that I could never be an Islamophile,”

    Those who hate peace, truth and justice could never love Islam, i agree.

    “because I refuse to follow and worship a paedophile as you do.”

    You have to twist the meaning of pedophile, never mind spell it correctly, to apply to Muhammad(saws)

    “Islam and Secularism can not co-exist because Islam can never give equal rights to Non-Muslims and women.This is the main reason that Muslim societies are mainly prejudiced,corrupt and unjust.”

    Just look at you twisted western logic that suggests that rejection of secularism means Muslims cannot coexist with societies that are secular. And the idea that secularism is superior to Islam is nothing more then Western bigotry. Besides that you Islamophobic loons can’t seem to make up your minds whether to defend the “Christian West” or the Secular West from Islam. You can’t even make up your minds whether the West is Christian or Secular.

    If you think the the Nobel Prize isn’t the West’s display of self-congratulation then there is no help for you. Your constant mention of bedroom jihad and pedophilia and other sexual reference only highlights your obsession with the sex lives of Muslims and your fear of the world’s changing religious demographics.

    “Can you explain,why there is no freedom of thought,questioning,speech and expression in Muslim countries?”

    As soon as you realize that all the Muslim majority countries are either monarchies, theocracies, secular,totalitarian client regimes of the West, or secular republics only pretending to be democracies, you will be able to answer you own question.

    “Referring to Dr.Ali Sina,why don’t you accept his challenge and win 50,000 dollars,if you are that confident about Islam?”

    There is a reason i refer to Ali Sina as a fraud. Not only was he never a practicing Muslim, he “learned” about Islam from its hate-filled detractors and his “challenge” is a sham. Maybe you should read it here: if you haven’t already printed out a copy and framed it and posted in your basement bedroom. It is not a waste of time exposing him as a loon, but it would be a waste to accept his bogus challenge.

    Allahu A’lam

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32) Warning Contains Irony

    Who me or Halal Dork? Internet Jihad lol
    I would take it as a compliment.
    The struggle continues…………………..

  • Cynic

    Lol @ halal pork’s inability to read. Sir David did write 50 000, but the lack of spaces probably made you dizzy. Says a lot about your commenting style. If you were Muslim, I would have praised you for your Internet Jihad.

  • @ Sir David :Senillity seems to be affecting you seriosly.Last time ,you quoted President Bush instead of President Clinton about the ECONOMY, STUPID.Again,the figure I quoted was 50,000 dollars but you made it up to 500,000 dollars.You are quite a useful idiot for Muslims to let them gloat in their past glories.Mohammad also flew on a mule with face of a woman,with make up on.Do you also believe that he flew from Mecca to Jerusalam first and then to 7th heaven and came back the same night?That also seems a great achievement.The burning of books in the ancient library of Alexandria by Muslims was also a great achievement.The Muslims acqured all the knowledge from Greek and Roman and Persian sources and claimed all the credit for themselves.You are like a one eyed partially sighted man among the blind Muslims.Good luck,Praised one.

  • Cynic

    I love how halal pork copy pastes “Dr.” Ali Sina…only to go on and endorse him.

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