The New York Daily News reported last week that textbooks used in Islamic schools in New York City contain "passages that are blatantly anti-Semitic" and repeat "old canards" about Jews. The newspaper conducted a three-month investigation of a half-dozen textbooks used in Islamic schools. In one, "What Islam Is All About," used in grades 3-6, Jews and Christians are said to lead "such decadent and immoral lives that lying, alcohol, nudity, pornography, racism, foul language, premarital sex, homosexuality and everything else are accepted in their society, churches and synagogues."
Elsewhere the book asserts that "Jews subscribe to a belief in racial superiority." According to the newspaper, the book has sold more than 40,000 copies and is used in more than half of the city's Muslim schools.
American Muslim schools that teach such things should have whatever tax and other breaks they receive revoked and the schools should be closed. Sedition cannot be allowed to flourish on our own soil.
The third and possibly most important institution in need of change is religion. Not all Muslims and their clergy believe in the forceful obliteration and domination of those with whom they might disagree theologically or politically. Let's find them and help them to reshape the theology and worldview of Iraqis.
Sermons throughout the Middle East regularly condemn all things Western and most Western leaders. Typical was a March 14 sermon by Sheikh Abd al-Razzak Al-Sa'adi, at the Umm al-Ma'arek (Mother of All Battles) mosque in Baghdad: "Oh God, curse upon the face of the Americans. Oh Allah, curse upon the face of the British .... Oh Allah, strike the oppressors with each other and let us come out of it safely .... Oh Allah, sink their ships .... " and so on.
There is nothing about Saddam Hussein torturing and murdering more Muslims than American and British troops who have diligently tried to protect Iraqi civilians.
The transformation of Iraq may be a greater task than the war of liberation. But the effort must be made, otherwise we risk another Saddam Hussein and another war, neither of which anyone wants.