It's an okay article, but marred by these passages:What could have been a fairly mature and admirable ownership of responsibility is rendered nearly impalatable by finger-pointing and shifting the blame, ploys that seem inevitably present in any Muslim discourse that mentions Christians, Jews, the West, or anyone else with whom Islam has shared a conflicted history. While I'm always amazed at the puerility of such tactics, their sheer frequency tells me they must evoke some favorable dynamic in their intended audience. I wonder if it has anything to do with the difference between a 'culture of guilt' and a 'culture of shame'...Originally Posted by Islahi via Ihsan
In any case, it would be a breath of fresh air if a Muslim spokesman could stand up and say, "We did this, it was wrong. Period." Unfortunately, Mr. Islahi couldn't quite pull it off. If I would believe everything he says here, I would think Muslims a most imitative people, strangely cursed with only being able to copy what is bad.
Shifting blame ("You started it; it's your fault") and finger-pointing ("But you do the same thing") aren't exclusive to Muslims, of course; they are very human traits and can be observed in any tabloid rag or schoolyard around the world. The problem is that they are ultimately self-defeating, cultivating a reactionary mentality of impotent victimhood. Shifting blame is also shifting power. Think about that...