Well, it appears that one of the people getting caught by the drone attack in Pakistan recently was a 20-year old Turk-German (by that, it is meant usually a 2nd generation Turk, who has German citizenship) who lived roughly five miles from my hometown.
The story isn't entirely new. As Glenn Greenwald has pointed out in numerous of his columns over at Salon.com with regards to the so-called Times Square bomber, the "naturalised" terrorists, terror suspects or whatever you may want to call them appear to be nice, middle-class, easy to get along with.. and seemingly most integrated into Western societies.
And then they fly to Pakistan to – as the obituary by this particular man's family pointed out last Saturday in the local paper – "live their faith". And here's where I somewhat differ from Mr. Greenwald's usually very poignant – and in most cases well-documented and researched – opinion. I get faith. I dislike it intensely, but I get it.
But if you are a German (Turk-German, African-German, like I give a fuck), you have the full right to live out your faith, as long as it doesn't go directly against the German constitution, and the inherent human rights that are codified there. You can worship Allah. You can worship Yahwe. You can worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster, for as long as you wish to. You can build mosques (yes, there are the same kind of upsets in certain parts of the German population as there are in the American population, but fuck it, you can build them, and that is a good thing).
Germany has finally started programs at German universities that are supposed to train and educate and ready German Imams, preparing hopefully the next generation of religious educators and leaders in this country, with their basis not only in the German language, but also in a more enlightened stand on what Islam can be.
In other words, it doesn't have to be taught by those who still think that women are inferior, that us "pig-eaters" are inferior et al. It no longer will come from backwards cultural palces like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and, yes, I am sorry to say, parts of Turkey.
So it's not like you need to "live your faith" in Pakistan.
You won't live that faith there. All you get taught is a very simple murderous piece of bullshit that by the way... the people who teach it to you don't believe themselves, and I will maintain that the Imams, the leaders, religious and cultural, in the madrasses in Pakisatn, in the Islamic Universities in Saudi Arabia...
... are fucking cowards.
Just as our leaders, by the way, are fucking cowards, too. They teach kids that it's okay for them to die or to brutally murder somebody else, be it by bomb, by suicide mission or by drone attacks.
Have you ever seen one of them going into a Jewish deli, shout "Allah is great" and kiss their Muslim ass goodbye? No? I thought so.
They teach these kids that there is something ready to die for, to kill for, and to be perfectly honest, in 99,99 percent of the cases, there isn't. But this kid from near my hometown believed so. He flew to Pakistan to "live the faith".
Bullshit. He flew there to be taught... very different things.
And it made him a target. And it killed him. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
The fight is fought here. It is fought every day. It is for us to say, "you are welcome here, you can be aprt of us, we can be part of you, but for that to happen, we must all believe in the same, basic human rights."
We must all fight for those. Not for a religion that offers you 72 wet, unused cunts in some mysterious afterlife (by the way, this is one of the biggest issues I have with Islam. How strong is a religion that needs to offer fresh pussy for you to blow yourself up, huh?). Not for an ideology that worships the almighty dollar, either.
We are all better than that.
We have to be.
And we have to fight for that.