"Today is 17th Ramadan - a day which marks the anniversary of the Battle of Badr," I just read on the Muslim Public Affairs Committee website. And this holds special meaning for Muslims. Muhammad was persecuted by his enemies. Poor ol' Mo. Of course it had nothing to do with his constant abuse of his enemies and his raiding their caravans and killing their people. He was unfairly persecuted and of course needed to "defend Islam" (and keep the booty).
The article asks, "What lessons can Muslims draw from this event?" Because, it says, poor ol' Muslims are persecuted and abused by their enemies today, so history is mysteriously repeating itself. Of course it has nothing to do with their constant bombing of non-Muslims everywhere, or their constant push to squeeze more concessions from the non-Muslims, or their overt purpose of subverting democratic governments. They are unfairly persecuted and must, of course, "defend Islam."
Such a meaningful and important lesson to ponder while you're fasting, eh?