Monday, February 12, 2007

Islam is not the Enemy....

I was reading this week's op/ed by Frank Pastore on, and he mentioned in his column that Islam is not really the enemy in this war on terror.

I have to agree with that. There are millions of practicing Muslims all over the world who aren't planning to blow up the neighborhood coffee house, and wouldn't dream of strapping on a bomb and stepping aboard a croweded bus full of people. And there are quite a few of this number of Muslims who wouldn't dream of hurting a fly, and who are born, live and die in communities of people of all faiths. Fair enough.

I do though, believe that there are people out there who are, by virtue of the fact that their followers have less education and little access to the world beyond their own, in a position to influence the knowledge (or lack thereof) of thousands of dissaffected people, who have been shunned by their own for hundreds of years, and who have the potential of such collective rage that is now spewing forth in the form of the terrorist practices of radical Islam.

Radical Islam is the enemy here. These people are actually practicing Islam the way Muhammad meant it to be practiced. They are probably correct in their assertion that anybody who doesn't practice Islam the way they do is probably, by their lights, an apostate. This includes all the mild-mannered Muslims who don't actively practice Jihad. Or, all the fallen Muslims that drink, and eat pork products like bacon. Which is probably the vast majority of Muslims, especially those who live in more liberal countries, outside the middle east.

But there remain a lot of people in the middle east who have crappy lives. And those crappy lives are made crappier by the machinations of their governments, the greed, the corruption, and the fact that they really don't see individual life as important....given the lack of real education, the constant 24/7 bombardment of propaganda, the fact that most of the people in the middle east will never actually set eyes on America or live here, so how can they imagine a world where life isn't hard?

Where life is so hard that death seems like a release from prison!


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