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Mr Husain, whose book, The Islamist, exposed the workings of Hizb ut-Tahir, is contemptuous of the idea that the latest plots were inspired by the West's intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan. "This is just an excuse. They reject Western culture full stop, not just 'slags in night clubs'. They would have supported the bombing of Muslims attending the cinema in Cairo in the 1950s. They do not want Muslims to enjoy social freedoms. If it was not Iraq they would cite Chechnya. Or Palestine. These are angry men. Accommodation is not an option. It has to be containment or annihilation."
A quote from Augean Stables, re dealing with the Moslem manipulations to which some are so foolishly susceptible:
...isn’t it time we stopped being condescending racists, treating them as children even as we loudly proclaim our respect for them?
The conflict right now divides along two mutually exclusive lines. The hawks say, “let’s get tough, only force will work.” The doves say, “let’s be nice, only talk will work.” How about some verbal confrontations? How about every Western newspaper publishing the Danish Cartoons (with the three fake ones identified as psy-ops incitement) so that Muslims the world over are embarrased by the revolting behavior of their co-religionists, rather than we and decent Muslims are subject to the temper tantrum of the touchiest and most violent of the lot? How about the Pope saying “you’ve got to be kidding!” when the Muslims violently insist he apologize for calling them violent? How about the Brits saying, “We take this level of self-criticism as part and parcel of a decent and tolerant society. If you can’t stand the heat, a) get out of the kitchen, and b) don’t expect us to take your criticism of us seriously until you can take the heat?
There you go being reasonable again. We've warned you that is irrelevant here.
Assistant Village Idiot
RE: Alan Johnson...
I wonder if he converted to Islam too. I am thinking of the FOX reporters specifically but it seems almost all the hostages that have gotten out have converted to Islam before being released. It seems to be required.
I often wonder with a shooting war going into it's sixth year and the lethality of Islamic terror becoming more frequent and stretching back literally hundreds of years just how many Americans have taken the time to study even the basic tenents of Islam.
From many comments I read it would seem a large segment of our society doesn't have a clue about Islams goals.
To be as succinct as I can be there is only one paradigm, and it has never changed: *It is Islam against all other religions*, by the sword, if voluntary surrender isn't accomplished.
Beyond that you don't really need to know a great deal because it's all bull shit after that.
This isn't a ten or fifteen year war, it's a war with no end. It isn't a war against a few "fanatics" who have hijacked the religion. It's a war of ideologies that are as immiscible as two elements can be.
And the one indisputable factor already reduced to it's lowest common denominator is the demographics of the battle. If we do not start killing them in greater numbers, by the hundreds of thousands, then Christianity is doomed.