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Destroy the Radical Islamic Deathberg

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Submitted by Bill Narvey (Canada), Sep 11, 2007 at 14:42

Pipes' article is about his observations as to how the war against radical Islam is perceived by different sectors of American society.

His observations appear fairly well stated.

It is with his advice on how the West can defeat radical Islam that I have issues with.

Pipes states:

I submit, will have less to do with breakthroughs in avionics or intelligence coups than with the degree to which civilized people understand the nature of their enemy and join together to fight it……The historical record gives me some reason for optimism, as until now the Western democracies have prevailed. For that to happen again, learning about Islam and Muslims will be part of the requisite preparation.

I disagree. Westerners think too much.

Westerners don't need to know anything more about Islam then they already know.

The West knows there are peaceful Muslims who have in some way managed to incorporate Western values and beliefs into their own religious beliefs. From these Muslims not only does the West have nothing to fear. These Muslims are allies in the war against radical Islam that frightens and hurts them as much as it frightens and hurts the West.

At the opposite end of the scale there are the radical Muslims who make no pretence about what they believe. To be sure just like an iceberg, underneath the visible openly radical proponents of radical Islam that call for death and destruction of Jews, Americans and Westerners, there lies hidden a vast human and financial infrastructure that supports the openly radical Islamists. The whole of that radical Islamic deathberg is the enemy of the West and must be relentlessly searched out and destroyed.

Then there are the so called vast majority of moderate Muslims, that the West wishfully believes are all against radical Islam. Don't bet on that for a minute.

The West cannot afford to count on any of these vast majority of Muslims unless they declare by word and deed, they are also against radical Islam.

We have seen and been hurt by too many Muslims who were in fact radical, but successfully disguised and hid their true radical natures in the cloak of peace and moderation, which they cast off only at the last moment before they struck with deadly force.

The West must mince no words and hold back no punches as regards the radical Islamic deathberg.

The West must not be the least bit shy of demanding of the vast majority of so called Moderate Muslims, to declare by word and deed whether they are friend or foe to the West. To do so, the West must discard political correctness completely. To do otherwise aids the radical Islamists and increases the chances of the West's demise.

Once the radical Islamist deathberg is eliminated, there will be time enough for Westerners if they wish, to learn all about Islam in peace and quiet without fear that radical Islamists will destroy the tranquility of their homes and their state of well being.

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