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Rhetorical Backbone

Reader comment on item: America's Crash Course on Islam
in response to reader comment: AN OFFER OF PEACE TO OSAMA BIN LADEN

Submitted by Ron Thompson (United States), Sep 12, 2007 at 18:24

Geno's article, involving "turn about is fair play', i.e. of applying to the Muslims the concepts they have applied to conquered peoples throughout history, particularly in their early centuries, is a very effective rhetorical device.

I would like to see more figures, and hopefully some public figures, do the same. Not necessarily in a menacing or hostile tone, but, say, in terms of a hypothetical of , 'Hear how this provocative and insulting language sounds when applied to you.?'

In a more ominous vein, I rather liked the final sentences of the last paragraph (perhaps because I've had a related thought). As a matter of militray doctrine, it has occurred to me that perhaps some or all Western goverrnments might eventually have to say, that if any Islamic terrorists succeed in detonating an atomic bomb in the West, or in Israel, then Mecca and Medina will be reduced to dust because they are the sites of the ultimate origin of the ideology behind such an insane bombing. (If it were indisputably an Iranian bomb, then Teheran and Qum should be the targets, for the theocrats there are Mohammed's clones in Shiite form)

Sadly, if we do not come to see that Islam must undergo a moral defeat (impossible as long as Islam is not held responsible for so-called "Islamist" thought and actions), then the likelihood grows of our facing some such horrific military action as another and much worse 9/11. How ironic that the best way to avoid that is to develop some rhetorical backbone as shown in Geno M's comments, by telling all of Islam that we will hold it's "holy" centres responsible for the actions of the so-called Islamists whose actions on 9/11, in the words of one Muslim who has renounced her religion, came "from the core of Islam".

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