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We differ on ths point

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Submitted by Mark Tyler (United States), Apr 27, 2002

"...we have seen that militant Islam is our strategic, long-term, complicated enemy, and we're going to target it, we're going to defeat it "

Mr. Pipes, we Differ on this point. The President altogether denies any concerns about Islamic militants. The logic is: If you commit terrorism, you are simply not a muslim because Islam doesn't support such things.

It is this same schizophrenic attitude that allows Arafat to remain off of the terorist list while perfectly fitting Bush's definition: Having voiced a sentiment for peace, all aspects of Arafat's support for terrorism are ignored.

Saudi Arabia may aid Palestinian terrorists with a telethon and any evidence to the contrary is ignored, although the other day even Sec. Powell finally admitted that he found it "troubling".

I understand the political and economic pressures the President faces and that he must tread carefully, but to the extent that the President parses who is a muslim and who is a terrorist we have so undercut ourselves morally as to make the War on Terrorism a "War on Selected Terrorism".

Mark Tyler
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