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Submitted by Kaveh M (United States), Dec 3, 2003 at 05:05

Islamic terrorists in the guise of honest likeable people can only strengthen the case for an approach which challenges the Koran and gives muslims the chance to criticize their religion without living in fear of getting lynched. Although we don't hear them we know that such 'reformist' groups do exist. We have to show them that they can express their views without being bullied by Orthodox Islamists. Many moderate muslims do in fact find parts of the Koran to be backward and barabaric, but as with Chrisitianity in its days of torching dissenters, these enlightened indvivduals have no choice but to keep their mouths shut.
In the meantime what we can do to discover more terrorists in disguise is to get some kind of religious profiling system up and running, as Dr. Pipes has suggested. Although many would find this repugnant, it's a necessary step that has to be taken and would be much more effective than profiling people on the basis of their country of birth.
Terrorists like Sajid Badat would have been easy to spot by discovering what went on iside the mosques he attended. It's more than likely that his extremist views were planted and cultivated there. Above all we must root out Islamic preachers who brainwash these young men into their hateful ways.
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