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Submitted by Harjit (United States), Jun 12, 2008 at 15:29

We should not brush every islamist as a US enemy, and every fundamentalistic as a terrorist. There are so many radical muslims who support US cause against terrorism. The radical Islamists think they act pre-emptively in anticipation of their religion to be wiped out by western forces before they could defend it.

Both sides are attacking each other for removing the danger against the subsistence of their ideologies. Western countries take these radical islamists as a constant threat to them and their ideologies. This generalized (mis)conception echoes even within the US Superme Court in case of Guantanamo detainees. Justice Scalia sweepingly said that the nation is " at war with radical Islamists" and the the court's decision "will make the war harder on us. It will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed".

Chief Justice Roberts criticized the majority decision for stiking down what he called " the most generous set of procedural protections ever afforded to aliens detained by this country as enemy combatants. Justice Kennedy, coming to his senses, wrote the majority decision and said " The laws and constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times". The fundamentals of our constitution should not be allowed to be swallowed by our instinct biases.

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