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Submitted by Maura Collins (Canada), Dec 12, 2008 at 10:05

I lived in London, UK, late 60's and early 70's when the IRA bombing campaign was at its zenith. Coming from a Republican Irish household, I was always in support of the return of the North, but not involved in politics other than what I had learned at home. I worked in the square mile City of London on Threadneedle St. in the financial district and life was good until the bombings started and the letter bombs took secretary's hands and faces off. It was no longer singing in the pubs about the North, it was death-by-post to the common man and woman who went to work each morning to provide daily bread for their families. I didn't have the stomach for such barbarity and as my mind was still intact I no longer supported such savagery. Over the years, I have watched as the hard men of the IRA, Adams & McGuinness, drew a veil of respectability over their actions and today are 'statesmen' for their efforts.

I look at the world of Islam today and see a far more ruthless group surrounded by their hand picked sycophants, aided and abetted by slick politicians who will bend the knee at the drop of a hat, a world press reporting according to their personal philosophy a watered down version of facts on atrocities carried out by the adherents to the peculiar ideology of this tortured and bizarre religion, and citizen who snooze through school, work and play while the madmen of the world seep under the borders to rain destruction upon them and their country.

But the same people obscenely point the finger at President Bush? Political correctness, which has been foisted upon us by the most dreary and uncreative of people, has no place in an insane world. We ought not to accept sugar coated words to describe such murderous acts of inhumanity, so why do we?

The talking heads on our screens follow the dictates of the station head\owner, and the reporter for what we charitably refer to as the 'press' follow the orders of his owner by referring to these killers, as Dr Pipes wrote: activists, rebels, attackers and my personal favorite, assailants, as in purse snatching. We have lost the run of ourselves as people, we continue to sputter ever blah word that dribbles from this PC gang of nobodies, and until and unless we change our approach to our very language, we loose everything. These people are Islamic Terrorists, period.

Thank you Dr. Pipes.

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