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Submitted by Subidh (United States), Jan 13, 2009 at 00:45

Muslims will become moderates when they start losing badly and their confidence deflates. This is completely counter to the lunatic left view that Muslim moderation can be bought with aid. That poverty is the root cause of Isalm radicalization. This is a complete myth. At the end of the colonial era, one could find more moderate Muslims because they were too poor and beaten down to contemplate a Jihad. Once they become prosperous and confident, they are more inclined to gravitate towards a Jehadi outlook. Look at how prosperity in Iran, Malyasia, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia is leading to increasing radicalization - not LESS.

The African continent is full of poor Islamic countries. They pose no threat because they are poor. If they got rich (like Sudan has with oil) they will begin to show their true Islamist colors.

The desire to dominate the world comes after certain basic needs are met - NOT before.

We must be clear. Islam is NOT like Christian liberation theology. Islam is a religion designed to gain power and domination. It is not about liberating the poor. It is more about enriching oneself on the back of the other.

So every bit of aid simply goes into manufacturing more Jihadis. It does nothing to stop the Jehadi machine. Aid (financial bribes) will not help in creating genuine moderates - although it will create a lot of two-faced Muslims - moderate on the outside - radical within.

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1Moderate Islam [242 words]SubidhJan 13, 2009 00:45147902
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