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Submitted by Alain Jean-Mairet (Switzerland), Apr 24, 2009 at 09:25

Muslim terrorism, or Muslim way of getting to power, does not function like a straight fight/war, i.e. I kill your people, so I gain some power over you. It probably never did work like that, or just by exception, in mixed situations. The example that true believers follow, the logic at work here, is first and foremost that of Muhammad gaining power over Mecca: I show you my resolution by killing weak people around, in great, horrendous, publicized slaughters, showing no mercy and no regret, to the contrary, and then, when I have become indisputably the most dangerous thug around, I let you have the choice, with a very special magnanimity: "Do you want to be my foe or my ally?" Thus Muhammad entered Mecca as conqueror, without a fight. That's the perfect(ly) Muslim victory.

And it works quite well, in fact, if you stick to the particulars. But you have to be a real Muslim. You have to believe strong enough in that specific faith emanating from the whole of the Koran, and from Muhammad's example. And you have to really kill many, many people, without rest, until you get to the point where almost anybody would prefer your laws, whatever they are, rather than your anger. See the Taliban now in Pakistan.

Those guys who promote the Islamic religion/laws and who don't kill are just surfing the modern wave, using modern communication – they let you watch the bloodshed and just keep asking, "Do you want to be my foe or my ally?"

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