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Oao, Huck, PDM, Carolyn, you're all correct

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Submitted by Jeff (United States), Apr 24, 2009 at 20:41

This article fails to recognize the continuing cultural trend that terrorism helps to foster: Islamophobia. As much as Muslim groups throw this word as an insult, Islamophobia is, in reality, one of their short term goals.

Sherry Jones writes a benign book, The Jewel of the Medina, and Random House decides at the last minute they can't print it. Why? Because they're afraid of Muslims. Specifically, they're afraid of being murdered. In other words, Islamophobia.

Newspapers that gleefully printed pictures of a piece of "art" that consisted of a crucifix tossed into a jar of urine all decline to print the Mohammad cartoons. A sudden change of heart about people's religious sensibilities in general? No, just Islamophobia. If we don't print it, they won't kill us. Deal. Victory for terrorism, defeat for free speech. (Why should newspapers be concerned with free speech anyway?)

Every Friday, imams around the world scream hatred of Jews, hatred of Americans, hatred of non-Muslims and pray for our death and destruction. All unreported, week after week. Any reason for that?

Mozart's Idomeneo pulled off stage in Germany before it's ever shown because of a "security risk." Risk from whom? Those Buddhists again?

The lone survivor of the group that attacked Mumbai, ran around murdering people and tortured a Jewish family to death states the first 6 months of his training in Pakistan was spent doing nothing military, but rather, only reading the Koran. Newspapers bury or ignore this fact, and continue to refer to the Mumbai Islamic terrorists as "gunmen." Why? It's called fear. More specifically, Islamophobia.

A Muslim MP makes threats about the possible reaction to the arrival of a Dutch MP to England who's scheduled to speak to Parliament, and the invitation is rescinded. That's not Islamaphobia? Call it whatever you want, but the threats worked like a charm.

So extreme violence, like September 11, March 11 and July 7 set the stage for Muslim leaders and groups like CAIR to then cow anyone who tries to honestly discuss the religious basis of those events with insults like "racist" and, of all things, "Islamophobic."

They yell their insults and we hate even to argue back (if we can get a word in) with the ever present threat of violence hanging over our heads. Europe, and to a smaller degree, America, accommodate Muslims again and again. Let's just accommodate and maybe they won't riot. Let's accommodate and maybe they won't blow things up. Let's accommodate and maybe they'll see what nice people we are, and like us. Let's not talk about how Christians are treated in Pakistan and Egypt. Let's bow down to the king of Saudi Arabia. And let's do nothing when Westerners disappear in Iran, or are beaten to death in an Iranian prison, or are sentenced to a long prison term after a one-day secret "trial."

Face it, terrorism works.

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