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Absolute life and death power rests in local Mullahs

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Submitted by Freedom from Fear (United States), Dec 9, 2009 at 07:58

Violence and Fear of violence is inherent in the Islamic organization. The local Mullah has the power of life or death (and maiming and shame and imprisonment) in the name of Sharia law. Each Mullah is an agent of Islam and its origins. This rule by terror was successfully used by Stalin, Hitler, Communist Russia, Sadaam Hussien, etc. etc. They use it because it works.... for a while. Unfortunately, the Mullahs can and do act as independent lords over their flock. They don't have to follow orders. Their orders come from the words in the Koran. Therefore, "The snake has many heads". A look at the history of how those words came to be written shows that they were intended to suppress and contain individual freedoms. I recommend reading the short book "23 Years" by Ali Dashti. It is a detailed history with detailed research into the facts of how Islam developed during the prophet's 23 years of prophesy. Those were primitive times, and primitive methods were needed to control uneducated, ignorant populations. Fear through intimidation was not only used to keep the flock in line. Fear was also used to keep outsiders from attacking. Fear was used to facilitate attacking others to take their goods and territory. Today, this is not appropriate. It will not work unless the population is kept uneducated and ignorant. The population of Iran will not stand for it. They know too much. But those in power seek to retain their absolute power by ruthless means. Even the local Mullah. Muslims are encouraged in the Koran to be intolerant, even to kill those who do not believe. A society with that attitude cannot live peacefully alongside others who are different. A society with that attitude must be isolated and contained for the safety of everyone else. Militant Muslims are making enemies of everyone, including their own. What is needed is for Muslims to police their own to eliminate violence on themselves and others. I have hope that this will happen more and more as Muslim populations are raised out of ignorance and get an education outside of the Koran and Muslim doctrines.

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