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IF IT QUACKS LIKE A DUCK, IT'S A DUCK

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Submitted by DANIEL REDMOND (United States), Jan 2, 2010 at 11:10

Well, if ever there was a case of preaching to the choir, this is it. Consider me the choir, Mr. Pipes, when you point out the obvious; that Islam contains core values of hatred and bigotry that have led to a grinding and relentless animosity toward the United States. The late John Allen Muhammad was just one more manifestation of this hatred. In our own society's somewhat self-destructive pursuit of compromise to, and acceptance of, cultural diversity we have embarked upon a policy of searching for any cause for evil other than the festering hatred inherent in Islam.

It's as if we've been confronted with an elephant in the drawing room but are under strict orders to call it anything but an elephant. How many times do our enemies have to literally tell us that their actions are born out of Islamic hatred (jihad) before we take them at their word and react accordingly? For how long will we refer to the perpetrators of Islamic-instilled violence as being members of the "religion of peace"?

For a while I had considered our own nation's predominant Christianity as being a bulwark against the encroaching violence of Islamic radicals. But it has occurred to me that Christianity, which preaches the absurd doctrine of "love thine enemies," may very well be part of the problem. It is just such a self-destructive and delusional mindset that provides fertile ground for the twisted viewpoint that those who wish to kill us are extending an olive branch when they fly huge airplanes into crowded office buildings. I consider Islam to be nothing more nor less than a malignant cancer of the mind that has spread like a contagion to hundreds of millions of people and is continuing its destructive path across the globe. Aside from confining its infected members to that region of the world---the Middle East---where the disease is most prevalent, I don't know what other measures will actually control this epidemic of religion-induced hatred. But it has become increasingly clear that adherents of Islam are a danger to the rest of us and that unless such containment of the infected populations is put in place---as in the form of giant leper colonies---it will continue to spread its destructive violence to every society on the planet.

DANIEL REDMOND

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