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Radical Islam threatens the US and western democracies

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Submitted by Bob Jack (United States), May 27, 2010 at 08:39

As a free and democratic people we must act with reason and purpose in overcoming a serious failure to face the number one threat to our existence. Our society has been lulled into a fatal attraction with the lethal notion of political correctness. This has never been so clear as in the case of radical Islamic terrorism. The significant expansion of radical Islam in the world brings with it serious threats. Everywhere Muslim populations grow there are demands from within that religion for local cultures to accommodate fundamental Islamic doctrine. Fundamental Islam neither adapts to nor tolerates diversity. Radical Islam demands that those with differing beliefs conform, be silenced, or that the holders of these diverse values and beliefs ("infidels") be eliminated.

Worldwide there are about 1.6 billion Muslims; about 23% of the world's population or more than the population of Communist China. Muslims are spreading out. They are gaining populated footholds in Europe. Great Britain is experiencing serious challenges from radical Muslims to traditional British social, religious and cultural norms. There has been significant growth in the Islamic population in America also. An estimate of the Muslim population in America in 2009 was 7 million.

Radical Islamic jihad has targeted the United States, Israel and Western European nations for devastating attacks. Currently, America is engaged militarily with radical Islamic jihad in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Israel is in a perpetual military alert status against radical Islamic elements from Hamas,Hezbollah,and Iran.

The threat to the United States from radical Islamic jihad comes from both outside and from within. Terrorists who were imported radical Islamists were to blame for the devastation on 9/11. Danger also exists from within America in the form of individual converts to radical Islam, and the prospect of decentralized cells (al Qaida, Hezbollah), waiting for activation by individual Fatwas (calls to jihad) from bin Laden and other al Qaida leaders, or by state sponsors such as Iran.

One must be calculatingly realistic about the global threat from radical Islamic jihad. Only by being constantly vigilant can devastating attacks by these fanatics be avoided. As once warned, we must be right 100% of the time, whereas the terrorists must be right only once.

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