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Submitted by gingersnap (United States), Aug 17, 2010 at 20:34

Mr. Thompson, thank you for your interesting perspective. It supports my thought that the paradigm is not new, but the terms are a bit different. This presents itself to me as a resurfacing of Orientalism penned by Edward Said. Truly, what is at hand is an East meets West confrontation. The paradigm includes all aspects of culture and specifically the mode of life. Culture does not separate itself from religion, however, it is wise to look closely at Islam and examine it less as a religion and more as an idealogical way of life that embodies society, politics, religion, economics, judical process, and human rights (or lack thereof). Your points regarding Islam make me mindful of how Westerners think of religion in a strictly spiritual and personal relationship connection. It is not common that the focus during times of express spiritualism of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Budhist, or Humanist rarely think of others as beneath them, such as women or other denominations and populations. Muslims focus on such submission that the spiritual connection never reaches a personal level. The emphasizes of the spiritual in Islam is based on intent and the intent cannot be severed from the other aspects of Islam listed previously. Every action orchestrates a connection of one to another. It takes mind control and consistency to gain perfection. It becomes somewhat cultish.

To be more specific, many Muslims are not buying into this Islamist Movement that threatens to globally infilitrate the the western and non Musilm sector. We see this in Iran with the controversial election, in Pakistan with the extremist assasination of Benizar Bhutto, in the numbers of Muslim apostates, the concern of Turks about the dire straits of their secular democracy, and the moderate Muslims who have assimilated into Western culture who do not rally for the rights to hijab, burka, or the like.

I have a theory that there are no coincidences in Islam. The Political Islamist Movement is well orchestrated. Every inch that the West or Israel gives in of Islam is a huge jump back to the crusades. September 11th was by no means a coincidential date, but meant to coincide with Ramadan. Israel is fighting to keep their small country, yet the U.S. is literally selling ours out piece by piece. I don't think the new paradigm is new, just revisited and existing in harsher reality for America. Still East meets West and Samuel Huntington's Clash of Civilizations may seem less controversial today than when it was published. The illusion is set before Israel and the U.S., and we need to take a hard look at the truth and intention of Islam. The U.S. needs to get a viable long term plan, back Israel, pull out of the current war, and take hold of our homeland.

Thanks again for your post.

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