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My self-denial about your optimism

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Submitted by Jeff (United States), Feb 24, 2011 at 12:56

Well, golly, Mr. Sufi Imdad Ali Soomro, you're a law student and you have a master's degree, so obviously, all my observations are self-denial. I would have hoped a law student could arrive at somewhat more cogent arguments, but I guess I'm in denial about that too.

Nov body is asking from US agencies why they have failed to capture Osama or any other stalwart of Al-Qaeda.

Actually, I hear folks asking this question all the time. President Bush was publicly asked this question many times.

Why US remained safe while European and East Asian states are under the grip of terrorism

The US has remained safe? Really? Because the bomb Faisal Shahzad set in crowded Times Square didn't detonate? Because passengers stopped Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab before he could detonate his bomb on a jet full of ordinary people over Detroit? Because Nidal Malik Hasan only murdered 13 people and only wounded 29, before he was stopped? Because Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad only murdered one person before he was stopped? Because Eljvir Duka, Dritan Duka, Shain Duka, Serdar Tatar, Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer and Agron Abdullahu were found out before they carried out their mass murder plans in New Jersey? Because Abdul Kadir and his friends were caught before they blew up the fuel tanks and the fuel pipeline at JFK airport? Because, of the 6 Jewish women that Naveed Haq shot in Seattle, only one of them died? Because Mosam Maher Husein Smadi's car bomb didn't detonate and blow up a 60 story glass office tower in downtown Dallas? Because Najibullah Zazi was caught before he could blow up New York subways? Because Mohamed Osman Mohamud failed in his plot to blow up hundreds of children at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony last year in downtown Portland, Oregon? Is that why we're so safe? Or perhaps my feeling of safety is just self-denial? I'm not sure. If only I had a master's degree, then I'd know.

We see in Pakistan terrorist's attacks on Mosque, police stations, military headquarters, hotels but not on cinemas and theaters.

No fatwa on cinemas and theaters yet? That's great. You forgot to mention those marketplaces filled with women and children. Back here, inside the Great Satan, millions of muslims attend thousands of mosques every week, undisturbed and in complete safety. Including Ahmadis. Not quite like the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, where a mosque explodes every week or so. So much for the US war on Islam theory.

But we see terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Yes, Mumbai, they were Jainist terrorists, right? Or were they Buddhists? Sent from what country? Refresh my memory, would you?

Thanks for letting me know Ibn Ishaq was a liar. And thank you very much for letting me know about Dr. Spencer's book, I bought it and I'm finding it very interesting. Meanwhile, maybe I'll try Bukhari. When did you say Islam outlawed torture?

Volume 8, Book 82, Number 795: Narrated Anas: The Prophet cut off the hands and feet of the men belonging to the tribe of 'Uraina and did not cauterise (their bleeding limbs) till they died.

Volume 8, Bood 82, Number 803: Narrated Ash-Sha'bi: from 'Ali when the latter stoned a lady to death on a Friday. 'Ali said, "I have stoned her according to the tradition of Allah's Apostle."

Volume 8, Book 82, Number 831: Narrated Abu Burda: The Prophet used to say, "Nobody should be flogged more than ten stripes except if he is guilty of a crime, the legal punishment of which is assigned by Allah."

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