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Muslims not capable of "hate"

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Submitted by Dan B. (United States), Feb 8, 2012 at 16:30

Accusing Muslims of "hate" as the commonly accepted rationale for destruction of libraries and museums may be missing the essence of their true feelings. It basically gives Muslims way too much credit. "Hate" is a result of "thought," and requires a culture that allows and respects "thought," which assumes some "freedom." In Muslim countries, the exact opposite is true. And with today's expansion of 4th century Islamic beliefs, the few thoughtful Muslims (ie. Rushdie) will shrink and maybe disintegrate. The assumed rationale for Islamic barbarism being pure "hate" would be better if replaced by what it is: "Fear."

Muslim nations blocked the introduction of printing presses for over 400 years to their populations. Europe had produced millions of books during that period. Even by the middle of the 20th century, their most advanced country, Egypt, kept out printing presses except under state license to a select few. There is today, like there has always been, a great "fear" of the individual free mind and its creations: books or ideas. Likewise, only the dictates of those few individuals who ruled by fear, even when their instructions to their willing and obedient servants were codified in books. All of the wars among Muslim sects and between Muslims and non-Muslims were driven by pure, gut-instinct, "fear."

There is no "thought" required to express fear - only emotion. "Hatred," on the other hand, implies that "thought" exists. When today's so-called intelligencia and leaders of the Muslim world do not believe that a land of Israel existed thousands of years ago, there is no thought involved. When a Nobel prize-winning Arab like Yassir Arafat can openly declare to his followers that Moses was an earlier follower of Islam, a religion that was created 2,000 years after Moses, and be believed by his faithful servants, "thought" is not evident. Faithful servants, like slaves, are rarely rewarded for thinking. Education is to be controlled, and strictly limited to those obedient to Islam.

The war for the hearts and minds of Islamic people needs to realize that they are the world's most frightened people. "Hatred" is way beyond their ability. By throwing rational facts, history, books, explanations, etc. at them and trying to reverse that non-existent "hatred," we are fighting the wrong enemy. The entire Muslim culture, not merely its women, are cowering and covered underneath an expanding Burqa. "Fear" is a person's and culture's greatest weakness, not strength. The free world needs to realize that and regain the initiative.

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