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Therein lies the Rub! (the definition of defensive)

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Submitted by sara (United States), Sep 25, 2012 at 16:36

It never ceases to amaze me how this so called explanation is trotted out in defense of Muslim violence again and again. If we can see the hypocrisy in this ridiculous excuse, why can't you?

I shall try to explain it to you:

When you say that Muslims are forbidden by the Quran to kill or do violence on anyone, not on women and children nor on strangers UNLESS it is in defense of Islam or Muslims or Muslim land, that they were 'attacked' and can therefore respond, nay, MUST respond and have a holy duty to respond to protect Islam, then you are basically excusing all Muslim violence.

Why? Because you define a defensive attack as anything that you consider to be an attack on Islam. Whether it is Spain (Andalusia was once Muslim), Kashmir, Chechnya, etc. etc. any land that you consider Muslim, or because you decree that Islam is under attack by blasphemers, or whatever criteria.

Then, it is perfectly acceptable to do violence in the name of 'protecting' Islam.

It's quite a loophole, isn't it?

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