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Time to Stand-Up to Extremist Da'Wah and Jihadism!

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Submitted by GK (United States), Mar 14, 2013 at 14:06

July 18th marks the nineteenth anniversary of the tragedy at Argentina's AsociaciĆ³n Mutual Israelita Argentina in Buenos Aires that killed 85 individuals and injured more than 100 others, For those who do not understand the threat that theological extremism poses, reflection on the horrors wrought by "martyrs" is a must.

The origins of Muhammad's anti-polytheistic, anti-Mekkan movement reflect mastery of the art of false victimization. And wherever Islam is in a minority position, extremist teachers of jihad and da'wah promote passive aggression, "media jihad", propaganda of victimization, and low level terrorism. These are tactics that worked up until Muhammad's caravan raid against his former caravan colleagues at Badr. And the tactics of deceit and terror also became Muhammad's and his companion's stock in trade as Islam grew and battled Mekka more overtly. Finally, personal retribution and persecution against backsliders and those accused of apostasy against Islam was part of Muslim history in the years after Muhammad's death.

With such historical precedents, it's clear that the extreme theologians of da'wah and jihad have so many unique tools to employ in their battle for hearts and minds. It is up to those committed to protecting peaceful, freedom-seeking innocents to find tactics for the 21st C and beyond that will effectively nullify and suppress the behaviors endorsed and endowed by proponents of violent Islamic extremism of all stripes.

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