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Submitted by Ron Thompson (United States), Jan 20, 2015 at 12:49

Sisi's comments about Islam threatening the world are like a 'fireball in the night' (to quote Thomas Jefferson), but also completely schizophrenic in believing the 'fireball' can be reformed without being destroyed.

The only possible lasting 'reform' of Islam was shown the World by Ataturk almost a century ago. What a shame the world did not learn from his example that what he substantially accomplished in the 1920's and 30's was what should have been, if it could not be implemented directly, at least actively advocated for the rest of the Muslim world aftre World war II. The failure to do this has not only resulted in the rise of Islam, which in practice means Aggression, competely unconfronted ideologically for decades, (the harbinger was 1948) but even led to the apparent loss of Turkey and its ongoing regression back into the darkness of Islam.

If this conclusion seems "presumptuous" or shockingly intrusive on sacrosanct religious sensibilities, well it appears now that we may have no choice but to seek the complete ideological defeat of islam as a force in world affairs if not in its own retrograde homeland to which it may have to be confined and left alone (provided it leaves Israel alone). For Islam is unreformable because Mohammed was so cunning in embedding his ideas of religious faith and commandments into the life and psychology of every individual devout Muslim that they have no choice but to view other ways of life, especially when far superior in material terms, as a "threat" to their way of life.

We've seen this before, that is those who have any historical memory have seen it. In the 1930's, as both Fascsm and Communism sought to escape Depression and Chaos, they turned to aggression within and without their countries. They asserted the Right to conquer and exploit, and when any of their victims complained or resisted (or simply failed to covert to the new politIcal Faith), they loudly ranted and raged that they (the aggressors) were the victims, exactly as the terrorists of Islam are claiming victimhood as they shoot and bomb all who do not convert or who "offend" them. Then as now, this high intensity Orwellian 'logic' rendered their victims confused and intellectually cross-eyed, wondering around unable to comprehend what was happening to them and threatening to destroy their entire way of life.

So thanks to Sisi for naming the problem, even if he has nothing to say about the solution. It remains for us to await the first Western leader to reach the level of candor and clarity which, with unfortunate and uncomfortable irony, a Muslim leader reached first.


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