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Submitted by Reuben Horne (Australia), Sep 5, 2005 at 00:23

Dr Pipes,
Once again you've highlighted an important issue. It seems that a mixture of ideologies that have wormed their way into power once again occlude the truth and lead the west down the path to disaster.

The "conservatives" who think themselves shrewd sponsor moderate (or in the case of CAIR organisations who market themselves as moderate) Islamic organisations in order to counter the power of the extremists. As far as this strategy is concerned there is merit in the suggestion that the moderates and extremists exist in a symbiotic relationship - that the benefits we are lauding upon the moderates are in fact rewarding the terrorist excesses of the extremists and vindicating terrorist tactics.

On the other hand you have the "liberals" whose hatred is focused solely and wholely on their own society such that they cannot fathom evil from any other source. They see our problems with Islam as one of racism or of distorted perception. So committed to their ideals are they that they are perfectly prepared to engage in violence to inflict them on others. I needn't remind people that it was not a Muslim who killed Anti-Islamist Dutch politician Pim Fortune but a left wing animal rights activist - and all before Pim had a chance to state a policy on animal rights!

Though the instruments of state are often utilised by Islamist organisations to censor, punish and humiliate their enemies I have yet to see one of these instrumentalities chaired by a Muslim. In fact most of them are headed up by left wing ideologues that have been appointed by social democratic governments of one form or another. In Australia since they've had considerable difficulty corrupting the legal system (but gradually they're getting there by appointing all sorts of imbeciles) they have had recourse to their ability to create extrajudicial tribunals with all sorts of powers to impose penalties, conduct investigations and circumvent rules of evidence that harken back hundreds of years in the common law system. Some of the tribunals warp privacy provisions in order to avoid having to commit anything to paper - a clever tactic since appeals can only be made on the basis of a mistake of law from them and without documentation such is simply not possible.

Academic and political freedom to criticise aberrant and anti western ideologies has been under steady decline. I can remember one of my University lecturers telling me that I could not make 9/11 out to be even partially a religious issue as though Islam were beyond any and all criticism. And this in a society founded on critical thought. To my great shame I accepted this though certainly there was a thing or two I had to say about it. The phenomenon in the corporate world you outline is an excellent exemplar of Canadian intellectual John Ralston Saul's characterisation of western societies present condition of superficial freedoms only being tolerated. I am free to dye my hair any color but I am not free to express my opinion unless it is one of a number of officially sanctioned views.

"Responsible journalism" is the act of protecting the public from the truth rather than reporting it. And especially where Islam is concerned the media have taken it upon themselves to manufacture and edit facts so as to avoid engendering bigotry towards the muslim population. My problem with this is that protecting deplorable beliefs and attitudes within the muslim population from being duly censured is also likely to stunt the political evolution of this community as well jeopardise the future of our countries reinforcing the segregationalist tendencies of our Islamic minorities aye even rewarding them.

In short the Machiavellian manipulations of the Mullahs and Imams who ignominiously pursue their not so secret agenda of dominance (lets face it the doctrine of "al-taqiyya" - the moral right of muslims to lie to non-muslims has hardly proved an impenetrable veil with its deceptions being utterly superficial) would be nothing without their coconspirators. Here in Dr Pipes article we see Horowitzes "Unholy Alliance" of the left and Islamic extremism in full play. How could stale, old, skittish and conformist organisations such as the aforementioned corporations hope to stand against the well oiled propaganda fueled machine of left wing Islamofascism.

On a final note frequently Christian churches come to the aid of Islamofascists for one reason or another usually confusing their faith with socialism and Islamic fanaticism with malcontent due to poverty (a view Islamofascist love to propogate). As a Christian I feel compelled to remind my fellow Christians that Christ said "love thy Neighbour" not "Trust thy Neighbour."

Cordially,
Reuben Horne.
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