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Submitted by Ed Sparks (United States), Oct 26, 2005 at 12:33

Daniel: You make many valid points in your "Islamophobia" article and in your attempt to distance the radical Islamics from Islam the religion. There is a problem that I would like to emphasise besides your justified conclusion. Not one leader of any Moslem country has condemned the radical Islamics and demanded they cease their actions. No leader from Algeria, Morocco, Tunis, Libya, Cairo, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia has acted to condemn the actions of the bombers in Israel, Spain, Russia, Iraq, Bali or anywhere else.

We can only take these failures to condemn and their choice to stay mute as the leaders siding with, or supporting, the activity of the radical Islamics.

If just one leader did so then we could say that Islam is truly a peaceful religion, but none have. I have read some from the Koran and many excerpts from it. From these readings I see that it is not a peaceful religion. Sura 9.5 is known as the "Verse of the Sword" and even Ibn Juzayy (circa 1340) agreed and stated this verse "abrogates every peace treaty in the Qu'ran".

Therefore, until we see even one Moslem leader condemn the radical Islamics, we have no choice but to view that religion as radical. We do that using words from its own older leaders and its own leading book, and assume the modern leaders, in their failure to condemn, do support the radical movement. It is not fear of the Islam religion, it is reading and believing what is written in its own great book. They must show us.
Ed Sparks
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