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Reader comment on item: What Do Terrorists Want? [A Caliphate and Shari'a]

Submitted by Adam Thomson (Australia), Nov 2, 2005 at 09:17

...one thing I believe that is important to remember is that Islam does not support nor advocate terrorist activity. Quite frankly its the opposite.

What terrorism we see today is not Islam, they are religious fundamentalist taken into schools, manipulated to wreak havoc among the world. Has anyone ever talked to a Muslim cleric? I know I have (I'm not Muslim Either) and they strongly condem these acts of terrorism and put them forward as highly Un-Islamic. The problem remains is that no one really understands them.

They see a TV full of destruction with news headlines involving the world Muslim and assume all Muslims are to blame when its quite the opposite.

Perhaps another perspective can be issued, that America shouldnt be sticking it's head in where it doesnt belong. Vietnam, Afganistan, Iraq were provoked nations that threatened America? Paradoxically in the weeding out of "terrorist" threats to prevent them from "attacking" America they caused provocation and subsequent terrorism on America. The concept is funny in a sense except dead American victims of terrorism is no laughing matter, nor is it in any other country in the world.

Essentially America in a sense stirred up a bee hive by interferring in cases that did not concern it. Suppression of a fundamentalist movement is like pushing against the ground with your bare hands, your only going to get pused back.

So in a sense America the invincible became America the terrorised as a result of not Islam but simply perhaps itself. A further example to remember are such things as Osama Bin Laden, who was US trained and armed to fight. So it becomes important to remember to not follow like sheep that all Islam is responsible, especially not believing a word the news says; such little fact and more opinion is orchestrated in such a medium for publication of thought.
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