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Reader comment on item: There Are No Moderates: Dealing with Fundamentalist Islam

Submitted by C. John Smith (United States), Oct 28, 2002 at 12:00

It is sad that the mainstream press is too afraid of appearing "racist" to relay any of these facts to the American people. Bin Laden and others are attacking America because they loathe the ideals it represents.

Militant or Fundamentalist Islam cannot exist in a free culture where people can express ideas, voice criticism and choose their own relationship with the divine. Instead, militant Islam must silence critics and suppress ideas. American vaules are built on choice. This is why something as innocent as Valentine's Day enrages the Arabs. Valentine's day promotes the idea of romantic love, (a choice between equals) which is a subversive idea in a misogynist bigamist culture.

Islamic terrorists do not attack the west because it is rich, they attack it because it promotes free choice. Islamic power cannot co-exist with free choice. If one researchs the oppressive rules Arabs and Iranians live under, this becomes clear. Most "muslims" would rather live as they pleased. This is why those goverments employ "morality" police who beat women who show thier faces in public and shop owners who don't close their businesses three times a day.

Instead of stating a "politically incorrect" truth, the media falls back on marxist fallacies that we have somehow expoited those people and deserve their rancour. Economics has nothing to do with this conflict. It is a the struggle between those who have the power to rule the many, and those who would let people choose their own way.
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