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Taqiyya and the Myth of Moderate Islam

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Submitted by Paul Christopher (Australia), Nov 2, 2002 at 04:15

Western governments and all those concerned with the threat of terrorism appear to have a critical failing: a belief in the myth of moderate Islam. The constant references to 'an extremist minority' 'hijacking Islam, Islam being a peaceful religion which prohibits suicide, overlook the long history of Islamic martyrdom operations, and widespread support for Bin Laden in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.There is not a single 'moderate' Islamic state in the world. Where are all these Islamic moderates?

Moderate Islam may be a useful political artifact to be used tactically, but a reality-based counterterrorist policy must be based on recognition of certain facts: that in Islam politics and religon are one, that no Islamic religious leader of stature has unambigiously denounced the 911 attacks, that religious figures are key organizational identities in Islamic terrorism.who have encouraged terrorism. It is a matter of record that the two mosques in Hamburg were meeting places and inspirational sources for Mohammad Atta's Hamburg cell.

We may gain much honesty in public controversy and debate by exposing the tactics of Islamic spokemen and identifying their public use of centuries-old deception techniques, taqiyya [deception], kitman [dissembling], and 'outwitting' as part of their defense and denial of the nexus betwen Islam and terrorism.

Perhaps we may have to face the fact: that it is beginning to appear that Islam is the enemy.

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Taqiyya is a Shi`i concept for self-preservation and is not an all-purpose justification of falsehood.

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