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Actions speak louder than words.

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Submitted by Vincent Hartung (United States), Nov 4, 2002 at 13:15

Thank you Dr. Pipes! Your commentary so clearly states the true meaning of the term jihad. I also noticed the resemblance of Islamic jihad to Christianity colonization / missionary goals. Using the term Crusade to illustrate your example was excellent, as it puts into the right context for non-Muslims the power that the term jihad embodies. I think that the definition you present of jihad in Islam is on the mark.

I would have to agree that the "muddying of the waters", as far as meaning, has been done to keep these people in the game. If this misinformation campaign were not conducted to make Islam and jihad look harmless, these jihadis would be wiped out immediately. Others with the same intent have already fallen. Nazi Germany, and Soviet Communism are but only two recent examples in our memories that threatened the world. They also couched their agendas in misinformation and propaganda.

I would have to say that most everyone would agree, whatever their education level and culture (even the apologists), that ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. We hear the words from places like CAIR and we see the actions of those like Osama bin Laden and Mullah Muhammad Omar. The Taliban, as we saw it and all it represented, is the goal of these Islamists. Their disdain and intolerance for other religions was seen in their actions when they blew up and destroyed the 170 Ft. Buddha in the central Bamiyan Valley http://www.newslookmag.com/fullcoverage/taliban_destruction.htm), without regard for their historic value, and to the disgust of those around the world. That action was also a clear signal of their intentions. (http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/2001/03/23/stories/03230004.htm) Next time it could be a Star of David or a Christian Crucifix.

Again, actions speak louder than words.

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