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Islamic Terrorism

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Submitted by V P Singh (United States), Dec 4, 2002 at 22:40

Almost every trouble spot (Palestine, Kashmir, Chechnya, Indonesia,Phillipines) in the world consists of Islamic rebels challenging democracies and secular states with violent means resulting in deaths of innocent civilians.

The basic reason for this is that Islam doesn't allow critical reasoning and logic. It attributes every action and its effects on the almighty Allah. It simply cannot accept an athiest person or someone who has differing views (remember fatwas etc). As a result most Islamic countires are lagging behind in new advances in technology and relatively newer concepts of secularism and democracy. Fanatics and clergymen wrongly attribute the reasons for their backwardness to the so called corrupting influence of modern ideas.

By engaging in acts of terrorism they are trying to glorify the past (when Islam was a dominant force in medieval times) and put themselves in limelight again.

Another reason is their jealousy of the people and countries which are progressive in their outlook, developed or developing.
The rest of the world should of course help them to think in modern terms. But the process has to start with in the Islamists themselves by applying reasoning and logic to everyday life and not blindly believing what has been said in the past.
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