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Submitted by robert (United States), Jun 4, 2006 at 03:15

Your thoughts that wars are going all the time , and that that Americans did'nt think or care about Muslims or Islam is true.

So why do Americans think about Muslims now , and with disdain? For the same reason we once thought about Japanese, or Germans, countries that declared war in a time of peace, when America was looking inward and not outward.

Same as before 9/11- We thought that there was going to be some kind of Millenial collapse involving computers before the turn of the century.

That turned out to be a perfect distraction from the real menace that awaited us.

It was Muslim people that attacked us on 9/11, the first time we has an attack on the mainland the scale of a military action since our country's birth.

You seem to think that we are discriminating and picking on Muslims when there are so many others to pick on also.

It would not matter who or what religion attacked us. If it wa a so -called Christian nation- Germany declared war on us- a very Christianized nation.

Americans don't return fire based on an enemies religion. We respond to the threat, no matter where it is brought to us from.

Obvoiusly this is a much different kind of enemy They claim no nationality. They have no standing army , navy or air force.

There have been no negotiations with this enemies prime minister or president to avert this attack. It was without warning, a surprise attack that was more unsuspected than the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

This attack was conducted by Muslims. Maybe they do'nt worship the same as you , but since Americans knew little of this religion, Muslim holy war has been permanently seared in our minds.

The only ones who can change the pewrception we have is the Muslim leadership. But it appears that the Koran itself is to blame- tampering with it's teachings, reforming it if you will, modifying it, is equal to apostasy and like handling a jar of nitro-glycerin. It's to be adhered to, not amended.

Until the world leaders of Islam have a worlwide summit and initiative to reform this religion, as other religions have been reformed, it will always be like an unstable high explosive. It lacks stabilzers that will make it a true peaceful religion.

It appears to me that world leaders of Islam are not even united , with various sects. Maybe this trouble in Islam is the growing pains of an ancient religion have to adapt to a global community.

Whether you were aware of the pending jihad against the US or not, yours and fellow Muslims complacency puctuated with complaining is undermining Islam.

The West is tolerant of religions but not when the very states that protect their liberty come under attack by them.

We have a peaceful country because these rights are protected. The attacks on 9/11 shook us badly and we had no one country to target,

It's not a war like any we have fought. We don't fight holy wars. Secular countries have been at war, yes, France, England, Germany, Spain,have all been at war with each other and America historically but the coming of the age of democracy reforged alliances. Despots like Hitler and Stalin have flashed by in the last century, and now we are facing despots from an unexpected source: from religious extremists who who's means to the end is by the sword.

This is why this war is not like the other wars- it's fueled by a radical ideology. Just as Hitler had his Aryan ambitions, now comes the Islam version of Nazism. Yet the Nazis hailed from a country singular, this new threat hails from anywhere.

Then the cartoon sets off world wide riots and the West interprets that as Muslim hate. Muslim war.

Burning out flag. And we have been attacked 9/11 all over again. The wounds and scars won't heal until this enemy has been defeated. This is not a war against a religion. It's against those to commit acts of war and use the religion to justify it, with too little too late outrage from Muslims. The opposite of outrage against others who have "hijacked" your religion is complicity. There is no neutral ground.

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